FNF Celebrates 60 Years of Promoting Freedom
“Here is to another 60 years of promoting freedom in Africa” mayor of the City of Tshwane (South Africa) and the Democratic Alliance’s Gauteng Province Premiere candidate for the 2019 elections in South Africa as he delivered the main speech at the #FNF60 Year Anniversary Celebration for Africa. In May 1958, 60 years ago, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom was founded by Federal President Theodor Heuss in Bonn, Germany. Since then, the Foundation has been promoting Freedom around the world, and has been active in sub-Saharan Africa since 1991.
“I want to congratulate FNF for achieving a milestone of 60 years for spreading, teaching and equipping people about liberalism, an idea that is taking Africa in a big way,” continued Solly Msimanga who is also an alumni of the FNF - International Academy for Leadership (IAF).
The German Ambassador to South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland Martin Schäfer was also present at the event. “Without the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom I would not be standing in front of you today, I received a scholarship from FNF twice! The great initiative by the Foundation to have come to Africa to engage with people who share a same type of thinking is really great for the people here and the people in Germany,” said the ambassador.
FNF Africa hosted a simultaneous & live link of the event across the continent in countries where FNF has offices namely South Africa (Johannesburg & Cape Town), Harare (Zimbabwe), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and Dakar (Senegal).
“I think as African liberals we are thankful for the partnership with FNF, a partnership of more than 30 years now. We would like to salute and celebrate with FNF on the partnership of spreading liberal values across Africa.” President of the Africa Liberal Network Stevens Mokgalapa.
The speakers took the opportunity to remind everyone who attended the event about the importance of staying current and relevant as we all move forward. “People need to understand that until we get rid of corruption, greed and mil-administration in our governments, true personal freedom will never be experienced and that is what we need to fight for,” said Solly Msimanga on his closing remarks.
Ambassador Martin Schäfer further added on Solly Msimanga’s remarks. “I think we have become a bit lazy, as the people who call themselves liberals, in safeguarding the liberal order that has preserved peace and order in the world. Remembering 60 years of a great liberal Foundation should give us reasoning, strength and will to defend the liberal world that we have enjoyed so much. This is something we must all be willing to fight for.”