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South Africa – Assessment Mission and Nonviolence Training

saIMG_8739Communities Without Boundaries International carried out an assessment mission and introductory nonviolence training in South Africa during the week of December 4-9, 2011. CWBI’s team visited Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg during this time, meeting with local and international civil society members, academics, business personalities, and local populations.

During the visit CWBI assessed the challenges and opportunities of engaging South Africa in addressing potential or latent conflict that might attend the country in the 21st century. CWBI’s team consisted of its president, Johnny J. Mack, chief program officer, Maneshka Eliatamby, and Director of Southern & East Africa Programs, Dr. Martha Mutisi. In addition to holding meetings with key eminent persons and organizations/agencies, CWBI conducted an introductory training on nonviolence philosophy and methodology as espoused by Martin Luther King, Jr. at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Pietermaritzburg. Over thirty-five individuals, including university students, faculty, civil society and local community members, attended the training.

CWBI officially launched the Youth Without Boundaries in Southern Africa during this assessment mission, and hopes to return to the country in 2012 to carry out community building and community development programming.