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“I think another country is possible” – Sharlene Swartz’s Another Country: Everyday Social Restitution launched in Cape Town

“I think another country is possible” – Sharlene Swartz’s Another Country: Everyday Social Restitution launched in Cape Town“I think another country is possible” – Sharlene Swartz’s Another Country: Everyday Social Restitution launched in Cape Town

 

Another CountryThe Book Lounge recently played host to Sharlene Swartz and many guests at the Launch of Another Country: Everyday Social Restitution.

In conversation with struggle stalwart Denis Goldberg, an impassioned Swartz relayed her experiences as a white woman living in South Africa in relation to the other races in the country.

The Professor of Sociology began by sharing an anecdote of her experience in Zurich where as a 21-year-old white woman she for the first time experienced the hatred and anger of another white person because of apartheid. “He spat on my shoe and slammed the door,” she recalls. It was an eye opening moment for the author who went on to say, “The book is a spit on the shoes of white South Africa.”

Swartz explained that the book aims to restore humanity and to encourage dialogue between South Africans who wouldn’t generally speak to one another. She asked average, everyday South Africans what kind of South Africa they would like and summarised their responses: “Everyone wanted a country where they could feel like they belong.”

“I think another country is possible” – Sharlene Swartz’s Another Country: Everyday Social Restitution launched in Cape Town“I think another country is possible” – Sharlene Swartz’s Another Country: Everyday Social Restitution launched in Cape Town

 

According to the research Swartz carried out while writing the book, close to 70 per cent of South Africans say that “we should forget the past and move on”. The book asks: “How do we move on when so many black South Africans are living an inferior reality?”

After a detailed introduction to the book and the questions it seeks to answer, Swartz revealed the crux of the book, suggesting that “everyone can do something [about restitution], not just the government”. She proposes a working definition for social restitution as, “Acts and attitudes towards making things right for the past … to recognise human dignity.”

After Swartz’s brief introduction and summary of the book, she invited Goldberg to comment on the current social situation within the Country. The founder of the organisation, Community HEART reminded the audience that, “the apartheid regime killed between ten and twelve thousand people, yet people still talk about a bloodless revolution.” He argued that “this is one of the causes of anger today – saying black blood doesn’t matter”.

Further defining social restitution, Goldberg puts forward that “we know what our society ought to be and also what it is … we need to bridge the gap between is and ought through social action ie social restitution”. Goldberg describes the book as, “refreshing and remarkable” saying: “Sharlene has shown us how to speak frankly.”

Another Country recommends about 200 practical, financial, and symbolic ideas that regular South Africans can use towards social restitution. Swartz also introduced an app that allows one to find these numerous suggestions. The book synopsis concludes, “There is something for everyone to do – individuals and communities, alongside government and institutional efforts.”

Swartz closed off the evening saying, “I think another country is possible, that’s why I wrote the book.”

Kasuba Stuurman (‏@kasuba_sun) tweeted live from the event:


 

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Don’t miss the launch of Another Country: Everyday Social Restitution by Sharlene Swartz at The Book Lounge

Invitation to the launch of Another Country: Everyday Social Restitution

 
Another Country: Everyday Social RestitutionBest Red and The Book Lounge cordially invite you to the launch of Another Country: Everyday Social Restitution, the new book by Sharlene Swartz.

The event will take place in Cape Town on Wednesday, 23 November.

See you there!

A book Black and White South Africans must read together. Swartz has answered Steve Biko’s call for a new consciousness among Whites and Blacks alike. Read this and let’s have a conversation, our future depends on it. A major achievement!

- Xolela Mangcu, sociology professor

What a breath of sorely needed fresh air – a timely call to everyday, no-strings-attached restitution, guided by sustained, humble conversations with those dishonoured by apartheid.

- Wilhelm Verwoerd, peace builder

When last did we hear anybody talk about a just society, a better life for everybody, suggesting that enough was a feast? One of the most insightful suggestions is that inheritance should be more widely shared.

- Antjie Krog, author and poet

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland St, Cape Town | Map
  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of wine
  • RSVP: The Book Lounge, booklounge@gmail.com

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Don’t miss the launch of Cricket and Conquest: The History of South African Cricket Retold at Newlands

Invitation to the launch of Cricket and Conquest: The History of South African Cricket Retold

 
Cricket and Conquest: The History of South African Cricket Retold, Volume 1: 1795-1914HSRC Press and BestRed invite you to the launch of Cricket and Conquest: The History of South African Cricket Retold, Volume 1: 1795-1914.

The book is authored by Andre Odendaal, Krish Reddy, Christopher Merrett and Jonty Winch.

The event takes place on Thursday, 10 November at Newlands Cricket Ground.

See you there!

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  • Cricket and Conquest: The History of South African Cricket Retold, Volume 1: 1795-1914 by Andre Odendaal, Krish Reddy, Christopher Merrett, Jonty Winch
    EAN: 9781928246138
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Who is in charge of South Africa? The question explored at the launch of State of the Nation 2016

Professor Muxe Nkondo and Professor Crain Soudien

 
State of the Nation 2016At the recent launch of State of the Nation 2016: Who is in Charge? Mandates, Accountability and Contestations in South Africa, published HSRC Press, one could not help but feel an immense sense of awe.

HSRC Press CEO Professor Crain Soudien and Professor Muxe Nkondo, one of the editors of the book, were in conversation.

 

This is the eighth edition of The State of the Nation, coming at a time when South Africans are asking who is really running the country. The editors, Daniel Plaatjies, Muxe Nkondo, Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, Thenjiwe Meyiwa, Charles Hongoro, and Francis Nyamnjoh, address issues surrounding authority, capability and accountability.

Professor Crain Soudien
In his welcome speech, Soudien expressed the danger of using social media as a benchmark as it is not “a true reflection of the state of the nation”. He continued by saying that “the book contributes to a considered reflection of the state of the nation.” Through the book, HSRC Press aims to raise the level of public discussion because, according to Soudien, “talking to the state of the nation allows possibilities of developing and interpreting what is going on.”

Next to speak was Nkondo, who opened with a hard-hitting question: “How long can the ANC bank on its credentials?” He continued after a brief pause saying, “No radical change can be considered unless we factor in the feminist perspective.”

Nkondo expanded on this, saying that in order to fully understand who is in charge: “We need to sophisticate our capacity to deal with issues – there are more complex configurations [beyond black and white] that shape our narrative.”
 
 
 

Professor Muxe Nkondo

 

Nkondo ended off by responding to questions of accountability, arguing that, “social cohesion, justice, prosperity” are all things we strive for in a democracy without considering that “we want to achieve utopian outcomes that can [only] be progressively realised, never obtaining their full course”.

Soudien tied it all together saying: “The task of this book is to validate and affirm what is in front of us – not to criticise.”

Kasuba Stuurman (@kasuba_sun) tweeted live from the event:

 
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  • State of the Nation 2016: Who is in Charge? Mandates, Accountability and Contestations in South Africa edited by Daniel Plaatjies, Charles Hongoro, Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, Thenjiwe Meyiwa, Muxe Nkondo, Francis Nyamnjoh
    EAN: 9780796925138
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Save the date for the launch of State of the Nation 2016: Who is in Charge? Mandates, Accountability and Contestations in South Africa

Invitation to the launch of State of the Nation 2016

 

State of the Nation 2016: Who is in Charge? Mandates, Accountability and Contestations in South AfricaHSRC Press is proud to invite you to the launch of its flagship title release, State of the Nation 2016: Who is in Charge? Mandates, Accountability and Contestations in South Africa.

The publication is edited by Daniel Plaatjies, Charles Hongoro, Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, Thenjiwe Meyiwa, Muxe Nkondo and Francis Nyamnjoh.

The event will be held on 14 June in Cape Town.

Kindly save the date.

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 14 June 2016
  • Time: TBC
  • Venue: TBC, Cape Town

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  • State of the Nation 2016: Who is in Charge? Mandates, Accountability and Contestations in South Africa edited by Daniel Plaatjies, Charles Hongoro, Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, Thenjiwe Meyiwa, Muxe Nkondo and Francis Nyamnjoh
    EAN: 9780796925138
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Save the date – it’s almost time for the 2016 State of the Nation Address

State of the NationState of the Nation: South Africa 2012–2013State of the Nation: South Africa 1994-2014State of the Nation 2016

 
It’s almost time for the 2016 State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Read previous SONA speeches by visiting the South African Government website:

The State of the Nation Address, at the annual opening of Parliament, is an address to the nation by the President of the Republic of South Africa. The President addresses a joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament, the National Assembly (NA) and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). It focuses on the current political and socio-economic state of the nation.

 
Last year’s SONA created quite a hype, and led us into quite an eventful year. Be be sure to tune in on Thursday, 11 February, at 7 PM to hear what the President has to say this year and keep up with the conversation.

According to the parliamentary programme, the annual debate on the President’s SONA will take place from 16 – 17 February, with his reply to be heard on 18 February, so mark those dates on your calendar too!

Various broadcasters will be streaming the SONA and related events live, including:

 

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  • State of the Nation: South Africa 2012–2013: Addressing Inequality and Poverty edited by Jonathan D Jansen, Francis Nyamnjoh, Udesh Pillay, Gerard Hagg
    EAN: 9780796924223
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  • State of the Nation: South Africa 1994-2014: A twenty-year review of freedom and democracy by Thenjiwe Meyiwa, Muxe Nkondo, Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, Moses Sithole, Francis Nyamnjoh
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    EAN: 9780796924612
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  • State of the Nation 2016: Who is in Charge? Mandates, Accountability and Contestations in South Africa edited by Daniel Plaatjies, Charles Hongoro, Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, Thenjiwe Meyiwa, Muxe Nkondo, Francis Nyamnjoh
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Don’t Miss “No Other Country: The Gospel According to Chris Hani” at GoetheonMain in Johannesburg

Voices of Liberation: Chris Hani“No Other Country: The Gospel According to Chris Hani” is an exhibition curated by Gabi Ngcobo and hosted by GoetheonMain.

The exhibition launch is on Thursday, 3 September, at 6:30 PM at GoetheonMain.

There will be a lecture on the exhibition in collaboration with Athi Mongezeleli Joja and Sinethemba Twalo, third year students from the Wits Fine Arts Department.

Don’t miss out!

This project, curated by Gabi Ngcobo, combines responses by students and ‘guests’ to an unreleased interview of Chris Hani by German photographer Reiner Leist. The interview was recorded in the early nineties, shortly before Hani’s assassination in 1993. No Other Country: The Gospel According to Chris Hani will explore this document, generating responses to the material and imagining new questions, situating this historical moment to our contemporary time.

Launch

  • Date: Thursday, 3 September 2015
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Venue: GoetheonMain
    245 Main Street
    Johannesburg | Map

Lecture

  • Date: Sunday, 13 September 2015
  • Time: 2 PM
  • Venue: GoetheonMain
    245 Main Street
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Speakers: Athi Mongezeleli Joja and Sinethemba Twalo

 

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Don’t Miss Adam Haupt’s Lecture on the Tokolos Stencils, Michael Elion and Culture Jamming at Rhodes

Static: Race and Representation in Post-Apartheid Music, Media and FilmAdam Haupt, author of Static: Race and Representation in Post-Apartheid Music, Media and Film and professor of Film and Media Studies at UCT, will be presenting a public lecture at Rhodes University.

The title of the seminar paper is “‘Non-Poor Only’: Culture Jamming and the Limits of Free Speech in South Africa”. Haupt will look at the Tokolos Stencils and the work of jam artist Michael Elion, and examine the implications of this for public space in South Africa.

The event is hosted by Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University, and will take place at 5 PM on Tuesday, 25 August (this evening), at the Faculty of Humanities.

Don’t miss it!

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Don’t Miss a CCR Public Dialogue on Tradition, Culture and Gender Equality

Women in South African History: Basus'iimbokodo, Bawel'imilambo, They Remove Boulders and Cross RiversThe Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) Cape Town in collaboration with the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) Johannesburg invite you to a public dialogue on “The Role of Tradition and Culture: What has South Africa Achieved in Gender Equality?”

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, 12 August, at the TB Barry Lecture Theatre in the Planetarium in Gardens, Cape Town, from 5:30 to 7 PM.

Shamillah Wilson, a consultant at the CCR, will chair, while Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, chair of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) and Nomboniso Gasa, researcher, political analyst and author of Women in South African History: Basus’iimbokodo, Bawel’imilambo, They Remove Boulders and Cross Rivers, will address the meeting.

From the CCR:

Despite legislation for gender equality and women’s political participation in South Africa, and although many South Africans express egalitarian attitudes towards gender, rates of sexual and gender-based violence in South Africa are among the highest in the world. “Cultural” views of women continue to play a role in their continued disadvantages. Speakers will cover the South African Constitution and cultural rights, claiming back culture and its role in the promotion and protection of the rights of women and girls, and how culture has sometimes been manipulated in the abuse of women. This public dialogue seeks to foster open discussion on these challenges and potential opportunities for the promotion of gender equality in South Africa.

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Don’t Miss the 2015 Ruth First Memorial Lecture at Wits for an Important Conversation About Race

Invitation for the 2015 Ruth First Memorial Lecture

 
Voices of Liberation: Ruth FirstUniversity of the Witwatersrand Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Habib and the Wits Journalism Department would like to invite you to the 14th annual Ruth First Memorial Lecture.

Ruth First – whose life is chronicled in Voices of Liberation: Ruth First by Don Pinnock – was a journalist, activist and intellectual killed in exile by the apartheid government. To commemorate her contribution to critical, socially-engaged writing and research, Wits Journalism in partnership with the Wits Ruth First Committee and the African Studies Journal, hosts an annual memorial lecture and fellowship. The event is held around the anniversary of her death on August 17, 1982.

This year the theme is “Race: Lived Experiences and Contemporary Conversations”. Panashe Chigumadzi will speak of her research into the term “coconuts” and Sisonke Msimang and Lebo Mashile will perform Msimang’s text based on her research into possibility of authentic interracial friendship.

The event takes place on Monday, 17 August, at the Great Hall, East Campus and starts at 6 for 6:30 PM. RSVPs are essential. The evening includes a conversation between the Fellows of the Ruth First Memorial Event and will be facilitated by The Ruth First Committee member Eusebius McKaiser.

Don’t miss this!

Event Details

  • Date: Monday, 17 August 2015
  • Time: 6 for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Wits University,
    The Great Hall, East Campus
    1 Jan Smuts Avenue and Jorissen Street, Braamfontein
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Speaker: Panashe Chigumadzi
  • Performers: Sisonke Msimang and Lebo Mashile
  • More information: Wits Journalism
  • RSVP: ruthfirstlecture@gmail.com

 

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