Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cry Freedom ... Solly Mapaila

What is the vision of the SACP for a sustainable future South Africa? What is Nelson Mandela's legacy for South Africa? Why should we not monumentalise the National Development Plan? What are the certainties we can look forward to in a very uncertain world? Is the NDP going to bring people in South Africa closer together or is it going to divide us further? How soon is government going to start selling the Vision 2030 to the broader society and move to implementation strategies?

Some of the questions we asked Solly Mapaila, Deputy General Secretary of the South African Communist Party on the iStart2 Show. Solly Mapaila, a former  Umkhonto weSizwe cadre, started working as an election co-ordinator for the SACP in 1998 and went on to become its national organiser. Being a musician and cultural activist in his own right, he supports the idea that the arts can be used to "write a new story" for South Africa.

I left Cosatu House with a feeling of renewed inspiration, hope and a continued strong belief in the future of our country. Again, we "cry freedom" with all South Africans and it is critical that we all reach across those barriers that divide us, take hands and build a South Africa where we eradicate poverty and inequality. Let's start creating jobs, small businesses and co-operatives. Let's give our children a sustainable future with hope and prosperity.

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Listen to the iStart2 Show on Radio Today 1485 AM in Jozi, dstv Audio Channel 869 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. The show is on every Monday at 18h30 and repeated on Thursdays at 19h00 (SA Time)

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