The first annual checking-in meeting of Khulumani Water for Dignity with all the roleplayers involved in the project Integrated Water Resource Management in South Africa: Towards a New Paradigm (TNP) was held at the offices of the Water Research Commission in Rietfontein, Pretoria last Wednesday, 6 November 2013.
15 YEARS SINCE THE 1998 TRC REPORT: Are Survivors and Victims of Apartheid Atrocities Worse Off than Before?
A Public Debate at Constitution Hill Tuesday 5 November 2013, 17:30 – 20:00 All Welcome
When former President Mandela accepted the five volumes of the 1998 TRC Report on 29 October 1998, he called for a generosity of spirit in making good on providing reparations to survivors and families of victims of apartheid crimes. He said,
“It is for those who have the means, to contribute to the efforts to repair the damage wrought by the past… (so that those) who have suffered losses of different kinds and magnitudes (may) be afforded reparation, proceeding from the premise that freedom and dignity are the real prize that our sacrifices were meant to attain.”
The generosity of spirit that former President Mandela sought to call forth, did not materalise and in many respects, there has been a widespread lack of commitment to make good on the aspirations contained in the Preamble that states,
“We, the people of South Africa, recognize the injustices of our past; Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land’ Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united on our diversity.”
Khulumani receives 2013 International SEED Award in Nairobi, Kenya
Last night Khulumani's Gauteng facilitator, Nomarussia Bonase attended the SEED (Supporting Entrepreneurs in Sustainable Development) Award Ceremony in Nairobi where the SEED Winners for 2013 were announced.
The 2013 SEED International Jury selected Khulumani as a winner of the 2013 SEED Awards out of 72 shortlisted initiatives.
On 23 August 2013, a successful march against violence against women took place from Joubert Park to the Constitutional Court. The march was the initiative of Sizoya Sibuye, the non profit organisation of former women political prisoners from the women's Gaol museum on Constitution Hill.
Khulumani associate Dr Ben Khumalo-Seegelken travelled from Oldenburg in Germany this weekend to join the people of uMbumbulu in a cleansing and reconciliation ceremony that took place on Sunday 27 October 2013 at eZimwini (Ogagwini Area) in the uMbumbulu District.
Dr Ben's visit to South Africa in September 2013 led to the reactivation of processes that had been initiated in 2010 when the first such ceremony was held in Vulindlela. See the attached paper entitled 'UkuHlambulukelana nokuBuyisana – - Cleansing and Reconciling in KwaZulu-Natal Today' which describes the origin of the ceremony of ukubuyisana“, meaning to 'meet halfway in order to proceed together and to bury the hatchet.'
Khulumani Mamelodi to join Moss Morudu Spiritual Repatriation on Friday October 25 and 26, 2013
On Friday and Saturday, 25 and 26 October 2013, members of Khulumani Support Group from Mamelodi in Tshwane will be participating in activities planned to commemorate the life of Mr Moss Morudu following extensive unsuccessful efforts by the Missing Persons' Task Team (MPTT) in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to find his remains.
The ceremony will involve a SYMBOLIC spiritual repatriation of his remains from the site at which it appears his body was blown up.
Moss Morudu was an internal member of the MK unit that comprised Jabu Masina, Ting Ting Masango, Neo Potsane and Joseph Makhura. Moss disappeared on 26 October 1987, aged 22.
Amnesty applicants from the Northern Transvaal Security Police stated to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that they had abducted him and held him at Kaallaagte Farm near Hammanskraal where he they had interrogated and tortured him.