Artscape Theatre Centre welcomed Prof Thuli Madonsela, the Law Trust Chair of Social Justice in the Faculty of Law at Stellenbosch University (SU), in partnership with Prof Mark Swilling, Sustainability Institute, to lead expert panel discussions at the first thematic dialogue of Madonsela’s Social Justice M-Plan, at Artscape.

Participants of the Social Justice Summit, with Prof Thuli Madonsela, and CEO of Artscape, Marlene le Roux

“The Social Justice M-Plan, or Mosa-Plan, is a social justice accelerator programme that aims to catalyse the process of ending poverty and equalising life opportunities by 2030 as envisaged in the National Development Plan (NDP) read with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” says Madonsela.

The discussions outline the core challenges facing the economy and what needs to be done to achieve a socially just and sustainable economy. The “outcome of the dialogue is to utilise an inclusive social justice and sustainability lens to work towards “a concept paper that will provide a framework for social justice policy analysis in South Africa” Madonsela noted. Madonsela stressed that “the best role that academia can play is to explore pathways that will create room to partner with government towards an inclusive, sustainable and just economy.”

Prof Thuli Madonsela, addressing the audience at the Social Justice Summit at Artscape Theatre Centre

Under the program direction of Ms Karyn Maughan, the dialogue addressed questions like how President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administrative decisions and policies aim to deal with rampant poverty and inequality, with a view to plotting pathways towards am inclusive, socially just and sustainable economy.

Speakers included Dr Nicky Padaychee, The Presidency; Dr Miriam Altman, the National Planning Commission; Prof. Haroon Bhorat, Development Policy Research Unit; former Statistician General Dr Pali Lehohla; Dr Seeraj Mohamed, Parliamentary Budget Office, Dr Vuyo Mahlati, National Planning Commission & International Women’s Forum, Prof. Ben Turok, Institute for African Alternatives; Dr Amiena Bayat, University of the Western Cape, Dr Mao Angua Amis, African Centre for a Green Economy, Dr Tanya Abrahamse, Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Dr Vimal Ranchhod, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit; Matthew Park, COSATU,  Prof. Dieter von Fintel, Research on Socioeconomic Policy (ReSEP), Stellenbosch University, Prof. Fiona Tregenna, University of Johannesburg, Enoch Godongwana, ANC’s subcommittee on Economic Transformation , and Dr Nic Spaull, Research on Socioeconomic Policy (ReSEP).

Prof Thuli Madonsela with Artscape CEO, Marlene le Roux and colleagues at Artscape Theatre Centre