By learning to treat others as equal we elevate our own humanity - Cape Times, 16 July 2010

As we celebrate Mandela Day on July 18 this year, we would do well to ask the question, "What do we mean when we say that everyone has a right to equality as enshrined in our constitution?" The importance of the right to equality in our teenage democracy is obvious to many as the apartheid political and legal system was based squarely on inequality and discrimination. It dealt with the problem of scarcity of resources by promoting the socio-economic development of the white population at the expense of the rest of South African society.

The deep scars of this appalling systematic programme of inequality are still visible and can still be seen in our society. The need to confront this legacy is recognised by the clause promoting equality in our constitution.

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We need an economy that includes the poor - CAPE TIMES 08 Jun 2010

IN SOUTH Africa, we are reminded daily of the social consequences of our economic choices. Women and children beg at the traffic lights; groups of young men stand hopelessly at the side of the road waiting for work; hungry families pick through rubbish bins for scraps to eat. This is the tragic human face of the policies and practices we inherited and also the choices we have made since the end of apartheid.
Economics is often presented as an abstract, scientific discipline, governed by neutral equations, neat graphs and uncontroversial analysis. But it shouldn't be. It should be seen as a mechanism to meet our very real human needs.

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Not a clean drop to drink - Daily Dispatch,

I fully support the recent initiative by Dr Saleem Badat, Vice Chancellor at Rhodes University, to convene a public forum to debate the ongoing water and sanitation crisis in the greater Makana area. Makana Municipality serves the towns of Grahamstown, Alicedale, Riebeeck East, Fort Brown, Salem, Seven   Fountains, Sidbury and many other small towns and villages in the surrounding rural areas, residents of which do not have easy access to public forums such as this newspaper to raise their serious concerns.

Read the full article in the Daily Dispatch

Zuma must make good on his promises to push back the frontiers of poverty - CAPE ARGUS (City Late) 11 Feb 2010

THE BLACK Sash calls on President Jacob Zuma to make good on his election promise to "push back the frontiers of poverty" by announcing the establishment of a Council on Poverty.
This council, endorsed by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, has been proposed by civil society to focus our best minds and our society's considerable resources on tackling the intolerable poverty and inequality that continues to threaten our democracy.

Read our opinion piece in the Cape Argus

Affirming partnerships between civil society and government: A Black Sash perspective

By Elroy Paulus, Black Sash Advocacy Programme Manager 

The Black Sash is a 53-year-old human rights organization that continues to empower marginalized communities and individuals to speak for themselves to effect change in their social and economic circumstances. We do this through rights education, advocacy and giving advice nationally and from several regional offices across the country (Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Gauteng, Cape Town and Knysna). We also support several satellite advice offices located in poor communities.

Read the full article in the Service Delivery Review, Volume 7 No 2 of 2009

Read the full Service Delivery Review, Volume 7 No 2 of 2009