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William Beinart Compares President Jacob Zuma’s Stance on Rural Development with HF Verwoerd’s Approach

African Local Knowledge and Livestock HealthWilliam Beinart, the author of African Local Knowledge and Livestock Health: Diseases and Treatments in South Africa, has written an article which compares HF Verwoerd’s infamous apartheid approach to rural development with President Jacob Zuma’s current decisions on previous bantustans.

Beinart says that the ANC’s current ambivalence about chiefs in rural areas means that similar patterns of poverty have been perpetuated.

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It may seem mischievous to suggest that Jacob Zuma’s thinking on chiefs and traditional authority echoes that of the infamous apartheid leader HF Verwoerd. But, oddly enough, the two men had similar decisions to make about the future of rural South Africa, and the path Zuma is choosing is not all that different from the one his white predecessor trod.

In 1956, the apartheid government was presented with the report of the Tomlinson Commission. It was an ambitious prospectus for the development of the African reserves, which this Stellenbosch professor of Agricultural Economics believed was essential if apartheid was to succeed. Only through massive state investment in rural development could the prospective homelands ever take off. Only in this way could the surge of African migration to the major cities be stopped Tomlinson was clear about the alternatives: either his plan was implemented or apartheid would fail.

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Gabeba Baderoon To Discuss Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-apartheid at Pennsylvania State University

Regarding Muslims: From slavery to post-apartheidPennsylvania State University’s Department of Women’s Studies invites you to the book launch and discussion of Gabeba Baderoon’s latest book Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-apartheid on Wednesday, 17 September.

Baderoon is an assistant professor of Women’s Studies and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She will speak to associate professor of Women’s Studies and African Studies, Alicia Decker, about Regarding Muslims.

The discussion will be from 3:30 to 5 PM. Don’t miss out!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 17 September 2014
  • Time: 3:30 to 5 PM
  • Venue: Pennsylvania State University,
    Women’s Studies Department,
    118 Willard Building
    University Park,
    PA | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Alicia Decker
  • RSVP: Marie Carlson, (001) 814 867 4561

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Video: Adam Habib Discusses Lessons to be Learned from the Struggle at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague

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

Adam Habib, vice chancellor of the University of Witwatersrand and author of South Africa’s Suspended Revolution, recently delivered a lecture at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

The Institute of Social Studies has shared a video of the lecture, which was the principal event of the exhibition Signs of Solidarity – The Dutch against apartheid.

South Africa’s Suspended Revolution is available in Afrikaans as Rewolusie op ys, in Zulu as Inguqukombuso YeNingizimu Afrika Eyabondwa Yashiywa and in Sotho as Ntwa ya Boitseko e Fanyehuweng ya Afrika Borwa.

Habib is introduced as a public scholar – an intellectual who combines academic work with engagement in his context in order to bring about social and political transformation. In this lecture the book is used as a point of departure in a discussion of solidarity, how it worked in the anti-apartheid movement and how the principles might be applied today.

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Adam Habib Believes 20 Years is not Enough Time to Get Rid of all the Problems of the Last 350 Years

During one of the launch of his new book South Africa’s Suspended Revolution, Adam Habib highlighted the high inequality levels in South Africa, in particular the stumbling blocks present in the Free State’s Health Department. He noted that these are fundamental challenges which need to tackled by provincial government leaders.

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

Habib lauded post-apartheid progress but pointed out that the country still has a long way to go: “I believe 20 years is not enough time to get rid of all the problems of the last 350 years.” He spoke out harshly against the rising inequality in South Africa, saying: “If you say we were unequal and you are slowly reducing our inequality, then you are on the right path. But when we are increasing our inequality, then you have to refocus in order to be on the right path.”

The Weekly reported on the event and spoke to Habib afterwards. Read their article:

Habib’s lecture titled “Did the ANC betray the ideals of the struggle? Is there an alternative for South Africa”s future?” explored the way the former liberation movement has so far handled the national socio-economic transformation programme.

The Wits vice-chancellor also used the lecture to launch his latest book, South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects.

The book discusses the country’s transition to democracy and its prospects for inclusive development.

Habib uses prevailing complexities such as issues of governance, political accountability, service delivery, political economy and civil society pressures to give insight into the challenges confronting South Africa in its quest to build a more democratic, equal and successful society.

OFM shared a short soundclip of Habib speaking out on inequality in South Africa:

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Gabeba Baderoon Explains how Pagad Vigilantism Influenced Her Writing Regarding Muslims

Regarding MuslimsGabeba Baderoon explained the initial impetus behind her new book, Regarding Muslims: From slavery to post-apartheid.

Baderoon says the Pagad incidents in the mid-1990s are what caused to her to begin thinking seriously about Muslims and Muslim culture in a specifically South African context.

She emphasises that when South Africa celebrated the end of apartheid in 1994, it was also the 300th anniversary of the presence of Muslims in the country, an event that went by almost unnoticed.

What made you choose this topic?

I was a student in 1996 at the University of Cape Town when all those events around Pagad [People Against Gangsterism and Drugs] happened.

And I was affected in a powerful way, but I wasn’t able to explain it.

Later, I realised the presence of Muslims is an underdiscussed phenomenon in South Africa.

That’s why I decided to do this thesis, which turned into a book.

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Natasha Erlank to Present WiSER Seminar on Love, Sex and Consequence in the Eastern Cape in the 1930s

One Hundred Years of the ANC: Liberation Histories and Democracy TodayNatasha Erlank, co-author of One Hundred Years of the ANC: Liberation Histories and Democracy Today, will be presenting a Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WiSER) seminar this month.

Erlank’s paper is entitled “Well coming straight to business, immediate marriage is absolutely impossible: Love, sex and consequence in the Eastern Cape, c.1930″.

Seminars are typically held in the WiSER seminar room from 3:00 to 4:30 PM. Participants are expected to have read the paper prior to the seminar. The paper will be made available on the Friday before the seminar, on the WiSER website.

Don’t miss it!

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  • One Hundred Years of the ANC: Liberation Histories and Democracy Today edited by Arianna Lissoni, Jon Soske, Natasha Erlank, Noor Nieftagodien and Omar Badsha
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    EAN: 9781868145737
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Podcast: How Much Should Actors Earn? John Kani Comments on Generations Strike

Nothing But the TruthVeteran actor, playwright, and author of Nothing But the Truth John Kani lends his voice of support to the Generations actors who have been fired after they went on strike for higher salaries.

Kani speaks to John Robbie on Talk Radio 702 about how actors in South Africa continue to be underpaid.

Kani says the idea that the Generations actors are easily replaceable is a myth. These actors have earned their stripes through “true experience, academic training and hard work”.

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Gabeba Baderoon: Slavery is the Root Cause of South Africa’s Sexual Violence

Regarding MuslimsGabeba Baderoon elucidated the complex questions tackled in her book, Regarding Muslims: From slavery to post-apartheid.

The book developed from Baderoon’s doctoral thesis, and she says the ideas “percolated” in her mind for a long while. She says Regarding Muslims emphasises and explores the centrality of slavery and slave culture in the formation of South Africa, an area she believes is neglected in academia, as well as the origins and developement of the “Cape Malay” people.

“What I argue is that our sense of our national beginnings and what counts as national can’t be provincial, so it can’t only be about Gauteng. We must be able to, for instance, think about how our longer colonial history included KZN and the Eastern Cape and also the Western Cape, which is profoundly influenced by slavery.

“So, part of what this book is trying to say is, ‘we can’t underplay that part of history in thinking of ourselves generally as South Africans because unless we understand that history better we won’t know why someone for instance thinks of coloured people in terms of a particular tone of pathos’.

“Where does that come from? It comes from the lens of slavery,” is her theory. “If you’re thinking about the epidemic of sexual violence we’re experiencing today (in the country), it goes back to slavery,” is another contention.

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Podcast: Ben Cousins Says Land Reform Policies Should Improve People’s Lives

In the Shadow of PolicyEditor of In the Shadow of Policy and director of the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape Professor Ben Cousins speaks about the issues surrounding land reform policies in South Africa.

In an conversation with SAfm’s The Forum@Eight presenter Sakina Kamwendo, Cousins talks about how the 1913 Land Act prohibited black people from owning land, adding that it is important for South Africans to understand how we got to where we are today.

However, he says, the past doesn’t help resolve the question of how we can use land to reduce poverty in this country, to create jobs and wealth, while at the same time not jeopardising food security.

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Join the Editors of the New South African Review 4 for the Launch at Wits

New South African Review 4 Launch


New South African Review 4Wits University Press invites you to the book launch of New South African Review 4 edited by Devan Pillay, Gilbert M Khadiagala, Prishani Naidoo and Roger Southall.

The launch will take place in the Graduate Seminar Room on the East Campus at Witwatersrand University on Wednesday, 27 August at 5:30 for 6:00 PM.

See you there!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 27 August 2014
  • Time: 5:30 for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Graduate Seminar Room,
    South West Engineering Building,
    East Campus,
    Wits University,
    1 Jan Smuts Avenue,
    Braamfontein | Map
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