POSTPONED: Suidoosterfees 2020: Jakes Gerwel Foundation – Conversations

Partners:

  • NB Publishers
  • Penguin Random House SA
  • Stigting vir Bemagtiging deur Afrikaans (SBA / Foundation for Empowerment through Afrikaans)
  • Afrikaanse Taalraad (ATR / Afrikaans Language Board)
  • Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging (ATKV / Afrikaans Language and Culture Association)

Die Griekwa is nog (The Griqua survives)

(The translation and adaptation of Forgotten but not Buried by Aäron Messelaar, administrator of the Griqua Royal House and deputy secretary general of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa / CONTRALESA)

Presented in collaboration with the SBA

With Hendrik Theys, Aäron Messelaar and Sandra Prinsloo
Discussion leader: Johan van Lill
Language: Afr
Venue: Tent-aktief
Date and time: 27 April 10:00
Duration: 60 min
Admission: Free

Gri, the unique language of the Griqua people, has withstood, like their rituals and traditions, overwhelming onslaughts – the challenges of migration, forced removals and genocide. This conversation sheds light on the fascinating history of the Griqua people and the legacy of Adam Kok and his descendants. Speakers explain how this group is embedded in our history and the heritage of the Afrikaans language.

Afrikaans se komvandaan – aan wie behoort die taal? (Where Afrikaans comes from – to whom does it belong?)

Presented by the ATR and the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument

With Willa Boezak, Anzil Kulsen, Marius Swart and Imam Hashim Sali
Discussion Leader: Jean Oosthuizen
Language: Afr
Venue: Tent-aktief
Date and time: 27 April 11:30
Duration: 60 min
Admission: Free

When and how did Afrikaans originate? Who does the language belong to? What impact does the Dutch language have on it? And what about dialects such as Khoi and Cape Afrikaans? Jean Oosthuizen explores these issues together with other experts. This conversation is complemented by a colourful exhibition: Afrikaans aan die praat (Afrikaans talks).

OnseTaal (OurLanguage)

Presented by the ATKV

With Sonel Brits
Discussion leader: Karien Brits
Language: Afr
Venue: Tent-aktief
Date and time: 27 April 13:00
Duration: 60 min
Admission: Free

This conversation, which forms part of the 90th birthday celebrations of the ATKV, sheds light on the diversity of our cultures and the unity that we construct from this. The managing director of the ATKV invites cultural leaders, educators, young people and the public to the table to discuss issues around Afrikaans and further possibilities of promoting unity.

Geslagsgeweld: Hoe maak jy ’n man groot? (Gender violence: How does one raise a man?)

With Megan de Beyer and Laurie Gaum
Discussion leader: Ivor Price
Language: Eng
Venue: Tent-aktief
Date and time: 28 April 10:00
Duration: 60 min
Admission: Free

Gender crime has spiralled out of control in South Africa. How do we get rid of this toxic masculinity that is the root cause of the epidemic? The panel makes proposals about how we should raise our sons so that they will become responsible citizens that respect women.

Die onbesonge helde van landbou (The unsung heroes of agriculture)

With Ivor Price and Kobus Louwrens
Language: Afr
Venue: Tent-aktief
Date and time: 28 April 13:00
Duration: 60 min
Admission: Free 

The land question provokes heated political debates. The book by Ivor Price and Kobus Louwrens For the Love of the Land focuses on the unsung agricultural heroes of South Africa. The writers share real human stories about a diverse group of people – farmers who give their all to promote nation-building and unity.

Afrika of Europa – soek wittes anders na identiteit? (Africa or Europe – do white people look for identity differently?)

With Azille Coetzee
Discussion leader: Mercy Kannemeyer
Language: Afr
Venue: Tent-aktief
Date and time: 29 April 10:00
Duration: 60 min
Admission: Free 

In her book In my vel (In my skin) Azille Coetzee tells about how she went to study in the Netherlands and decided to stay there when she fell in love. But where does one feel at home when you become somewhat like a migrating swallow? Which heritage calls louder to you – Africa or Europe? In this conversation she addresses the nuances and challenges of a dual identity.

Die Afrikaanse prosaboek (The book of Afrikaans prose)

With Rachelle Greeff, Steward van Wyk, Brian Fredericks and Chase Rhys
Discussion leader: Nèlleke de Jager
Language: Afr
Venue: Tent-aktief
Date and time: 29 April 11:30
Duration: 60 min
Admission: Free

Jan Rabie, who changed the contours of the literary landscape in the late 1950s with his prose that is sometimes absurd or philosophical and sometimes political, was the inspiration behind the anthology Die nuwe Afrikaanse prosaboek (The new book of South African prose). This collection offers a fresh perspective on the Afrikaans short story by including classic stories by well-known writers as well as new ones by younger voices. The panel explores echoes, traces and opposition in the writing that followed after Rabie’s works.

Hoe ervaar queer mense dit om hier te bly? (How do queer people experience living here?)

With Kim Windvogel and Kelly-Eve Koopman
Language: Afr
Venue: Tent-aktief
Date and time: 30 April om 10:00
Duration: 60 min
Admission: Free

South Africa is the first African country that recognises citizens’ right to identify freely as queer. Despite the new freedom to live out sexual and gender identity openly, queer people are still targets of discrimination and violence. They Called Me Queer, compiled by Kim Windvogel and Kelly-Eve Koopman, shines a powerful spotlight on this situation.

Van boek tot silwerdoek (From book to screen)

With Brett Michael Innes (Fiela se Kind), René van Rooyen (Toorbos) and Helena Springs (Poppie)
Discussion leader: Etienne Bloemhof
Language: Afr
Venue: Tent-aktief
Date and time: 30 April 11:30
Duration: 60 min
Admission: Free

Elsa Joubert’s ground-breaking Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena moved the hearts of South Africans when it appeared in 1978. And the ever popular Dalene Matthee’s ‘forest books’ have had generations of readers streaming to the bookshops. Recently, Poppie, Toorbos and Fiela se kind have been adapted (again) to the silver screen. Come to hear what the people behind the success of the movie adaptations have to say.

Ondergrondse stemme: Hoe het apartheid gewone mense in vegters en spioene verander? (Underground voices: How did apartheid change ordinary people into fighters and spies?)

With Jonathan Ancer, Shirley Gunn and Shanil Haricharan
Language: Eng
Venue: Tent-aktief
Date and time: 1 May 10:00
Duration: 60 min
Admission: Free

Voices from the underground tells what has happened to the courageous people who took up arms against apartheid. Betrayal – The secret lives of apartheid spies is about how spies who led double lives during apartheid betrayed the people closest to them. The ANC Spy Bible – My alliance across enemy lines shines a spotlight on the underworld of spies during the troubled eighties. Come and immerse yourself in the story behind these gripping tales.

Gaan SA oukei wees? (Is South Africa going to be okay?)

With Jan-Jan Joubert
Discussion leader: Heindrich Wyngaard
Language: Afr
Venue: Tent-aktief
Date and time: 1 May 11:30
Duration: 60 min
Admission: Free

It is said that, in South Africa, neither the best nor the worst ever happens. But how do we know that we are not still going to fall headlong down a cliff? People who love the country but are fed up with corruption were relieved when Jacob Zuma was ousted. But with Cyril Ramaphosa at the head the future still looks uncertain. Jan-Jan Joubert shares his views about whether we’re going to be okay or not.

Suidooster-kombuis (Suidooster Kitchen)

With Errieda du Toit and Suidooster actors
Language: Afr
Venue: Tent-aktief
Date and time: 2 May 10:00
Duration: 60 min
Admission: Free 

Suidooster fans will be jumping for joy to hear that their best-loved soapie’s family cookbook that contains everybody’s favourite recipes is here at last. Mrs J, Mymoena and Stefan are at the forefront with delicious and festive recipes that bind us in a common culture, tradition and nostalgia. ‘We cook from our hearts with ingredients like love and joy,’ said one of the cooks about their secrets for success.

Die biblioteek aan die einde van die wêreld (The library at the end of the world)

With Etienne van Heerden
Discussion leader: Etienne Bloemhof
Language: Afr
Venue: Tent-aktief
Date and time: 28 April 11:30
Duration: 60 min
Admission: Free

One of our greatest writers talks about his latest novel. In Die biblioteek aan die einde van die wêreld, the life of Ian Brand, a lawyer, suddenly becomes hell after he has sent a thoughtless tweet into cyberspace. As Van Heerden fan have come to expect from his novels over the years, this novel is also populated by a number of singular characters. There is the student activist Thuli Khumalo who has difficult decisions to make, Snaar Windvogel that undergoes transformation under the knife of an enigmatic plastic surgeon and also a crossbow murderer that has sent the Mother City into a panic. The master storyteller is in conversation with his publisher of many years’ standing.

Die Afrikaans van die Kaapse Moslem (The Afrikaans of the Cape Muslim)

By Achmat Davids

In collaboration with the SBA

With Hein Willemse, Fatima Allie and Sandra Prinsloo
Discussion leader: Johan van Lill
Language: Afr
Venue: Tent-aktief
Date and time: 30 April 13:00
Duration: 60 min
Admission: Free

Afrikaans of the Cape Muslims from 1815 to 1915, in which Achmat Davids explores the historic roots of Afrikaans in the Muslim community, has been launched posthumously in 2011. Hein Willemse has now produced a shorter, more accessible version for the non-academic reader.