In view of recent events of service delivery protests and attacks on migrants’ businesses, the threat of Xenophobia is real, especially so with the advent of the Home Affairs Zimbabwe Document Programme (ZDP) and the deportations that will follow for undocumented migrants.
In this regard, ZEF intends to hold anti-xenophobia events in areas that are potential hot-spots for attacks. Ideally, these would be held monthly to ensure a sustained campaign against xenophobia. ZEF therefore calls upon the support (in whatever form) of all organisations- the UNHCR, IOM,CoRMSA,JRS and Churches,NGOs, CBOs,Government departments, private individuals and any other entity or to support this worthy cause.
The proposed events would be a roadshow in a chosen area (starting with Alexandra and then others) in an open truck with a PA system (with speakers addressing the public), visit an Orphanage for donations and solidarity to gain local support, and then end up at a central place such as a community hall or a similar public place. Various performances will be held for solidarity and entertainment. Envisaged performances include songs, dance, poetry, music and games from the local and migrant communities.
In order to make this programme effective ZEF will do the following:
1. Choose a team that will spearhead this programme
2. Garner resources to fund the programme
3. Design and prepare event materials (banners, T shirts, pamphlets, stickers etc)
4. Contact relevant organisations eg Police, Churches, Community based organisations, councilors of each of the chosen locations
5. Contact speakers for the events (Eminent persons,community and church representatives from the area)
6. Organise an open truck with PA system and other transport for the convoy
7. Advertise through media,churches, public transport, community platforms (including community radio and newspapers).
8. Hold the event
9. A six part Documentary series will be produced by Fuelmedia
10. Make a report for distribution to various stakeholders, including the community visited and churches.
Lastly,ZEF appeals to all to support this initiative, and sincerely hopes that this programme would be able to access as many parts of South Africa as possible. Below is a list of requirements to conduct an effective and successful event. Please support in any way possible- participation,publicizing, endorsing,networking, printing, etc.
Participating organizations are encouraged to bring their own banners.
Cell: 072 436 5798
Transport expenses Taking participants on tour
Campaign materials Banners,pamphlets,T shirts, stickers etc
Donations for Orphanage Toys, food hampers etc
Brass band Sourced from the same locality
PA System Messages on anti-xenophobia
Alexandra Roadshow Programme Saturday, 26 February 2011 Alexandra
Place Time Estimated time
Alexandra Police Station 11h00-11h30 30 minutes
Roadshow to orphanage 11h30-12h00 30 minutes
Roadshow through selected streets in Alex to Community Hall 12h00-13h00 60 minutes
Anti-xenophobia performances and refreshments 13h00-14h00 60 minutes
1. Alexandra Community Policing Forum (ACPF)
2. Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF)
3. South African Police Service (SAPS)
5. Khanya College
7. SAWIMA and others still to confirm.
Map & Directions
Take N1 (M1),take Marlboro East,Left into Pretoria Main Road,Left into 1st Street and Right into 15th Avenue to The Alexandra Police Station.Post published in: Politics