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A blueprint for tackling racism

Racism. It’s a global issue that will take us coming together to really root out. 🤝 The parents at one Pretoria school have done exactly that: their solutions-oriented protests, which included white allies, provide a great blueprint for how we can affect change. They, along with their children, held a peaceful demonstration at the gates of Cornwall Hill College in Irene, Pretoria.

They called on the school’s governing body to address issues of racism and discrimination. An addendum which contained the testimonials of students who faced racism was handed over to the school, along with a memorandum with proposed changes, including a change in the curriculum and the inclusion of more people, to ensure the school actively takes steps to change its culture and policies. They pledged to hold the school board and executive to account, while promising to be more involved in the school’s affairs to ensure change. 

Now that’s how you change the world. 

Speaking of racism, Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has been exonerated of all allegations of racism and wrongdoing against him by the company’s now suspended chief procurement officer, Solly Tshitangano. It seems Tshitangano, previously highly respected, irresponsibly played the racism card in response to his own performance issues. That just sets the fight back for all of us. 👎 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 15 April 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates