The escalating socio-economic and political crisis in South Africa demands immediate and concerted action. Corruption, service-delivery failures, poor leadership, infrastructure-neglect, and the pervasive lack of accountability have rolled back gains, destroyed hope and increased marginalisation for millions of people across the country. Civil society leaders, activists, and concerned citizens are convening to address these pressing challenges facing our nation.
Kagiso Trust, #Unmuted CSO! Coalition and Social Justice Assembly, invite progressive South African civil society formations to collaborate and coordinate in convening an extra-ordinary and urgent civil society summit that would agree and find common ground on key interventions, as well as what is to be done! The foundations of a new social contract need to be re-negotiated towards extricating South Africa out of the current crisis, to re-set and re-imagine a transformation agenda - towards growing social cohesion, economic expansion, and a renewed spirit of constitutionalism and getting our country going.
The extraordinary civil society summit, to be attended by over 300 delegates from all nine provinces and national sectors, seeks to consolidate the multiple consultations that have taken place in the sector directed at enhancing an active citizens’ social compact and electoral platform to meeting our national developmental and political challenges and priorities. This convening serves as a rallying point for collective action. We urge the government, private sector, and all stakeholders to join forces in prioritizing the well-being of our nation and its people.
Now is the time for unity, resilience, and unwavering commitment to a better future for South Africa. We invite all concerned citizens to stand in solidarity as we embark on this crucial journey towards a more just, equitable, and prosperous nation.
Date: 22nd – 24th November 2023.
Venue: Birchwood Hotel & Conference Centre, Boksburg, Gauteng
For media inquiries, please contact:
Kagiso Trust: Civil Society Support Programne Head
Contact: 073 624 2151
Together, we can and must rebuild a South Africa that fulfils the aspirations of all its citizens.
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