|Forging social cohesion one of SA’s persistent challenges |
After 24 years of democracy, South Africa still pursues the reversal
of apartheid legacy where the challenge of territorial segregation
seems to consume the country’s efforts of achieving an equal
Deliberating on strategies towards a united nation, Deputy
Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the University of
Limpopo (UL), Professor Richard Madadzhe says if South Africa is to
achieve social cohesion people should learn one or more
Madadzhe told the Freedom Month Dialogue at UL hosted by the School
of Social Sciences in collaboration with the Department of Arts and
Culture in Limpopo, which aims to promote a critical engagement
and assessment of the challenges that hinder democracy, values of
eradicating inequality, poverty, unemployment, and racism, among
Professor Sekgothe Mokgoatšana, Senior Lecturer in the
School of Social Sciences said that apartheid left many people
disoriented, displaced, and alienated from one another.
Mokgoatšana says the university is
doing its utmost to construct a curriculum that will embrace
diversity and allow students to not only see themselves as belonging
to particular tribes but also see themselves as belonging to one race
- the human race.
Board Member of Safer South Africa Foundation, Reverend Dr
Tshenuwani Farisani says he has had a share of apartheid
regime’s brutality. To him, the racial segregation started when
people were dispossessed of their land and classified into ethnic
groups. According to him, the starting point would be to mix
people in every dealings of the community development without
referring to one’s ethnicity.
Ashantewa Archer-Ngidi, Director of Institute of Afrikology at the
Durban University of Technology shares Farisani’s sentiments.
She says the classification manufactured inferior and superior
complexes among the various races in South Africa. For her,
addressing the social divides cannot be done outside the politics
pertaining to identity, but she believes being proud of one’s
identity is the foundation to discursive engagements.
Hopewell Mathonsi, School Council Chairperson for School of Social
Sciences , adds that the promotion of social cohesion should start at
institutions of higher learning, where leadership is being bred,
because of the huge intake from various backgrounds.
Date created: 2018-05-04 09:53:26