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Rob Gaylard Reviews A Passion for Freedom by Mamphela Ramphele

A Passion for FreedomVerdict: carrot

Mamphela Ramphele’s name will always be linked with that of Steve Biko – as she points out, she is a kind of honorary “widow” – but here in A Passion for Freedom (Tafelberg) we have her own story, in her own words. It is a story of loss and (although this sounds clichéd) survival and triumph over adversity. It is told dispassionately and honestly, with grace and dignity.
Her academic training affords her a degree of detachment – she is, to use her own term, a kind of “participant observer” – and allows for perceptive analyses of her position as a black female activist in the struggle, as a community health worker, as a medical doctor – and eventually as an academic, as vice- chancellor of UCT, as a director of the World Bank, and lately as the leader of Agang and now presidential candidate for the DA.

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Don Pinnock at the Franschhoek Literary Festival (16 – 18 May)

Voices of Liberation: Ruth FirstDon Pinnock, author of Voices of Liberation: Ruth First: Ruth First, will be at the 2014 Franschhoek Literary Festival, which is taking place from 16 to 18 May.

Pinnock will be in conversation with Gill Vernon and James Whyle on Friday 16 May at 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM in the Hospice Hall.

Friday 16 May

Stories From our Treacherous Shores
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Hospice Hall)
Travel journalist and author Don Pinnock dives deep into South African shipwreck lore and the longstanding Grosvenor myths with Gill Vernon (Even the Cows Were Amazed) and James Whyle (Walk).

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Sue Grant-Marshall Full of Praise for John Carlin's Intimate Portrait of Nelson Mandela

Knowing MandelaSue Grant-Marshall says John Carlin’s Knowing Mandela “sheds fresh and intimate light” on former president Nelson Mandela.

Writing for Business Day, Grant-Marshall praises Carlin’s skills as a journalist and storyteller, and says he “clearly delights in telling tales about Mandela”, of which he has many.

She also reveals Carlin’s next project – a book on the Oscar Pistorius trial: “a story that neither Homer or Shakespeare would have dared to make up”. Carlin says he believes South Africa has examples of both the best and the worst kinds of people in the world.

Carlin has been covering South Africa as a journalist and author for 25 years. He describes the country “an addiction, a good or a bad drug — whichever way you choose to look at it. I just keep coming back.”

He has little patience with those who are intensely negative about South Africa, pointing out that while we have a president “who is seemingly corrupt, he is however booed in public”. He invites us to imagine Russia with a public protector, adding “there are few countries in the world where people are held accountable in such a way.”

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Marié Heese vereer as gevestigde skrywer; Lindie Koorts aangewys as beste debuutskrywer na Woordfees 2014

VuurklipKaroo-KantateDF Malan en die opkoms van Afrikaner-nasionalismeDF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner Nationalism

Die ATKV WOORDtroFEES is gisteraand tydens ‘n glansgeleentheid op ‘n wynplaas buite Stellenbosch aangekondig. Hierdie toekennings is gespits daarop om hulde te bring aan diegene wat gesorg het vir hoogtepunte op die program en word deur ‘n onafhanklike paneel beoordelaars bepaal.

Lindie Koorts, outeur van DF Malan en die opkoms van Afrikaner-nasionalisme, het die Woordtrofee vir beste debuutskrywer in ontvangs geneem terwyl Marié Heese aangewys is as die gevestigde gunsteling. Heese het tydens die fees oor haar twee jongste romans, Vuurklip en Karoo-Kantate, gesels.

Baie geluk aan Marié en Lindie!


Die US Woordfees se topproduksies, kunstenaars en skrywers is op Maandag, 14 April 2014 by die vyfde WOORDtroFEES, moontlik gemaak deur die ATKV, aangewys. Die funksie is op die spogplaas L’Avenir buite Stellenbosch gehou.

Mnr. Gerrie Lemmer, hoofbestuurder: ATKV-projekte, het die gaste verwelkom voordat die wenners aangekondig is. Kim Cloete was die seremoniemeester en die bekende Schalk Joubert het musiekvermaak verskaf.

Die wenners is as volg:

WOW-skool: Uitsonderlike bydrae tot die bevordering van Afrikaans

  • Scottsdene Sekondêr in Kraaifontein

Die trofee is deur Gerrie Lemmer aan mnr. Karel Cupido, prinsipaal van Scottsdene Sekondêr, oorhandig.
WOW individuele prys: Die bevordering van Afrikaans in die gemeenskap

  • Sabina Dumas van New Orleans Sekondêr in die Paarl.

Die trofee is deur Fiona van Kerwel, projekbestuurder van die WOW Projek, oorhandig.
Beste kunsuitstalling

  • Magicus in D-Street (Kurator: D-Street Galery – Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen samewerking)


Amanda Botha, wat vir ’n dekade lank die kurator van die Woordfees se uitstallings was, het die trofee oorhandig. Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen en Ronnie Donaldson (eienaar van die D-Street Galery) het dit ontvang.

Beste klassieke musiekproduksie

  • Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort

Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort is tans in die buiteland. Rudolf Gouws het die trofee aan dr. Jan Visagie van die Vlaams-Suid-Afrikaanse Kultuurstiging oorhanding, wat dit namens Vanbeckevoort ontvang het.

Beste kontemporêre musiekproduksie

  • Laurika en Orkes

Prof. Dorothea van Zyl het die trofee aan Laurika Rauch oorhandig.

Uitskieter drama

  • Stephanie Gericke vir spel in Melusine van Arcadia

Stephanie Gericke het die toekenning by Elias Nel ontvang.

Beste dramaproduksie

  • Wie’s Bang vir Virginia Woolf

Professor Eugene Cloete het die trofee aan Saartjie Botha oorhandig. Botha, wat die stuk vertaal het, het dit namens die geselskap ontvang.

Woordtrofee vir beste debuutskrywer

  • Lindie Koorts – DF Malan en die opkoms van Afrikaner-Nasionalisme (NB-Uitgewers)

Dr. Lindie Koorts het die trofee by Diana Ferrus ontvang.

Woordtrofee vir ’n gevestigde skrywer

  • Marié Heese – Vuurklip en Karoo-Kantate (NB-Uitgewers)

Ingrid Winterbach het die laaste trofee oorhandig. Marié Heese kon ongelukkig nie die funksie bywoon nie, maar Amanda Botha het dit namens haar ontvang.

Voordat prof. Van Zyl die bedankings gedoen het, is formeel aangekondig dat Basic Bistro die wenner van die 2014 Burger-oorlog is.

Die US Woordfees vind in 2015 van Vrydag 6 tot Sondag 15 Maart op Stellenbosch plaas.



Carole Bloch, Chris van Wyk and Elinor Sisulu to Launch Nal'ibali's Children's Literacy Charter

Oscar Wilde's The Happy PrinceEggs to Lay, Chickens to HatchThe Day Gogo Went to Vote

The national reading-for-enjoyment campaign Nal’ibali will be launching its Charter on Children’s Literacy this World Book Day on 23 April 2014.

Nal’bali will be celebrating the important conversation on how to support children’s reading rights, launching a guide to the different kinds of literary experiences all children should have.

During the event Carole Bloch, Chris van Wyk and Elinor Sisulu will be sharing thoughts on this important topic.

Press release:


Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, is proudly launching a Charter on Children’s Literacy Rights this World Book Day, Wednesday April 23, 2014. The charter, freely available in all 11 official South African languages as a poster or download, highlights the range of literacy experiences all children should have to best enable them to learn to read and write. It is also a guide for adults, who are their children’s first teachers, to do what they can to put the conditions and resources in place to ensure all children have equal access to their right to become fully literate citizens.

“Literacy is the foundation of education and a significant gateway to opportunities for success and fulfilment as an adult in the modern world,” comments Carole Bloch, director of PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) – a driving partner in the Nal’ibali campaign.

“Few people would argue that children deserve the opportunity to become fully literate citizens who are able to use reading and writing in their daily lives for the ‘business of living’ as well as for personal satisfaction. Thus, we have developed the charter as a guide to the essential literacy experiences adults need to provide for children in order to achieve this,” adds Arabella Koopman, creator of the weekly Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment newspaper supplement.

The charter comprises 11 rights. It is based on sound evidence from research, input received from the South African public, fellow literacy organisations and experts – as well as from the children, reading club facilitators and volunteers who attend Nal’ibali Reading Clubs across the country.

Examples of reading rights:

- Inspiration: Children of all ages need people to read to them in ways which inspire them to want to read for themselves. Family members at home, teachers in their classroom and librarians at local or school libraries should read aloud to children regularly.

- Access to material: Children need to easily be able to find a variety of reading and writing materials in their immediate environment. They need access to a large selection of story, and other books; whether these are owned or borrowed from school and public libraries close enough to where they live. They also need to be surrounded by environmental print in languages they know and understand.

“We hope to place a copy of the charter in every classroom, library, staffroom, office and home,” says Bloch. “It’s wonderful that we can offer it in all 11 languages. We’re asking everyone to read it, discuss it widely and plan how to act on it. The charter outlines the kind of nurturing role we have to rise to as adults to support children into a culture of reading and writing. It’s a challenge to join Nal’ibali and get reading and writing, no matter what age you are!” she concludes.

To start the nationwide distribution of the charter and spark collective discussions about what we can do as a nation to put these conditions in place, PRAESA has begun delivering copies to more than 130 reading clubs which form part of the Nal’ibali network of reading clubs across the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and the Western Cape provinces.

Nal’ibali Cluster Mentors and Story Sparkers driving the campaign on the ground will also be handing out posters at specially-planned parent meetings, where community-initiated strategies for supporting the rights in the children’s charter will be discussed along with practical ways to deepen community literacy practices in partnership with local stakeholders.

A copy of the charter will also be available in a special edition of the term-time bilingual Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment supplement, available from Sunday April 20. The supplement is available in select Times Media newspapers and is published in English-isiXhosa, English-isiZulu, English-Sesotho and English-Afrikaans. Each week, 30 000 copies the supplement are delivered at no cost directly to Nal’ibali reading clubs, as well as fellow literacy NGOs, reading programmes, libraries and Early Childhood Development Centres.

The charter will be launched officially at Constitution Hill on April 23 with renowned local storyteller, Chris van Wyk, and human rights activist, Elinor Sisulu, together with 100 children from local schools and their parents. A photographic display will also be held at Constitution Hill from April 23 to May 23, bringing to life the various literacy experiences outlined in the charter.

And, to further distribute the charter, partners including Biblionef, National Professional Teacher’s Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), LIASA, Van Schaik, the Centre for the Book, SA Booksellers and The Bookery have pledged their support in circulating the poster. Copies will also be distributed at Cape Town Central Library’s annual Storytelling Festival on World Book Day to a further 600 children.


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Steve Hofmeyr resenseer DF Malan en die opkoms van Afrikaner-nasionalisme deur Lindie Koorts

DF Malan en die opkoms van Afrikaner-nasionalismeUitspraak: wortel

DF Malan en die opkoms van Afrikaner-nasionalisme is ’n epiese werk en dit sal my ’n geruime tyd neem om opsommend daaroor te dink.

Dis nie net dat die Doktor so lank gelewe het nie (1874-1959), maar so lank aktief was. Nee, dis meer as dit.

Die leser moet ’n ou vervreemding afskud. Ek het waaragtig enige biografie van BBP’s uit daardie geskiedenis, aan daardie kant van die ideologiese skeidslyn, deur ’n jonger generasie op my maag begin skryf. Dié biograaf is 32 jaar oud.