In The Politics of Politics on March 12, 2010 at 9:33 am
The New Worker
Inside Quatro: Uncovering the Exile History of the ANC and SWAPO
David Lush spoke to the author Paul Trewhela about the relevance of Inside Quatro to southern Africa today. (This is a transcript of that interview published in Insight Namibia)
While Inside Quatro documents meticulously the abuses of the ANC and Swapo in exile, there is little reflection or analysis on what implications these abuses have had for the ANC and Swapo’s governance of South Africa and Namibia respectively. Wasn’t this a missed opportunity? Read the rest of this entry »
In rebellion on March 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm
The New Worker
By the Swaziland Democracy Campaign,
Campaigning for democracy in Swaziland NOW!
February 25, 2010 – Johannesburg, South Africa – On February 21, 2010, the world witnessed the launch of a global initiative to support pro-democracy forces in Swaziland: the Swaziland Democracy Campaign (SDC). This is a product of many years of working together between South African and Swaziland organisations, which includes political parties, trade unions, churches, youth and students organisations. Read the rest of this entry »
In Tearing Ourselves Apart on March 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm
Pumla Gqola, Loudrastress
I have a vested interest in the controversy over Minister Lulu Xingwana and the Innovative Women exhibition curated by Bongi Bengu last August. I have written on Zanele Muholi’s photographs before, and find Nandipha Mntambo’s work so thought-provoking that as I wrote the catalogue essay for the exhibition, I vowed to spend more time writing on her. I have also written on Bongi Bengu, the curator and an artist in the show. I have no intention of stopping.
These artists present us with a vision that does not allow us to sit comfortably with our prejudices. Even those of us who admire their work are provoked, challenged, amused, and forced to grow. The issues of conflict, death, erasure that they explore are not easy to digest. Their work also is about love, joy, discovery and breathtaking beauty. Read the rest of this entry »
In Universities on March 4, 2010 at 8:27 am
by George Caffentzis, The Edu-Factory
Struggle is like education and it just keeps going on.
(DERRICK GWALA of the ‘Kennedy Road Committee’)
For ‘tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petard, an’t shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the moon.
(SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet, Act 3, scene 4, lines 206-
209) Read the rest of this entry »