Nelson Mandela – a celebration of an icon’s life

Initiative urges all sectors of society to tackle racism

Wednesday 8 March 2017 07:00

Neo Motloung

Anti-Racism Week 2017 will be observed from March 14 - 21

Ahmed Kathrada Foundation will on Wednesday launch the 2017 Anti-Racism Week, in Johannesburg at the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Anti-Racism Week 2017 will be observed from March 14 - 21, 2017 and calls on all sectors of society to #TakeOnRacism.
It culminates on Human Rights Day, which is also marked globally as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination..

It is an initiative of the Anti-Racism Network South Africa (ARNSA), constituting some 60 organisations, spearheaded by the Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada Foundations.

Various activities aimed at raising awareness about racism are hosted in communities and cities nationally during the week.  

Gauteng Premier David Makhura is expected to give the keynote address.

On Saturday the foundation's founder, ANC struggle veteran, Ahmed Kathrada, was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital for surgery relating to blood clotting on the brain.

The frail 87-year-old was initially admitted for dehydration, but doctors later picked up the clot, which has subsequently been removed.

Kathrada is one of three Rivonia Trialists still alive today, the other two being Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg.

Along with Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba and Elias Motsoaledi, they were sentenced in 1964 to life imprisonment on Robben Island during the famous Rivonia Trial.
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