This documentary caught my eye recently, and I believe it’ll enlighten the world in an intimate manner about the great crisis of our 21st Century – the Third Industrial Revolution. I’ll be working on a few stories in the future regarding this, as I believe it’s the story of our time!
I attended the Decolonising South African Editing event at the University of the Witwatersrand (2 August 2017). Wits has and always will be the most politically charged university on the African continent. So while the event was a success, and the many technical aspects of the event addressed with strong expertise, the content of the debate was controversial and explosive. I thank BlackBird Books and Jacana Media for an entertaining evening that was both insightful for many and frustrating for a few. Unfortunately, I am one of the few. What follows is my opinion of the debate itself, of which the content was outside the control of both the organisers and the host, being that it was a public debate. And as always with public debates in South Africa, things go wild.
This piece was written in conversation to a friend, who is also a writer, and it is entirely my opinion as a young South African writer, and with all the implications that label carries. These are not the opinions of BlackBird Books, Jacana Media, nor any of their representatives, nor are they opinions of any other attendee to the event.Continue Reading "OPINION: Decolonising the Decolonisation of South African Writing"
Today, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, declared that the motion of no confidence on 8 August 2017 will be conducted by secret ballot.Continue Reading "The Long Road Ahead for the Rainbow Nation"
I am proud of and enamoured by Sisonke Msimang. Have a read of this excellent excerpt from her public lecture last week! It was mind-blowing, absolutely shattering, and confirms my belief in our people, how far South Africa has come, and how to figure where it must now go. The video will come in June!Continue Reading "Sisonke Msimang’s Public Lecture on the State of South Africa’s Identity"
On a South African radio show, a few writers and publishers got together to discuss the current revolutions taking place in South African publishing.
Okay, here’s my end of March rant because I’ve had enough of South Africa’s chaos, and of standing aside by not speaking out about it. And for this, I’ll need to channel my favourite angry white man in this message.
First, there’s a pervading myth about SA and books, in that South Africans don’t have a book-reading culture. BULLSHIT. WRONG. FAKE NEWS.
Continue Reading "The Ides of a South African March"
First up, I’ll be posting about things you may find obtuse, informative or just entertaining. Whether it’s a book, a writer’s principle, politics, social change, or just a beautiful woman in a tango pose, these posts will be about ideas both grand and small.Continue Reading "Why I’m doing this"