25 April 2017 Media Release

25 April 2017 Media Release

The People’s Economic Forum Launches on Freedom Day in Durban

The People’s Economic Forum is set to take place at the Durban University of Technology, Steve Biko Campus, and other venues in Durban, South Africa from the 27th April to 3rd May 2017.

The purpose of The People’s Economic Forum – supported by Oxfam South Africa and the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT) – is to create a free, inclusive, people-friendly space for people to learn and share information and solutions for economic and financial inclusion, empowerment and transformation. The People’s Economic Forum offers people-centred events, including local and international speakers, workshops, films and creative activism, which are free for everyone to attend.

Several films have been confirmed including International Emmy Award Winning Director Rehad Desai’s “The Giant is Falling”, which will premiere in Durban at the People’s Economic Forum. Other free films include the powerful, newly released Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu (SA); the internationally acclaimed Miners Shot Down (SA), festival favourites, The Yes Men Are Revolting (USA); Capitalism: A Love Story (USA) by Michael Moore; Cuba-An African Odyssey and a screening of a film that has never been-released that every South African should see.

Some of the topics for the Ideas Festival include:
• Strategies for radical economic transformation;
• Fees must fall and financial inclusion updates;
• How banks create money and how we can own our own bank;
• WEF, BRICS, SADC, G20 and other elite blocs;
• State capture, junk status and rating agencies;
• The nuclear deal and energy alternatives;
• How the port-petrochemical expansion will affect Durban’s environment, communities, climate and health;
• Food sovereignty and the Seed Economy;
• Food gardening and cooking demonstrations; and
• Live music, art and storytelling

Through the free films, presentations and discussions, The People’s Economic Forum aims to explore the myriad of people-centred and people-driven economic and financial solutions and alternatives that exist in South Africa and around the world.

There will also be a People’s Party with music and an open-mic for performing artists, musicians, drummers, rappers, poets to express themselves nightly from 7-9 pm, Thursday 27 April to Sunday 30 April at Cityzen Café, corner Gordon and Florida Road, Morningside.

In contrast, the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa which takes place at the International Convention Centre in Durban from 3rd to 5th May 2017 is expected to be attended by about 2 000 carefully selected local and international political and economic elites, by invitation only. At the WEF on Africa, business and political elites will shape policies, make decisions and broker trade deals which will affect all of our lives and futures of the more than 1.2 billion Africans, mostly women, youth and small enterprises who will not be invited to attend WEF on Africa.

The People’s Economic Forum is a people’s response to the multiple crises created by political and economic elites – including the energy, food, water, climate, security, financial, inequality, poverty and corruption – that we all face.

The People’s Economic Forum is being organised by a collective of self-funded volunteers and organisations who believe in a free, peaceful, just and abundant world. The People’s Economic Forum’s partners and supporters include the Urban Futures Centre (DUT), South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT), the UKZN Centre for Civil Society (UKZN), the South Durban Community Environment Alliance, The Creative Advantage, The Free People’s Festival, Uhuru Productions, The Brics-from-Below Network, The Tricontinental Film Festival, Oxfam South Africa, the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS).

Everyone is invited to bring their friends and families, food, water and snacks, learn, share and enjoy the free events at The People’s Economic Forum.

Visit the Facebook page “People’s Economic Forum” for more information and updates on the films and speakers programmes.

ISSUED BY THE PEOPLE’S ECONOMIC FORUM

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
EMAIL- info4pef@gmail.com
Contact: Nishara Rajah Naidoo- 076 163 9013
Patrick Bond-083 425 1401
Des D’Sa-031 461 1991

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