From left are: Prof Quinton Johnson (NMMU George Campus principal), Bishop Brian Marajh (keynote speaker) and Dean Langeveldt, Nombuyiselo Duma, Annabelle Lloyd (Grade 11 Glenwood House School) and Siviwe Sawuti, who were the panellists at the lecture. Photo: Myron Rabinowitz
GEORGE NEWS - Bishop Brian Marajh, Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of George, delivered the keynote address titled 'Speaking to the spirit of Oom Bey: Transformation in a democratic South Africa' at the third NMMU Dr Beyers Naudé Memorial Lecture on Friday 22 May held in the St Mark's Cathedral, Anglican Church in York Street.
Marajh challenged the pupils from the local high schools, students from NMMU, as well as educators, lecturers and members of the community to ask themselves at what level human dignity is.
"We are called upon to recognise our responsibility as citizens to ensure that transformation for a better society continues. Today we must tackle, among our many challenges, the scourge of xenophobia that has beset certain regions within our country. Is this not primarily a lack of human dignity?" asked the Bishop.
He continued by saying that transformation in South Africa must result in a greater good for all, not just the privileged few.
The lecture was the first in a series of three commemorating the life and work and promoting the uplifting values that the late Dr
Beyers Naudé lived by. It was hosted by NMMU in partnership with Kagiso Trust. A dialogue/debate with four well-versed and opinionated youth panellists representing a diversity of perspectives, and a question and answer session with the audience, followed.
Marajh said, "Transformation will be fully implemented when a black rugby player is chosen as captain of the Springboks on merit only and a white person becomes president of the ANC. Transformation is ongoing and as the world as we know it changes, the new challenges will necessitate a rethink of our values."
Attendees to the occasion were greeted by the beautiful voices of the NMMU George Campus Choir, which set the tone for what proved to be a very successful and thought-provoking evening of debate and deliberation.
ARTICLE AND PHOTO: MYRON RABINOWITZ, GEORGE HERALD JOURNALIST.
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