LitNet contributors voice their opinions about current affairs.

The Dalai Lama in Botswana: an interview

Herman Lategan, Karen Fitzgerald Opinion 2017-08-10

"A local neuroscientist from Pretoria, Karen Fitzgerald is one of the organisers of a conference that will be held in Gaborone, Botswana, which His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will attend. With this historic visit by the Dalai Lama, Botswana is his only planned destination in Africa."

The Artscape Women's Humanity Arts Festival: an interview

Nancy Richards, Naomi Meyer Opinion 2017-08-03

The Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival is an annual event, now in its 11th year. Woman Zone is an organisation that has its home and Woman’s Library at Artscape. The festival takes place from the 2nd to the 12th of August 2017.

From Catch-22 to 9/11

Hans Pienaar Opinion 2017-07-27

America’s Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un – not the two leaders to inspire confidence in a safe future for the earth. Their baring of teeth at each other in recent months reminds Hans Pienaar of the bombing of Hiroshima, the anniversary of which is on 6 August.

Stichting Eer en Herstel: Abolishment of slavery commemoration

Bernice Nieuwendam, Menán van Heerden Onderhoude 2017-07-21

"The whole story needs to be told: how the people were stolen from Africa, how inhumane the journey to the Americas was and how they deprived Africa of its human capital."

Institute for Justice and Reconciliation: an interview with Eleanor du Plooy

Eleanor du Plooy, Menán van Heerden Onderhoude 2017-07-18

"At IJR, we believe communities must participate in identifying, analysing and creating solutions to the conflicts and injustices that affect them. IJR contributes expertise to empower communities further with knowledge and skills to develop their capacity to achieve socio-economic justice and reconciliation." 

A vision for Afrikaans

Andries Visagie Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2017-06-01

"I am excited by the many strong voices that are currently speaking up in Kaaps. Listening to Kaaps in a film such as Noem my skollie or in an excellent play like Kristalvlakte by Amy Jephta, one is struck by the absurdity of dismissing Kaaps as little more than a 'jokey language'."

The working poor, the fractures in the ANC and the South African situation: an interview

Hans Pienaar, Lawrence Hamilton Onderhoude 2017-05-23

"So, there are only really two options … in politics. You somehow make the changes in the interests of most of the big players. So, you would somehow persuade the ANC, the EFF and the DA that these pieces of change are in their interest – which is, at the very least, a complex process. It’s not reachable because, generally speaking, people in politics, and particularly in South Africa, have a conservative bent; they want to keep things as they are."

Do the coloured people have a culture?

Simon Bruinders Opinion 2017-05-12

"And we must give guidance to our young people, who have many questions and feel that our culture – and, indeed, our people – are marginalised and maybe even oppressed by the majorities."

He “brightened the corner”: decolonial AC Jordan and the quest for an equitable education system in apartheid South Africa

Phil Ndlela Opinion 2017-04-12

“The value of decolonial thought lies in that it seeks to demolish narrow Eurocentric universalism of epistemologies; it elects to install pluriversality that recognises other knowledges in their loci of enunciation.”

Poetry slam as therapy sessions

Karin Schimke Opinion 2017-04-10

"Poetry slam sessions, says d’Abdon, are places where young people can 'voice their dissatisfaction, channel their anger and heal'."

A meeting with PW Botha

Bill Nasson Opinion 2017-03-06

"This is how I once met PW Botha. An odd episode, it was in the Cape Town suburb of Plumstead in 1971, or about halfway during his long term as South Africa’s scowling minister of defence."

On hair and healing

Precious Bikitsha Opinion 2017-01-24

"When something in my life was changing, my hair, too, had to undergo some form of change."

Decolonising education in South Africa: An interview with Aslam Fataar

Estelle Kruger, Aslam Fataar Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2017-01-23

"Intercultural education promotes a type of epistemic openness to the knowledges of all human beings."

Ghent University and South Africa: An overview and new perspectives

Yves T'Sjoen Opinion 2016-12-14

"The story of our research cooperation has just started."

A Tribe Called Quest’s first studio album since 1998 and the potency of conscious hip hop

Annie Klopper Opinion 2016-11-15

"The most important hip hop album of 2016 – and one of the biggest releases of the year – dropped in the same week Republican Donald Trump stunned the world with a surprise presidential victory over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton."

Hail King Bob, Noble of literature

Evelyn John Holtzhausen Opinion 2016-10-21

"That's it if you follow the world according to Dylan, a wandering minstrel with his guitar, harmonica and nasal voice – whose commentaries on the 'human condition', for that's what his songs are, have won him a Nobel Prize."

#FeesMustFall: Danny Titus on burning libraries and human rights

Danny Titus, Hans Pienaar Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2016-10-17

"It will therefore be of relevance as a South African civil society in particular to emphasise our international law obligations to the government, to work more strenuously towards the domestication of international instruments and to integrate it in our litigation as well as judicial decision-making."

#FeesMustFall: Andrew Donaldson on the burning of libraries and university facilities

Andrew Donaldson, Hans Pienaar Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2016-10-17

"Irrespective of whether fees have fallen or disappeared altogether, or even the merits of such a campaign, a university education is just not possible without universities – or university structures, like libraries."

Shredding the veil of reconciliation

Robert Kriger Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2016-10-04

"At the heart of the matter are two interlinked concepts and realities which manifest themselves in all aspects of the South African “way of life”: the pervasiveness of structural inequality and white supremacy in our daily lives."

Interview: The end of public universities in South Africa?

Achille Mbembe, Hans Pienaar Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2016-10-04

"The drama we are seeing is that we are asking the university to do things it was never meant to do. I mean welfare is the domain of the state, it is not the domain of the university. We can’t be asking the university to do things it was not designed to do."