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BRICS FROM BELOW

BRICS FROM BELOW

Sunday, April 30: Durban’s Dangers and Deceptions

Durban University of Technology, 51 Steve Biko Road, Block C, Room BC 0204, above library

the World Economic Forum-Africa’s host city cannot hide some uncomfortable truths:

10am-1pm: Dangers in the Search for Economic, Social and Environmental Justice

  • Bandile Mdlalose (UKZN Centre for Civil Society): potentials and pitfalls of community organising
  • Gcina Makoba (UKZN Development Studies): food, water, sanitation and solid waste
  • Faith ka Manzi (independent): AIDS survival and struggle
  • Brij Maharaj (UKZN Geography): Warwick Junction traders’ victory against a shopping mall’s proposed displacement of the century-old Early Morning Market
  • Daniel Dumia (African Solidarity Network): anti-xenophobic activism

2-5pm: Deceptions in the Suppression of Economic, Social and Environmental Justice

  • Bill Freund (UKZN Development Studies): Durban’s development trajectories
  • Patrick Bond (UKZN Centre for Civil Society and Wits School of Governance): white elephantism and the fossil-foolishness of mega-project maldevelopment; a pollution-prone pipeline; truncated gentrification in the inner city; narratives of opposition to Port-Petrochem expansion; deglobalisation
  • Ashwin Desai on the runaway airport; the hazardous gravitational pull northwards; elite malpractices in South Durban; and other foibles of a local ruling elite

a book project for Jacana Media, supported by the Canadian IDRC, based on research at UKZN, UJ and Wits

CIVIL SOCIETY ENGAGES THE BRICS  at the PEOPLE’S ECONOMIC FORUM

UPDATED PROGRAMME

2 May (09:00-15:00): Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre

BRICS Civil Society Engagement team with Oxfam South Africa for WEF debates

2 May (15:30-19:00): Ike’s Books, 48A Florida Road (1st fl)

BRICS Civil Society addresses Multilateralism and Multinational Corporations

15:30-15:45 Welcome from Patrick Bond and Ike’s Books

15:45-16:15

BRICS research underway by SABTT, think tanks and academics, in context of multilateral failure and emergence of BRICS and hinterland civil society

Neissan Besharati, Idah Makukule, Ashraf Patel

15:15-17:30

BRICS, multilateral reform and corporate accountability

Zama Ntuli on BRICS and mining justice in Fuleni/Somkhele; Matthews Hlabani on contesting BRICS firms in the SA coal industry; Ben Cashdan on the World Bank; Thabiso Bengu on the nuclear controversy

17:30-19:00

BRICS civil society advocacy on social policy

Sakina Mohammed on the South African experience; Moipone Jwayi and Motse Khokhoma on the grassroots view; Nazreen Shaik-Peremanov on BRICS and human rights advocacy

3 May (9:00-13:00): Civil Society march, City Hall to King Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre

3 May (13:00-15:00): Ike’s Books, 48A Florida Road (1st fl)

13:00-15:00

Ways forward for research and for upcoming BRICS-related events: 

Patrick Bond, Idah Makukule and all

a)  civil society advocacy work underway in C20 in preparation for the July 3-10 civil society activities at the G20 

b) series of other meetings related to the BRICS in the JulySeptember period leading up to the Xiamen meeting on 3-5 September

c)  preparations for hosting of BRICS in South Africa, 2018

15:00

Closure: Patrick Bond and Idah Makukule

 

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