COMMON ACTION FORUM 2018

Johannesburg, 10-11 November

global racial polarisation and the rise of right-wing politics?

REPORT

Presentation

Countries are increasingly becoming antagonistic towards immigrants and minorities for a number of sociopolitical and economic reasons. There has been a rise of radical anti-immigration and right wing movements across Europe in particular. In Africa, tribal tensions are once again emerging threatening development in the continent. Unfortunately some African politicians are readily taking advantage of those situations whenever they occur. Moreover the continuing movement of Africans across the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe has brought a spotlight on Africa’s ability to retain its people and provide desperately needed economic opportunities. Furthermore the conflict in Syria, regarded as one of the greatest catastrophe of our time, has impacted tremendously on the plight of refugees. Moreover, as geographical borders get redrafted across the globe, there are thousands who find themselves internally displaced and stranded for relief.

CAF hosted the CAF 2018 Annual Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa on 10 – 11 November 2018. The Forum gathered experts, politicians, journalists and academia to engage in an open and deep discussion on multiculturalism, racial polarisation and the rise of right-wing politics. The outcomes of the conference were compiled into a report which is being circulated widely to policymakers and the media.

Notwithstanding its important role and position in the Global South, South Africans marked the 100th year since the struggle stalwart and politician Nelson Mandela was born. The timing of CAF 2018 Annual Forum in South Africa is in that regard was appropriate. Furthermore, South African political miracle was by and large due to its ability to navigate the delicate tribal and racial political trappings. The country has since 1994, at various levels, assisted in a political discussion involving multi-culturism and non-racial politics across the globe. When the majority black South Africans had convincing reasons to embrace Black Nationalism they opted for an inclusive non- racial politics. Therefore as the world continues to deal with racial polarisation and the rise of right-wing politics, the South African experience is becoming indispensable.

SESSIONS

Gala Dinner
Speakers:
David Makhura
Wadah Khanfar

Master of Ceremonies:
Sami Zeidan

Opening Remarks
Speaker: 
Parks Tau
1st Session − Deadly immigration into Europe and the rise of right-wing politics
Speakers: 
Ayo Obe
Mohamed Dangor
Muhammad Khabir Isa
Nazinine Moshiri

Moderator:
Layla Dean-Verity

2nd Session − Populism and future of Politics: Youth Perspective
Speakers: 
Chumani Maxwele
Faith Abiodum
Fatima Muneer
Soud Hyder

Moderator:
Simon Allison

3rd Session − Non-racialism and Multi-culturalism, a dream deferred
Speakers: 
Cheryl Carolus
Neesham Balton
Mohamed Dangor
Michel Amoah

Moderator:
Rafael Heiber

Vote of Thanks
Event Coordinator: 
Thembisa Fakude

FORUM PARTICIPANTS | Moderators & panelists

WADAH
KHANFAR

KEYNOTE
SPEAKER
ABOUT

Wadah Khanfar is the Co-founder and Chairman of Common Action Forum. He previously served as the Director General of Al Jazeera, transforming it from a single channel to a media network.

PARKS
TAU

KEYNOTE
SPEAKER
ABOUT

President of South African Local Government Association (SALGA), President United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). He is the current Gauteng Provincial Treasurer of the African National Congress, the governing party in South Africa. He is also the former Executive Mayor of Johannesburg.

SAMI
ZEIDAN

MASTER OF CEREMONIES
ABOUT

Principal presenter, Al Jazeera English. Sami Zeidan is an award winning Senior Presenter with Al Jazeera English since 2005. He was chosen to present the channel’s first live broadcast when AJE launched on November 15th, 2006. Sami joined Al Jazeera after presenting with a number of the largest broadcasters in the world including CNN, CNBC and NBC.

THEMBISA
FAKUDE

EVENT
COORDINATOR
ABOUT

Co-Founder and the Executive Director of Common Action Forum. He is geographer, M.A. in Territorial Analysis and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Communication, Knowledge and Culture. His expertise is the political relations between technology, society and territory.

LAYLA
DEAN

1ST SESSION
MODERATOR
ABOUT

Barrister in England and Wales. She is a visiting Law Lecturer,  Academic Researcher at the University of Westminster. Former CEO of an international non-profit organisation Basic Human Rights.

AASIL
AHMED

1st Session
Panelist
ABOUT

Is the Africa Editor at the Mail and Guardian. He is also a researcher/consultant at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Before joining Mail and Guardian, Simon worked as an African correspondent for the Daily Maverick.

AYO
OBE

1ST SESSION
PANELIST
ABOUT

Legal practitioner and partner, Olasupo Shonibare, Lagos Nigeria, Chairpeson Goree Institute, Senegal. She is trustee of the Brussels-based think tank, the International Crisis Group. In Nigeria she is on the boards of the Z.O. Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries and the Ajegunle Community Project.

NAZININE
MOSHIRI

1ST SESSION
panelist
ABOUT

UN, member of Somalia and Eritrea panel of experts. This involves investigating violations of the sanctions regime on Somalia and Eritrea, for the UN Security Council. Prior to that, during her 17-year career in broadcasting and news, she thrived in some of the most dynamic newsrooms in the world, leading teams on complex and often dangerous missions.

SIMON
ALLISON

2ND SESSION
MODERATOR
ABOUT

Is the Africa Editor at the Mail and Guardian. He is also a researcher/consultant at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Before joining Mail and Guardian, Simon worked as an African correspondent for the Daily Maverick.

SOUD
HYDER

2ND SESSION
PANELIST
ABOUT

President of South African Local Government Association (SALGA), President United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). He is the current Gauteng Provincial Treasurer of the African National Congress, the governing party in South Africa. He is also the former Executive Mayor of Johannesburg.

CHUMANI
MAXWELE

2ND SESSION
PANELIST
ABOUT

South African Political activist best known for his involvement in #Rhodesmustfall. In October 2015, Maxwele was involved in a nationwide protest against rising costs of attending university otherwise known as the #FeesMustFall movement, during which he was arrested outside the parliament of South Africa.

FAITH
ABIODUN

2ND SESSION
PANELIST
ABOUT

International Affairs analyst and a writer. His early career in journalism involved stints as a reporter for the Guardian and as a radio host, interviewing personalities including Nobel Laureates Wole Soyinka and Leyman Gboyee.

FATIMA
MUNEER

2ND SESSION
PANELIST
ABOUT

Research analyst at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Canadian government consulting firm. She is a graduate of Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and holds an M.S. from Columbia University. Muneer is part of the Leadership Team at Columbia Alumni Association Ottawa and an award-winning photographer.

RAFAEL
HEIBER

3RD SESSION
MODERATOR
ABOUT

Co-Founder and the Executive Director of Common Action Forum. He is geographer, M.A. in Territorial Analysis and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Communication, Knowledge and Culture. His expertise is the political relations between technology, society and territory.

CHERYL
CAROLUS

3RD SESSION
PANELIST
ABOUT

Executive member of the board, International Crisis Group, Former South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Cheryl served on the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress, the governing party in South Africa.

MICHAEL
AMOAH

3RD SESSION
PANELIST
ABOUT

Visiting Fellow at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics (LSE). He specializes in foreing policy and diplomacy, international political economy, international relations, politics of Africa and theories of nationalisms.

MOHAMMAD
DANGOR

3rd SESSION
PANELIST
ABOUT

He is the former South African ambassador to Libya, Syria and Saudi Arabia. Dangor and his siblings joined the struggle at an early age. Five of the nine siblings actively took part in the struggle.

NEESHAN
BALTON

3RD SESSION
PANELIST
ABOUT

Executive Director Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He has been involved in community and political activism for the past 35 years with involvement ranging from teachers unionism, civic organisations, youth activism and formal and underground ANC activism.

Program

Gala Dinner

SATURDAY 19:00-21:00

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1ST SESSION

SUNDAY 10:30-12:00 | Deadly immigration into Europe and the rise of right-wing politics.

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2ND SESSION

SUNDAY 12:15-13:45 | Populism and future of politics: youth perspective.

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3rD SESSION

SUNDAY 15:00-16:30 | Non-racialism and multi-culturalism, a dream defeated.

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OPEnING SESSION

SUNDAY 10:00-10:15

COFFEE

SUNDAY 12:00-12:15

LUNCh TIME

SUNDAY 13:45-15:00

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VOTE to thanks

SUNDAY 16:30-16:45

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