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Addressing SA’s Socio-Economic Problems

Addressing SA’s Socio-Economic Problems

The Durban University of Technology and Art for Humanity invite members of the public and media to the dialogue: Reflections on the South African Bill of Rights, set to be held on Thursday, 14 May 2015, at the DUT Art Gallery, Steve Biko Campus, at 12h30.

The dialogue will address the social and economic problems of poverty, deprivation, racism, xenophobia, discrimination, crime, lack of access to health services, education and justice. The aforementioned factors have been identified as a remaining blemish and a debilitating obstacle to the future well-being of the people they affect.

The dialogue comes from the present situation, representing a clear indication of South Africa’s struggle with embracing values, spirit and meaning of the South African Bill of Rights. The dialogue will focus on equality, dignity and the right to life.

The Art of Human Rights collection, which is made up of the reflections of South African artists and poets on the SA Bill of Rights, will be on view at the art gallery. The official opening of the Art of Human Rights collection exhibition and book launch will take place on Wednesday, 20 May 2015, at the DUT Art Gallery and will be opened by the DUT Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Ahmed Bawa.

Well known South African artists and poets including Judith Mason, Nomusa Makhubu, Diane Victor, Berni Seale, Lebo Mashile, Andries Botha contributed to this initiative. The catalogue includes contributions by Ahmed Kathrada, Prof Bawa, with the foreword by Justice Albie Sachs.

The exhibition further includes new works by five emerging artists from KwaZulu- Natal who produced sculptures reflecting on the South African Bill of Rights. During the exhibition, there will be a competition where the winner stands to win a cash prize of R2 500. There will also be a merit award of R500 to be announced at the opening of the exhibition.

The Art for Human Rights project will be boxed in 25 portfolios for exhibition and fundraising purposes. 


The details of the dialogue are as follows:

 Date: Thursday, 14 May 2015

Time: 12:30pm to 13:30 pm

Venue: DUT Art Gallery, Steve Biko Campus


The details of the art exhibition opening are as follows:

 Date: Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Time: 17h30 for 18h00

Venue: DUT Art Gallery, Steve Biko Campus


Those wishing to attend any of the above events must RSVP to Members of the media must contact Noxolo Memela on (031) 373 2899/ to RSVP.

 – Noxolo Memela

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