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South Africa Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Dakar Conference

by Kgomotso Kgoale

In 1987 the ANC (African National Congress) and IDASA (The Institution for Democratic Alternatives in South Africa) held a conference in Dakar, Senegal to discuss strategies for bringing change in South Africa.

On Tuesday the 30th of May, DIRCO hosted the 30th anniversary celebration of the Dakar conference.  The purpose of the event was to celebrate the citizens who were concerned with the future direction of South Africa. The Ambassador of Senegal Ambassador S.Ndiaye, Deputy Minister of DIRCO (The Department of International Relations and Co Operation) Hon N C Mfeketo and Dr. Judy Smith-Hohn of Brand South Africa were among the many speakers at the event.

In her speech, Deputy Minister Mfeketo mentioned that she hoped that the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Dakar would be filled with youth. This is because the celebration was aimed at encouraging the youth to build the South Africa we want.  She believes that many of our current challenges would be better addressed if we were to recognize the importance of engaging more constructive views with each other. She further stated that DIRCO will continue to institutionalize dialogue support through research training and mediation support efforts.
“We need to learn from our history what our sisters did to prevent and resolve conflict” said Ambassador S Ndiaye. In her speech, the Ambassador expressed her commitment that activities of the 30th commemoration and celebration of the historical moment will also be held in Senegal. The commemoration and celebration will be to welcome a memorandum of understanding between Goree island museum and Robben island museum. This is an important aspect of history because they share a similar painful past. The twinning agreement will take place on the week of 10-15 July in Senegal.



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