President Zuma to deliver keynote address at Anti-Racism Summit

President Zuma to deliver keynote address at Anti-Racism Summit

Madoda NtuliSouth Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is due to deliver a keynote address at what is probably due to be a major Anti-Racism initiative focusing upon all sports across the globe, known as Global Watch.

The campaign, following its first launch in Doha, Qatar will take place at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg from 20-21 November 2014.

Global Watch is a partnership of Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sexwale Foundation and the Doha GOALS Forum Foundation which is linked to the Qatar Royal family represented by H.E Sheik Faisal bin Mubarak Al Thani.

ANC heavyweight and co-chair of Global Watch Tokyo Sexwale revealed at a press conference on Tuesday at the Nelson Mandela Foundation some of the global organisation and personalities who will grace the summit. They include the IOC, WBC, NBA, FIA which is the formula one governing body and world football body, FIFA.

The Summit comes in the wake of disturbing incidents related to racial discrimination in various sports across the globe.

Some of the big names due to attend the summit include former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, representatives of European parliament, global sporting personalities and other human rights luminaries.

“One of the key objectives of the summit is to produce a Global Charter containing a set of principles regarding the dos and dons in respect of combating and eliminating racial discrimination in all sport within this century.

“In addition a Global barometer would be developed with an index to measure each and every country on their progress in fighting this scourge,” said Sexwale.

He added: “We aim to utilize the Global Watch Summit as an important stepping stone in order to wipe out racism and discrimination from the face of the earth. This is the Nelson Mandela Legacy initiative.”

SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan who is one of the board members of the Global Watch said the sporting fraternity has of late seen an increase of some disturbing racial undertones across the globe.

“Sport must be played in a conducive sporting environment; so we are saying all human beings have equal rights,” said the SAFA President.

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