The FW de Klerk Foundation's Annual Report for 2012-2013 is now available. View a copy of the report, detailing the Foundation's activities, here...
"The ANC is turning up the BEE and EE heat - but like the proverbial frogs in simmering water - most white business leaders remain mesmerised and motionless in the pot," says Dave Steward. Read full statement here...
In a speech to the International Peace Symposium in Brussels on 4 November 2013, former president FW de Klerk said that the ideal of a multi-ethnic society articulated in the Constitution was under enormous threat. De Klerk emphasised the importance of language, culture and history in shaping our individual identities. Read more here… [Photo credit: shellorz / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA].
The Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) - a unit of the FW de Klerk Foundation - would like to confirm that it has been paying the litigation expenses of Adv Glynnis Breytenbach, in her efforts to defend herself against disciplinary action that has been taken against her by her employer, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Read full statement here...
Former president joined fellow Nobel Laureates at the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Warsaw, Poland. The Summit was held from 21 to 23 October 2013. Read more about the summit or view a photo gallery. The City of Cape Town was announced as the host city for 2014. Read the acceptance speech by Councillor Grant Pascoe of the City of Cape Town.
The FW de Klerk Foundation welcomes a recent judgment handed down by the Cape Town Labour Court in Solidarity v Department of Correctional Services to the extent that the Court held that using national racial demographics as the only measure for determining and implementing affirmative action targets, was unfair practice. Read more here...
On Friday, 18 October 2013, former president FW de Klerk addressed the Nuclear Exits Conference in Helsinki. Read the full text of his speech, "The Importance of Rejecting the Gollum's Ring of Nuclear Power" here... [Photo credit: Lance and Erin / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND]
On Tuesday, 15 October 2013, former president FW de Klerk delivered a speech to the 30 Club in London, titled "Africa Today, and Africa Tomorrow". Read the full text of the speech here... [Photo credit: Scallop Holden / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA]
The Foundation responds to allegations made in T.O. Molefe’s article (City Press, 6 October 2013) on "FW de Klerk recast as Buddha-like SA icon". Read more here...
The Constitution rightly guarantees the freedom of religion, belief and opinion - but carefully avoids any connection between church and state. Read a response by Dave Steward outlining the separation between church and state, following recent comments by President Zuma... [Photo credit: Ian Sane / Foter / CC BY]
In a recent speech, Prof Jonathan Jansen of UFS apparently proposed that a long-term solution to the education crisis would be exclusive English education - from the foundation phase. However, this proposal cannot be reconciled with the Constitution’s provision for multilingualism and for the space that it clearly provides for education in any of our official languages. Read more here... [Photo credit: Carsten aus Bonn / Foter / CC BY-ND]
"In our constitutional dispensation, the preservation of the arts, culture and heritage of all South Africans ought to be inclusive, and not exclusive... in matters of the arts, culture and heritage, cultural diplomacy is required." Read more here... [Photo credit: Josh*m / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA]
24 September is Heritage Day. Celebrate our collective heritage and the rich cultural, linguistic and historical diversity of our people by practicing cultural diplomacy. Read more here... [Photo: Kleinz1 / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND]
Former president, FW de Klerk is the patron of the Nedbank South African Charity Golf day. This annual event raises funds for selected charities such as Starfish Greatheart's Foundation, the FW de Klerk Foundation, Foodbank, Warwick in Africa, the Cipla Foundation and Afrika Tikkun. This year's event was held on 13 September 2013. Learn more about the event here, view images, or read Mr De Klerk's speech, delivered on the day.
These learners from the Grade 6 E1 Class at Durbanville Primary chose to profile former president FW de Klerk for a recent history project. Their topic: "Someone who contributed to ending apartheid in South Africa".
From left to right: (back row) Natalia Ludski, Justin Hodges, Kyle Slabbert, Alex Brink, Terry Meyer; (front row) Justin Carsten, Alexandre Riberio and Brandon Staffen.
Read a speech by Dave Steward, executive director of the FW de Klerk Foundation, to the Conference on the Future of South Africa in Garsfontein, here...
Read a speech by Dave Steward, executive director of the FW de Klerk Foundation, to the Cape Jewish Seniors Association here...
"A total ban on cigarettes would simply drive the tobacco trade underground - and create lucrative opportunities for organised crime. More seriously, a total ban would interfere with the perfectly legitimate right of individuals to smoke if they so wish in places where they will not inconvenience non-smokers". Read more here. [Photo credit: HeyThereSpaceman. / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA]
"The lessons that the Egyptians can learn from our experience are the need for inclusivity, toleration, compromise, and strong and effective institutions to uphold the supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law. They are lessons that South Africa taught the world between 1993 and 1996 - but which it is now in the process of forgetting." Read more here. [Photo credit: Ron Rothbart / Foter / CC BY]
Former president, FW de Klerk was invited to take part in the 21 Icons project by photographer and creator of the project, Adrian Steirn. Other icons include former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu. The project will run for 21 weeks, with the final icon unveiled on 15 December 2013. View a short film or gallery of behind-the-scenes pictures from Mr De Klerk's photo shoot. Read more about the 21 Icons project here.
30 July 2013 is International Day of Friendship. South Africa’s peaceful transition to a constitutional democracy in 1994 could serve as themodel for national and international friendship and the pursuit of a culture of peace. Our Constitution also contains all the above key ingredients so important for the attainment and sustainability of a culture of peace. Read more here. [Photo credit: Ant1_G / Foter / CC BY-ND]
"Justice Langa played a crucial role in laying the foundations for our young constitutional democracy and continued to promote the integrity and independence of the judiciary as a cornerstone of our democracy." Read a tribute to former Chief Justice, Pius Langa by former president FW de Klerk here.
On Monday 22 July, staff members and interns of the FW de Klerk Foundation spent the morning at AbbAsorg Cloetesville, doing 67 minutes of community service for Mandela Day 2013. See more here.
The Foundation implements the following projects:
The Centre for Constitutional Rights
The Foundation has established a Centre for Constitutional Rights which:
- promotes the values, rights and principles in
- monitors developments – including draft legislation –
that might affect the Constitution;
- informs people and organisations of their constitutional
- assists people and organisations to claim their rights.
Adv Johan Kruger is Director of the Centre. The Centre is advised by a Panel that includes some of South Africa’s leading legal experts. Read more about the Centre.
The Foundation also:
Organises dialogues where community leaders and government members informally discuss concerns, relationships and solutions.
Supports balanced transformation. It promotes discussion on the need for national consensus on economic and social transformation.
Supports selected charities. In the past three years it has distributed more than two million rand to children’s organisations and educational programmes for the physically and intellectually disabled.
Commissions research on topics of importance to inter-community relations.
Participates in the national debate through speeches,conferences, articles, its publications and its website.
Internationally it shares South Africa’s conflict resolution experience with divided societies and supports the rights of ethnic, religious and cultural communities around the world.
Global Leadership Foundation
FW de Klerk is Chairman of the Global Leadership Foundation (GLF), which is a not-for-profit foundation registered in Switzerland. It is independent of any private, corporate or commercial interest. The GLF exists to make available, discreetly and in confidence, the experience of former leaders to today’s national leaders. It does so through its network of former Presidents, Prime Ministers, senior ministers and other distinguished leaders, drawn together on a not-for-profit basis to give something back to the world. GLF Members work in small teams, in their personal capacity, offering private and confidential advice to Heads of Government on any issues of concern to them. Read more here...
Former president FW de Klerk and fellow Nobel Peace Laureate, the Dalai Lama, both attended the Forum 2000 event held in Prague from 15 to 17 September 2013. Read more about Forum 2000 here...
Minister of Home Affairs, Naledi Pandor, paid a visit to the Foundation offices on Wednesday, 24 July 2013, to give former president, FW de Klerk, his new Smart ID card. View more images here...
Former president, FW de Klerk, was invited to speak at Singapore Management University on 25 March 2013 as part of the Ho Rih Hwa Leadership in Asia Public Lecture Series. View more images here...
On 2 February 2013, former president, FW de Klerk, attended a conference and gala dinner at the Protea hotel President in Bantry Bay, Cape Town. The conference was hosted by the FW de Klerk Foundation and themed 'Uniting Behind the Constitution'.
[Photo: left to right: Dave Steward, Elita de Klerk, FW de Klerk]
Former president, FW de Klerk, spoke briefly at a function hosted by KidsRights in Cape Town on Monday, 26 November 2012. Mr De Klerk, as well as the the FW de Klerk Foundation, have a long-standing relationship with KidsRights, an international organisation that promotes the wellbeing of very vulnerable children across the world and advocates the expression of their rights. Read Mr De Klerk's remarks here...
On Saturday, 27 October, FW de Klerk delivered a speech to the Annual General Meeting of the Huguenot Foundation of South Africa.
Former president, FW de Klerk, was in London on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, where he delivered a speech to a joint dinner hosted by North-West University and Greenwich School of Theology. On Thursday, 4 October 2012, Mr De Klerk delivered a speech at the convocation ceremony of North-West University, titled: "The Impact of Solid Christian Theology on Societies Nationally and Internationally".
On Monday, 17 September 2012, FW de Klerk received a special edition of the new Oxford Afrikaanse Skoolwoordeboek. Mr De Klerk highlighted the need to promote all of South Africa's indigenous languages, “The Constitution demands that government - and in a sense of all of us - recognise our multicultural society and strengthen the languages which have not yet been fully developed into academic laguages." Read more here...
On 6 September 2012, FW de Klerk delivered the Barry Streek Memorial Lecture to the Cape Town Press Club. His speech was titled, "The Struggle for Equality. Read more here...
In a speech on 30 August 2012, at the MEDEF Summer University in Paris, FW de Klerk called for greater international recognition of the rights of cultural, religious and language minorities: “The presence of people from so many different cultures is one of the most enriching aspects of our new world. But it will also require us to observe new codes of behaviour and to acknowledge the multidimensional rights of people..." Read more here.
On a recent visit to Ghana, FW de Klerk addressed the Institute of Economic Affairs in Accra. His speech was titled:"The Challenges of Change in Africa". Read more here...
In a speech on 30 June 2012 at the Windhoek Afrikaans Private School, FW de Klerk spoke about the future of Afrikaans - in Namibia and South Africa. Read more here...