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Justice supports Mafikizolo Tour in promoting human rights

“Music has played a fundamental role in reuniting people of South Africa during apartheid regime,” said Gauteng Regional Head, Ms Emily Dhlamini.

Speaking at the launch of the Mafikizolo Reunited 2015 Tour in Eersterus, Pretoria East, recently, Ms Dhlamini said the objective of the tour seeks to ensure that learners are educated about their rights and that bullying is eradicated at schools nationwide.

This initiative came after the Office of the Director-General, received a request for partnership in 2014, from the Hotsauce Productions - a company which manages Mafikizolo. The company sought partnership with the department in conducting an awareness raising campaign on gender-based violence in several schools around the country. The department has since approved this venture and subsequently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the partnership. The partnership is also to promote social cohesion and nation building.

Mafikizolo has enjoyed a very successful career in the South African award music industry and internationally. Group members, Nhlanhla Nciza and Theo Kgosinkwe said with this national tour, they also want to give back to the people of South Africa in support of Mandela Day, through the Nelson Mandela Foundation and other partners.

The campaign is informed by (not comprehensive) the following objectives:-

  • To promote Constitutional values of human dignity, the achievement of equality, non-racialism and non-sexism.
  • To educate learners who hold leadership positions on human rights, with a special focus on gender issues.
  • To raise awareness on prevalent types of violence among learners in school e.g. bullying.
  • To create open dialogue among learners and discuss issues affecting them.
  • To encourage learners to focus on their academic commitment.
  • To promote a culture of networking among learners from different schools.

According to Ms Dhlamini, the target group for the campaign is high school learners between the ages of 12-16 years and this child-centred approach will be in a form of interactive dialogues. She indicated that as the custodian of the Constitution in the country, the department, with the Mafikizolo Reunion 2015 Tour, seeks to remove children from the street.

Addressing learners in Eersterus on 12 March 2015, Ms Ntibidi Rampete, Director: Gender Directorate said violence against women and children must be eradicated. “Women and children are the most vulnerable in society and we need to protect them. From a human rights perspective, we are committed to ensure that violence against children is prevented,” she said.

As part of this campaign, Mafikizolo will tour six different cities in the country as part of addressing social issues affecting children, working together with the Departments of Justice and Constitutional Development, Arts and Culture, Nelson Mandela Foundation and the City of Tshwane.

Expressing his appreciation was the founder of the Tshwane School of Music, Mr Freddy Arendse, who praised the late former President Nelson Mandela as a hero, and thanked Mafikizolo for choosing their community. “Tshwane School of Music is the first primary school of arts in the country,” he remarked.

As part of the event, a Teen Discussions themed; “Making a difference everyday” was hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and other partners. These discussions seek to also address social issues that teens are faced with such as underage drinking, risky sexual behaviour and peer pressure. These children will also take part in 67 minutes for Nelson Mandela community outreach programme.

Addressing students, one of Mafikizolo member, Theo Kgosinkwe said it is important for learners to finish their Grade 12 first before they can follow their dreams of becoming an artist. “It is also important for you to understand the contract you will be signing, so if you did not go to school, it will be difficult for you to understand the contract as music is a business on its own,” he advised the learners.

Mafikizolo will host their closing concert in Soweto on the 27 April 2015, to celebrate South Africa’s more than 20 years of democracy.

Six Cities Tour includes:

  • Tshwane – Morula Sun Casino, 14 March 2015
  • Polokwane - Meropa Casino, 28 March 2015
  • Cape Town - International Convention Centre, 04 April 2015
  • Bloemfontein - Vista Arena 11 April 2015
  • Port Elizabeth - The Boardwalk Casino,18 April 2015
  • Soweto - Orlando Stadium, 27 April 2015.

By Mokgethwa Ngoepe

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Published: 20 March 2015