South Africa’s constitution is a roadmap for the future, May, 2016.

By Ivor Ichikowitz, Chairman of the Ichikowitz Family Foundation

As we approach the twentieth anniversary of the South African constitution, I am reminded of the timeless wisdom that 'those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’. When it was adopted in 1996 our constitution boldly envisioned a democratic and open society, built on the recognition of past injustices. Though we have worked hard towards realising this vision, the long walk to freedom is not yet complete. If the next generation of South African leaders are to determine our future, they must first understand the struggle of our past

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Award Winning Documentary PLOT FOR PEACE to screen at the United Nations on May 26th in celebration of the United Nations World Africa Week, and Africa Day, May 25, 2015.

Johannesburg, 25 May 2015. The Ichikowitz Family Foundation is proud to announce that one of its award winning documentaries, PLOT FOR PEACE will be screened on May 26th to audiences of UN Ambassadors, stakeholders and invited members of the public, in celebration of all efforts made by African leaders to secure peace in Southern Africa during the late 1980s.

The critically acclaimed PLOT FOR PEACE tells the untold story of the negotiations, visionary leadership and parallel diplomacy that led to the signing of the Brazzaville Accord in 1988, a key milestone in speeding up the release of Mandela and the ultimate demise of apartheid.

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TRAINING A NEW GENERATION TO LEAD SOUTH AFRICA’S AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE INDUSTRY

One of the great challenges facing South Africa as we start implementing the National Development Plan, is how we are going to replace an aging workforce of specialist engineers and technicians in a variety of industries upon which our country’s future growth will depend. The average age of highly skilled engineers in this country is somewhere in the late 50s. Many in the younger age-group have left the country to work abroad, citing a lack of career opportunities in their chosen fields; and our tertiary educational institutions are not producing anywhere near the number of graduates to take their place, much less increase their numbers. This is a critical issue which will weigh heavily on the implementation of the NDP...

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‘Industrialisation as key to fighting poverty’

A new industrial revolution is required to lift developing economies from poverty. It will be an industrial revolution very unlike the one driven by the steam and rattling machinery of England's wool and cotton mills.

It will be a revolution for the 21st century, a revolution that leapfrogs the dirty technologies that have been worn out and found out as bad for the planet and its people...

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The blood in Africa’s poaching wars is not that of only elephants and rhinos.

In the last decade alone, 1,000 rangers in 35 different countries have been killed. Even worse is the thousands of lives lost in the wars and conflict that the poaching had funded.

Yet many roll their eyes about environmentalists and conservationists’ zealous work to counter rampant poaching on the continent. Too often it is dismissed as an environmentalist issue. ...

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Beyond Peacekeeping, Towards Stability

The economic downturn is a watershed moment for global economic power relationships. Whether the world’s major economies have passed through the worst of the crisis or whether this is the eye of the storm remains to be seen. What is now certain is that the established economies will be eclipsed by the growing economies of Asia and South America. Global markets will be more competitive as new companies from these growing economies enter the market place. European and North American companies are already struggling to compete with their Chinese, Indian or South American rivals. This is certain to continue...

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