Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
29 September 2010

1st Human Rights Indaba at North West University

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st Human Rights Indaba

The Role of Local Government and the Lower Courts in Realising Socio-Economic

Rights in the North-West, Northern Cape and Free State Provinces

PROGRAMME 29 October 2010

Feather Hill Spa, Potchefstroom

08:00 – 08:30 Registration

08:30 – 08:45 Welcoming of participants on behalf of the North-West University and the Konrad-

Adenauer-Foundation

Dr Werner Böhler (KAF), Prof Madoda Zibi (NWU) and Prof Francois Venter (Faculty of Law,

NWU)

Session 1

Chair: Prof David Bilchitz (Director: SAIFAC and Professor of Law, UJ)

08:45 – 09:15

Positive Obligations Arising from Socio-Economic Rights: Reflections on the Role of

Local Government and the Lower Courts

Justice Pius Langa

(Former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court)

09:15 – 09:30

09:30 – 09:45

09:45 – 10:30

Judge Jody Kollapan

(Acting Judge, North Gauteng High Court)

Prof Lourens du Plessis

Discussion

(Professor of Law, US)

10:30 – 10:45

Coffee and Tea break

Session 2

Chair:

Commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission)

Prof Leon Wessels (Honorary Professor, Faculty of Law, NWU and Former

Socio-Economic Rights in the South African Constitution and the Notion of

‘Developmental Local Government’:

10:45 – 11:15 Prof Linda Stewart

Connections and Challenges(Professor of Law, NWU)

11:15 – 11:45 Prof Bernard Bekink

(Professor of Law, UP)

11:45 – 12:15

12:15 – 12:45

12:45 – 13:00

13:00 – 14:00

Ms Annette May

(Researcher: Community Law Centre, UWC)

Mr Marece Wenhold & Mr Paul van Hoof

Discussion

(IDASA)

Lunch Break

Session 3

Chair: Prof Francois Venter (NWU, South Africa)

The Role of the Lower Courts in Promoting and Protecting the Socio-Economic

Rights of Local Communities

14:00 – 14:30 Dr Danny Titus

and Executive Director: Culture

(Part-time Commissioner of the South African Human Rights CommissionATKV)

14:30 – 15:00 Ms Jakkie Wessels

(Regional Court President: Limpopo, Department of Justice)

15:00 – 15:30 Mr Kemi Behari

(Magistrate of the Regional Court, Department of Justice)

15:30 – 16:00

Discussion

16:00

Wrap-up

(Prof Oladejo Olowu, NWU, South Africa)

Closure and Coffee on the Run

The NWU Faculty of Law and the

Konrad Adenauer Foundation are bound

by section 16 of the Constitution of the

Republic of South Africa, 1996 to allow freedom of expression. However, opinions, views and conclusions

expressed at the Colloquium are those of the presenters and/or participants and not necessarily those of

the organising institutions.

Please fax the attached registration form not later than

4 October 2010

to:

Mrs Rieëtte Venter

Fax: 018 293 5328 OR E-mail:

rieette.venter@nwu.ac.zaNo registration fees are payable

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