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Join Deborah James, Deborah Posel and Ilana van Wyk for the Launch of Money from Nothing at UCT

Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South AfricaWits University Press invites you to the launch of Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South Africa by Deborah James.

The author will speak to Deborah Posel and Ilana van Wyk about her book, which captures the lived experience of indebtedness of millions of South Africa and the way access to credit is linked to identity and status-making.

The presentation will take place in the HUMA Seminar Room at the University of Cape Town on Thursday, 9 April, from 1 to 2:30 PM.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Thursday, 9 April 2015
  • Time: 1:00 to 2:30 PM
  • Venue: HUMA Seminar Room
    4th Floor, Humanities Building
    University Avenue
    Upper Campus
    University of Cape Town
    Rondebosch | Map
  • Interviewers: Deborah Posel and Ilana van Wyk
  • RSVP:, 021 650 3949

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Don’t Miss the Durban Launch of Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after Apartheid

Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after ApartheidUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal Press, Wits University Press and the Urban Futures Centre at The Durban University of Technology invite you to the Durban launch of Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after Apartheid edited by Philip Harrison, Graeme Gotz, Alison Todes and Chris Wray.

Urban Governance in Post-Apartheid Cities: Modes of Engagement in South Africa’s Metropoles edited by Christoph Haferburg and Marie Huchzermeyer will be launched at the same event.

Following a welcome by Ahmed Bawa, Vice-Chancellor of the Durban University of Technology, Bill Freund, Professor Emeritus UKZN Development Studies, will deliver a speech.

The launch will be on Tuesday, 7 April at 6:30 for 7 PM at Ike’s Books & Collectables.

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Anthony Akerman’s Somewhere on the Border Wins 2014 Thomas Pringle Award

Somewhere on the BorderThe English Academy of South Africa’s 2014 Thomas Pringle Award for Best Short Story/Play has been awarded to Anthony Akerman, the author of Somewhere on the Border, published in 2012.

Ivan Vladislavić described the book as “chillingly brutal and grimly humorous all at once” and said: “Somewhere on the Border detonates in the present like a long-dormant mine. Since its first staging in the early 80s, Akerman’s play has lost none of its explosive power.”

Wits University Press’ publisher Veronica Klipp said that she was delighted by the news of the award.

Adjudicators Karen Batley and Glenda Holcroft noted that this Somewhere on the Border a harrowing, dark reminder of the South African Border War, which is possibly more disturbing years later than at its original performances. They said that we re-live the trauma of those [dreadful apartheid] years because “our memories [are] forcibly stirred from where we had conveniently buried them”.

The adjudicators described the play’s action and language as “violent and realistic” and said that the characters were “convincing” because “they are drawn from experience”.

The prizegiving ceremony will take place at the Institute for African Renaissance Studies in Pretoria on Tuesday, 28 April, 2015.

Presentation of the awards will be followed by a Commemorative Lecture for the late Nadine Gordimer, 1991 Nobel Laureate and English Academy of South Africa patron. The lecture entitled “The Fiction of Nadine Gordimer: An Historical Presentiment” will be delivered by the University of the Witwatersrand‘s Professor Michael Titlestad.

The English Academy awards are sponsored by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and administered by the English Academy of Southern Africa. They are awarded biennially.

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Debating the Legacy of Cecil Rhodes: Join Adekeye Adebajo, Paul Maylam and Chris Landsberg in Cape Town

The EU and Africa: From Eurafrique to Afro-EuropaAdekeye Adebajo, co-editor of The EU and Africa: From Eurafrique to Afro-Europa, will be taking part in a public dialogue on “Debating the Legacy of Cecil Rhodes”.

Adebajo will be speaking with Paul Maylam, Emeritus Professor of History at Rhodes University, in a discussion chaired by Chris Landsberg SARChI Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the University of Johannesburg.

Adebajo wrote an article questioning the honour still paid to Rhodes in Africa late last year, foreshadowing the controversy around the statue at UCT earlier this month.

The event will be on Thursday, 26 March from 5:30 to 7 PM.

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Adam Habib Debates Hot Topics Relating to Democracy and Higher Education with Judge Dennis Davis

South Africa's Suspended RevolutionRewolusie op ysInguqukombuso YeNingizimu Afrika Eyabondwa YashiywaNtwa ya Boitseko e Fanyehuweng ya Afrika Borwa

Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor of Wits University and author of South Africa’s Suspended Revolution (available in four languages), took part in a debate at UCT’s recent Summer School about hot issues affecting democracy and higher education in South Africa.

Habib discussed his opinion on the state of things with Judge Dennis Davis. They spoke about what South Africa is getting right, and what it still desperately needs to work on.

Yusuf Omar wrote an article about the debate for UCT Daily News.

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Judge Davis, a professor at UCT’s Faculty of Law, began by asking Habib, the vice-chancellor of Wits University, whether he still stood by his 2013 statement calling the ANC an increasingly “grubby instrument of enrichment” that paid lip service to democracy and social justice, but undermined democratic institutions.

Habib said that while he stood by that statement, it was important to note that South Africa was a far better place today than it was in 1994, and that there’d been “big mistakes” by all sides, including the state and big business.

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Deborah James to Launch Money from Nothing with Adam Kuper and Jane Guyer in London

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Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South AfricaDeborah James will be launching her book Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South Africa at the London School of Economics.

James will be speaking about her book, a look at the contradictions of credit and indebtedness in South Africa, with Adam Kuper of LSE, and Jane Guyer from Johns Hopkins University.

This is an incredible opportunity for peope in the UK to get acquainted with James’ work which shows the varied ways in which access to credit is intimately bound up with identity and status-making in South Africa.

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John Kani Recalls Meeting Nelson Mandela: “He Called Me the Native Who Caused All the Trouble”

Nothing But the TruthLiving theatre legend and author of Nothing But the Truth John Kani is one of the 21 Icons featured in Adrian Steirn’s eponymous project.

During a recent event hosted by the City of Tshwane in honour of this project and aimed at raising funds for the charities of the icons’ preference, News24 spoke to Kani about his iconic career and his inclusion in this project.

Kani also shared his personal memories of Nelson Mandela, the original icon featured by Steirn. “I say to my great-grandchildren that I lived at the same time as Nelson Mandela. That enough is an achievement. I met him when he came out of prison and he called me ‘the native who caused all the trouble’,” Kani said.

Watch the video for more on Kani’s relationship with Madiba, his career, this project and his outlook on South Africa:

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To see Steirn’s work, and the spectacular feature on Kani, visit the 21 Icons website:

“I realised that I could use the stage, I could use art, and I could use theatre as power to continue my struggle for liberation.”

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Join Penny Siopis and Cedric Nunn for the South African Artists in Focus Lecture Series at WAM

Penny Siopis: Time and AgainThe Wits Art Museum would like to invite you to the South African Artists in Focus lecture series with Penny Siopis and Cedric Nunn.

The purpose of the series is to engage with the work of prominent South African artists as they grapple with issues of race, identity, sexuality and much more.

The series will run from Wednesday, 18 March, to Wednesday, 6 May, and the lectures by art experts Anitra Nettleton, Walter Oltmann, Laura de Becker and Christopher Richards will take place inside the museum from 6:30 to 7:30 PM every day.

The entrance fee is R360 to R540 and participants can view the art exhibitions of Siopis and Nunn, which will run from Wednesday, 22 April, to Sunday, 26 July, and from Wednesday, 11 March, to Sunday, 12 April, respectively.

For more information about the prominent themes in Siopis’ work read Penny Siopis: Time and Again by Gerrit Olivier.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 18 March, to Wednesday, 6 May, 2015
  • Time: 6:30 to 7:30 PM
  • Venue: The Wits Art Museum
    1 Jan Smuts Avenue
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Cover charge: R360 to R540
  • RSVP: Leigh Blanckenberg,, 011 717 1378/65

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Exploring the Narratives of Migration, Immigrants and Xenophobia in Johannesburg

Migrant Women of JohannesburgPolo Moji of the University of Pretoria has written a piece for the Journal for Literature on Caroline Wanjiku Kihato’s Migrant Women of Johannesburg: Life in an in-between city.

Moji says Kihato’s use of self-photography as a visual narrative in the book is “a gamble that more than pays off”, allowing her to provide “fresh conclusions” on the ways in which migrant women see themselves, and making Migrant Women of Johannesburg a “meaningful contribution to migrant studies”.

Read Moji’s review here:

“Caroline Kihato’s book Migrant Women in Johannesburg: Life in an in-between city, explores (un)belonging and the dichotomy of inclusion/exclusion through the interrelated narratives of the May 2008 xenophobic violence that displaced thousands of foreign migrants across the country. Agamben’s theories about the concentration camp as a “state of exception” are interwoven with the perspectives of a South African Police sergeant (98– 102) and a refugee (108–11) shift the tones of the book to a humanitarian consideration of political liminality or statelessness. The skilful interrogation of terms such as refugee, asylum seeker and immigrant highlights the shifting boundaries of legality and illegality that make the refugee camp the ultimate symbol of homelessness.

For more information, see these Wits University Press books on migration, immigrants and xenophobia:

Changing Space, Changing CityExorcising the Demons WithinGo Home or Die HereA Long Way Home

Selecting ImmigrantsSouth Africa and IndiaWho built Jozi?Africa on the Move

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  • Go Home or Die Here: Violence, Xenophobia and the Reinvention of Difference in South Africa edited by Tawana Kupe, Eric Worby, Shireen Hassim
    EAN: 9781868144877
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  • A Long Way Home: Migrant Worker Worlds 1800 – 2014 edited by Peter Delius, Fiona Rankin-Smith, Laura Phillips
    EAN: 9871868147670
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  • Africa on the Move: African Migration and Urbanisation in Comparative Perspective edited by Eleanor Preston-Whyte, Marta Tienda, Sally E Findley, Stephen Tollman
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    EAN: 9781868144327
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Gabeba Baderoon and Kylie Thomas to Present a Seminar at Stellenbosch: Intimate Publics

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Regarding Muslims: From slavery to post-apartheidImpossible MourningGabeba Baderoon, author of Regarding Muslims: From slavery to post-apartheid, and Kylie Thomas, author of Impossible Mourning: HIV/AIDS and Visuality after Apartheid, will be presenting a seminar at Stellenbosch University in March.

The seminar, which is part of the Stellenbosch University English Department’s seminar series, is entitled Intimate Publics: “African Photography” & “Faces and Phases”.

It will take place on Thursday, 12 March, in the Yellow Molteno room, between 12 and 1 PM.

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  • Date: Thursday, 12 March 2015
  • Time: 12 PM for 1 PM
  • Venue: Yellow Molteno Room
    Arts and Social Sciences Building
    5th Floor
    Stellenbosch University | Map

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