Professionals engage in dialogue

2015-11-11 06:00

PROFESSIONALS gathered at the Hibiscus Council Chambers on Thursday to engage in a dialogue, the topic of which was “Public servants’ realisation to fulfil the declaration of the Freedom Charter”.

Municipality, businesses and other professional sectors attended the gathering.

Regional ANC chairperson Mr Toloman Mnyayiza shared the platform with Dr Sipho Nzimande, Esayidi rector, and the Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF) KZN chairperson Zwile Zulu took part in a debate following their presentation about topical issues faced by society.

Zulu took the stand and explained how the PPF works and why it was established, saying the aim of the forum is to defend the democracy the ANC fought for and to protect professionals in the workplace.

Nzimande reflected on the current state of the education system and what the Freedom Charter prescribes to, which led to the debate on culture and education and the current outcry for “Fees must fall”.

Mnyayiza challenged professionals not to be mere bystanders, but urged them to play a robust role in the implementation of the country’s policies which ultimately seeks to fulfil the declarations of the Freedom Charter.

“We, as professional of the public sector, need to self-evaluate to ensure we lead the country in the right direction and reach what is required as premised in the Freedom Charter.”

The dialogue accommodated heated contribution from the private sector.

Mr Mthoko a businessman and owner of the Stages Restaurant, spoke about how they are working­ towards fulfilling the declarations of the Freedom Charter, in particular, the economic growth and sustainability of the country.

“Since we have been in operation­ since 2012 we have created­ permanent jobs for more than 18 people, the majority of whom are youths,” said Mthoko

The PPF is the professional body, which among other constitutional mandates, provides a platform for professionals to engage in topical issues and provide critical analysis and make meaningful contributions to the policies and plans of government.

The aim of the dialogue was to ensure that professionals in the public service, individually or as institutions, are empowered on the declarations of Freedom Charter and to lead towards the implement their duties with its aspirations­ in mind.

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