Quote of the week

In the current crisis another shark has been on people’s minds. In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak quite a few commentators compared Trump to the fictional mayor in Jaws. Steven Spielberg’s mayor refuses at first to accept that a shark is responsible for the fatal attacks – he claims the first was a boating accident. When the evidence becomes hard to refute he still declines to shut the resort. Only when another swimmer gets chewed up on 4 July does he finally accept that he needs to call in the professionals. It’s all rather Trumpian. But only one politician has actually cited the actions of the mayor from Jaws as a model of crisis management, and it isn’t Trump. Boris Johnson used to tease audiences by suggesting that ‘the real hero of Jaws was the mayor, a wonderful politician.

David Runciman
London Review of Books
10 March 2016

CASAC Job Advert: Campaigns Officer

CAMPAIGNS OFFICER 

Do you have the energy and dynamism to help promote and strengthen South Africa’s constitutional democracy? 

CASAC is a civil society organisation that seeks to advance the SA Constitution as the platform for democratic politics and the transformation of SA society. Premised on the notion of progressive constitutionalism it seeks to facilitate the building of a just and equitable society in which people can live securely with dignity. CASAC has focused its work on building a culture of Constitutional rights, strengthening institutions of governance and the rule of law, and enhancing accountability and integrity in public life.

We are looking at hiring a CAMPAIGNS OFFICER on a short term contract to work in particular on the promotion of constitutional literacy and human rights education, and activities relating to the 20th anniversary of the Constitution. The successful candidate will be an energetic organiser with an appetite for human rights and social justice, who can plan and implement activities in collaboration with others. The ability to conduct research will be an advantage.

Requirements:

 A commitment to the Constitution as the foundation of our democracy

 An awareness of the current discourse relating to constitutional and political debates

 Ability to work on your own

 Previous experience in the NGO sector is preferred

 A relevant tertiary qualification

 Excellent written and oral communications skills

 Computer literacy and social media skills

Interested candidates should send a CV with a covering letter of motivation to info@casac.org.za by 24 March 2016. Whilst CASAC is based in Cape Town applicants from other areas may be considered.

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