The African Renaissance ...continued
There are many imbalances in the lives of Africans today due to the colonization period that Africa went through. African's now live in a world of intercultural communication, global economy and new politics dispensation, but they are still suffering.
'Africa's rich raw material base, has been exploited for centuries for the benefit of other continents. Africa's resource base included the rain forests, the virtually carbon-dioxide-free atmosphere above the continent and the absence of toxic effluents in the rivers and soils that interact with the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and Mediterranean and Red Sea. They also included palaeontological and archeological sites containing evidence of the evolution of the earth. '
Source: Sunday Tribune Newspapers - The African Renaissance Conference.
By seeing the important role South Africa plays in the African continent, President Thabo Mbeki is challenged to ensure that his political agenda first gains ground within the South African context. President Mbeki's leadership will also strengthen due to the cultural, socio-economic and political emancipation of South Africa, enabling him to face the problems of South Africa and the whole continent. This process requires total involvement of all South Africans.
President Mbeki is supportive of going back to the school of Africa. President Mbeki is the second black president of South Africa, and with that there are many challenges ahead of him. With this in mind, he has appealed to all who are involved in social sciences to advise South African leadership if there is anything in African social culture that needs to be identified and enhanced in order to serve the cause of the 'African Renaissance'. It is important to integrate African tradition and heritage or the dream of the 'African Renaissance' may never be realized. There have been three constituents identified in realizing the dream of "African Renaissance":
The present government in South Africa has already achieved through good initiative in the process of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Even though there were pitfalls, no one can overlook all the work the Commission in South Africa has done in the process of nation-building.
Do you agree that African culture is important in the realization of the African Renaissance?
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