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 Gandhi Development Trust (GDT) promotes a culture of nonviolence through:

 

  1. organising conferences to discuss and debate important issues of policy, methodology, content of education and other critical issues on which it is necessary to have some common understanding and consensus
  2. providing non-violence training and tool-kit for learners and teachers
  3. organising the Mahatma Gandhi Salt March in which communities, learners educators and the public in general are mobilised to commit to non-violence (on the 3rd Sunday of April each year) International, national and local individuals and groups participate
  4. Remembering our heritage and our role models through the presentation of the Mahatma Gandhi International (MAGI)Awards and the Satyagraha awards for outstanding service
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Why I think we should not spoil our votes.

There are many reasons why we should vote and why we should vote intelligently and not spoil our votes or just recklessly cast our vote for any party not knowing what that party stands for or the consequences for supporting a specific party.

First and foremost is the fact that voting is an important part of democratic process. We made many sacrifices for our right to vote and for us to be able to participate in governing ourselves. Voting helps us shape the South Africa of the futue. The first part is easy to go to the polls and cast your vote for a party that you think will best meet your needs and then sit back and wait for things to happen. The second part is much more difficult. We have to participate in governance. How do we do that?

We can participate in policy and law making by following the parliamentary process and making our comments. If the comments are well presented with valid reasons then they will be taken into account. A very good example of this is the law that governed the truth and reconciliation process. If one looks at what was tabled at the beginning and what was eventually passed one will be able to see the vast difference between the two. This was largely because of the many very good suggestions and proposals that were made by civil society organisations.

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Quote

Gandhi: I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away.