Friday, March 25, 2016
"WE CANNOT BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED BY DSTV AND OTHER ROLE PLAYERS"
Monday, March 14, 2016
A major social initiative - led by prominent religious leaders, civil society, business and community-based organisations - has been launched at the end of a two-day conference in Johannesburg this past week-end. The leaders of the Socio-Economic Future of South Africa (or SEFSA) will underake a series of consultations about the social, cultural, spiritual and economic crisis facing South Africa today. The latest initiative comes in the wake of the violent and volatile student protests in universities, service-delivery demands all over the country and the senseless of burning of factories and other businesses in KwaZulu-Natal. Subry Govender reports........ .
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
MAHA SHIVARATI - YET ANOTHER OCCASION THAT SAW PEOPLE OF INDIAN ORIGIN IN SOUTH AFRICA ATTENDING PRAYER SERVICES IN THEIR NUMBERS TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT THEIR CULTURES, TRADITIONS AND LANGUAGES
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
HOLI FESTIVAL IN OTTAWA ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY MARCH 21 TO HIGHLIGHT ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS AND A LITTER-FREE SOCIETY
By Subry Govender CULTURAL PROGRAMME AT THE OTTAWA HALL AND A FLOAT PROCESSION THROUGH THE VILLAGE The residents of the historical village of Ottawa, near Verulam, on the North Coast have organised a major function to celebrate the festival of Holi on Human Rights Day, March 21. A spokesperson for the Ottawa Holi Committee, Ms Andisha Maharaj, said the celebration was aimed at fostering respect for the principle of "unity in diversity" and protection of the environment. "The celebration serves a purpose in our lives that fosters unity in diversity, social cohesion, respect for culture and religion, social development, involvement of the youth in culture and heritage, develops leadership skills and instils community awareness in all," said Ms Maharaj. "The celebration also aims at highlighting environmental and climatic challenges facing present and future generations. "The celebration coincides with Human Rights Day. It aims to connect people across the community - irrespective of their status and social standing. It also aims to remove vestiges of inequality based on gender, religion, race, caste or creed." Ms Maharaj added: "It is hoped that this year's celebrations will motivate the youth to re-group and recreate such events that will foster community pride and loyalty, create a strong sense of solidarity and affiliation and promote cultural diversity and religious tolerance." The residents of Ottawa were particularly concerned about the destruction of the historical Ohlanga River by truckers and others who had dumped their waste into the river. The river had served as a lifeblood for residents in the area for generations. But now it has been totally destroyed by people who seemed to have no regard for the environment. The residents were also concerned about the litter and filth that had engulfed the village over the past decade. It's a sad state of affairs that the village has degenerated over the years with litter, filth and illegal scrap yards and trucks. It's hoped the Holi festival would re-invigorate residents to take steps to stop the degeneration of their village. The festivities would include a cultural programme at the Ottawa Civic Hall and a float procession through the streets of the village. ends - Subry Govender March 1 2016