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Now we are all SwedesOpinion 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?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 onlineLifestyle 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 peopleOpinion 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 ChidoraKwarantynketting 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?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 stateBooks 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 AwardsLifestyle 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 announcedLifestyle 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 KhumaloKwarantynketting 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 winnersLifestyle 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.
VitalityNew 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?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 starsNew writing 2020-05-13
"There is longitude
there is latitude
depth and circumference"
BUSQR – a new way for artists to generate income through livestreamingInterviews 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 soonLifestyle 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 pollutionToyota 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 filmLifestyle 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 NagtegaalEnglish 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 MatthewsOpinion 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."