The Black Sash National Office and Western Cape/Northern Cape Regional Office, represented by Elroy Paulus and Sharon Tshado, participated in the Northern Cape SAHRC Roundtable on Human Right and Business in Upington, Northern Cape on 25 September 2014.
At this event, we engaged several stakeholders, including those from the business sector, (agriculture); Consumer Protector's Office, Siyafunda, unions (including COSATU, SAMWU) and the SACP.
We learnt about the Ruggie Principles, which are UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These were proposed by UN Special Rep on business and human rights John Ruggie, endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 201,1 and that led to the establishment of the UN Working Group in business and human rights.
In group discussions, a series of priority actions for the Northern Cape linked to business and human rights identified 6 priorities. Key amongst these, and firmly on the agenda - is the Black Sash "Hands Off Our Grants" Campaign. The Campaign has the support of the SAHRC NC, the Public Protector and Siyafunda in Keimoes, (led by Joyce Muller - our Making All Voices Count Partner in the Northern Cape).