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Gabeba Baderoon Explains how Pagad Vigilantism Influenced Her Writing Regarding Muslims

Regarding MuslimsGabeba Baderoon explained the initial impetus behind her new book, Regarding Muslims: From slavery to post-apartheid.

Baderoon says the Pagad incidents in the mid-1990s are what caused to her to begin thinking seriously about Muslims and Muslim culture in a specifically South African context.

She emphasises that when South Africa celebrated the end of apartheid in 1994, it was also the 300th anniversary of the presence of Muslims in the country, an event that went by almost unnoticed.

What made you choose this topic?

I was a student in 1996 at the University of Cape Town when all those events around Pagad [People Against Gangsterism and Drugs] happened.

And I was affected in a powerful way, but I wasn’t able to explain it.

Later, I realised the presence of Muslims is an underdiscussed phenomenon in South Africa.

That’s why I decided to do this thesis, which turned into a book.

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Video: Vlymskerp woordspeling en droeë humor in Die Idees Vol Vrees Show

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Het jy al Die Idees Vol Vrees Show gesien? Die videos is gebaseer op Kobus Galloway se Idees Vol Vrees-reeks van tekenprente, en is beskikbaar op YouTube as “‘n Nuwe Afrikaanse ‘Skit’ Komedie”.

Die kort komedies is geskryf deur Kobus Galloway met hulp van Werner Smit en Remano de Beer, en volg dieselfde resep as die tekenprente waar droeë humor en woordspelings seëvier.

Kyk die videos:

Die Idees Vol Vrees Show – Episode 01 (Die Kroeg):

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Die Idees Vol Vrees Show – Episode 02 (Mechanic):

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Die Idees Vol Vrees Show – Episode 02 (Bonus met Emo Adams):

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Die Idees Vol Vrees Show – Episode 03 (Moordtoneel):

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Video: Dying in New York Author Ekow Duker's First Television Interview

Dying in New YorkWhite WahalaEkow Duker, the author of Dying in New York and White Wahala, both of which were recently launched in Johannesburg, has shared a blog post about the nerve-wracking experience of his first television interview, which he likens to a visit to the dentist.

Then a nervous wait in another room adjacent to a dimly lit lab-like area where technicians and producers huddled over banks of glowing monitors, like they were controlling drones over Afghanistan. Then all too soon it was my turn. I was ushered into a small winged chair and before I knew it a microphone was clipped to my lapel and the host, Musa Mkalipi, was asking me where I got the inspiration to write Dying in New York.
She was great.

In his interview with Musa Mkalipi on SABC‘s Afroshowbiz, he speaks about the journey of his Lerato, the principle character of his book Dying in New York. Duker says it is appropriate that his novel was launched in Women’s Month because it speaks to issues faced by women in society. His interview begins at 17:30 in the video below.

Watch the interview:
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Video: Julian Rademeyer Interrogates the Effectiveness of Poisoning Rhinos' Horns

Killing for ProfitJulian Rademeyer, the author of Killing for Profit, spoke with Derek Watts on Carte Blanche about whether or not infusing rhinoceros horns is effective in combating the poaching scourge.

Infusing horns with poison and indelible dye was put forward as simple solution to rhino crisis. Rademeyer’s suggests that the effectiveness of the the infusing procedure and its ability to prevent poaching was dubious and misleading from the beginning.

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Joanne Lefson's Stray from Ahound the World is Named Top Dog

Ahound the WorldRupee is a former stray who became famous after climbing to the base camp of Mount Everest. He was lauded as one of the top five dogs of 2014 by the International Business Times on National Dog Day.

Rupee’s owner Joanne Lefson wrote about the trek to Everest and a few more of her adventures with her dog in Ahound the World. Lefson undertook an eight month journey with her dog to raise awareness for the plight of stray animals worldwide.

National Dog Day 2014 is being held to celebrate man’s best friend and all the things they do for people across the globe – from being a regular family pet, to a guide dog, to serving on the frontline with armed forces.

Launched in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, the event has since taken off, with thousands now celebrating Dog Day.

To mark National Dog Day, here are the top five heart-warming (and heart-breaking) news stories from the last 12 months.

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    Gabeba Baderoon: Slavery is the Root Cause of South Africa's Sexual Violence

    Regarding MuslimsGabeba Baderoon elucidated the complex questions tackled in her book, Regarding Muslims: From slavery to post-apartheid.

    The book developed from Baderoon’s doctoral thesis, and she says the ideas “percolated” in her mind for a long while. She says Regarding Muslims emphasises and explores the centrality of slavery and slave culture in the formation of South Africa, an area she believes is neglected in academia, as well as the origins and developement of the “Cape Malay” people.

    “What I argue is that our sense of our national beginnings and what counts as national can’t be provincial, so it can’t only be about Gauteng. We must be able to, for instance, think about how our longer colonial history included KZN and the Eastern Cape and also the Western Cape, which is profoundly influenced by slavery.

    “So, part of what this book is trying to say is, ‘we can’t underplay that part of history in thinking of ourselves generally as South Africans because unless we understand that history better we won’t know why someone for instance thinks of coloured people in terms of a particular tone of pathos’.

    “Where does that come from? It comes from the lens of slavery,” is her theory. “If you’re thinking about the epidemic of sexual violence we’re experiencing today (in the country), it goes back to slavery,” is another contention.

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