Discussion on race relations

The Salt River-based Cornerstone Institute will host a discussion on transformation in higher education at the launch of a new book on race and reconciliation in South Africa.

The event takes place at the Cornerstone Institute at 127 Cecil Road, Salt River, on Tuesday 21 August from 18:00 to 20:00.

Academics Dr Mamphela Ramphele and Dr Rudi Buys will headline the event.

The newly published book, Brugbouers, authored by Buys, the dean of Cornerstone, revisits the process of reconciliation following a horrific incident of racial discrimination at the University of the Free State in 2008.

In a video, four white male students of the Reitz residence subjected five black workers to so-called screening tests for placement in their campus residence.

After video images surfaced of the workers having to eat food in which the students had seemingly urinated, racial tensions flared on campus and protesting voices sounded worldwide.

The infamous Reitz video incident, as offensive as it was, also provided an opportunity to examine the complexities of transformation today and the need to re-imagine the future of the local society.

Buys will explore these issues in a discussion with Ramphela. The discussion is open to the public.

Stan Henkeman, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), will chair the discussion and open engagement with the audience.

Lorenzo Davids, chief executive of the Community Chest, will read selected passages from the book to provoke open debate.

V For more information, email Thembela Mgudlwa at thembelam@cornerstone.ac.za or visit @Cornerstone on Twitter or Facebook.

The Salt River-based Cornerstone Institute will host a discussion on transformation in higher education at the launch of a new book on race and reconciliation in South Africa­.

The event takes place at the Cornerstone Institute at 127 Cecil Road, Salt River, on Tuesday 21 August from 18:00 to 20:00.

Academics Dr Mamphela Ramphele and Dr Rudi Buys will headline the event.

The newly published book, Brugbouers, authored by Buys, the dean of Cornerstone, revisits the process of reconciliation following a horrific incident of racial discrimination at the University of the Free State in 2008. In a video, four white male students of the Reitz residence subjected five black workers to so-called screening tests for placement in their campus residence.

After video images surfaced of the workers having to eat food in which the students had seemingly urinated, racial tensions flared on campus and protesting voices sounded worldwide. The infamous Reitz video incident, as offensive as it was, also provided an opportunity to examine the complexities of transformation today and the need to re-imagine the future of the local society. Buys will explore these issues in a discussion with Ramphela. The discussion is open to the public.

Stan Henkeman, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), will chair the discussion and open engagement with the audience. Lorenzo Davids, chief executive of the Community Chest, will read selected passages from the book to provoke open debate.

The discussion will explore what lessons the traumas of the Reitz video incident offer in dealing with current challenges of race, prejudice and privilege, particularly as they relate to changes in higher education.

V For more information, email Thembela Mgudlwa at thembelam@cornerstone.ac.za or visit @Cornerstone on Twitter or Facebook.