Holding hands: a chain with a purposeDate Released: Fri, 21 February 2014 13:00 +0200
The Human Chain which has previously been used as a powerful symbolic gesture of forging links across social divides, is an attempt at honouring Nelson Mandela’s legacy.
“The Human Chain is an opportunity to unify Makana across divides, regardless of location and circumstance,” says project manager, Roger Domingo.
The purpose of the Grahamstown human chain will be a day of mourning for Mandela and a reflection on 20 years of democracy. “It is bigger than the actual event on Friday, it is intended for people to reflect on our democracy and commit to continuing the legacy,” said Domingo.
“It is a day to reflect and reveal your individual role,” he said.
Domingo said he had received many questions from people asking if there would be any form of controlled integration.
They expressed concern that people would not venture past their own areas, which would prevent any form of social integration, particularly between Grahamstown East and Rhodes University.
“We are not controlling where people should stand; a link throughout the town will be created wherever you are, that’s the beauty of a chain,” said Domingo.
St Andrew’s College (SAC) and the Diocesan School for Girls (DSG), however, will be spread out across the chain as well as the students of Ntsika Secondary School.
By Emily Corke
Photo: Paige Rybko (Fine Art), left, and Sharli Paphitis (Community Engagement)
Source: Grocott’s Mail