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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

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.



Gandhi: Non-Violence Is Superior To Violence Kings will always use their kingly weapons. To use force is bred in them. They want to command, but those who have to obey commands do not want guns and these are in a majority throughout the world. They have to learn either body force or soul force. Where they learn the former, both the rulers and the ruled become like so many madmen; but where they learn soul-force, the commands of the rulers do not go beyond the point of their swords, for true disregard unjust commands. Peasants have never been subdued by the sword, and never will be.