Media24 backs annual anti-racism week

2016-03-23 06:00
                        PHOTO: sourced Media24 has joined forces with more than 90 organisations, led by the Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada foundations, to fight racism in the country.

PHOTO: sourced Media24 has joined forces with more than 90 organisations, led by the Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada foundations, to fight racism in the country.

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MEDIA24 has partnered with the Anti-Racism Network of South Africa (ARNSA) for the first annual anti-racism week from 14 to 21 March.

ARNSA is the brainchild of the Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada foundations and was established to fight racism. Through its publications and platforms Media24 joins the alliance of more than 90 organisations, including many prominent civil society groups and government institutions.

Media24’s flagship weekly family magazines, YOU, Huisgenoot and Drum, as well as the media group’s nearly 100 newspapers and all its leading online platforms will be running campaigns throughout anti-racism week.

Media24 is appealing to its loyal readers, advertisers and partners to support the initiative.

“Recent incidents of racism in our country were not only shocking, but showed we have a long way to go,” said Media24 chief executive Esmaré Weideman. “It’s time for ordinary South Africans to tackle racism wherever it rears its head.

“Instead of turning a blind eye, we have to say, ‘Not in my name, not in my workplace, not around my braai’. As a country we have so much to lose if the dream of a non-racist, peaceful society goes down the drain. That’s why we joined this initiative, and that’s why Media24 urges all South Africans to get involved.”

ARNSA is the largest anti-racism campaign ever launched by civil society in South Africa and aims to play an important role in fostering dialogue and reconciliation.

Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said: “It troubles me that below the thin veneer of a successful democracy is deeply rooted racism based on a culture and history of privilege and subordination. We ignore this plague at our peril.

“We have to fight it on multiple fronts. Anti-racism week is an ideal opportunity for all South Africans to focus attention on what needs to be done.”

Neeshan Bolton of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation said it was the responsibility of all sectors in society, and not only that of government, to eradicate racism.

“To tackle it effectively South Africa requires consistent and sustainable anti-racism organisations and programmes nationally. We approach this work with the realisation that it is not short-term work, but must span across generations.”

ARNSA will be co-ordinating anti-racism activities, share experience and best practice and launch initiatives to mobilise South Africans during anti-racism week.

Follow the campaign in YOU, Huisgenoot, Drum, Die Burger, Beeld, The Witness, Volksblad, City Press, Daily Sun, Rapport, Son, Media24’s local newspapers, News24, Netwerk24 and all Media24’s sites.

For information on how to get involved visit arnsa.org.za

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