As we reflect on the celebration of International Women's Month in March and motion towards the upcoming 2024 elections, which will be held on 29 May 2024, it is a significant time to critically reflect on Black women's citizenship and positionality in post-apartheid South Africa. Brief history Historically, Black people have experienced second-class citizenry within the social, economic, and political South African landscape. During apartheid, racial division was the primary strategy of 'otherness' that was exampled by racialised citizen status that was reserved for white races, while the Black majority were systemically excluded from the imagination of the state. Equally,…

Lesego Sekhu and Sinqobile Makhathini
25 Jun 2024

After three decades of democracy, South Africa stands at a crossroads grappling with the interplay between policy aspirations and lived realities of the majority of the black population. The country boasts one of the most progressive constitutions globally because it is based on equality, freedom and justice. Yet the lived realities of its citizens leaves one asking 'what good is a constitution if it cannot be implemented?'. Although policies to address historical injustices and structural inequalities have been developed, implementation has been a challenge  leaving many of the previously disadvantaged populations still disadvantaged, resulting in the county been dubbed the…

Naledi Joyi
12 Jun 2024

April 2024 was the eleventh consecutive month to break heat records. With that news, the world is faced with the reality that global surface temperatures have already surpassed, even if temporarily, 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels – the benchmark agreed on in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Yet, the international climate negotiations continue to stall and the progress made so far on mitigation, adaptation, and loss and damage is inadequate to deal with the severe climate impacts and harms being felt around the world. The climate crisis is not the first time people have had to navigate complex tensions over responsibility…

Jasmina Brankovic and Augustine Njamnshi
29 May 2024

[Johannesburg, May 2024] – The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) celebrates a remarkable milestone this year as it commemorates 35 years of commitment to promoting peace, justice, and reconciliation. Established in 1989 and officially registered as a Section 21 company in 1990, CSVR has emerged as a leading independent, non-profit organisation in the social justice sector committed to addressing the root causes of violence and advancing sustainable peace in South Africa, the continent, and beyond.  As part of its anniversary celebrations, CSVR is proud to announce the launch of its highly anticipated Impact Study Report on…

27 May 2024

In recent years, the election period in South Africa has been a sensitive time, and it has, in some instances, exacerbated issues related to xenophobia and negatively impacted social cohesion within communities.  This takes place within the context of a country like South Africa that has struggled with a culture of violence, which has its historical roots stemming from colonial and apartheid politics of divide and rule. Consequently, issues related to identity, race, and nationality often surface during election periods, leading to tensions and potential outbreaks of "xenophobia. For example, political parties sometimes use divisive language and scapegoating tactics to…

Tsholofelo Nakedi and Azwi Netshikulwe
15 May 2024

Today,  April 7, 2024, the Centre of the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) commemorates the 30th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. We are reminded of one of the darkest chapters in human history – a day that stands as a poignant reminder, urging us to reflect on the profound lessons learned and recommit ourselves to the pursuit of peace and reconciliation globally. The 1994 genocide in Rwanda, which unfolded for about 100 days, resulted in the deaths of about 800,000 to 1 million people, primarily from the Tutsi minority in the country – leaving as part of…

07 Apr 2024
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