Earlier this year, the 2021 cohort had their first virtual module, which included discussions around understanding social democracy broadly and understanding the South African political economy. Ultimately reflecting on questions of justice – what would it take for us to attain justice as one of the most unequal societies in the world. The second edition of our virtual engagements focused on experiences of social democracy elsewhere. More broadly looking at ‘What does Social Democracy have to offer today?’
Module two is the our first physical meeting. The pandemic has limited our ability to meet each other, we are excited to finally get the 2021 cohort in one room. This Module seeks to build on lessons drawn from Module one, to start unpacking more practically how we experience democracy, as well as strengthen it through our active participation. In this module we are particularly concerned with how structural and policy reform interacts with active citizenship, activism and advocacy, all encompassed by the notions of Social democracy in our context as a tool for developing and transforming the economy.
Date: 2 - 6 Ocotober 2021
Ayabonga Cawe - Economist, columnist, broadcaster and activist. Managing Director of Xesibe Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Dr Philani Mthembu - executive director at the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD)
Professor Robert Van Niekerk Van Niekerk - DPhil (Comparative Social Policy) from the University of Oxford
Busi Sibeko - economist and researcher at the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ)
Dr Vishwas Satgar - Associate Professor of International Relations at Wits University
Ditebogo Lebea - Programme Associate at Youth Programmes of the South African Institute of International Affairs (Youth@SAIIA)
Koaile Monaheng - research and analysis intern at Just Share SA
David Maimela - founder and Executive Director of The Polisee Space, a public policy think-tank
Dikeledi Mokoena - lecturer at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute and researcher at the University of Pretoria.
Simamkele Dlakavu - PhD Candidate in Political Science under SARChI Chair in Gender Politics at Stellenbosch University
Yandisa Sive Jubase - social justice activist, a woman activist, a speaker, an MC and experienced facilitator
Lihle Ngcobozi - lecturer Governance, Public Policy, and Gendered Approaches to Development
Beloved Sechele - public speaker, voice over artist, podcast host, presenter and a final year LLB Law student at the University of Pretoria