Study reveals race relations have improved in South Africa
A study by the SA Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has revealed an improvement in race-related issues in the country.
According to the report, 77% of black respondents say they have not personally experienced racism, while 61% agree that South Africa is now a country for black South Africans and that white people should take second place .
Azania Mosaka spoke to Head Of Special Research at the institute, Dr Anthea Jeffrey to unpack the findings.
Though there is a great deal of concern about the racial incidents that come up,these are comparatively rare in the experience of most South Africans and that is a very positive thing for the country because we need that social trust between the different races.Dr Anthea Jeffrey, Head Of Special Research at the SA Institute of Race Relations (IRR)
There are things to still be concerned about in the results that we found but there are also some positive things to take away from this insight into how ordinary people experience race relations in their lives.Dr Anthea Jeffrey, Head Of Special Research at the SA Institute of Race Relations (IRR)
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Meanwhile, anti-racism week has just wrapped up with the #RootOutRacism Week Schools’ Programme taking centre stage.
The aim of the initiative was to gauge race relations at schools and understand race from the perspective of South African school children.
Azania spoke to Programmes Coordinator at the Kathrada Foundation, Busi Nkosi, to find out more.
I think the message that we wanted to take to those learners was was taken to heart and also accepted.Busi Nkosi, Programmes Coordinator at the Kathrada Foundation
I think with the topic on racism, it is quite difficult for people to open up and there is not much of a willingness from some people but you also find other who want to learn and act out against racism. So overall it is a 50/50 balance. Once you get into the discussion it gets easier because as much as we are different we then realise that we have so many other things in common as a country.Busi Nkosi, Programmes Coordinator at the Kathrada Foundation
Nkosi says more sustainable efforts are being made to extend other programmes throughout the year, with the launch of an app.
The foundation has just launched a racism reporting app which we are hoping people will utilise to report incidents of race. As that pushes and goes along one will be able to gage whether levels of racism are going down or whether they are growing.Busi Nkosi, Programmes Coordinator at the Kathrada Foundation
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