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Don’t Miss the Opening of Brett Murray’s Exhibition Again Again in Cape Town

Brett MurrayBrett Murray, author of Brett Murray and artist responsible for the controversial Zuma portrait “The Spear”, is exhibiting a new body of work.

Murray’s new exhibition, called Again Again, will be on display at the Goodman Gallery. It opens on Saturday, 18 April, at 11 AM and will close on Saturday, 16 May.

Don’t miss it!

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Much to his own irritation and amusement, Brett Murray continues to feel the urge to expose the absurdities of the powerful with biting satire. In his recognised iconic language, and using a variety of materials, this new body of work extends his jaundiced love/hate relationship with South Africa’s unfolding democracy. Inevitably, it seems, this exhibition is darker in tone and often registers closer to tragedy than comedy. And if, like Murray, you prefer to be entertained with Arcadian landscapes and portraits of your favourite pets… he urges you to look elsewhere for your kicks.

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“Rock Star in a White Coat”: Tshidi Gule Launches Rough Diamond in Style

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Rough DiamondOn a night when load-shedding may have cast gripe and woe across Johannesburg, the launch of Dr Tshidi Gule’s Rough Diamond: Your First-Class Ticket to the World of Mentorship generated its own special kind of energy at Exclusive Books, Mandela Square.

Through its personal and accessible narrative, Rough Diamond details the key lessons that came out of Gule’s relationship with her mentors, including the ever-effervescent entrepreneur Basetsana Kumalo, as Gule set out to establish MediSpace Wellness Institute with the aim to prevent and manage lifestyle-related illness in South Africa.

The book owes its genesis to publisher Melinda Ferguson of MF Books. “Her tenacity for getting stories told! She is extremely persuasive,” said Gule, who was initially reluctant to write about her experiences as she was going through a strained period in her business at the time. “I thought I wouldn’t get through it. I told Melinda my fears, that I felt my lessons had not borne fruit. She told me that life is a classroom, the lessons lie in failure too.” Gule began writing Rough Diamond in June 2013.

In her address at the launch, Kumalo referred to Gule as her “rock star in a white coat” and said that she was bowled over by Gule’s dynamism and drive when they first met in 2004, when Gule, then a fourth-year medical student, approached Kumalo for mentorship.

“It was a symbiotic relationship. Both the mentor and the mentee are on a learning curve. The day you feel you’ve arrived and have it all, that’s when you stop growing. Mentorship is liking sharing your life’s journey with someone.” said Kumalo.

Rough Diamond is part memoir and Gule, in conversation with presenter Dineo Moeketsi, said she chose to include specific incidents of bullying and the loss of good friends because she wanted to paint what was critical about her upbringing. “Your past fortifies you. I respect challenges, there is something of value in every one of them. You have to transform those scenarios into something manageable,” she said.
 

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Matshidiso Gule launched Rough Diamond in conversation with Dineo Moeketsi

Posted by Jacana Media on Tuesday, 14 April 2015

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Julius Malema’s Lawyer: It is Quite Clear Sars’ Latest Move has Everything to do with Politics

The Coming RevolutionJulius Malema, leader of the EFF and subject of The Coming Revolution: Julius Malema and the Fight for Economic Freedom edited by Floyd Shivambu and Janet Smith, is hitting back against Sars following the collapse of their deal.

Malema’s lawyer, Tumi Mokoena, has asserted that Sars’ latest move to sequestrate his client is motivated by dirty politics. Thomas Hartleb reported on for News24.

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“It is quite clear that Sars, after they had made the compromise agreement with Mr Malema, something changed in Sars and there is a new move to sequestrate him for the sake of it. It has everything to do with politics,” said Tumi Mokoena.

This is in response to Sars allegation that the deal had fallen apart because of dishonest dealings on Malema’s part. The Rand Daily Mail reported the collapsed deal yesterday.

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The deal reached between Juliius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters and SARS has collapsed because he was dishonest about the source of the money he was using to settle his tax account and because he dodged paying donations tax.

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Join Mike Bruton for the Launch of When I was a Fish: Tales of an Ichthyologist in Cape Town

When I was a Fish: Tales of an Ichthyologist

 
When I was a Fish: Tales of an IchthyologistJacana would like to invite you to the launch of When I was a Fish: Tales of an Ichthyologist by Mike Bruton.

The author will tell Patrick Garratt all about his extraordinary life as a fish biologist on Friday, 17 April, at the Two Oceans Aquarium. The event will start at 6:30 for 7 PM and light snacks will be provided.

Come and listen to the fascinating story of Bruton’s research on the freshwater fish of Africa and the Middle East and his encounters with crocodiles, hippopotami, giant snakes and military operations.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Friday, 17 April 2015
  • Time: 6:30 for 7 PM
  • Venue: Two Oceans Aquarium
    Dock Road
    V&A Waterfront
    Cape Town | Map
  • Interviewer: Patrick Garratt
  • Refreshments: Light eats and a cash bar
  • RSVP: Relebone, rsvp@jacana.co.za, 011 628 3200

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Join Raymond Suttner for the Launch of Recovering Democracy in South Africa in Pietermaritzburg

Recovering Democracy in South AfricaJacana Media and the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) invite you to the launch of Recovering Democracy in South Africa by Raymond Suttner.

The author will speak about his book on Thursday, 16 April, at the Protea Hotel Imperial in Pietermaritzburg. The event starts at 6 for 6:30 PM.

Recovering Democracy in South Africa puts the current political order under a microscope and asks: What does the future hold for our country?

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  • Date: Thursday, 16 April 2015
  • Time: 6 for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Protea Hotel Imperial
    224 Jabu Ndlovu Street
    Pietermaritzburg
    KwaZulu-Natal | Map
  • RSVP: Facebook, 033 342 0052

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Thando Mgqolozana: The Fall of Rhodes is the Beginning of the Acknowledgement of Black Pain (Video)

UnimportanceThe morning after the removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes on the UCT campus – an event that had a month-long build up with various protests and controversial events – Thando Mgqolozana joined Nick Pawson in the News24 studio to discuss this particular moment in history.

Mgqolozana – whose latest book Unimportance deals with student activism and many issues relevant to the ongoing debate spurred on by the Rhodes Must Fall movement – was present when the statue was removed. He tells Pawson about the atmosphere on campus when thousands of people gathered to witness the affair and says that the most significant thing for him was the group of pupils from Philippi High School (who were in the news last month for a protest of their own) who came out in support of the movement. They inspired the author, who notes he has been feeling despondent about the youth for quite some time.

Mgqolozana also explains what this movement is about, if not the statue, and discusses topics such as transformation, black pain and black experience within this context.

“It’s been said many times that it is not about the statue, or any statue for that matter, ” he says. “But the statue, the falling, the removal of the statue represents a beginning of something. The beginning of the fall of white supremacy, a beginning the recognition and acknowledgement of the black experience, of black pain. Something that many black people, certainly the students at UCT, feel has not been acknowledged before,” he says.

The Unimportance author also shares how his novel is relevant to current events and says that one of his biggest motivations in writing is to bring the black experience and black pain from the periphery to the centre:

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Join Jani Allan at Exclusive Books Hyde Park for the Launch of Jani Confidential

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Jani ConfidentialJacana and Exclusive Books would like to invite you to the launch of Jani Confidential by Jani Allan.

Allan will be sharing stories from her memoir of betrayal, back-stabbing and life in the very fast lane.

The launch will be at Exclusive Books Hyde Park on Wednesday, 15 April, at 6 for 6:30 PM.

See you there!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 15 April 2015
  • Time: 6 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Hyde Park
    Hyde Park Corner
    Jan Smuts Avenue
    Craighall | Map
  • RSVP: hydepark@exclusivebooks.co.za, 011 325 4298

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Rehana Rossouw Launches Her Debut Novel What Will People Say?: A Story About Comrades, Gangsters and Family

Rehana Rossouw

 
What Will People Say: A NovelThe David Krut Bookshop in Johannesburg was packed recently for the launch of Rehana Rossouw’s debut novel What Will People Say?

The novel tells the story of a family living in Hanover Park in 1986, and in conversation with Professor Tawane Kupe, Dean of Humanities at Wits University, Rossouw said “the choice of 1986 was a very important one”.

“I still meet people in Joburg who firmly believe that there was no struggle against apartheid in Cape Town,” Rossouw said. “What about the launch of the UDF? I feel that the contribution of our comrades from Cape Town especially is being rewritten out of a lot of history today.”

While politics plays a central role in the novel, Rossouw stressed that “the story that I found compelling – and I hope that everybody who buys a copy of the book will find it as compelling as I did – is that I wrote about a family. A family with three teenage children only one of whom becomes a comrade. It’s essentially about a family, teenage children, and their parents losing their grip on them.”

Although she did not grow up in Hanover Park, Rossouw said that she felt the story she tells in the novel is one “that I know very well but I do hope that resonates with everyone else”.

The novel formed part of Rossouw’s MA in Creative Writing at Wits. She says this was an experience that helped her immensely because even though she had “vomited out the book and it came out in a sudden rush”, she then spent years polishing it, “and in the polishing I had to ‘unpolish’ it”.

Kupe pointed out that some of the Afrikaans expressions in the book made it difficult for him to understand the language at times, but Rossouw was adamant that she “couldn’t write gangsters in the Queen’s English”.

“A gangster’s never going to say ‘Excuse me, can I mug you?’ I had to let the people speak in the language that they do speak. It’s also an act of rebellion – I don’t know why we need to write our stories in England’s words. We live here, this is our experience and our language is formed by our experience,” adding that with regard to capturing the language of her story she had been inspired by writers such as Irvine Welsh and Roddy Doyle.

It became obvious during the discussion that Rossouw had worked hard to make her characters and events believable and specific. She also chose a title for the novel that emphasises the universality of its family story. “Across the colour gap, the wealth gap, everybody says that at some stage in their lives their mothers said, “What will people say if ..?” Kupe agreed, adding: “My mother used to say that all the time.”

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Author Rehana Rossouw was in conversation with Tawane Kupe

Posted by Jacana Media on Friday, 10 April 2015

 

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Don’t Miss Raymond Suttner’s Lecture at UCT Summer School Extension

Recovering Democracy in South AfricaRaymond Suttner will be presenting a talk at UCT Summer School Extension.

Suttner will be speaking about his book, Recovering Democracy in South Africa, which brings together the best of his recent writings. He will engage with the difficult politics of the present and the chaos of the Zuma era.

The lecture will be on Monday, 13 April, from 6 to 7 PM in the Kramer Law Building on UCT’s middle campus. Tickets are R80 for the general public, R40 for staff and students and R20 for people who qualify for reduced fees.

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  • Date: Monday, 13 April 2015
  • Time: 6 PM to 7 PM
  • Venue: LT3
    Kramer Law Building
    Middle Campus
    University of Cape Town | Map
  • Cover charge: R80 (full fee); R40 (staff & students); R20 (reduced)
  • RSVP: ems@uct.ac.za, 021 650 2888

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Join Raymond Suttner for the Launch of Recovering Democracy in South Africa at Centre for the Book

Recovering Democracy in South AfricaJacana Media and The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) invite you to a public dialogue to launch Raymond Suttner’s new book, Recovering Democracy in South Africa.

The event will take place at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town on Tuesday, 14 April, from 5:30 to 7 PM.

Professor Cherrel Africa from the University of the Western Cape will chair the discussion and Professor Suren Pillay, a senior researcher at the Centre for Humanities Research at UWC, will ask Suttner questions about his research.

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