N West promotes social cohesion

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pretoria - The North West provincial government will establish a special committee to oversee the implementation of resolutions adopted at the recent Provincial Social Cohesion and Moral Regeneration Summit, Premier Thandi Modise announced on Tuesday.

According to Modise, her office will also establish a permanent Monitoring and Evaluation Unit.

Hailed as the trendsetter for other provinces, the provincial summit resolved to continue fighting any form of discrimination, which threatens social cohesion and nation building, and to accelerate change in improving the quality of life of all people, with special attention to the needs of the youth, women and people with disabilities.

Delegates endorsed the provincial government to continue to build capacity to drive the socio-economic agenda in the province, including absorbing young people and women into economic activity, employing professionals, investing in skills required by the economy, and investing in research and development to respond to the demands of the knowledge economy.

They also resolved to mobilise communities to work together to build a caring and proud society based on shared values and a vision informed by constitutional democracy, Ubuntu , human rights and equality, non-racialism, non-tribalism and non-sexism.

Inclusivity and social justice, redress and transformation, intercultural and community cooperation, social solidarity, empowered, fair, inclusive and active citizenship, civic responsibility, unity in diversity, national consciousness and identity were adopted as guiding principles.

Stakeholders committed to work towards the implementation of the recommendations of the 2030 National Development Plan (NDP) as a long-term vision, which should serve as a basis for partnerships across society to attain the South Africa and province of their dreams.

In her closing address to the summit, Modise reminded delegates that social cohesion was not about new concepts, but it was about renewal of values and standards and respecting other people’s cultures and beliefs.

The Premier also encouraged young people to take their studies seriously, saying that there will be no place for the uneducated in the future. - SAnews.gov.za

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