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Media Statement: The South African Human Rights Commission and Redefine Properties conclude fruitful talks over Boulders Shopping Centre incident

30 March 2021
Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and Redefine Properties Limited (Redefine Properties) met this afternoon and concluded a round of fruitful talks over the Boulders Shopping Centre incident. Last week, Thando Mahlangu, Ndebele author and activist was asked to leave the premises on account of being dressed in traditional Ndebele regalia.
The talks centred on exploring joint initiatives relating to awareness on the importance of human rights in corporate South Africa. These engagements were made taking into account the rights of Mr Thando Mahlangu, Ms Nqobile Masuku including those of Mr Jose Maponyane, Centre Manager and the rights of the Ndebele nation as a whole.

This follows engagements with the relevant traditional leadership of the Ndebele nation on Friday, 26 March 2021, which engagements will continue until such time as the matter is resolved.

Redefine Properties, together with the SAHRC have committed to the following initiatives

a.    Redefine Properties will conduct cultural and human rights training sessions with all its front-facing staff and its management  as a national intervention under the guidance of the SAHRC;

b.    The cultural and human rights training sessions will be piloted at the Boulders Shopping Centre within the next three months;  

c.    Redefine Properties has agreed to provide the SAHRC with its internal policies in relation to human resources, human rights and diversity for the SAHRC's input;

d.    Redefine Properties will, at its own cost, host a cultural exhibition where different cultures will be able to showcase their cultural practices through the display and sale of cultural traditional attire, artefacts and an information session on indigenous knowledge systems;

e.    Redefine Properties has contacted Mr Mahlangu and expects to meet with him shortly and welcomes the opportunity for meaningful engagement;

Redefine Properties and the SAHRC recognise the significant opportunity that is presented by this matter, in order to illuminate and bring to the fore, the contribution and identity of the Ndebele nation in the broader South African society. Redefine Properties perceives itself as a vehicle for change and for the rights of marginalised communities to be respected and upheld.


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Issued By: Redefine Properties and South African Human Rights Commission

For further information contact the Gauteng Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission: Buang Jones, T: 011 877 3752 / C: 078 617 0476; or Andrew Konig, CEO Redefine Properties, T: 011 283 0141

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