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Turquoise Harmony Institute host Iftaar dinner.

JOHANNESBURG (CyHAN)- The Turquoise Harmony Institute (THI) hosted its annual dialogue-Iftaar dinners in the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, in South Africa.

The Iftaar-dinners are held during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in which Muslims engage in acts of fasting, prayer and charity.

The event was attended by many dignitaries from government, civil society, faith based and cultural groups, members of the media and the academic community.

In Durban, the event was held at the International Convention Centre, and was opened by Atilla Dag, the THI director in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

"We have been repeating these dinners, and have observed that there is a need and more importantly a willingness to participate and support this," said Dag.

He further explained that this year's dinner theme and topic chosen was 'From Tolerance to Cohesion'.

"We need to renew our commitment to dialogue, and achieving cohesion among all out people," Dag added.

The keynote speaker at the Iftaar-dinner in Durban was the Executive Mayor of Ethekwini Municipality Counsellor James Khumalo.

"The Turquoise Harmony Institute has provided us with this important platform, that can strengthen the foundations of our society through dialogue and friendship," said the mayor in his keynote address.

In Johannesburg, Gauteng the THI iftaar-dinner was held at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, and was attended by a host of decision makers, religious leaders and prominent individuals within society.

The Johannesburg director of the Turquoise Harmony Institute, Aydin Inyal, also spoke to the same theme and topic of social cohesion and tolerance.

"Tolerance and cohesion requires practice. We need to practice and strengthen our ability to tolerate and to love one another," said Inyal, addressing the issue of tolerance.

One of the dignitaries in attendance at the Iftaar in Johannesburg included the South African Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, who shared his comments with those in attendance.

"One thing I have seen about the Turquoise Harmony Institute, that it is a principal of sharing, what you have, you must be able to share with each other, and what you have must reflect the spirit of Ubuntu (togetherness) and caring for those who do not have," added Mbalula as he commended the THI for the work it has been doing with this regard.

The THI over the years have hosted a number of events, which have focused directly on building social cohesion and understanding, through the facilitation of dialogue, promotion of tolerance and the enhancement of respect and love for one another.

CyHAN

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