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Press release: 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize regional winners announced

LitNet Books and writers 2020-06-04

Judges praise winning stories "that are striking for their lateral leaps, their use of language, voice and subversion – and their sheer courage".

Press release: The Baxter's Zabalaza Theatre Festival is calling for play script applications for the 2021 season

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-04

The Zabalaza team has come up with a new and exciting model for applications with the introduction of a Script Writing Programme, which came about in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its effects.

The three-letter plague

Darryl David Opinion 2020-06-04

"This three-letter plague is also responsible for a few strange symptoms. It causes blindness in its followers."

Review: Madness: Stories of uncertainty and hope by Sean Baumann

David Willers Books and writers 2020-06-04

"We mourn with him and feel his helplessness when patients, friends and colleagues commit suicide. But then, he squares his shoulders and soldiers on, dispassionately analysing the circumstances."

Press release: Live stream concert – R&B night with Lana Crowster & friends

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-04

Join Lana Crowster in a one-hour performance with Shaun Johannes (bass), Amanda Tiffin (keys), Marc de Kock (sax) and Unity Mzi (drums) on Saturday, 6 June at 18:00 for an evening of Rhythm, Blues, Soul and Funk.

Review: Leaving word by Steven Boykey Sidley

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2020-06-04

"It offers fascinating insight into a dying art – editing – and the industry that is killing it instead of treasuring it for what it can contribute to the wealth of our knowledge and the joys of our entertainment."

Press release: The virtual launch of Marian Keyes’ new novel Grown ups

LitNet Books and writers 2020-06-03

Penguin Random House and The Reading List invite you to the launch of Grown ups by bestselling author Marian Keyes. Keyes will be in conversation with another bestselling author, Paige Nick. The launch will take place on 3 June (18h00) on Facebook Live in a video stream on The Reading List’s Facebook page. 

Press release: Connect with The Fugard Theatre online from 1 June with The Fugard at Home

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-02

The Fugard Theatre’s new digital platform The Fugard at Home launched on 1 June, presenting a unique opportunity to access a range of theatrical content on The Fugard Theatre’s website.

Bassie: My journey of hope by Basetsana Kumalo – a reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2020-06-02

"Besides its wonderful historical detail, the book truly lives up to hope – but also hard work and commitment – to achieve and to serve."

Now we are all Swedes

Steven Robins Opinion 2020-05-28

"On 18 May, I had the opportunity of participating in an insightful FB discussion on a topic we are all obsessed with – COVID-19. Our discussion focused on the much celebrated 'Swedish way' of dealing with the virus. At the time, South Africa was under a strict level four lockdown, while Swedes seemed to be going about business as usual. Towards the end of May, most countries in the world were easing their lockdown regulations – it seemed that we were now all becoming Swedes."

Hey, BBC Future! England made the South African bed, but now refuses to sleep in it?

Frederik Rudolph van Dyk Opinion 2020-05-26

"How your writer then gets to the conclusion, as voiced in the title – that the [Afrikaans] language may be under threat of extinction – is wholly unclear. If the language is under threat, then so are all other South African languages."

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.