Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Reflections of President Mbeki's Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture

Social cohesion and human solidarity cannot be detached from material conditions and relations.
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President Thabo Mbeki’s Nelson Mandela lecture on Saturday, July 29, 2006 at Wits University called upon South Africans to debate materialism and idealism, whilst emphasising the central notion of social cohesion and human solidarity. Nothing more could be encouraging and inspiring than the President of the country calling on all of us to embrace the noble values and practices of Ubuntu. The President advised all of us never to allow the market to be the principal determinant of the nature of our society. The President indicated that he believes that “to achieve the social cohesion and human solidarity we seek; we must vigorously confront the legacy of poverty, racism and sexism”.

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