Today, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) will launch a country chapter in South Africa in partnership with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. The organisation’s presence in South Africa will add to its already established footprints in England, Scotland and Wales.
In their twenty-five years of existence, Show Racism the Red Card has been able to reach over 825,000 people within the UK to deliver anti-racism education. Training methods cut across films aimed at challenging racism in the workplace, to awareness building on hate crimes and equality training. Every October, SRtRC hosts its annual Wear Red Day campaign, which is a national day of activism urging members of the public to stand up against racism. The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation also backed up this call last year.
The South African launch will take place online. The line-up of speakers will include high profile soccer players Shaka Hislop (UK) who is a former Trinidad and Tobago World Cup goalkeeper, Bafana Bafana legend and former Leeds United player Lucas Radebe, former Ajax Amsterdam, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar.
Chief executive and founder of Show Racism the Red Card Ged Grebby (UK), Executive Director at the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Neeshan Balton and Anti-Racism Manager at the Kathrada Foundation Busisiwe Nkosi will speak as well as the president of the South African Football Players Union (Safpu) Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe. Chairpersons, Tosca Fairchild of SRtRC and Derek Hanekom of the Kathrada Foundation will also speak.
Since its establishment in 2008, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has facilitated anti-racism work in the country through programmes in schools, workplaces and several sectors of society including grassroots activations. Building on their individual strengths, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and Show Racism the Red Card have collaborated to take forward anti-racism work and to amplify the call for an end to racial discrimination.
SRtRC CEO, Ged Grebby said: “We are excited to be working with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation to launch Show Racism the Red Card in South Africa. We are now in our 25th year and have worked with several different organisations throughout the world in this period. However, we have never had a sister organisation in the African continent and we believe that this is a great development”
“South Africa has a central role in the historic movement against racism. The anti-apartheid movement inspired a generation of anti-racism activists in the same way the current Black Lives Matter movement is radicalising a new generation of anti-racists. Show Racism the Red Card looks forward to working with the Kathrada Foundation to help build a strong section of SRtRC in South Africa.”
To watch the launch live, click here.