Arts and Culture commences with the Social Cohesion Community Conversations

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09 Sep 2014

The Department of Arts and Culture will commence with Social Cohesion Community Conversations on Wednesday, 10 September 2014, at Bethlehem Town Hall in Free State Province.

The conversations follow the official launch of the Nation Building and Social Cohesion Community Conversations by Mr Sibusiso Xaba, the Director General of the Department of Arts and Culture, last week in Bloemfontein. The Launch was hosted under the theme “Transforming Society, Uniting the Country’’.

Government hosted the National Social Cohesion Summit in 2012 at Kliptown, Johannesburg. Conscious of the need for more engagements, government decided to intensify the hosting of dialogues and community conversations throughout the country in line with the summit resolutions.

These Community Conversations are intended to serve as platforms for South Africans to discuss, strategise and develop programmes that are specific to their own localities in forging national unity and a cohesive society.

These planned community conversations are also aimed at ensuring that the resolutions of the first National Summit on Social Cohesion held in 2012 are embraced and supported by all South African communities. The dialogues will therefore, seek to mobilise community structures to work with government and to promote inclusive communities, nation building, and a more cohesive society.

This session is one of 30 community conversations which the Department of Arts and Culture, in partnership with other spheres of government and communities, will organise across all Provinces before the end of this year. In an effort to promote active citizenship, the discussions are planned to be in the form of intergenerational dialogues.

The event is scheduled as follows:

Date: 10 September 2014

Time: 09h00

Venue: Bethlehem Town Hall

Details of other sessions to be held this week are as follows:

Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal

Date: 11 September 2014

Time: 14h00

Venue: Umhlatuze Municipality Room

Wesselsbron, Free State

Date: 12 September 2014

Time: 09h00

Venue: Wesselsbron, Municipal Hall

NB: Full Monthly Calendar is attached

RSVP: James Mathibeng: 012 441 3639 / 078 802 8851           

Media Enquiries: Mack Lewele: 082 450 5076