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Jay Naidoo Comments on the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Recent Oxfam Report

Fighting for JusticeFollowing the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos earlier this month and Oxfam’s alarming report on the share of wealth globally, Jay Naidoo was interviewed by Power FM and SABC News about global wealth inequality.

Naidoo, a former cabinet member and labour leader, current chair of the author of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and author Fighting for Justice, is passionate about developing and implementing policies that will challenge global inequality.

In the Power FM interview, conducted by Tim Modise, Naidoo speaks about possible solutions to the huge problem of inequality, both globally and in South Africa.

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In the video, Naidoo speaks about the problem of wealth inequality. He says that policy changes by individual countries is not enough. A global effort is needed to make a significant change.

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Joshua Maserow Reviews Interviews with Neville Alexander by Brigitta Busch, Lucijan Busch and Karen Press

Interviews with Neville Alexander: The Power of Languages Against the Language of PowerVerdict: carrot

Interviews with Neville Alexander is a coruscating introduction to the life and work of a struggle hero. Alexander’s desire to be a citizen of a free and democratic South Africa for all its people was the raison d’etre of his exemplary life. In this language biography – “a personal account based on the singularity of individual experience… [which] reflects how personal experience is linked to the social and the political, how language ideologies impact on the ways in which experience is lived, how language attitudes are forged” – the editors, Brigitta Busch, Lucijan Busch and Karen Press display laudable selective nous.

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  • Interviews with Neville Alexander: The Power of Languages Against the Language of Power by Brigitta Busch, Lucijan Busch, Karen Press
    EAN: 9781869142773
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Video: Richard September vertel vir Renata Redelinghuys alles wat jy moet weet oor Rondomskrik

SpoorvatDie naaimasjienRachelle Greeff, outeur van Die naaimasjien en bydraer tot Spoorvat, se bekroonde toneelstuk Rondomskrik speel een van die dae by die US Woordfees.

Die teks neem die moord en verkragting van Anene Booysen as vertrekpunt in ‘n toneelstuk wat snaaks, hartseer en bo alles deernisvol en hoopvol is. Dit kyk na hoe ons mense ons kinders faal. En hoe om te sorg dat kinders nie net oorleef nie, maar vlerke kry.

Renata Redelinghuys, “‘n aktrise wat self al gesukkel het om te kies wat sy by kunstefeeste moet vat of los”, het met Richard September, een van die bekroonde akteurs in Greeff se toneelstuk, gesels om meer uit te vind oor Rondomskrik.

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Darrel Bristow-Bovey Regales News24 with Tales of His Bucket List (Video)

One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoDarrel Bristow-Bovey chatted to News24 about his bucket list, which includes swimming across The Dardanelles, and spending the night in Dracula’s castle in Romania.

The Dardanelles is a narrow strait of ocean near northwestern Turkey, which has a rich classical history. Lord Byron swam across them in 1810, recording the event in his poem “Don Juan”.

“Lord Byron was a shrimpy romantic with a limp – he had a bad leg,” Bristow-Bovey says. “So I thought if he could do it, I could do it.”

However, things turned out very differently for Bristow-Bovey, not counting the Australians in Speedos. His attempt is recorded in his latest book, One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo.

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Bill and Camille Cosby's Private Art Collection - Featuring a Gerard Sekoto - Exhibited

Gerard SekotoThe private collection of Bill and Camille Cosby – including a painting by Gerard Sekoto – is being shown at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

The collection, containing 62 works from the Cosby collection, features outstanding African and African-American artworks, and is entitled “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialog”.

Bill Cosby is quoted in the catalog saying: “I only picked artworks that gave me a feeling of calm, because I couldn’t stand to come home to the stereotypical images of mother or child or angry black people after dealing with some of the racist people I encountered during the day.”

The works in the Cosby collection are primarily from the hands of well-known African-American artists, most of whom were not necessarily well-known when the Cosbys collected them beginning in the mid- to late 1960s. As explained in a interview published in the exhibition catalog, the Cosbys first began to collect art in the 1960s to provide “art on the walls,” just as art by non- African-American artists was so often depicted in photographs of the homes of well-to-do white people. Subsequently “our collection began to grow and grow and grow,” recounted Bill Cosby in the catalog, “especially in the late 1960s after the television series I Spy, as we zoomed financially and began to buy houses and needed art to fill them.”

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One of the world’s preeminent private collections of African American art will have its first public viewing later this year at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue brings together artworks from the world-class collections of the National Museum of African Art and Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr. The exhibition, which opens at the museum Nov. 9 and remains on view through early 2016, is a major part of the museum’s 50th anniversary, celebrating its unique history and contributions toward furthering meaningful dialogue between Africa and the African diaspora.

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Chabani Manganyi’s biography of the legendary South African artist, Gerard Sekoto: I Am an African, was published by Wits Press in 2004:

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All my paintings searched to rediscover an identity common to all people of different origins, to the quest for the common relation between beings.Gerard Sekoto

Gerard Sekoto is without doubt one of South Africa’s major painters of the twentieth century. Considered increasingly as one of the earliest South African modernists and social realists, he completed his most memorable work during the early and middle years of the 1940s, first at Sophiatown (Johannesburg), then in District Six in Cape Town and later in Eastwood, Pretoria. When he left for Paris in 1947, he was at the height of his creative powers. Yet during the 45 years he spent as an exile in France, his talent, moral resilience, dedication, belief in the equality of all people and, most of all, his identity as an African sustained him during the most difficult times.

Sekoto said of his work, “All my paintings searched to rediscover an identity common to all people of different origins, to the quest for the common relation between beings.” The story told in this book reveals the extent to which triumphant moments in the painter’s life were, at times, accompanied by heart-rending adversity. Interesting too is the richness retrospectively brought to light by the discovery, after Sekoto’s death, of the painter’s suitcase of treasures, which contained previously unknown musical compositions, letters and a large quantity of notes, writings and private documents. The biography ends with a statement by Sekoto on art and the responsibility of artists, which he presented in Rome in 1959. Photographs and full color plates of previously unpublished and significant paintings are included.

About the author

N Chabani Manganyi is a clinical psychologist, biographer and non-fiction writer.

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Peter Vale Reflects on the Apartheid-ending "Pre-negotiations" After Reading Insurgent Diplomat by Aziz Pahad

Insurgent DiplomatUpon reading Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War? by Aziz Pahad, Peter Vale was reminded of the time he spent in Zambia when news of the fall of the Berlin Wall reached him and his German friends.

“On their celebratory coat tails, I wondered what the Fall of the Wall could mean for South Africa and, indeed, Southern Africa,” Vale writes, in an article for the Mail & Guardian.

During that time Pahad, representing the ANC, was involved in the secret talks that paved the way for dialogue between the African National Congress and the apartheid government.

Vale, who attended the Johannesburg launch of Pahad’s book recently, reflects on the pressing issues of that time and the mood of these conversations, drawing parallels between events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the relatively peaceful transition period at the end of apartheid, highlighting the significance of pre-negotiations in defusing ticking political time bombs.

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A reminder of these issues recently came back to me while reading Aziz Pahad’s recent book, Insurgent Diplomat. In his detailed account of the “pre-negotiations” to the talks that ended apartheid, Pahad points out that talks about the future of the country were very much on the agenda from the mid-1980s onwards. The most celebrated of these talks was the June 1987 meeting that was led by Idasa’s Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, which brought (mostly) Afrikaners together in Senegal with an ANC delegation led by Thabo Mbeki.

At the Johannesburg launch of his book, Pahad estimated that some 200 such interactions took place, including the meetings between Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s president at the time, PW Botha.

To get a true account of these, however, we will need to add the quite remarkable conversations that, at the time, also took place in the country between the United Democratic Front and various forms of white power.

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