BuaNews, 12 June 2008

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The North West provincial government will hold a two-day provincial Lekgotla to discuss racism, xenophobia and other related intolerances in Rustenburg on Thursday. The gathering will focus on strategic plans and mechanisms to eradicate all forms of exclusion, prejudice and injustice in the province. All stakeholders have been urged to use the lekgotla as a platform for national conversation on the social ills currently facing the country; promote a caring society in which human dignity and life are respected. Furthermore, the programme will also mobile mass commitment towards positive values, responsible citizenship and patriotism. It will also aim to close the gap between communities in the face of intolerance and deep social divisions. Delegated will include representatives from the South African Human Rights Commission, Traditional Leaders, civil society, organised labour, business, religious bodies and government departments. Also expected to be part of the lekgotla is the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR). The lekgotla follows the establishment of the Moral Regeneration Programme in 2007 by the provincial government which aims to promote moral renewal, social cohesion and national building and a programme will be unveiled in the next few weeks. Key to the launch of the Moral Regeneration programme will be unveiling the provincial strategy to combat racism, xenophobia and related intolerance.