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Press release: The 7th South African International Ballet Competition to pivot online

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-25

The South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) is pivoting! The highly anticipated event that was scheduled to take place at the Artscape Opera House from 13 to 18 July 2020 has taken a leap into the online space and will now be held virtually.

Municipalities bringing power to the people

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-05-25

"In terms of the amendments, municipalities will apply to the minister of mineral resources and energy to establish new energy generation capacity in terms of the integrated resource plan found in the electricity regulations on new generation capacity."

Kwarantynketting: "Burying Grandmother ‒ A lockdown diary" by Tanaka Chidora

Tanaka Chidora Kwarantynketting 2020-05-25

"I remember writing about Grandmother and Grandfather in one of my poems in Because sadness is beautiful?. The two loved dancing. The dancing started with casual humming of a traditional tune soon after supper. The dancing would go on late into the night, so late that it would take the first cock’s crow to remind us that it was time to sleep."

Risky reopening of schools?

Giséle Lavita SA Skoleseminaar | Schools Seminar 2020-05-22

"While some provinces may be ready to open schools, others may not be as equipped. Many provinces fear that they may not be able to deliver the required supplies to all schools by the end of May, as they have been struggling with the delivery of sanitisation supplies."

Pieter-Louis Myburgh wins prestigious journalism award for Gangster state

LitNet Books and writers 2020-05-21

Penguin Random House is proud to announce that Pieter-Louis Myburgh has won the 14th Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism. Myburgh’s bestseller, Gangster State, exposes the dealings of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. 

Press release: The Fugard Theatre’s hit Kinky Boots takes home six Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-20

With a Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, The Fugard Theatre’s South African premiere production of Kinky Boots was seen by a staggering 58 000 people over an incredible eight months to sold-out houses and rave reviews. 

Press release: 55th Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards winners announced

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-19

The winners of the 55th Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards for the Performing Arts have been announced! The winners of this year’s Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards reflected a dynamic, healthy mix of emergent and established local talent, in the view of panel judging chair Africa Melane.

Kwarantynketting: "The future has been rewritten" by Fred Khumalo

Fred Khumalo Kwarantynketting 2020-05-15

"Lockdown brought us together again in a way that threw us back to that time when our kids were still very small and were all in love with television and insisted on watching with us. So, the other day, we sat down as a family and embarked on a visual journey, which I know for sure we would have missed out on in a coronavirus-free country."

Press release: Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards 2020 – notice regarding the announcement of winners

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-15

After careful consideration, a decision was taken to replace this year’s awards ceremony with a digital announcement of winners in all award categories on Monday, 18 May at 18:00, via the Facebook and Twitter pages of the sponsor, Distell.


Heidi Henning New writing 2020-05-14

"Combining human touch and technology
The net of memory
The web of unity"

Magazines in the new normal: Ctrl+X or fast forward?

Catherine Knox Opinion 2020-05-14

"Paper and ink are not going away just yet." As mass extinction threatens South Africa’s traditional magazines (fifteen titles closed down earlier this month), Catherine Knox recalls a time when the industry was on a roll.

I tracked the stars

Karien van der Westhuizen New writing 2020-05-13

"There is longitude
there is latitude
depth and circumference"

BUSQR – a new way for artists to generate income through livestreaming

Marli van Eeden, Jon Savage Interviews 2020-05-11

"It may just be the world’s first live donations platform that allows artists, performers, comedians, chefs, etc to earn from their fans while they livestream – from anywhere in the world. Also, we’ve seen incredible fundraisers being curated around BUSQR. Musician Dan Green managed to raise R120 000 in one hour for a township in Noordhoek."

Press release: The Fugard at Home – The Fugard Theatre’s digital platform coming soon

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-11

"With the 'new normal' now upon us, The Fugard at Home will present engaging and compelling content on an online portal that champions the arts and once again connects our loyal Fugard audiences and artists in a meaningful way," says Lamees Albertus, general manager and producer of The Fugard Theatre.  

Woordfees dance production brings light to the issue of pollution

Marli van Eeden Toyota US Woordfees 2020-05-11

"With the current coronavirus crisis, and people across the world having to self-isolate, for once the earth is getting a chance to breathe due to fewer people moving around and polluting the earth."

A secret love (Netflix) – great story, but below average film

Reney Warrington Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-06

"It represents a certain group of people and a story worth telling, but it does so in a superficial, monotone manner that skims over possible interesting angles. It comes across as a pet project.

LAW FOR ALL writing competition – an interview with Jackie Nagtegaal

Naomi Meyer, Jackie Nagtegaal English 2020-05-06

"A happy story presents an ideal. A happy story becomes a beacon that beckons us forward – it asks us to make it real."

On the front line: An interview with Abdul Karrim Matthews

Olivia M Coetzee, Abdul Karrim Matthews Opinion 2020-05-06

"We need another 30 days of a hard lockdown, at the very minimum. But then, the state must supply food for the masses of hungry citizens, and do it now."

Life and times of Michael K: A reading experience during lockdown

Maditte Coornaert Books and writers 2020-05-06

"Michael K, seen by others as a simpleton with a harelip, outwits those who capture him by his passive resistance and his search for survival in a world in which we are eminently alone."

COVID-19 and violin lessons for township children: an interview

Naomi Meyer, Maria Botha Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-05-06

"I believe that when those violins 'ring' outside and through the empty streets, even more than only these families can 'escape' this rude reality and feel comforted by music for a few magical moments!"