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Wil jy graag hê jou kind moet ’n boekwurm word? Volg Jaco Jacobs se raad!

As daar nou een man is wat kinders en hul leesgewoontes verstaan is dit Jaco Jacobs.

Hy het al oor die honderd boeke geskryf, die een so suksesvol soos die ander. Sy kaggel spog nie net met talle pryse nie, maar ook met foto’s van sy eie twee kinders – wat hom nog meer betroubaar maak wanneer dit kom by raad vir jong lesertjies want hy praat uit ervaring.

Professor Fungus en die jelliemonsters van MarsMy ouma is 'n rock-sterZackie Mostert en die baie beroemde hondPerfek

 

As jy graag wil hê dat jou kind ‘n boekwurm moet word het Jacobs vyf eenvoudige, maklike wenke:

1. Begin vroeg
2. Gee vir jou kind boeke
3. Moenie ‘n boeksnob wees nie
4. Stel ‘n voorbeeld
5. Word deel van die avontuur

Jacobs het ‘n pragtige beeld geskep met dié wenke en kort verduidelikings daarby. Druk dit uit, gebruik dit as ‘n boekmerk en internaliseer die eenvoudige raad en maak gereed om jou boekwurmpie se leeslus te voed!

 

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"Afrikaans is en bly my voedingstaal" - Marita van der Vyver besoek die Wes-Kaap (Video)

“Al sou daar ’n post-moderne Babelse verwarring wees, sal Marita van der Vyver in Afrikaans bly skryf. Sela.”

Só skryf Amanda Botha in ‘n artikel vir Netwerk24 oor haar onderhoud met Van der Vyver tydens vanjaar se Franschhoek Literêre Fees.

Die ongelooflike avonture van Hanna HoekomSwemlesse vir 'n meerminOlinosters op die dakRhinocephants on the RoofDie coolste ouma op aarde
Winterkos in ProvenceWinter Food in Provence'n Fontein voor ons deur

 
Op Botha se vraag of Afrikaans nog vir haar ’n voedingsbron is, antwoord Van der Vyver: “Afrikaans is en bly my voedingstaal. Dis my skryftaal en al hoor ek Frans om my terwyl ek sit en skryf, bly ek dink in Afrikaans.”

Die skrywer vertel hoe sy dit regkry om in voeling te bly met haar Afrikaanse leefwêreld en gesels oor die verskillende genres waarin sy boeke skryf.

Lees die artikel:

“Waaraan ek wel moet werk, is om wanneer ek hier is, fyn te luister na taalvariante, modewoorde, veral vir jeugboeke waar dit ’n groot uitdaging bly om voor te bly met die jargon.”

Hoewel sy in alle genres publiseer – romans, kortverhale, essays, kookboeke, jeugboeke en kinderboeke – is die genre-indeling van haar Franse kontreistories altyd ’n probleem vir boekbemarkers, vertel sy. Van der Vyver noem dit haar nie-fiksie-werk. “Dis stories oor ons Franse lewe wat op werklike gebeurtenisse gegrond is, dis feitelik, met miskien hier en daar ’n ekstra skeut verbeelding, maar nogtans meer feite as fiksie.”

Van der Vyver het ook op 19 Mei vanjaar ‘n besoek afgelê aan die Hoërskool DF Malan in Bellville waar sy leerders aangemoedig het om ‘n liefde vir lees te koester.

Die skrywer gesels oor die lewenslesse in Die ongelooflike avonture van Hanna Hoekom en deel ‘n voorsmakie uit die boek se opvolg, Swemlesse vir ‘n meermin.

“Daar is ‘n boek, glo my, vir elke iemand op hierdie aarde,” sê Van der Vyver ter afsluiting.

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The first Muslim Springbok

IMG_0499RAMADAN starts on Thursday and that poses a challenge for one of the players on whom SA is relying this Saturday to salvage a bit of national pride from this year’s disappointing Super Rugby campaign.

Nizaam Carr, the first Muslim to have captained a Super Rugby team — last week against the Sharks — will this Saturday have to fill the big boots of Duane Vermeulen, who has been forced out with a neck injury. If the Stormers beat the Brumbies, they have a shot at making the Super Rugby finals.

Carr will enter the fray on an empty stomach. He will have been up before dawn to down a protein shake and some steak and pasta but by the time he runs out onto the field at Newlands at 5pm, he will not have eaten for several hours. Over the next month, he is likely to lose between 8kg and 12kg.

It is tough, he says, but manageable. He doesn’t feel that it affects his performance. His faith provides all the push he needs.

It is hard to believe that Carr is just 24. Rugby has both brought him fantastic opportunity and required exceptional emotional adaptability and resilience. His was not the usual path to the high road via a traditional rugby school. He grew up in Mitchell’s Plain.

His family later moved to Crawford and he attended Alexander Sinton High, a good state school but not one that offered rugby. He played on Saturdays for the Primrose club and, at the age of 15, he was spotted by a scout from Bishops and offered a bursary.

Bishops, the home of Anglicanism and old money, was worlds away from what he was used to and at first he struggled to fit in. But over the four years he was there, he learnt to take advantage of the fantastic facilities on offer.

At Alexander Sinton, there would be 45 kids in a class, whereas at Bishops, there might be 10. More than that, he told me, “they opened up my eyes to how successful you could be if you just worked hard”. After school, he sailed into the University of Cape Town, where he played for the Ikey Tigers in the Varsity Cup. From there, he was recruited into the Western Province Under-19s and Under-21s and, eventually the Currie Cup and Super Rugby teams.

Throughout, he has had to perform the difficult balancing act of remaining true to his religious beliefs while proving himself a team player in a very different culture.

At Bishops, he says, he had to explain why he could eat only halaal food. Another challenge he has had to grapple with is the drinking culture in rugby. It was hard at first, he says, and he felt he didn’t fit in. But he learnt to adapt and now happily sits through team dinners nursing a coke while his teammates get merry. He recognises that it is part of team building, he says, and he can’t slink away.

His teammates ensure he doesn’t feel the odd man out. After they won the Currie Cup last year, he took them all to a mosque and then to a halaal restaurant.

What he is desperate for now, like every other player in Super Rugby, is a spot in the Rugby World Cup squad. Carr, who last year became the first Muslim in the democratic era to pull on a Springbok jersey, is competing against a plethora of excellent loose forwards.

Carr’s articulate and confident defence of his religious rights highlights the question of freedom of religion. Christianity is central to South African rugby. Most teams pray before games. Some players and coaches offer a nod to God at media conferences.

Players and coaches have told me that prayers are about asking for protection from injury for both sides. And it promotes team spirit.

That’s all fine as long as it is acknowledged that the supreme being appears in different forms to different people — if they believe in one at all — and conformity to a particular religion doesn’t become a prerequisite for inclusion.

As far as openness in religion goes, I’d say that young Nizaam Carr offers a good example. He doesn’t proselytise but he does try to educate people about Islam: for instance, that the impression created by some media that it is a religion of extremists who yearn to join groups such as Islamic State is wrong.

This year, he and a partner opened a sports academy in Lansdowne. For now, it offers only Grades 8 and 9 and there are just 45 pupils. The academic curriculum runs from 8am to 3pm. After that there is intensive training in rugby, soccer and cricket. He is in charge of the rugby. Talented kids from poor backgrounds get scholarships and his own sponsor provides all the kit for free. It’s about giving back, he says.

His academy, the Cape Sports Academy, is not only for Muslims. “We have boys from all over,” he says proudly. “We have an African kid and a Jewish one.”

 *This column first appeared in Business Day

Herrie rondom Onderwêreld deur Fanie Viljoen as voorgeskrewe boek en verlange na "Kringe in ’n blerrie bos"

OnderwêreldKringe in \'n bos“Die geykte tienertaal en Engelstalige rekenaar-jargon laat geen ruimte vir poëtiese of verbeeldingryke invalle nie. Sake soos tienerseks, dwelmgebruik, depressie en selfmoord word betrek, maar daar is min emosionele diepgang. Boonop is die verhaal, oor die gesofistikeerde gebruik en misbruik van rekenaars in ’n rykmanskool vir seuns, absurd elitisties.”

Só skryf Sonja Loots in ‘n fel resensie van Onderwêreld deur Fanie Viljoen – die boek wat landwyd voorgeskryf is vir volgende jaar se matrieks wat Afrikaans as eerste taal neem. Sy voer aan dat ‘n boek soos “Kringe in ’n blerrie bos” ‘n beter opsie was en meer konstruktief sou wees vir jong lesers se opvoeding. Haar woorde was skaars kuberkoud of die gesprekke het begin woed op sosiale media en een ding is seker: die mense stem nie noodwendig saam met Loots nie, maar verlang wel na Kringe in ‘n bos deur Dalene Matthee!

Lees Loots se reaksie op Onderwêreld:

Hierdie roman oor plastiekmense in ’n plastiekwêreld sal matrikulante nie voorberei op die akademiese leeseise van tersiêre onderrig of emosioneel help toerus vir die grootmenslewe wat wag nie. Dit sal baie jong lesers vervreem. Die grootste en dalk enigste voordeel is dat dit verpak is in ’n intrigegedrewe, maklik-leesbare formaat. Maklik, lig en vinnig, want die onderwysdepartement wil ons leerlinge skynbaar net so dom maak soos wat húlle is. Ek het nuus vir die mistroostige klein Greg: Kringe in ’n blerrie bos was eintlik glad nie so sleg nie.

“Sonja Loots se pseudo-akademiese ontleding van Fanie Viljoen se jeugroman, Onderwêreld (Rapport Weekliks, 14 Junie 2015), noop my om my nasienwerk opsy te skuif en eers my stuiwer in die armbeurs te gooi,” skryf Alet Mihálik, ‘n gesoute leser én onderwyskenner. Sy verduidelik waarom sy so voel en sluit af:

“Jy kla dat dié jeugroman leerders nie toerus vir “die akademiese leeseise van tersiëre onderrig’ of vir ‘die grootmenslewe wat wag’ nie. Wel, neem dit nou maar uit hierdie perd se bek: anders as die talle kundiges wat die boek bekroon en geprys het, maak jy jou skuldig aan presies wat jy só paternalisties betreur – ‘n gebrek of onbereidwilligheid om aan die einste ‘akademiese leeseise’ te voldoen.”

Lees Mihálik se reaksie op Loots se artikel en sien ook die interessante kommentaar onderaan die Facebook-inskrywing. Alta Cloete het ook bygedra tot die gesprek deur te beklemtoon, sonder om Viljoen se boek óf Loots se resensie daarvan af te takel: “Geen mens kan tog dink EEN boek kan ewe geskik wees vir al die derduisende matrikulante in soveel verskillende streke en situasies nie. Geen boek sal almal tevrede stel nie.”

Viljoen het self ook stem dik gemaak op die forum en gesê, “Sonja Loots het nie haar feite behoorlik nagegaan met die skryf van die artikel nie.”

Lees die artikel:

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Sonja Loots kort ‘n lees-loods

Sonja Loots se pseudo-akademiese ontleding van Fanie Viljoen se jeugroman, Onderwêreld (Rapport Weekliks, 14 Junie 2015), noop my om my nasienwerk opsy te skuif en eers my stuiwer in die armbeurs te gooi. Ter agtergrond moet ek noem dat ek al langer as veertig jaar by die onderrrig van Afrikaans as huis- en eerste addisionele taal betrokke is – waaronder ongeveer tien jaar aan tersiêre inrigtings en die res aan verskeie vooraanstaande private en Afrikaanse hoërskole. Daarbenewens was ek al verskeie kere ‘n keurder vir toonaangewende jeugromankompetisies.

Ek het Onderwêreld met Engelssprekende seniorleerders behandel en kan eerlik sê hulle was meegesleur deur die boek en het blinkoog uitgesien na Letterkunde-periodes. Tans behandel ek die roman met hoogsintelligente Afrikaanssprekende leerders en ná meer as vier jaar vind ek, net soos by Matthee se Kringe in ‘n Bos, by elke herlees nuwe interpretasiemoontlikhede in die fynuitgewerkte teks met sy veelvuldige betekenislae.

Wat dink jy van hierdie gesprek? Gesels saam op Facebook, Twitter of in die kommentaarboksie hieronder

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Explore Iziko Museums for Free on Youth Day

 
Discover a world of wonder at Iziko Museums of South Africa for FREE on Youth Day – Tuesday, 16 June*.

Enjoy a fun-filled day of edutainment with family and friends, and tour our 11 museum sites in and around the Cape Town city centre.

A Jacana Pocket History: The Soweto UprisingThe Children of SowetoA public holiday in South Africa, Youth Day pays tribute to the students who lost their lives during the Soweto Uprising on 16 June 1976. On that day, more than 15 000 students gathered in Soweto, Johannesburg to participate in a peaceful march to the nearby Orlando Stadium. The demonstration had been planned to protest the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at schools. However, the apartheid police and armed forces responded violently which led to the deaths of more than 170 students.

“On Youth Day we honour the memory of the students who lost their lives during the Soweto Uprising in 1976, and reflect on the role that the youth played in achieving a democratic South Africa,” Iziko Museums CEO Rooksana Omar says.

“As an agent of change, Iziko Museums of South Africa provides our youth with a platform to debate their issues and help them to overcome the challenges they are faced with today. We inspire them to learn from and appreciate our collective heritage and culture, for their future and their children’s futures.”

Tour our Museums:

Begin your adventure at the Iziko South African Museum and discover impressive Natural History displays such as African Dinosaurs, and the Marine Biology exhibit featuring life-size casts of sharks and other marine animals. A favourite amongst our younger visitors is the Discovery Room, a ‘touch room’ where children are encouraged to investigate a wide range of exhibits ranging from fossils, mounted birds and articulated skeletons, to preserved snakes in bottles and a large insect display.

Across from the South African Museum in the Company’s Garden, the Iziko South African National Gallery houses an array of temporary art exhibitions, like Seedtime: an Omar Badsha Retrospective and William Kentridge’s The Refusal of Time two must-see exhibitions currently on show here.

For a dose of social history and culture, head to the Iziko Slave Lodge, where a variety of displays on slavery at the Cape, Egyptology, isishweshwe fabric and more can be found. The exhibitions Singing Freedom and There’s something I must tell you both reflect on South Africa’s political past and show how music and generations of female activists played a role in the struggle for democracy.

The Iziko Maritime Centre, located at the V&A Waterfront, is a landmark site dedicated to Cape Town’s shipping history. A display of artefacts and large boat models are sure to amaze both young and old.

Don’t forget to visit the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum to learn how Cape Town was built and discover the Michaelis Collection of 17th century Dutch and Flemish art at the Iziko Old Town House.

*Normal entry fees apply at the Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope.

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Liefde is ’n sprokie: Kom kuier saam met die Fynbosskrywers en Kristel Loots in Durbanville

Uitnodiging: Bekendstelling van Liefde is 'n sprokie

 
Liefde is ’n sprokieHuman & Rousseau en die Fynbosskrywers nooi jou graag na die bekendstelling van Liefde is ‘n sprokie, ‘n kortverhaalbundel saamgestel deur Santie Nel.

Kom kuier saam met die Fynbosskrywers en Kristel Loots en verloor jou hart op hierdie romantiese bundel verhale gespits op tienerlesers. Elke verhaal is op ‘n bekende sprokie of feëverhaal gebaseer – maar met ‘n heerlike moderne kinkel.

Bring jou tienerdogter saam na Isabella’s in Durbanville en geniet koek en drinkgoed op Saterdag, 20 Junie. Die geleentheid begin om 14:30 vir 15:00.

Sien jou daar!

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