20 February 2019

The World Day of Social Justice, 20 February, has been marked since 2009 by the United Nations. The 2019 theme is: If you want peace and development, work for social justice.

Inyathelo pledges its support to South African social justice organisations and commends them for their unwavering dedication to help build a fairer society. This is against a background of wealthier South African households being almost 10 times richer than poor households, according to the 2018 World Bank Report Overcoming Poverty and Inequality in South Africa.

Analysis of wealth inequality based on data from four rounds of wealth surveys carried out by UNISA between 2008 and 2015 suggests that the top percentile of households had 70.9 percent of the wealth and the bottom 60 percent had 7.0 percent.

In this dismal economic context, coupled with extraordinary social challenges, ongoing human rights abuse and extreme forms of violence, the role of social justice organisations in South Africa is vitally important.  Inyathelo remains committed to working for social justice through adhering to its mission which is to build a strong, stable civil society and democracy in South Africa by contributing to the dvelopment of sustainable organisations and institutions.  

Inyathelo reminds all not-for-profit organisations that it offers a wealth of resources and support facilities. Its  Civil Society Sustainability Centre in Woodstock, Cape Town (funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies) offers workshops, training and advisory clinic sessions, and has a collection of over 2000 books, publications, DVDs, manuals, toolkits, magazines and directories. It also offers attractive, affordable work spaces.

To find out more about Inyathelo: | 021 465 6981 |  Second floor, The Armoury, Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town.

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Note to editors:

The United Nations notes: “Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations.” It defines social justice as the removal of barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. (

Ivor Chipkin and Sarah Meny-Gibert, in a report to the Raith Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropy on social justice organisations in South Africa, indicate that although there is a wide array of social justice organisations which vary in terms of the sectors they work, there is a degree of coherence in how they define and practice social justice work. Chipkins and Meny-Gilbert state that the vast majority of social justice organisations in South Africa are concerned with fairness in the way economic, political and social benefits and burdens are distributed.

Date published: 
Thursday, 21 February, 2019
Related organisation(s): 
Inyathelo - The South African Institute for Advancement

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