Adam Small awarded Hertzog prize

Adam Small Afrikaanse digter poetThe Hertzog prize is the greatest literary honour the Academy for Arts and Science can bestow on Afrikaans writers. Its list of previous winners include great names like André P Brink (twice), NP van Wyk Louw, Elisabeth Eybers, Antjie Krog and Breyten Breytenbach (three times).

It was in fact Breytenbach who voiced a commonly held view in 2009 when he publicly asked: “Waar is Adam Small se Hertzogprys?” (Where is Adam Small’s Hertzog prize?). Small is the first non-white writer to be awarded the prize. Having done his most important work in the 60s and 70s, the award is seen to be a corrective on the exclusion of the past.

Authoritative literary historian and critic JC Kannemeyer considered him worthy of a place among the best international playwrights, based mainly on his drama Kanna hy kô hystoe (Kanna comes home). Small often wrote phonetically in the dialect known as Kaaps, especially spoken by the coloured population of Cape Town. Besides his work as playwright, he is also a prominent poet, professor of philosophy and leader on various cultural and social terrains. This year he celebrates his 75th birthday.

The Tydskrif vir Letterkunde published a special Adam Small edition.

source: Poland, we congratulate Adam Small.

Xhosa chief to be honoured

COLONIAL TIMES: Chief Makhanda Makana kaNxele. Picture: Sithandiwe Velaphi

The Albany Museum will honour chief Makhanda Makana kaNxele through a public lecture scheduled to take place in Tshabo village in Berlin near East London tomorrow.

Makhanda kaNxele was born in Uitenhage 192 years ago. Tshabo is where the descendants of Makana still reside under the leadership of chief Zwelivuziwe Makinana who is a direct descendant of Ndlambe.

Nxele was Ndlambe’s counsellor. He was a Xhosa warrior and prophet who fought against the colonial regime in Grahamstown.

He promised his people that he would return after his arrest following the Battle of Grahamstown in 1819.

However he never returned as he drowned off the coast of Robben Island in 1820 while trying to escape.

The Makana local municipality in Grahamstown is named after Nxele and so is Makana street in Langa, Cape Town.

“The ukuza kukaNxele public lecture is part of a broader provincial and national government initiative to transform museums and is also a contribution to the Liberation Heritage Route initiative,” said Albany Museum communications officer, Zongezile Matshoba.

The project is funded by the National Heritage Council, a body responsible for heritage conservation at national level.”

Matshoba said the public lecture will be delivered by Prof Julia Wells, who is a councillor in the Makana municipality and a history professor at Rhodes University.

Wells is also a board member of the Albany Museum and an author of a recently launched book, The Return of Makhanda: Exploring the Legend.

The lecture will mark 192 years of Nxele’s death and will also be a celebration of the bravery displayed by heroes of the wars of dispossession.

The public lecture will be followed by an exhibition which is planned for next year at the museum.

Sithandiwe Velaphi

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Jonathan Jansen inspires Uitenhage before Matric final exams

Prof. Jonathan Jansen

Via Ghauderen Coetzee-de Vos Prof Jonathan Jansen @ Uitenhage High
school Thursday, speaking to Matriculants in Uitenhage. Time: 11h40.
Please make sure you are early and do not miss this opportunity. This is
the man who brought Oprah Winfrey to Bloemfontein. We both spoke at the
Teenage Equilibrium Conference at St Stithians College in 2011.


Well known author, columnist and vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State, Prof. Jonathan Jansen will be visiting Uitenhage to address and most probably inspire teachers.

Prof. Jansen, as the chief editor, released a book called Great South African Teachers (Bookstorm Publishers) during October 2011.

One of the stories included in this book was written by Mrs Ghauderen Coetzee-de Vos, currently a lecturer at NMMU.

Coetzee-de Vos submitted a story on the influence of Mr Joe Slingers on her life.

“Mr Slingers has a rich history with Uitenhage. He was appointed principal at Uitenhage High School the same year that I started my standard 6 education there,” said Mrs Ghauderen Coetzee-de Vos.

“He has gone on to play a pivotal role in my life until 2009/2010 when I completed my Masters dissertation in Education with the NMMU. He is currently lecturing part-time in the Education Department of the NMMU.

“The rationale for publishing the book Great South African Teachers is that so many negativities are associated with teachers and teaching, yet there are still some good teachers out there, giving teaching the high regard it deserves. Mr Joe Slingers is such a teacher,” said Coetzee-de Vos.

She invited Prof Jansen to Uitenhage to take him to the school context in which her story happened, but soon realized that limiting the audience of him would be an injustice.

“Therefore, the idea emanated to have a Teachers Day in Uitenhage, with Mr Slingers as special guest and Prof Jansen as the keynote speaker.” said Coetzee-de Vos.

The Uitenhage District Education Department came on board in allowing some teachers to attend this event on Wednesday, 30th November from 09:00 until 11:15 at the Uitenhage Town Hall.

By Heilie Combrinck

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Mashatile launches National Book Week

Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile(SABC)

Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile launches the National Book Week at the Babs Madlakane Hall in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape today. This is an initiative by the Department of Arts and Culture in association with the South African Book Development Council to encourage South Africans to read.

The event, which runs until Saturday, includes a number of activities such as puppet shows, story telling and creative workshops led by prominent authors. Mashatile says this week is to encourage people to read books written in indigenous languages.

He says the important thing is to get people to be interested in reading. “We come from a history where particularly in African communities libraries have not been very important. So people in general, did not see reading as an important thing.”

The minister says people should make reading a hobby, which is why he says: “I like this thing of book clubs, because in the next few years we must get rid of illiteracy in our country, to ensure that everybody can read and write.”

Last week Mashatile noted that a culture of learning and teaching in schools should be underpinned by government’s responsibility to ensure conducive conditions. He said this includes delivering learning material on time. Mashatile, who is also the ANC’s Gauteng Provincial Chairperson, was delivering the Dr John Dube memorial lecture hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus.

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