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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Youth Social Cohesion Summit

Type :
Notice
Location :
Stellenbosch
Duration :
24-25 September 2012
Deadline :
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 11:00

The South African Youth Council, in partnership with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and the Citizen Movement for Social Change is hosting the Youth Social Cohesion Summit on the 24th & 25th September 2012 in Stellenbosch.

The South African Youth Council, in partnership with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and the Citizen Movement for Social Change is hosting the Youth Social Cohesion Summit on the 24th & 25th September 2012 in Stellenbosch.

As the South African Youth Council in the Western Cape, the organisation prides itself by convening productive summits that do not become talk shops but are outcomes based, envisages that this one not to be different. Acknowledging that the Western Cape is one complex and divided province in terms of race, religion, political divide and in terms of its geographical set up. Hence the organisation believes that it should create a platform wherein we start to talk openly about the issues that divides us the most and why our province seems to be socially degrading instead of progressing, conscious of the fact that high level summits wont wish away the anomalies which exist in our society.

The South African Youth Council envisages that the summit will inter-alia look at how it can have dialogues in communities to understand how members of communities from different backgrounds deal with issues of diversity with an intention make community members to emerge with a better understanding of each other and the community is a more cohesive one equally on how best they can independently deal with challenges they confront collectively.

Following are some of the key issues in which several studies suggest are the inter-alia some of the main reasons for the collapse or lack of social cohesion: Racial tensions driven by struggles for resources such as employment and housing; 'Unfairness' of resource allocation; Generally, individuals' social interactions are shaped by many factors, including age, gender, life course and migration history as well as ethnicity; Sports, music and employment enabled interactions across communities, while barriers to cohesion included language issues, perceptions of cultural difference and stereotyping, unemployment, fear of crime and racial harassment; Population turnover made it difficult for service providers to give appropriate support and could contribute to people feeling negative about their neighbourhood; Break out in families; and

One can agree that the above factors are common in the Western Cape, particularly in Cape Town wherein tension exist between those from the Eastern Cape and ‘Cape Borners’ and the aforementioned are central to such a tension. The summit should craft a programme that we will collectively own in confronting this challenge including identifying its champions. It must find concrete solutions based on reality not fantasy.

The South African Youth Council recognises that the youth lives within a certain society with determined norms which are a contradiction to itself and therefore deprives itself into placing itself into different context in the ever changing South African and global environment. All evidence shows that the youth constitute the majority in representation in the entire population and therefore becomes the mostly affected section of society by various societal ills.

For more information contact: Lungisa Mzizana Project Manager for Social Cohesion Tel: 021 447 7899/6388 Fax: 021 446 5677/0867151 692 Naledi Hlalukana Project Administrator Tel: 021 447 7899/6388 Fax: 021 446 5677/0867151 692 E-mail: [email protected] RSVP: 17 September 2012 For more about the South African Youth Council, refer to www.saycwc.org.