On Sunday, 16 January 2022 we formally introduced the Rivonia Circle, and the response has been overwhelming. While we knew that we felt very strongly about reshaping the future of our beloved South Africa, we did not know the extent to which South Africans of all backgrounds and occupations felt the same, and they do so viscerally.
While many sent us words of encouragement, equally many volunteered to participate in our work. We are delighted and energized by this response, and fully intend to honour it with a series of opportunities over the next few weeks.
First, we will hold between two and three meetings in Johannesburg, depending on demand and physical distancing requirements (yes, we still have a pandemic to worry about), to set out our draft program in more granular detail to would-be volunteers and participants. This will enable them to get a better sense of ways in which they can get involved, as well as the timing of their involvement.
It is a “draft” program at this stage because we want take seriously the views of those who participate in these meetings before we finalize it.
Second, we are assessing the response to our call to action, and will host similar meetings in other cities (Cape Town, eThekwini, Nelson Mandela Metro, Mangaung etc.) during February and March 2022. We will also be visiting large towns in different provinces. We will list these under the “Events” section of this website.
We will also have one online meeting during February, for the same purpose. Details will also be published on the website and all our online platforms. Should you wish to host us in your town or area, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We cover our own expenses, as well as venue and refreshments.
Third, we promised a dynamic leadership development program. In March we will create a platform on this website where those who are interested in participating can fill in an application form so they can be in the pilot group. This group will be situated in Gauteng, but we will be looking for participants with diverse backgrounds in terms of where they grew up in the country, interests, occupation, and areas of future public service involvement. Please note that our definition of “public service” includes community and civil society work.
Finally, once we have constituted a full board and advisory council, we will host a Public Lecture involving a prominent local or international speaker and set out all our programs in full for the public. This will take place in either March or April, depending on the speaker’s availability. We will make a specific announcement when we have secured all the details.
I wish to thank you for your support and encouragement so far, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Songezo Zibi – Chairman of Rivonia Circle.