Jakes Gerwel Commemorative Celebration

Jakes Gerwel Commemorative Celebration

Saturday, 10 November 2018

 66 Greatmore Street, Woodstock, Cape Town

Portraits of Jakes Gerwel

With Reza Khota, Luis Gimenez, Valmont Layne, Dhatini Mzayiya and UWC Film students: Nondwe Mpuma, Lebohang Mojapelo, Anaïs Nony, Swati Arora en Zuko Sikhafungana. In cooperation with Centre for Humanities Research.

Reza Khota, Luis Gimenez and Valmont Layne start the commemoration with extraordinary music, while visual artist, Dhatini Mzayiya, draws a special portrait of Jakes Gerwel. After this session, the UWC film students’ documentaries of Jakes Gerwel, produced with the guidance of filmmaker Francois Verster, will be showcased throughout the day.

Music and drawing: 10:00. 30 min. Quad

Films: 10:00 – 20:00. Film room

Jakes Gerwel through my lens

The well-known photographer and artist, Rashid Lombard, exhibits exceptional photos of Jakes Gerwel.

10:00 – 20:00. Quad

Land & history

With Bill Nasson, Andries du Toit and Tembeka Ngcukaitobi; Henry Jeffreys (discussant)

How do we interpret history in order to understand land reform and the way forward? Historian, Bill Nasson, Andries du Toit from PLAAS (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies) and Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, advocate and writer of This land is ours, discuss these issues with Henry Jeffreys.

11:00. 60 min. Main hall


With learners from Grassy Park High School and Weltevrede Secondary School; Pierre Greeff of Heuwels Fantasties

Learners from Grassy Park High School, who are part of the Jakes Gerwel Foundation’s narrative therapy project, Yoh!, will read their poems and perform their raps. The learners from Weltevrede Secondary School will also perform. Pierre Greeff of Heuwels Fantasties will explain his involvement in the project.

12:30. 30 min. Quad

The role and responsibility of the intellectual

With Hein Willemse, Imraan Coovadia and Mercy Kannemeyer; Melanie Verwoerd (discussant)

What is the role and responsibility of the intellectual in the current social and political context of South Africa? How does the intellectual think and imagine our fractured country, in comparison with leaders from the past, like Jakes Gerwel?

13:30. 60 min. Main hall


With Sipho Mahlatshana, Mandiselli Maseti, Siphokazi Mpofu, Sipho Ngxola, Luyanda Nogodlwana and Asanda Rilityana. Director: Thando Doni. In cooperation with Centre for Humanities Research.

uKwanda Puppetry Collective

This puppet theatre by uKwanda Puppetry Collective explores questions of street justice, and community responses to drug culture in the Western Cape. As children are placed under threat, so families seek to create alternative pathways for the next generation.

15:00. 60 min. Quad

The Ethics of Privilege – How do we live ethically?

With Jay Naidoo (welcoming by UWC rector and vice-chancellor, prof Tyrone Pretorius)

Jay Naidoo

South Africans are more divided than ever due to the growing gap between the privileged and the unprivileged. How do we live ethically as the privileged in a country like South Africa? How should the privileged live in order to help build on a just future society?

16:30. 60 min. Main hall

Jakes Gerwel Lecture – Imagining Post-Apartheid futures

With Achmat Dangor (welcoming by Goolam Aboobaker, trustee of the Jakes Gerwel Foundation)

Achmat Dangor

The international acclaimed author, Achmat Dangor, delivers the Jakes Gerwel Memorial lecture with the theme “Imagining Post-Apartheid Futures.”

18:00. 60 min. Main hall

Poetry & Music 

Presented by Lingua Franca

With poets Khadija Tracey Heeger, Sipho Ndebele, Thando Fuze Poet, Jason Jacobs, Afeefa Omar, Khanyiso Mabodla, Pakama Mlokoti, Abalobi and Pieter Odendaal. Musicians: Lumanyani “Unity” Mzi, Babalwa Makwethu, Zama Qambi, Aphiwe Nyezi, Thandeka Mfinyongo and Tina Hashe

Babalwa Makwetu

This performance offers a collaboration of poetry and music, weaving spoken word with dynamically Afro-futuristic sound to produce a uniquely South African poetic and musical experience.

19:30. 90 min. Quad

Master of Ceremonies

Heindrich Wyngaard


University of the Western Cape, Centre for Humanities Research, The Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Lingua Franca, uKwanda Puppetry Collective