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Everyone has a role to play in nation building, says Aurecon

Aurecon supports the National Development Plan

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Aurecon's Director for Transformation Abbas Jamie

09 February 2017 - Addressing a full house at the Cape Town offices of global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon on Monday, 6 February, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa participated in robust discussion on various topics, including poverty eradication, small business concerns, government procurement and corruption.

Organised by the Progressive Professional Forum Western Cape, the event gave professionals and Cape Town businesses the opportunity to interact with Government around its programme aimed at economic transformation.

The occasion was also the official launch of Aurecon’s internal campaign to display the Preamble of the Constitution of South Africa in all 13 of its offices across South Africa, in line with the National Development Plan which calls on corporate South Africa to support nation building by displaying the Preamble.  Handing over a framed copy of the Preamble of the Constitution to the Deputy President, Aurecon’s Director for Transformation, Abbas Jamie, called on other businesses represented in the audience to take up the call of the NDP.

The successful event was a valuable precursor to the much anticipated State of the Nation Address (SONA2017) which will be delivered by President Jacob Zuma on 9 February. The Presidency has indicated Government’s focus for this year will be building a united, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa, firmly based on the values and legacy of Oliver Reginald Tambo, one of the key architects of our free and democratic country.

Committed to playing an active role in nation building and promotion of social cohesion, Aurecon has a dynamic transformation programme and is a strong advocate for promoting engagement between government and private sector stakeholders.

“Our transformation programme is designed to engage with employees to form a new corporate identity; educate us about the country’s richly diverse history, and strive towards a holistic and common vision,” said Jamie. “The emphasis is on a diverse and fully inclusive work environment that speaks to the hearts and minds of our people.”

Another document that Aurecon is promoting internally as part of its Transformation programme is the Draft National Action Plan (NAP): “A vision for 2030”. The plan conceives uniting South Africans in a non-racial, tolerant society with values of equality, human dignity and rights, through the promotion of constitutional values in dialogue and action.

Jamie concluded: “In promoting this common vision, we encourage our staff to embrace the spirit of the Preamble of the Constitution and NAP.  These two documents, as part of our broad Transformation programme, encourage everyone to join this journey of social cohesion and contribute towards a new South Africa that we all can be proud of.”

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