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PRETORIA, South African Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has left for Chicago in the United States to attend the 46th annual convention of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, an international progressive organization fighting for social change founded by American civil rights leader Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Dlodlo is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the opening of the convention which runs from Wednesday to Saturday.

The coalition will also present her with the International Leadership and Humanitarian Award for her outstanding public service to fight poverty in South Africa.

Accompanying Dlodlo to the convention is Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa.

The Minister is honoured to participate at this event and receive an award of this nature from a well-known civil rights activist. This provides an opportunity to showcase South Africa as a country that respects, and upholds the rights of its citizens, a thriving tourism destination with business opportunities, the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said in a statement here Tuesday.

Founded in 1996, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition fights for social change with a mission to protect, defend and gain civil rights by levelling the economic and educational playing fields, and to promote peace and justice around the world.


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