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WEF on Africa slammed for ignoring civil society voices

WEF on Africa slammed for ignoring civil society voices

SABC article by Fanele Mhlongo on Thursday 27 April 2017 21:20

The People’s Economic Forum (PEF) says it will protest at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Durban next week. The forum comprises a group of community activists and civic organisations.

The forum, which was been launched in Durban on Freedom Day, aims to create a space for people to learn and share information and solutions for economic and financial inclusion.

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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.

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People’s Economic Forum an ‘Antidote’ to Elitism

People’s Economic Forum an ‘Antidote’ to Elitism

An article by Arthi Gopi (IOL)

DURBAN – WHAT is junk status, why should we be worried about ratings agencies, and what does radical economic transformation mean?

The People’s Economic Forum aims to make the worlds of business, finance and economics easier to understand in a “festival of learning” to be held from April 27 to May 3, ahead of the World Economic Forum Africa in Durban from May 3 to 5.

“It is where people can ask questions about how world economics affects them. Today, words such as junk status and radical economic transformation are common parlance, but not many of us know how it affects us, and why we should be concerned.

“The forum creates the space to explore these concepts and learn,” said Nisha Rajah Naidoo, a committee member.

 The forum, which takes place in various venues in the city, will comprise local and international speakers, workshops, films and creative activism.

Films will form a key part, and Naidoo said these include international Emmy award-winning director Rehad Desai’s The Giant is Falling, which will premiere in Durban at the forum, Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu (SA) and Love Story (US) by Michael Moore.

Honorary University of KwaZulu-Natal political economics professor, Patrick Bond, also part of the committee, said the forum was the “antidote” to elitist control.

“We will explore why the world’s problems will not be solved by the elite,” he said.

South Durban environmental campaigner Des D’Sa said people needed to be part of the change, and that began with understanding the issues facing the world.

“There is a crisis out there and we need to act. Information will help us achieve that. Big business is profiting because we don’t take a stand. In this way the forum will educate and inform, and stimulate debate on these issues,” said D’Sa.

 

An article by Arthi Gopi (IOL)