Following a series of alleged racism complaints, stemming from incidents in the hospitality industry earlier this year, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, launched the Inclusive City Campaign on March 21st, Human Rights Day.
The campaign is one that has committed itself to fighting racism and building a positive rights-based culture in Cape Town.
For the past few months, the City has been engaging with residents, sector bodies and industry leaders including FEDHASA Cape, in an effort to address incidents of alleged racism and root out racism.
“We can no longer tolerate racism and need to take a stand and encourage people to know their rights and not let racists speak for them,” said de Lille.
Members of FEDHASA Cape which include accommodation and catering establishments, are bound by a code of conduct and as South Africans, are all bound by the Constitution to not only respect the rights of others, but to have their individual rights protected too.
The Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) Cape region, committed to the business of fighting racism as part of its everyday business, recently included this clause in its code of conduct where members who attended the associations recent Annual General Meeting (AGM), were encouraged to sign a pledge in support of the Inclusive City Campaign.
FEDHASA Cape is the prime representative and voice for the South African Hospitality industry in the region. When asked why the organisation chose to align with this campaign, Rob Kucera, FEDHASA Cape Chairperson said, “The fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance is not only that of Government, but of industry bodies who can make a meaningful impact against racism”.
Mayor de Lille said: “I commend FEDHASA for taking the pledge to fight racism a step further by adding a clause into their code of conduct which has been signed by all members. We are all responsible to activating our rights and respecting the rights of others and this active move by FEDHASA represents a firm commitment to fight racism and respect human rights.”
FEDHASA has agreed to work with the City to find solutions such as training of hospitality industry staff, on how to deal with racism on a daily basis, recourse action and how to stamp out the issue.