The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation together with Khwera Ye Afrika will host an awards ceremony, where the top 30 essay writers will receive certificates before the announcement of the top 3. The two organisations earlier this year hosted an essay writing competition on the issue of race. The competition drew in some 700 submissions from around the country. Here is shortlist of the top 30 in no particular order: Athenkosi Yende Dzingwe, Mohau Nthebe, Samukelisiwe S Nkabinde, Lindelwa Zondi, Mpho Julia, Ellen Modiegi Kgowa, Khutjisho Phahladira, Nomalanga Manqele, Faheena Sahib, Zinhle Maeko, Matabane N. E, Mamkhabela Mthembu, Obert Joshua Gundani, Moretsi Mabusela, Faeza Samsodien, Taliah B Lewis, Lielly Kawa, Tshepiso Selamolele, Jessica Kinjradt, Sepipi John Moabi, Mamello Maunatlala, Musawenkosi Khanyile, Nokwanda Dlamini, Nia Louw, Ndedwa Ngumbela, Johanna Mehlape, Nzizwa Khubheka, Mapule Nonyane, Nhlaka Hlongwane, Thandeka Nkwanyana.

1000 youth volunteers expected for Operation Winter Warm



Over the weekend of June 10 and 11, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation is set to convene some 1000 youth volunteers when they host a mass relief campaign known as Operation Winter Warm in Lenasia, Johannesburg. The youth will be addressed by various speakers before embarking on a door to door campaign to collect blankets, clothes, books and non-perishable food items for the less fortunate. The event is set to be one of the biggest door to door youth relief campaigns in the country. Guest speakers will include the Foundation's chairperson and former tourism minister, Derek Hanekom, and Executive Director of Section 27 Mark Heywood. Actors Ashish Gangapersad and Lelsey Musina, as well as South African Olympic medalist Khotso Mokoena will also be present. Details are as follows: When: 10-11 June 2017 (Saturday and Sunday) | Time: 9am (Saturday will be the main programme) | Where: Nirvana Secondary School Hall, 6 Willow Street, Lenasia | Hashtag to follow: #WinterWarm17 | To RSVP or arrange interviews with the Foundation, contact Zaakirah Vadi on or 076 243 1185.

Palestinians to share insight into hunger strike



Members of the media are invited to an information sharing session on Sunday with sources from within Palestine on the current political prisoner hunger strike. When: May 21, 2017 | Time: 11am | Where: Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (1 Richmond Forum, Cedar Avenue, Richmond, Johannesburg) | Speaker: Majed Bamya | Organisers: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, Media Review Network - supported by organisers of the #DignityStrikeSA campaign | RSVP: Email or SMS/ Whatsapp 076 243 1185. Journalists will be allowed to interact via Skype with Palestinians who will provide an in depth account of the current conditions faced by Palestinian hunger strikers. The Skype discussion will be conducted with Majed Bamya, the Director of International Treaties at Palestine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was a former adviser at the European Parliament. Bamya is also instrumental in the Free Marwan Barghouthi and All Palestinian Prisoners campaign, which was launched by anti-apartheid struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada and Marwan's wife Fadwa, on Robben Island in 2013. We are currently trying to secure Laith Abu Zeyad for the conversation as well. Abu Zeyad is the International Advocacy Officer of Palestinian prisoner rights group, Addameer. The purpose of the discussion is to allow journalists and editors an opportunity to interact with sources who have first hand information about the hunger strike, which is now in its 33rd day. There have been reports of of prisoners' physical conditions deteriorating drastically over the last few days, with concern being raised by activists about the possibilities of prisoners' losing their lives. The information sharing session will also include updates on the South African solidarity campaign. This follows the 24-hour solidarity hunger strike supported by amongst others, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. It is essential that you RSVP. Email or SMS/Whatsapp 076 243 1185.

Global premier of documentary on Marwan Barghouthi



The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Institute of Palestine and South Africa will be hosting a documentary on the life of Palestinian political prisoner, Marwan Barghouthi, produced by Maan TV. The event takes place on 10 March 2017 at 6.30pm at the Killarney Movie Theatre, 60 Riviera Rd, Killarney, Johannesburg. | RSVP: | DATE OF EVENT: 2017-03-03 18:30:00


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