LitNet contributors voice their opinions about current affairs.

In memoriam: Justin Cartwright

Christopher Hope Opinion 2018-12-18

"That was Cartwright's gift. A vein of laconic comedy runs through almost all his work which draws on his preoccupations with movies, advertising, American oddities as well as British pretensions and to which he gave exuberant rein in novels like Look at it This Way ..."

Video: Keynote and public lecture by Achille Mbembe

LitNet Menings 2018-12-14

Internationally acclaimed Achille Mbembe was a keynote speaker at the international conference Recognition, Reparation and Reconciliation: The light and shadow of historical trauma.

Video: Keynote lecture by Homi Bhabha – A memory of neighbours: On history and the afterlife

Naomi Bruwer Menings 2018-12-14

"Internationally acclaimed Homi K Bhabha was the keynote speaker at the international conference Recognition, Reparation and Reconciliation: The light and shadow of historical trauma."

Afrikaans is a major African asset – Dele Olojede

The more we eliminate this diversity, the lesser we become, says Africa’s first Pulitzer Prize winner

Willem de Vries Onderhoude 2018-11-22

What does Afrikaans mean in the context of Africa? And what can an institution such as Stellenbosch University gain, should it make work of ensuring there is no lesser place for it? Willem de Vries spoke to Dele Olojede, who has become a supporter of the campaign, Gelyke Kanse (Equal Opportunities).

Jakes Gerwel Memorial lecture: Imagining a post-apartheid future

Achmat Dangor Menings 2018-11-14

"To realise our dream of a truly free, fair and equal society, we have to take action. And I think that at the heart of any action we take, we have to 'invest' in young people. They are the future, here and in the rest of Africa."

(How) can decoloniality inform "educational (curriculum) knowledge" selection?

Aslam Fataar Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2018-11-01

"The call for decolonising education is thus nothing less than the full incorporation of all of humanity’s knowledge systems, past and present, and in anticipation of future knowledge constellations, into the knowledge selection systems of universities."

In response to Marlene van Niekerk’s poem, “Fallist art”

Helen Moffett Opinion 2018-08-15

"Words hurt, and Bongani Mayosi paid the ultimate price for this kind of hurt. Let us be critical, by all means, but let us give more thought to how our words might affect one another."

Press release: Women’s Day and the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

LitNet Opinion 2018-08-08

Iziko Museums of South Africa and the Supusupu Khoe Language Project will commemorate Women’s Day, as well as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, on 9 August 2018. 

The changing global higher education landscape: an interview

Hans Pienaar, Meng-Hsuan Chou Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2018-07-26

 "As much as commentators like to argue that many education systems around the world have become more 'anglicised' or 'Americanised', it is important to remember that local actors – and here, I am referring to students – are not passive. Students today are more plugged into the news of the world, and demand that their professors explain the relevance of what is happening 'there', to 'here'."

Personal reflections on the 16th Nelson Mandela Lecture, delivered by Barack Obama

Karabo Kgoleng Opinion 2018-07-19

"I sat hundreds of metres away from Obama, but I wasn’t moved the way Pieter W Grobbelaar’s books moved me as a child. I wasn’t moved the way I was when my nanny told me about Tselane and the Giant."

Hermann Giliomee speaks about his latest book, Die Afrikaners

Paul Murray Books and writers 2018-07-04

"There was a hard-hitting question about the future of Afrikaans."

The decision to declare English as the only language of record in court in South Africa: a reaction

Ernst Kotzé Seminare en essays 2018-07-03

"The question inevitably arises whether the obligation to convert all legal communication to English would have any influence on the ability of many citizens to express themselves efficiently and understand the language of the court (particularly as regards vocabulary), given the fact that English is arguably the third or fourth language of the majority of the population."

Binding the nation through language diversity: A challenge to a new president

Hermann Giliomee Seminare en essays 2018-06-20

"Mr Ramaphosa’s call, 'Send me', has made us perk up our ears. Nothing will ensure the wholehearted co-operation of the Afrikaans-speaking community with his presidency more than offering a fixed, secure and sustainable place for Afrikaans at both school and university level."

The school’s dress code

Dawid van der Vyver Skole 2018-06-11

"I forecast that it will take just one steadfast learner, backed by a half-decent legal team, to expose the dress and conduct code for what it is: a discriminatory house of cards that will tumble once subjected to serious scrutiny."

In memoriam: JC (Kay) de Villiers, 7 March 1928 – 5 June 2018

Paul Murray In memoriam 2018-06-11

"Out of all the great accomplishments in De Villiers’s career that reached universal proportions, the historical medical aspects of the South African Anglo-Boer War stand out as some of the supreme achievements of this genius and intellectual giant."

The classification of Afrikaans

Ernst Kotzé Opinion 2018-05-29

"Following a geographical point of departure, Afrikaans is an African language that originated here and reflects the name of the continent (the only language in Africa having this characteristic)."

DocuFest Africa 2018: a celebration of documentary photography

Naomi Meyer, Reney Warrington Onderhoude 2018-05-16

"To me, they [the images] are a portal to a world I can never visit. They are also a recording of our history, a barometer of the time. In some ways, I hoped the show would take the viewers out of their current lives, away from the current political climate, and perhaps remind them of what we overcame as a people."

Water reuse to deal with urban water scarcity – lessons from afar and the Southern African neighbourhood

Chris Heymans Opinion 2018-05-10

"Encouragingly, we can learn from some successful experiences in this field right here on Cape Town’s doorstep. The first is Windhoek, which has been making use of recycled water for some 50 years now, and has become a world leader in this practice."

Love in a time of burning: Remembering Winnie Mandela

zp dala In memoriam 2018-04-03

"Perhaps, this mettle was her undoing. This fierce and abiding spirit to 'play equal with the boys' was the reason why the one Winnie inside her would suffer at the hands of the other."

Nationalisation of land by the state and the expropriation of land without compensation: A few thoughts on win-win partnerships

Christo van der Rheede Opinion 2018-03-06

"We do have the agricultural plans jointly developed by role players in the agricultural sector, which are based on chapter six of the NDP! The government forked out millions to get all role players around the table to devise workable and implementable plans."