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    AFRICAN RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL REPORT

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE AFRICAN RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL 2014-

    Gayle McLennan-Smith

    The 16th African Renaissance Festival was held in Durban over the week 20th to 25th June 2014,
    comprising a one day youth conference , two day African Renaissance Conference and the Africa
    Day Music Concert.


    Dr Sibusiso Ndebele, Chair of the African Renaissance, said, “The annual African Renaissance
    Festival continues to be an exciting and worthwhile opportunity to celebrate Africa’s progress and the renewal of our continent.”
    Of significance, in his speech at the 2014 Banquet Dinner, key note speaker, Dr Johan van Zyl,
    President and CEO of Toyota South Africa said, “The Renaissance cultural movement spanned
    roughly the period from the 14th ~ 17th century beginning in Florence, Italy in the late Middle Ages.
    Europe did not experience the changes of the Renaissance uniformly. There are two key points to
    learn from the short history:
    • The European Renaissance took four centuries, so please be patient.
    • The Renaissance of Africa will also not be experienced uniformly. So please be patient.”
    Theme: Africa in Motion
    The theme of this year’s festival was “Africa in Motion”. The theme was chosen as a basis to debate and discuss the current progress, projects and strategies in the aviation, maritime, tourism,
    communication and business sectors. As stated by Professor Sihawukele Ngubane, Vice Chairperson and Organising Committee Chair for the African Renaissance, “Africa is on the move”. He added, “Africa will continue to witness momentous development. We need to position ourselves to make full use of any opportunity coming our way. In his opening address at the conference, he remarked, “When Africa is in motion there is a loud sound of thunder”, which well reflects the general view that the continent of Africa is dynamic and growing, and a major component of the world economy. Dr Ndebele commented that this year’s theme, “Africa in Motion”, captures the current, visible state of constant flux, which the continent produces, and is produced by it. While this motion is a permanent feature of modern societies in the global village, our theme, “Africa in Motion”, does not presuppose that the movement of people, goods and services is a recent phenomenon in our continent. The theme only points to the strength of this irreversible tidal wave which, in our times, speaks more to the progress that we, as Africans, consciously elect to be involved in to move our countries, and continent, forward.”

     

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    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE AFRICAN RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL 2014