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Elsa Joubert memorial service: JM Coetzee’s contribution

JM Coetzee Books and writers 2020-09-04

"With her wide experience of the world, her firm but generous moral sense, and her sharp, inquiring mind, Elsa Joubert represented the very best of the Afrikaans intellectual tradition. I am honoured to have been her friend."

Mma Africa

Annemien Bauermeister Poësie 2020-09-03

"Jy hoort by ’n wêreldkongres –
hervormer, strateeg, raadgewer, planmaker, volharder."

Press release: Madibaland World Literary Festival, 20–30 November 2020

Darryl David Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-09-03

"It’s going to be the festival of the year, beams Darryl David! 'It might very well be the only festival of the year, but boy will it make up for the many that we missed!'"

Press release: The Baxter renews its call to contribute just R30 per month to ensure its sustainability

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-08-31

While South Africa may be at level 2 in lockdown, it continues to be restrictive to operate optimally at the moment. Therefore, The Baxter strengthens its call to the public to become Baxter Coffee Angels.

Every day I learnt new words

Henali Kuit New writing 2020-08-27

"I buried my secrets in the ground
getting dirtier"

Somebody else

Anthony Stockwell New writing 2020-08-27

"When we met, I was someone, we both never knew"

You are never to kill a snake

Henali Kuit New writing 2020-08-27

"Retreat, slowly, without turning around,
over the field, past the dam, past the baby cow crying in its pen"

Reader impression: Prisoner 913 by Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad Stemmet

David Willers Books and writers 2020-08-27

"Loose talk, especially pillow talk, can be dangerous. In the arms of a lover, Nelson Mandela’s wife, Winnie, whispers that Nelson will be visiting Durban."

"Acting is my favourite thing" – an interview with Kamvalethu Jonas

Cliffordene Norton, Kamvalethu Jonas Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-08-27

"What made me interested is the fact that I get to show the world what I can do, and I can use my energy on set – I am very energetic."

African Library: Behold the dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2020-08-26

"Permeated as it is by compassionate irony, this is a deeply satisfying novel, a narrative that feeds the soul and expands the understanding."

Press release: CPO Wind Quintet with pianist Pieter Grobler

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-08-26

Concerts Connect is proud to present the CPO Wind Quintet with pianist Pieter Grobler on 30 August 2020 from the spectacular Moondance Villa in Cape Town. The stream will start at 15:30 with an introduction to the venue, the artists and partner organisations. The concert will start at 16:00.

Reader impression: The accidental mayor: Herman Mashaba and the battle for Johannesburg by Michael Beaumont

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2020-08-25

"He is not a career politician. Mashaba’s decision to accept the call to leadership within the DA resulted from his desire to serve the people of Johannesburg."

Press release: The virtual launch of Heart of a strong woman by Xoliswa Nduneni-Ngema

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-08-18

You are invited to the launch of Heart of a strong woman by Xoliswa Nduneni-Ngema on 24 August 2020. She will be in conversation with Fred Khumalo.

Press release: Captivating new short dance film celebrates work of William Kentridge

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-08-17

In a world first, a captivating new short dance film created by Cape Town City Ballet and Norval Foundation honours the work of internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge. In an imaginative marrying of ballet and sculpture, the online film is inspired by and set against a stage of Kentridge’s Why should I hesitate: sculpture exhibition.

LitNet and the Jakes Gerwel Foundation’s Kommadagga writing workshop

LitNet Books and writers 2020-08-14

LitNet and the Jakes Gerwel Foundation will present a mentorship programme for promising young English and Afrikaans writers in Somerset East from 12 October to 1 November 2020. The programme is intended specifically for short-prose writers – applications are now open.

Bible story

Ferdi Wheeler New writing 2020-08-14

"Now, my Prince, I can hear your chariots
thundering towards the once sublime city
you left behind, and I tremble, my Prince"

LAW FOR ALL’s Top 10: "When justice meant the world had to stop, so Ayanda could dream" by Sumayya Mohamed

Saaleha Bhamjee New writing 2020-08-14

"And the people came together to lift South Africa up again. To love her again, appreciate her beauty and appreciate that they themselves were enough."

Lovecraft country – a review

Reney Warrington Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-08-07

"Buckle your seatbelt for this new HBO show."

On the frontline: Interview with Reverend June Dolley Major

Olivia M Coetzee, June Dolley Major Interviews 2020-08-06

"Society covers up for husbands, fathers, grandfathers, neighbours who rape. We watch movies and there is so much sex and violence and the hero in the movie is mostly seen to have many sexual conquests. So sadly, rape is normalised."

LAW FOR ALL’s Top 10: "Brave" by Monnica Rampine

Monicca Rampine New writing 2020-08-06

"I hope you forgive me, Ma. I thought this was the only way to make the pain go away."