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SALA Splash at Gallagher Estate!

Minister Pallo JordanWillie Keorapetse KgositsileTlou Setumu & PresidentNadine Gordimer

Singers and poets, literary luminaries and culture vultures gathered in their finery at a feast to end all feasts last night.

The annual banquet celebrating the South African Literary Awards (SALA) was a splash of colour, with traditional beads and gowns and the bling of high fashion sequins. Music and mime, delicious decor and wine – there was something for everyone from the littlest girl to the grand-dames of literature.

Nomsa MwamukaVictor & Les MecoamereThe evening commenced with tributes to those who have gone to their rest. Raks Seakhoa of wRite associates called for a moment of silence to remember Miriam Makeba, Es’kia Mphahlele, Bheki Sibeko, N. Motlana, and Noni Jabavu.

Thereafter, actor Sello Maake ka Ncube ably kept proceedings on track in his role as emcee, introducing speakers and engaging the audience with his witty patter and charming presence.

Miriam TlaliSello Maake ka Ncube & Sheila BelshawSeakhoa reflected on the goal of SALA, which, since its inception had played a significant role in encouraging and motivating writers to “raise the bar”.

The poet laureate of South Africa, Prof Willie Keorapetse Kgositsile, recited a poem about the impossibility of unscrambling an omelette which expressed, amongst other things, his distress at xenophobia.

Michiel HeynsLuli Callinicos & Kundayi MasanzuThe Minister of Arts and Culture, Pallo Jordan, spoke about Noni Jabavu and Es’kia Mphahlele, two contemporaries who passed away within months of each other. Where Noni Jabavu came from the intelligentsia and relative affluence, Mpahlele came from working class origins. They both left South Africa and returned under controversial circumstances.

Both writers wrestled with themes of African modernity and worked out their respective intelligent responses to the challenges they faced in forging their identities.

Gus FergusonPallo Jordan, Amanda Botha & Raks SeakhoaHe said, “Literacy is a vital, empowering capacity for the individual and society in the 21st Century. Developing literacy and literary awareness is a top priority of the Department of Arts and Culture because illiteracy render people powerless.”

The three posthumous awards for literary achievements went to AHM Scholtz, Sheila Cussons and Dora Taylor. These were received by Elizabeth Scholtz, Amanda Botha and Sheila Belshaw respectively.

Makhaola NdebelePallo Jordan, Raks Seakhoa & Elizabeth ScholtzLiterary Life Time Achievement awards were presented to Luli Callinicos, Patrick Cullinan (received on his behalf by Gus Ferguson), Wilma Stockenström, Daniel Modise and WMR Sigwavhulimu. Riana Barnard accepted awards on behalf of Adam Small and Elsa Joubert and Nomsa Mwamuka accepted an award on behalf of Zenzile Miriam Makeba.

The K. Sello Duiker Award went to Njabulo Ndebele who sent his apologies via his son Makhaola Ndebele, who read his father’s words to the delighted audience.

Chris van WykModise FamilyNeither the award for excellence in literary journalism nor the Nadine Gordimer short story award were made but the latest award to be issued by the Minister is for excellence in literary translation. Nominees Michiel Heyns and Elsa Silke were pipped to the prize by a radiant Chris van Wyk, who acknowledged his great surprise, nine years after the translation of Vatmaar.

Gala Gallery

Pallo Jordan, Kgomotso Duiker & Chris van WykKgomotso Duiker, Makhaola Ndebele & Pallo Jordan Nélleke de Jager & Pallo Jordan Tlou Setumu & Pallo JordanWMR Sigwavhulimu Pallo Jordan, Raks Seakhoa & WMR SigwavhulimuPallo Jordan, Raks Seakhoa & DM ModiseWilma Stockenström Pallo Jordan, Raks Seakhoa & Wilma Stockenström Pallo Jordan, Raks Seakhoa & Riana Barnard Pallo Jordan, Raks Seakhoa & Gus Ferguson, PublisherPallo Jordan, Raks Seakhoa & Luli CallinicosPhakama Mbonambi & Bonga Mavundla Reedwaan Vally & Angela McClelland Pallo Jordan, Bheki Ntuli, Nadine Gordimer, Miriam Tlali, Oswald Mtshali, Keorapetse Kgositsile & Sello Maake ka NcubeSipho Maake ka NcubeOswald Mtshali & Peggy Mntambo Aaron & Sarah Malindisa Kgomotso & Motsumi Makhene Pallo Jordan & Keorapetse Kgositsile Pallo Jordan & Oswald Mtshali Nadine Gordimer, Miriam Tlali & Oswald Mtshali Karl, Kathy, Kevin & Chris van Wyk Trevor Bell & Karl van Wyk Bunie Sexwale, Sibu Mbatha & Kai Crooks-Chissano Veronica & Mkei Mthembi Sam Mabota, Julia Pretorius, Mavis Taole, Goodenough Mashego & Vonani Bila Zacariah Rapola Adele Lucas & Toby Chance Nonkosi Tyolwana, Earnest Maigurira, Noma & Nelisizwe Ndabezithu Nthikeng Mohlele Ntavhanyeni & Masindi Sadiki Lindiwe Nkutha, Walter Chakela, Mamaki Mlangeni & Khadijatou Doyneh Eunice Ranko, Maria & Lebo Digoamaje Veronique Hoog & Diana Lucas-Chance Nelleke de Jager & Nthikeng Mohlele Salome Thoobe & Tuna Gidane Mpharu Shiko, Tshidi Ramano, Nozizwe Damane & Kholu Sekhonyana Sandy Mohasoa, Kagiso Senkge, Jerry Tsie, Thabo Matsafu & MK Malefane Myriam & Katrijn Thys Maria Jonas & Aloisia Worgetter Noma & Nelisizwe Ndabezithu Bongi Mlambo, Zamani & Jabu Msomi Ntshuxeko Baloyi & Nelson Manganye Robert & Koliswa Maropa, Bheki Ntuli Rosemary Mangope & Rae Abdool Premi Apalraju, Lisa Combrinck & Irene Felsman Mandy Gilder, Busi Dlamini, Matsie Ratsaka, Lusanda Mahlasela & Nomahlubi Bolosha Lucia Mbatha & Edward LouwKgomotso & Nosipho Duiker, Ayanda Shabalala & Neo Molefakgotla Judah, Meikie & Kamogelo Duiker Ilse Feinauer, Elsa Silke & Riana Barnard Amanda Botha, Marlies Taljaard & Wilma Stockenström Virginia Modise, Susan Ramushu & Sam ShakongGideon & Naledi Mashile Nomahlubi Bolosha, Busi Dlamini, Belinda Hlaha & Matsie Ratsaka Milka Serithe & Moraka Bosoga Sandra Brown, Mogomotsi Mere & Futhi Ntshingila Lore Watterson, Luthuli Nyathi, Lara Koseff, Buzukile Diko & Camilla Lloyd Hannes Myburgh, Michiel Heyns, Sheila & Colin Belshaw Lindsay van Rensburg, Gus Ferguson & Nélleke de Jager


Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    December 9th, 2008 @13:38 #

    Note: we'll run the official list of 2008 SALA winners as a separate post, once we've received the, erm, official press release, from the officials who are officially tardy with it.


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