Critical Dialogue Programmes
As an organisation with human dignity and social justice at its core, Cornerstone aims to promote and contribute to important conversations around human rights through advocacy, lobbying and research. One of the ways in which we do this is with our monthly Critical Dialogue series.
The series started in 2015 and traditionally takes the form of physical events including book launches, panel discussions, interactive workshops, exhibitions and local film screenings – all of which aim to stimulate public debate that moves society forward. Since COVID hit the nation, and lockdowns were imposed, the Critical Dialogues have, like many others, moved into an online space.
The SA Film & TV Industry: Hope For A New Tomorrow
South Africa is an attractive location for international film shoots. But in its own right, our country has also been recognised for excellent movie productions and talent. Since 2005, when Tsotsi won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, several South African productions have won international acclaim. In addition, the film industry has the potential to attract foreign investment and to create jobs. The South African film and entertainment industry has the potential to generate R120 billion for the economy annually. The National Film and Video Foundation noted that in 2019/20 the industry contributed R7.2 billion to the economy and that it sustained 31 444 jobs. This fell in 2020/21 to R2.9-billion, with just 12 775 jobs sustained.Read more 06 January 2022
Sport and the National Psyche
Sport has the power to inspire unity and patriotism. It also has the power to transform individuals and communities for the better. On the panel for the coming episode of the Cornerstone Critical Dialogues, we will discuss exactly how this is happening in various spaces.Read more 23 December 2021
New Approaches to Local Government Service Delivery & Economic Development
In the wake of the recent local government elections, this episode of the Cornerstone Institute Critical Dialogues will take a deep dive into how to make local government more effective at delivering services to communities, as well as new approaches to stimulate economic development on the local community level.Read more 16 December 2021
Reviving and Celebrating Our Indigenous Knowledge Systems
On 1 December 1838, slaves were emancipated at the Cape Colony in South Africa. Some 39 000 slaves were freed from the system of ‘apprenticeship’. While slaves were brought into the country by the Dutch from other colonies around the world, the slave system impacted the Khoisan peoples of Southern Africa most harshly. Commandos of colonists would conduct raids against San peoples — often on the pretext that the San were simply stock thieves — for the purposes of acquiring slaves. In such cases, San men were often killed and the women and children taken into bondage, to serve as labour on colonial farms. The treatment of slaves in South Africa was often brutal, with psychological, physical and sexual abuse commonplace.Read more 02 December 2021
What's the Point of Activism against GBVF?
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified. This is the growing ‘shadow pandemic’ – and we need a global collective effort to stop it. As COVID-19 cases continue to strain health services, essential services – such as domestic violence shelters and helplines – have reached capacity.Read more 25 November 2021
What To Do About All Our Waste
Critical Dialogue, Season 1, Episode 7: What To Do About All Our Waste. South Africans produce many tons of organic, plastic and electronic waste every day, much of which ends up in landfills, polluting our rivers, oceans and the environment. It’s a growing problem that shows little sign of slowing down. To gain a deeper understanding of the exact scale of this issue, how we might achieve the ambitious targets government bodies have set, as well as of emerging business opportunities in waste recycling and resource recovery, listen to Episode 7 of the Cornerstone Institute Critical Dialogues on Bush Radio 89.5FM next Thursday evening (18 November, 2021).Read more 18 November 2021
The Rising Cost of Homelessness in Cape Town
If you walk around any South African city it is impossible not to be struck by the number of homeless people there are – you can’t miss it, especially in the early evening when people who have nowhere else to stay are bedding down for the night in shop doorways, under bridges or in parks. It is difficult to quantify exactly how many people are sleeping on the streets in South Africa as no reliable national statistics are routinely collected.Read more 11 November 2021
“Artists Are Surviving Lockdown And Living To Tell The Tale.”
COVID-19 has rapidly changed the way that everyone — including artists and creative freelancers — conduct business. Cancelled shows and gigs, institutions that have gone under, isolation and mental health issues have all taken their toll. An August 2020 study in the US showed that unemployment is particularly high for performing artists in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic.Read more 04 November 2021
Mental Health Awareness in South Africa
According to the World Health Organization and World Economic Forum, mental illness is the largest economic burden the world carries today. Ninety percent of people in developing countries such as South Africa go without any form of treatment. The stigma of mental illness and a lack of mental health awareness worsen already existing mental health issues.Read more 28 October 2021
THE SCIENCE, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
“The people who are currently in power and responsible for making important decisions will not likely be alive in 20 – 30 years when the worst effects of the current rate of climate change will be felt. Therefore, they don’t have as much to lose from continuing to make bad decisions. By the time we inherit political and strategic power on this planet, it will be too late to make changes.”Read more 21 October 2021
Taking the Pulse of Education & Higher Learning in South Africa & Worldwide
The Covid-19 Pandemic has caused intense disruption across all societies and particularly in the space of Higher Learning, where it has widened already existing social and economic gaps. In the second edition of the Cornerstone Critical Dialogues on Bush Radio 89.5FM this coming Thursday evening, we will be “Taking the Pulse of Higher Education in South Africa and Worldwide” with a panel of distinguished guests, including Professor Ahmed Bawa Chief Executive Officer, Universities South Africa (USAF), Professor Loretta Feris, Professor of Law at UCT, Professor Driekie Hay-Swemmer, Executive Director in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, CPUT, and Professor Martin Oosthuizen, CEO, Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC).Read more 14 October 2021
Fed Up With Being Afraid - Tackling Gender Based Violence In South Africa
In the year 2019/2020 the South African Police Service recorded 53 776 sexual offences, with 42 664 of these being rape cases. While the final figures for 2021 are yet to be released, we know that many incidents remain undocumented, unreported and unaccounted for within national statistics.Read more 11 August 2021
Plans for the future: How young people see economic recovery in South Africa.
Commemorate Youth Month As we commemorate Youth Month and honour the young people of 1976 who laid down their lives, fighting for freedom and the right to equal education, we also reflect on the challenges faced by the current youth of South Africa. A declining economy with record high unemployment numbers, and all of this during one of the most tumultuous times in human history. ... Tune in on our Facebook page or YouTube channel on 17 June 2021, at 7pm.Read more 17 June 2021