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NMMU and Human Rights Foundation focused on “First Nations” 

“From language and land to history and heritage in building a democratic South Africa!” This captivating theme forms the basis of a public dialogue to be hosted in Human Rights Month by the Foundation for Human Rights and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University here in the city of George.

“The debate, to be led by a panel of experts from a diversity of spheres such as community, government, clergy, youth and academia, will explore the linkages between race and power in the context of Khoisan history, marginalised language, land claims, ancient heritage sites, political and economic development and social cohesion as part of the ongoing process of nation building”, says Prof Quinton Johnson, Principal of NMMU George Campus.   

The Campus, together with NMMU’s Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) will be hosting the first of a series of three dialogues endorsed by the Human Rights Foundation.   The topics are all set to create a platform for “courageous conversations” which are essential in the process of building a more cohesive and democratic society.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the event and join the conversation, which has been scheduled for Tuesday, 22 March 2016 from 14:30 to about 17:00 at the centrally located St Marks Cathedral, York Street, George. 

For more details, contact the NMMU George Marketing and Corporate Relations Unit at 044 801 5111/5098.


The NMMU is set to launch a Cultural, Heritage and Arts Newseum (CHAN) at the George Campus during the year. This initiative will include a focus on the origins of cognitively modern humans and the development of the university in the Southern Cape, within the context of creating sustainable futures. “The theme of the first NMMU-Human Rights Foundation dialogue complements this exciting development” says Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson, featured here with the George Mayor, Ald Charles Standers, and members of the George Municipal Council during a visit to the building which will house the CHAN at the campus.