ShapeShifter

Healing South Africa's soul

Professor Nick Binedell, Professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science on the the Socio-Economic Future of South Africa is working in a five year project called the Socio-Economic Future of South Africa or SEFSA with a plan to bring people from every walk of life together to talk about building a positive future?

This major social initiative led by prominent leaders among religious, civil society, business and community-based organisations is hosting a two day summit on 11 and 12 March led by Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba and aims to address issues of reconciliation, moral disintegration and an overwhelming sense of disillusionment among the people of our country.

South Africa is very ripe for conversation at the moment - to think deeply about where we've got to. Is it a crisis? And what part can we all play in resolving it?

Professor Nick Binedell, SEFSA

Have we given too much power to government and politicians?

We need to ask ourselves have we gone overboard on this? What about civil society? What about the centre? What do ordinary people think?

Professor Nick Binedell, SEFSA

A system, a society, a culture is based on understanding and trust - and we in a bit of uncertainty and a trust deficit at the moment

Professor Nick Binedell, SEFSA

The conference will bring together civil society, government, trade unions, youth and all sectors of society in a two day series of conversations.

I often think of South Africa like a jigsaw puzzle - and someone has gone off with the box. And we are left with the pieces and we're trying to figure out what belongs together and how do we find each other.

Professor Nick Binedell, SEFSA

All South Africans need to feel they can be part of the debate, says Professor Binedell.

What difference can I make in my small zone of influence? How can we empower ourselves? Is time for the younger generation's point of view to be heard.

It seems that after a decade of relative complacency, South African citizens have been shocked into a new phase where they want to take action. The SEFSA project is tapping in to this energy.

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