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Roundtable discussion on Rural education: Addressing the challenges held on 18 November 2015, in collaboration with the Catholic Institute of Education

The Catholic Institute of Education collaborated with CPLO on a discussion around rural education. The main speakers were Dr Phumzile Langa, Acting Director for Rural Education in the Department of Basic Education (DBE), and Veerle Dieltiens, a researcher at the Centre for Education Policy Development. Rural education, or schooling for learners in rural areas, has […]

Roundtable discussion on Social transformation: How far have we come? How far still to go? held on 6 November 2015, in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation

Prof Jonathan Jansen (Vice Chancellor, University of the Free State) and Ms Poppy Mocumi (National Chairperson, Disabled Women of South Africa, and member of the National Planning Commission) spoke to the theme of social transformation at a roundtable co-hosted by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. Prof Jansen’s key point was to distinguish between transformation on the […]

Meetings with Members of Parliament: Gengezi Mgidlana (Secretary to Parliament), 5 November 2015

Mr Gengezi Mgidlana, Secretary to Parliament, met with members of South Africa’s civil society, as well as foreign delegates, giving them an opportunity to engage on issues that relate to the country’s democracy. This was a collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation. Mr Mgidlana began the discussion by highlighting the role that Parliament played in […]

Roundtable discussion on Who should run the courts? held on 26 October 2015, in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation

The Hanns Seidel Foundation co-hosted the roundtable on the above topic, where the speakers were Associate Professor Richard Calland of UCT’s Democratic Governance and Rights Unit, and Mr John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development (left). The essence of the question was whether the judiciary could be regarded as truly independent – as […]

Roundtable discussion on Restorative Justice in Schools – Doing discipline differently held on 19 October 2015, in collaboration with the Catholic Institute of Education

Speaking at the roundtable, a collaboration with the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE), were Anne Baker, CIE Deputy Director (left); Oscar Apollis, Manager of the Western Cape Education Department’s Safe Schools Programme; and Hugh Fynn, an independent restorative justice practitioner. The aim of the roundtable was to explore how the school community can respond to […]

Presentation of a research paper on Mapping foreign children in care: A survey of foreign children in residential care in the Western Cape held on 1 October 2015, in collaboration with the Scalabrini Centre

Marilize Ackermann (Advocacy Officer, Scalabrini Centre) presented a research report entitled Foreign children in care in the Western Cape Province. The report was written in collaboration with Prof Julia Sloth-Nielsen. The report looked at the fact that migrant children made up 4% of children accommodated at CYCCs in the Western Cape. The main challenges these […]

Roundtable discussion on SA’s Nuclear Programme: Lifting the veil held on 29 September 2015, in collaboration with the Institute for Security Studies and the Hanns Seidel Foundation

Hilton Trollip (Senior Researcher, Energy Research Centre, UCT) and Murray Hunter (Organiser, Secrecy & Securitisation, Right2Know Campaign) presented on the topic. Some of the issues covered by Mr Trollip include health and safety; nuclear waste; procurement legalities and the ever contentious matter of base load. Mr Hunter focussed on transparency and the importance of learning […]