Invitation: Press Conference and Report Launch, 31 March 2010

SPT LogoSolidarity Peace Trust will be launching two new reports on 31 March 2010. You are invited to attend the launch:

Date: 31 March 2010
Time: 11am
Where: Devonshire Hotel, Corner Melle and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

“What options for Zimbabwe”? A Briefing on the current political and economic challenges of the GPA and the political options available in moving the situation forward

and, “Desperate lives, twilight worlds – how a million Zimbabweans live without sanction or sanctuary in South Africa”

Seven years after the largest mass movement of people into South Africa began, the government remains without a coherent response to the crisis. Research indicates that more than one million Zimbabweans now reside in South Africa, with 600,000 in Johannesburg. These migrants, mostly undocumented, live on the edge of survival, often in appalling circumstances. The authors recount their on-site visits to some of the places where 30,000 Zimbabweans live in the centre of the city. They also document the last two years of events and counter events involving the Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg.

Included in the report are two detailed case studies, one on 82 unaccompanied Zimbabwean minors, and the other on the current status of 460 Zimbabweans who were displaced in November as a result of xenophobic violence in the Western Cape.

Date: 31 March 2010
Time: 11am
Where: Devonshire Hotel, Corner Melle and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Who:

  • Prof Brian Raftopoulos, Director of Research (SPT)
  • Tara Polzer, Senior Researcher FMSP (Wits)
  • Braam Haanekom, Coordinator of PASSOP (Cape Town)
  • Bishop Kevin Dowling, Catholic Bishop of Rustenburg
  • Legal Experts invited but not yet confirmed:
  • Jason Brickhill, Legal Resource Centre and Kaajal Ramjathan, Lawyers for Human Rights.

Please RSVP by Monday 29 March to Emily Wellman on 072 236 2712 or ewellman@idasa.org.za or Ash on 084 773 4667 and ash@venturenet.co.za

Please RSVP by Monday 29 March to Emily Wellman on 072 236 2712 or ewellman@idasa.org.za or Ash on 084 773 4667 and ash@venturenet.co.za

Please RSVP by Monday 29 March to Emily Wellman on 072 236 2712 or  Ash on 084 773 4667

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