South African civil society to unite against racism

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As civil society organisations prepare to converge on Durban for the World Conference Against Racism's NGO Forum in August, South African civil society will be uniting to face the challenges of transforming racism in the country.
On Monday 23 April, the South African National NGO Coalition, SANGOCO will bring together representatives of major sporting bodies, churches, women, labour unions, youth and other civic organisations at a Preparatory Summit in Johannesburg.
"We stand united in a common cause to eliminate racism in all its forms," said Abie Ditlhake, SANGOCO's Director.
"By developing a shared approach to the International Conference, civil society leaders will be taking another important step towards engaging ordinary South Africans in all provinces in confronting these important issues.
" SANGOCO, as host of the World Conference Against Racism's NGO Forum, has already begun preparation by co-ordinating the estimated 10,000 delegates from around the world who will be attending the event.
"We hope to rise to the challenge laid down by Millennium Statement on Racism adopted at the Sandton Convention Centre," said Ditlhake.
"The task of eliminating racism is a national responsibility which must engage all sectors of society in a common effort and national resolve to combat racism and build a society that affirms and respect the dignity of all South Africans regardless of their colour, culture, religion, language, ethnicity or social origin.

20 april 2001 09:02:00

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