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IRR’s Frans Cronje @ 6 Spin Street [ LATE LUNCH ] IRR’s Frans Cronje @ 6 Spin Street [ LATE LUNCH ]
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Picture South Africa in 10 years. Are the angry poor rising up, seizing land and businesses? Will the ANC survive two more elections? Will the middle classes still braai in the suburbia or will we go the way of Zimbabwe? South Africa is at a tipping point, Frans Cronje believes. This bright and energetic CEO of the Institute of Race Relations, identifies the key trends in the economy, politics and society which hold the clues to our immediate future. The ‘curse of rising expectations’ lies at the root of much of the instability in the country. He identifies the road choices ahead- the Narrow, the Wide, the Rocky and the Toll.
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Auditor General @ Dakar at 6 Spin Street [ RESCHEDULED TO Tuesday 13 June - LATE LUNCH ] Auditor General @ Dakar at 6 Spin Street [ RESCHEDULED TO Tuesday 13 June - LATE LUNCH ]
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
PLEASE NOTE OWING TO SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS THE PRESS CLUB IS RESCHEDULING THE AG FUNCTION TO LUCKY TUESDAY 13 JUNE. The Auditor General Kimi Makwetu is the man who keeps a close look on government accounts. He can point out when things are going well from a fiscal management perspective – or, indeed, when they are not. There has been quite a lot of political controversy over fiscal management by the state of late – and this, no doubt, has consequences for the Auditor General’s office. The AG can’t enter the political terrain but he can be asked questions about the state of government, at least from an auditing perspective.
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John Kane-Berman @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ] John Kane-Berman @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ]
Thursday, June 01, 2017
John Kane-Berman is uniquely qualified to look back over the enormous political and social changes that have taken place in his lifetime in this fractious country. In his career as student leader, Rhodes Scholar, newspaperman, independent columnist, speech maker, commentator, and Chief Executive, for thirty years, of the South African Institute of Race Relations, Kane-Berman has been at the coal face of political change in South Africa. The breadth and depth of ideas and events covered here are striking: the disintegration of apartheid, the chaos of the "people's war" and its contribution to the broader societal breakdown we see today, the liberal slide-away, the authoritarian ANC with its racial ideology and revolutionary goals, to mention only a few.
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The Quaker Peace Centre challenges BAe arms deal @ Pavillion [ LUNCH ] The Quaker Peace Centre challenges BAe arms deal @ Pavillion [ LUNCH ]
Monday, May 22, 2017
The Cape Town Press Club hosts a working lunch for the Quaker Peace Centre which is instituting a claim against the South African Government aimed at cancelling the arms deal with BAe, thereby, recovering some R35 billion for the beleaguered SA fiscus. Carol Bower and Rommel Roberts who are respectively chair and on the executive of the QPC will speak to the activism of the Quakers and the need for public interest litigation that makes speaking truth to power an effective way of targeting injustices that negatively impact the poor. The Quakers played a big role in ending slavery and child labour in the USA. In SA the Quakers were at the forefront of ending the pass laws.
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Open Secret’s Hennie van Vuuren @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ] Open Secret’s Hennie van Vuuren @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ]
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Hennie van Vuuren, an activist, writer and Director of Open Secrets – a foundation that investigates corruption - returns to the Cape Town Press Club with Apartheid, Guns and Money. It is the tale of profit. South Africa remains a deeply unequal society battling the legacy of apartheid and the persistence of corrupt networks that seek to capture its democratically-elected leaders. Van Vuuren argues that in the absence of accountability, corrupt networks of the past stay in business. Rather than face justice they invite members of the new elite to the table.
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