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Invitation: Book launch of Kora: A lost Khoisan Language of the early Cape and the Gariep by Menán du Plessis

LitNet Books and writers 2019-03-25

Wednesday, 27 March (13h00-15h00): Please do join Stellenbosch University’s Department of General Linguistics as we celebrate the launch of Extraordinary Associate Professor Dr Menán du Plessis’ book entitled Kora: A lost Khoisan Language of the early Cape and the Gariep (Unisa Press in collaboration with South African History Online, 2018).

Sol Plaatje Award for Translation in 2016 to 2018: acceptance speech by Karin Schimke

Karin Schimke Books and writers 2019-03-22

"Prizes like these highlight the noblest ambition of translation: to humanise."

Response to Gustav Pienaar’s “impressions” of The man who killed apartheid

Harris Dousemetzis Boeke en skrywers 2019-03-21

"I have gone into considerable detail in countering Mr Pienaar’s criticism of my book, because I believe that he deserves a full and thoughtful reply, but also because criticism of this sort vilifies the memory of Dimitri Tsafendas himself."

Eye of the storm

Abigail George Fiksie 2019-03-20

"Come down from where you are; come down from your house, your horse, your wedding carriage, your mountain of mountains. Your mouth is a summer in New York."

Press release: Cape Town Carnival celebrates the hero in each of us

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-20

"It was a giant celebration of colour, energy, talent and community spirit, as the streets of the Fan Walk in Green Point came alive last Saturday evening and the annual Cape Town Carnival thrilled thousands of visitors from near and far. The 55 000-strong crowd, which began converging on Green Point from mid-afternoon to enjoy the pre-carnival entertainment, food and drinks and the Carnival Village vibe, was enthralled by bright and brilliant floats, puppetry and performances."

Flower festival

Heidi Henning Poësie 2019-03-20

"The sweated-out, nudging prize-giving:
Neurotic nasturtiums pant for accolade,
Then frown,
Bow down;
Judges criticise their presentation."

Announcement: the winner of the 2019 City Press | Tafelberg non-fiction award

LitNet Books and writers 2019-03-20

City Press and Tafelberg are proud to announce the winner of the City Press | Tafelberg Nonfiction Award for 2019.

Director and playwright Lwanda Sindaphi’s Kudu catches attention at the Fleur du Cap Awards

Marli van Eeden, Lwanda Sindaphi Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-20

"Thunderous applause erupted in the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, as upcoming director and playwright Lwanda Sindaphi received not only one award, but three awards, at the recent Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, for his play, Kudu."

The resurrection of Winnie Mandela: A biography of survival by Sisonke Msimang: reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-03-20

"The history of Winnie Mandela (1936–2018) is one of the most painful stories to emerge from South Africa. It is a story of injustice and oppression, but it is also, for many South Africans, a story of triumph and hope."

Press release: Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2019

LitNet Books and writers 2019-03-20

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the world’s most global literary prize, is launching into its 2019 hot phase: the shortlist will be announced in the week commencing 8 April.

Steinheist: Markus Jooste, Steinhoff and SA’s biggest corporate fraud by Rob Rose: book review

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-03-19

"Rob Rose’s Steinheist is not the first book to appear in the aftermath of the Steinhoff crash, but it is, by far, the most comprehensive and most compelling."

Director Sylvaine Strike on the success of Endgame at the Fleur du Cap Awards

Marli van Eeden, Sylvaine Strike Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-15

"The Artscape Theatre in Cape Town was abuzz earlier this week as the winners of the prestigious Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards were announced. The production Endgame won big, taking home three awards – Best Production, Best Actor and Best Director – for Sylvaine Strike."

Four poems by Tony Ullyatt

Tony Ullyatt Poësie 2019-03-14

"The road quakes beneath approaching hooves:
six dark shapes – ears, eyes, nostrils – and a colossal
presence come to the abrupt halt of confrontation."

The Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club: an interview

Menán van Heerden, Sindiswa Seakhoa Onderhoude 2019-03-13

On 16 March 2019 the Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club will host a panel discussion under the theme “Literacy in indigenous languages as the foundation of community, economic, social and political development”. Menán van Heerden chats to Sindiswa Seakhoa about the book club, the legacy of Miriam Tlali and the importance of indigenous languages.

Press release: Mama comes to the Artscape

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-12

Chenal Kock in association with Vulture Productions and the Artscape Theatre Centre invites you to experience Mama at the Artscape Arena from 10 to 13 April 2019. Mama is a character piece directed by Jeremeo le Cordeur, showcased through poetry and physical theatre that focuses on the Afrikaaps dialect.

Press release: Panel discussion on literacy and indigenous languages

LitNet Books and writers 2019-03-12

The Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club will host a panel discussion on 16 of March 2019 (13h00–15h00, Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg) under the theme "Literacy in indigenous languages as the foundation of community, economic, social and political development". 

In paint and ink: discussions on Breyten | In verf en ink: gesprekke oor Breyten

LitNet Akademies en skole 2019-03-11

You are cordially invited to a half-day seminar on the life and work of Breyten Breytenbach. 19 March 2019, Kgorong Building, UNISA Main Campus.

Murray’s food trails: Kalk Bay

Paul Murray Kos en wyn 2019-03-08

"Spacious walkways stretch from one side of Kalk Bay to the other, offering excellent facilities for recreational walking or just sight-seeing – at places, with sight-seeing of the harbour and the mountains. Or, just come and enjoy fresh fish and chips from some of the local venues, such as Kalky’s, which is reasonably priced."

Press release: African premiere of Save the pedestals at the Baxter

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-07

Save the pedestals, a unique, international, artistic collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Centre, Handspring Puppet Company and Halle Puppet Theatre, makes its African debut at the Baxter Flipside, for four performances only, from 28 to 30 March, at 8 pm, with a matinee on Saturday, 30 March at 4 pm. This follows its hugely successful world premiere in Halle, Germany, last year.

Press release: Fasten your seatbelts – here comes the Mother City Comedy Festival!

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-03-07

Fasten your seatbelts as the countdown begins to the first Mother City Comedy Festival. This new annual festival takes place at the Baxter Studio Theatre from 19 to 31 March.