Queering the Dorp
APC research fellow Graeme Reid’s book, How to be a Real Gay: Gay identities in small-town South Africa was recently launched by University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. PROFESSOR CAROLYN HAMILTON spoke at the Johannesburg launch, highlighting some of the ancestral and archival strains in this timely new book.
2012 University of KwaZulu-Natal/Independent Newspapers isiZulu/English Writing Competition
05 Dec 2012
WINNERS ANNOUNCED! THE University of KwaZulu-Natal and Independent Newspapers thank all those who entered our 2012 isiZulu-English Writing Competition. The more than 350 entries received from novice and experienced writers featured short stories, essays, poetry and visual components among other items.
Heartiest congratulations go to the winners:
• Khayelikle Mnguni for the best Short Story
• Thandanani Mabaso for the best Poem
• Khethiwe Agrineth Mkhize for the best Essay
Each winner receives R10 000 in cash. Their entries, together with another dozen judged to be outstanding, have been selected to be published in a UKZN Press book to be launched at the 2013 Time of the Writer Festival in Durban. Some pieces will also be featured in titles in the Independent Newspapers group.
The winners also get two free copies of the book. UKZN Press will contribute any royalties accrued from the sale of the book towards a scholarship for a UKZN undergraduate students majoring in isiZulu studies.
The panel of expert judges included renowned storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe; as well as Dr Nakanjani Sibiya; Professor Otty Nxumalo; and Dr Gugu Mazibuko
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Professor Renuka Vithal, said the purpose of the competition had been to promote bilingualism and, in particular, the language of isiZulu as envisaged in UKZN's Language Policy and Plan.
"The aim is to create literature in isiZulu and to promote a culture among young people of reading and writing in African languages," said Vithal.
About 70 percent of the entries were poems with most being in isiZulu and the rest in a combination of English and isiZulu.
INYUVESI YAKWAZULU NATAL NEINDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS BETHULA UMNCINTISWANO WOKUBHALWA KWEZINCWADI KUKA-2012
05 Dec 2012
BAMENYEZELWE ABAWINILE! ISIKHUNGO semfundo ephakeme iUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal neIndependent Newspapers babonga bonke abangenele umncintiswano wabo ka-2012 wokubhala ngesiZulu nangesiNgisi.
Babe ngaphezulu kuka-350 ababhali abasafufusa nasebemkantsha ubomvu abangenele emaqoqweni ehlukene okubalwa kuwo izindaba ezimfishane, izinkondlo, izindatshana namanye.
Sihalalisela laba abalandelayo:
• Khayelihle Mnguni ngokuba ngovelele ekubhaleni indaba emfishane
• Thandanani Mabaso ngokubhala inkondlo evelele
• Khethiwe Agrineth Mkhize ngendatshana yakhe evelele.
Bonke abawinile bathole ukheshi kaR10 000. Imingenelo yabo kanjalo neminye engu-12 ehambe phambiili ikhethwe ukuba ishicilelwe ebhukwini iUKZN Press elizokwethulwa ngo-2013 embuthanweni wababhali iTime of the Writer Festival eThekwini. Okunye kuzoshicilelwa emaphepheni angaphansi kwe-Independent Newspapers.
Abawinile bazobuye bathole amakhophi amabili ezincwadi mahala.
Imali ezotholakala ekudayisweni kwencwadi i-UKZN Press izosiza ekuxhaseni abafundi base-UKZN abafunda isiZulu.
Uhla lwamajaji anesipiliyoni beluhlanganisa umbhali uGcina Mhlophe, Dkt Nakanjani Sibiya, Professor Otty Nxumalo noDkt Gugu Mazibuko.
Iphini likaVice-Chancellor kwiTechnical and Learning, uSolwazi Renuka Vithal uthe inhloso yalo mncintiswano bekungukugqugquzela ulwazi lokusebenzisa izilimi ezimbili, ikakhulukazi IsiZulu njengoba kubekiwe kwi Language Policy and Plan yaseUKZN.
"Inhloso enkulu wukwenza imibhalo yesiZulu nokugqugquzela usiko lokufunda nokubhala ngezilimu zomdabu kubantu abancane," kusho uVithal.
Balinganiselwa ku-70% abantu abangenele ababhale izinkondlo, eziningi zazo okungezesiZulu bese kuthi abanye kubeyingxubevange yesiNgisi nesiZulu.
Only big business benefits from Brics
By Patrick Bond
Eye on Society
The Mercury, 20 November 2012
The five heads of state of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa bloc (Brics) are coming to Durban in four months. Given recent performances, it is reasonable to expect another “1 percent” summit at the International Convention Centre, wreaking socioeconomic and ecological havoc on everyone else. Durban’s COP17 climate summit featured Washington's sabotage, with no new emissions cuts. Such degeneration of global governance is inevitable when Washington unites with the Brics countries, as first demonstrated three years ago with the Copenhagen Accord. At that COP15, South Africa, Brazil, China and India joined Barack Obama to foil the Kyoto Protocol’s mandatory emissions cuts, thus confirming that global warming of at least 4 degrees will occur by 2100, with predictions of central Durban being inundated with sea water. Negotiators were explicitly acting on behalf of their fossil fuel and extractive industries. Subsequently, the close ties between Pretoria politicians, London-based mining houses, BEE tycoons and sweetheart unions were exposed at Marikana. The onset of fracking will expand the relationship to the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal's Drakensberg Mountains. The 2012 Yale and Columbia Universities’ Environmental Performance Index showed that, aside from Brazil, the other Brics states are decimating their – and the Earth’s – ecology at the most rapid rate of any bloc of countries, with Russia and South Africa near the bottom of world stewardship rankings. And as happened in Berlin in 1884–85, the Durban Brics summit will carve up Africa. The objectives: to support favoured corporations’ extraction strategies; to worsen retail-based de-industrialisation; to revive failed projects such as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), and to confirm the financing of both land-grabbing and the extension of neo-colonial infrastructure through a new Brics Development Bank. The question is whether in exchange for the amplification of these destructive tendencies, African elites can leverage any greater power in the world economy via Brics. With Pravin Gordhan's regular critiques of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, there is certainly potential for Brics to “talk left” about the global governance democracy deficit. But Brics gave $100 billion (R884bn) in new capital to the International Monetary Fund, although South Africa’s contribution was only $2bn, a huge sum to muster against trade union opposition. Explaining the SA contribution Gordhan said last year that it was on condition that the IMF became more “nasty” to European borrowers, as if the Greek, Spanish, Portuguese and Irish poor and working people were not suffering enough. Likewise, South Africa's role in Africa has been nasty, as confirmed when Nepad was deemed “philosophically spot on” by lead US State Department Africa official Walter Kansteiner. Is there no hope? The greatest victory won by ordinary people in the last decade was probably the Treatment Action Campaign demand for access to Aids medicines, aided by India’s generic drugs, which allows more than 1.5 million South Africans to get treatment. But in recent months, Obama has put a squeeze on India to cut back on research and development and production of generics. The Brics eco-destructive, consumerist-centric, over-financialised, climate-frying maldevelopment is boosting corporate profits, but the model is generating crises for people and the planet. It warrants opposition, including through a civil society counter-summit next March 23–27, to rebuild Brics from below.
Bond directs the UKZN Centre for Civil Society and authored Politics of Climate Justice, UKZN Press.
New Hurley book to be launched on Vatican Council anniversary
The Hurley biography Denis Hurley: Truth to Power by Paddy Kearney will be launched in Pietermaritzburg on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962, a groundbreaking event for the Catholic Church. Archbishop Hurley described the Council as ‘the greatest experience of my whole life’ and he is well known for his enthusiastic implementation of the Vatican II’s vision and decrees.
Mail & Guardian Literary Festival 2012
Margaret Lenta (co-author of SA Lit: Beyond 2000), Lauretta Ngcobo (editor of Prodigal Daughters: Stories of South African Women in Exile) and Liepollo Pheko (contributor to Prodigal Daughters) will be participating in the Mail & Guardian Literary Festival 2012.
The festival will be held at The Market Theatre
56 Margaret Mcingana Street (previously Wolhuter)
Session 7: Saturday 1 September, 11.30 am to 1pm, Laager Theatre
One country, many literatures: looking at South African writing
Chair: Michael Titlestad
Panel: Craig MacKenzie and Margaret Lenta
Session 13: Sunday 2 September, 12 to 1.30 pm, Market Theatre
Stories of exile
Chair: Ronnie Kasrils
Panel: Lauretta Ngcobo, Liepollo Lebohang Pheko and Barry Gilder
Occupy movement comes to Cop 17
Inspired by the Occupy Wall St. movement, protesters calling for "climate justice" are set to gather at the opening of UN climate talks in Durban organisers say.
Sapa-AFP | 27 November, 2011 10:57
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