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Fresh off the press: Sunshine and shadows by Busisekile Khumalo

LitNet Books and writers 2023-11-24

Vimbai soon learns that every action has a consequence and some of our wishes come to haunt us when we are at our happiest. Her carefully orchestrated life takes a nosedive when her secrets are held against her.

They didn’t walk alone: 15th George Botha Memorial Lecture

Denise Zinn Opinion 2023-11-22

"What about those who cooked, cleaned and built the houses in which they lived, he reminds us to consider. Without them, would those who achieved fame, or who sacrificed and contributed so much, been able to do all they did?"

LitNet | STAND: Teaterresensieslypskool 2023 | Theatre review workshop 2023

LitNet Slypskole 2023-11-21

LitNet en STAND (The Sustaining Theatre and Dance Foundation) bied oor die volgende maande ’n aanlyn teaterresensiekursus vir vyf Afrikaanse en vyf Engelse aspirantresensente aan. Hier is al die inligting. | Over the next few months LitNet and STAND (The Sustaining Theatre and Dance Foundation) will be presenting an online theatre review workshop for five aspiring Afrikaans and five aspiring English theatre reviewers. Here is all the information.

LitNet | STAND: Theatre review of Jessie, die man en die maan (version 2)

Alberto Smit Slypskole 2023-11-21

"My hope is that the moon will continue gazing down at these two theatre makers, and that we will continue meeting them in dimly lit rooms where they shine brightly among the stars." | This review was revised and updated by the participant. This is the second version of this review, which forms part of the LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop.

LitNet | STAND: Theatre review of Droomkraan-kronieke (version 2)

Klara van Rooyen Slypskole 2023-11-21

"Droomkraan-kronieke is recommended for audiences who seek to be enraptured and desire a dynamic theatre-going experience." | This review was revised and updated by the participant. This is the second version of this review, which forms part of the LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop.

LitNet | STAND: Theatre review of Monsters (version 2)

Ignus Rademeyer Slypskole 2023-11-21

"The core of Monsters lies in its narrative structure, a mosaic of tragedy, complicity and moral ambiguity." | This review was revised and updated by the participant. This is the second version of this review, which forms part of the LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop.

LitNet | STAND: Theatre review of Ijoloba: The prophecy (version 2)

Jane Mpholo Slypskole 2023-11-21

"This production was site-specific, making use of the space and elements found there. The cast moved the story from one outdoor location to the next, incorporating trees, grass and stones into the narrative." | This review was revised and updated by the participant. This is the second version of this review, which forms part of the LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop.

LitNet | STAND: Theatre review of Around the fire (version 2)

Kwanele Nyembe Slypskole 2023-11-21

"The production does not only contribute to case studies in the development of the choreopoem as a dramatic style of African storytelling for post-apartheid South Africa, but also serves as a social agent that holds a mirror to society, challenging the audience to question their role in the marginalisation of women." | This review was revised and updated by the participant. This is the second version of this review, which forms part of the LitNet | STAND theatre review workshop.

Russel Botman’s ethical legacy calls forth a time yet to come

Aslam Fataar Opinion 2023-11-20

"Russel asked how we might create an embracing, inclusive time horizon, irrespective of personal consequences, out of which we could serve humanity. Russel gifted us a type of human enfolding, based on recognition, intimacy and conviviality, a legacy for human and planetary co-existence."

Fresh off the press: Who will rule South Africa? by Adriaan Basson and Qaanitah Hunter

LitNet Books and writers 2023-11-17

Basson and Hunter map out the likely scenarios for a coalition government after the 2024 election and what it will mean for the country if politicians such as John Steenhuisen, Julius Malema or Herman Mashaba gain access to the Union Buildings.

An overview of the Cape Flats Book Festival 2023

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2023-11-15

"When a book festival brings the joy of reading and engaging with writers to places that are not known for such events, it is an additional pleasure to participate."

Son of a whore by Herman Lategan: a review

Erla Diedericks Books and writers 2023-11-13

"For those few hours that you read the book, and hopefully afterwards as well, you feel less mad and less alone."

In the shadow of the Springs I saw by Barbara Adair: an inter-review

Janet van Eeden, Barbara Adair Books and writers 2023-11-09

"If I have to find a protagonist, to anthropomorphise, yes, the buildings are the protagonist. But then, for me, what is a protagonist? A leading character? We are all leaders in some form or another."

The anatomy of reform | Etienne van Heerden Veldsoirée 2023

Frans Rautenbach Etienne van Heerden Veldsoirée 2023-11-08

"We all have to take ownership," says Frans Rautenbach, an advocate and the author of several books, the latest being Help yourself South Africa. In this lecture, delivered at the Etienne van Heerden Veldsoirée 2023, he highlights practical things that ordinary citizens can do to make South Africa work again.

Ons is nie almal so nie

Loretta Feris Opinion 2023-11-07

"Addressing structural racism in South Africa requires a comprehensive and sustained effort from government, but also from us as citizens, who fundamentally believe that 'ons is nie almal so nie'. It necessitates policies that promote economic empowerment, educational equality and social parity."

Persverklaring en uitnodiging: Mutton hour by Kaapstad Toneelhuis op 9 en 10 November 2023

LitNet Teater 2023-11-07

Mutton Hour bestaan uit kort sketse rondom lewensbelangrike sake: die liefde, verlies, krokodille en katte. Combining humour, musical interludes and kamishibai (Japanese illustrated storytelling) this show is for anyone who might need a whimsical re-introduction to the world of theatre.

The wonderful corniness of the Springboks: South African softness at its best

Robin K Crigler Opinion 2023-11-06

"Like South African hardegatheid South African softness also maybe has a particular cultural significance."

Karin Schimke’s gap year: an interview

Naomi Meyer, Karin Schimke Interviews 2023-11-03

"Travel has always felt beyond my means, but I’m a freelance writer, editor and translator, so in theory I could live and work anywhere I want. The notion took hold, in spite of all the reasons why it should be impossible, and I pursued ways of living a less structured, planned and predictable life for a few months."

An interview with Taryn Lock on Read to Rise and The Cape Flats Book Festival on 4 and 5 November 2023

Naomi Meyer, Taryn Lock Books and writers 2023-11-02

"We started Read to Rise in 2013 to promote youth literacy in under-resourced communities in South Africa. We believe that if children can read, they will excel at school and go on to become good, constructive members of society. It all starts with reading."

On land, constitutional law and social justice | Etienne van Heerden Veldsoirée 2023

Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Mphuthumi Ntabeni Etienne van Heerden Veldsoirée 2023-11-02

This conversation on land, constitutional law and social justice took place at the Etienne van Heerden Veldsoirée 2023. Tembeka Ngcukaitobi is a member of the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) and an acting judge at the Land Claims Court.

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