The Friday Stand-In 2016

Civil society and SA govt must call a truce to work together - experts

Two social justice advocates argue that the adversarial relationship between civil society and government needs to change into a complimentary one.

Strategist Dr Miriam Altman has encouraged active citizenship in order to help take the country forward from political uncertainty and economic strain.

She says South Africans need to take their focus away from all that is going wrong and think about ways to gain momentum.

We need more growth. We've got the ingredients and capabilities to move ahead, but we don't seem to be leveraging them.

Dr. Miriam Altman, NDP National Planning Commissioner

According to Altman, the government has the potential to improve the quality of public services, state-owned enterprises and strength of trade relations.

She says social justice organisations play an important role in disciplining political thinking and quality of public services.

If we really want to get delivery on the ground, we have to have an actively engaged citizenry.

Dr. Miriam Altman, NDP National Planning Commissioner

Altman advises that active citizens, NGOs and civil society must work along side government to bring about change.

Meanwhile, activist Sean Lewis says that there has been a revived political consciousness and activism in the country.

Lewis says that there has been a growing disillusionment with politics since the democratic change.

I realised that I had surrendered my power to an election process.

Sean Lewis, co-founder of the SA 1st Forum

He warns that there needs to be common vision among civil society and government for social justice to be achieved.

They're doing important and necessary work often in conflict with government.

Sean Lewis, co-founder of the SA 1st Forum

They're often fighting with government instead of working with and complimenting government.

Sean Lewis, co-founder of the SA 1st Forum

Lewis maintains that failing political leadership cannot be replaced by civil society.

Listen to the pair talk about a common goal for SA on the Friday Stand-In:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Top 10 #FridayStandIn hosts and fun moments

Top 10 #FridayStandIn hosts and fun moments

We've been featuring interesting personalities as guest presenters on the Redi Tlhabi show. It's time to recount some key moments

Protesting students did universities a favour, says UCT Law Dean

Protesting students did universities a favour, says UCT Law Dean

There's no 'business as usual' at university campuses thanks to student activism, says the Dean of Law at UCT.

ConCourt Judge is last #FridayStandIn for 2016

ConCourt Judge is last #FridayStandIn for 2016

Activist and former Constitutional Court Judge Albie Sachs hosts the Redi Tlhabi show this Friday.

#FridayStandIn Crispin Sonn abides by the business ethic 'do well, do good'

#FridayStandIn Crispin Sonn abides by the business ethic 'do well, do good'

Crispin Sonn, director of Gamiro and son of democratic South Africa's first US ambassador Franklin Sonn, believes in giving back.

Why VAT on books must fall (and 11 page-turners to keep you busy these holidays)

Why VAT on books must fall (and 11 page-turners to keep you busy these holidays)

Reading advocate Tebogo Ditshego discusses South Africa's poor reading culture, the costs of books and recommends holiday reads.

Roger Moore has died, age 89

Roger Moore has died, age 89

Listen to Roger Moore opening up to CapeTalk's Melanie Verwoerd about his life, acting and being James Bond.

Popular articles
'Minnie understood he might become a target'

'Minnie understood he might become a target'

Marianne Thamm wrote the forward to 'The Lost Boys of Bird Island' and worked with Mark Minnie in editing the controversial book.

[WATCH] Dad dresses up as a mom so his sons don't feel left out on Mother's Day

[WATCH] Dad dresses up as a mom so his sons don't feel left out on Mother's Day

Khabazela shares Facebook posts, YouTube videos that have gone viral including one with the smartest dogs.

Nxasana questions why Minister Masutha's involvement is not being challenged

Nxasana questions why Minister Masutha's involvement is not being challenged

Former NDPP Mxolisi Nxasana says he didn't know the payout he received was a golden handshake.

[LISTEN] Is your phone listening in on your conversations?

[LISTEN] Is your phone listening in on your conversations?

MD at World Wide Worx Arthur Goldstuck explains how your phone may record your voice conversations.

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

Young(ish) South Africans tell stories of the mixed emotions they feel when supporting family members, and tips from an advisor.

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Juan Sanchez shares stories of Fidel Castro that’ll make you re-examine everything you thought you knew about the Cuban dictator.