Khulumani's Madiba's Voices project will enable Khulumani Interactors in every province to share their monitoring of their local municipalities and their stories of successful participation in influencing the performance of local government, using mobile technology.
The project is supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation towards supporting change in political culture in South Africa towards greater participation and active citizenship.
The project will be launched shortly following a national workshop to bring together the network of Interactors, under the leadership of Xolile Madinda.
Following Khulumani's participation in COP 17 in Durban in December 2011, Khulumani members have been growing in their awareness of the threats to life on earth due to human-induced climate change. Earth Day, April 22, is an opportunity to take the message home that "As individuals we're powerless against climate change. If we act as individuals we'll lose. The only way we won't is if we join together”.
Officially Offside is the movement of young Khulumani community activists who engage in activities that link the past with the present in intergenerational dialogue and who explore the use of community spaces for activities for reflective youth expression.
The evening of 25 April 2012 at 19:00, Officially Offside hosts an event in anticipation of FREEDOM DAY at Makhaya's Lounge in FIngo VIllage, Grahamstown.
Xolile Madinda of Officially Offside explains, "Acoustic Soul is a live music event hosted at Makhaya's Place in Fingo township in Grahamstown. Officially Offside was approached to assist in in conceptualising and initiating the event, a first of its kind being hosted in this most popular night joint in Grahamstown.
South African Government Attends Open Government Partnership Steering Committee Meeting in Brazil. Khulumani joins South African Civil Society in calling on the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee currently meeting in Brazil to:
* Ensure that the South African government reports to the OGP Steering Committee on developments regarding its commitments to re-draft the Protection of State Information legislation to bring it in line with the principles embodied in the Open Government Partnership Declaration (to which it is a founding signatory); and to
* Ensure that the South African government engages with civil society in order to develop a monitoring system for its OGP commitments.
These principles are of particular concern to Khulumani Support Group which had on Friday, April 20, 2012 to raise alarms about the failures of the TRC Unit staff in the Department of Justice to honour the principles of openness, transparency and integrity in their relationship with the civil society nominees from the South African Coalition for Transitional Justice, including Khulumani Support Group, to the Technical Task Team tasked with preparing a minute for Cabinet on fulfilling reparations expectations for survivors and victims of gross human rights violations in South Africa.
"I knew about climate change before the conference. What I didn't know was what normal people like me could do to help. The fight against climate change has to start now before we destroy this earth for the future generations.