Wednesday, September 28th 2011 at 5:30 AM
Saturday, September 24th 2011 at 3:00 PM
Saturday, September 24th 2011 at 11:00 AM
And for our first storytime this week we will feature storytelling by Sindiwe Magona and the launch of the beautiful Colour Africa – Proverbs, a colouring book.
Colour Africa will provide pages from the new book to colour in, and we’ll play the game and give away a some great prizes.
Saturday, September 17th 2011 at 11:00 AM
Curious George remains one of the best monkeys in children’s literature and although he never means to, it seems that he always gets into trouble.
We will read our favourite stories and colour in monkeys galore!
Thursday, September 15th 2011 at 5:30 PM
He will be reading from his wonderful new collection – Blue Rivers Poems.
Douglas will be introduced by renowned poet and author Petra Müller.
Published by Snail Press.
Hope, Pain & Patience: The Lives of Women in South Sudan edited by Frederike Bubenzer and Orly Stern
Wednesday, September 14th 2011 at 5:30 PM
As in many post-conflict countries, the roles played by women during Sudan’s long-lasting liberation struggle continue to go unrecognised. Thousands of women joined the southern liberation struggle in response to a political situation that affected whole communities, leaving the comfort and security of their homes not just to accompany their husbands but to fight for freedom, democracy, equity, justice, rights and dignity. This volume documents the lives of different groups of women in South Sudan. It seeks to understand the contributions made by a range of women both during the conflict and today. It describes the women of South Sudan: who they are, what they have experienced, what they hope and feel, what they experienced in the war, and whether the end of the war has brought meaningful change. The book looks at mothers, teachers, former combatants, women in political and community leadership positions, sex workers, victims of sexual violence, HIV-positive women and vulnerable women.
Editors Friederike Bubenzer and Orly Stern will be here to discuss the book and their work.
Published by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in association with Jacana Media.
Wednesday, September 14th 2011 at 7:30 AM
Tuesday, September 13th 2011 at 5:30 PM
For Barend de Wet, the job of art-making is to insist upon the unobvious, and to do so without advocating any sovereign law. The value and intent of an art work must remain open. ‘What’s your notion of beauty, what’s mine?’ he asks. If given the real Mona Lisa he’d sell it, because he feels no emotional attachment to the artwork. De Wet abhors false attributions of value, these ‘little boxes’ that give social meaning and worth. During a career spanning almost 30 years, Barend de Wet has operated in the interface between material culture and social networks, consistently testing relationships and perceptions.
Barend de Wet will also be here to take any questions.
Published by smac – Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery
Tuesday, September 13th 2011 at 10:44 AM
a href=”http://www.booklounge.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/SAS.jpg”>Students Against Secrecy, a coalition of student organisations have put together a week of action to raise awareness about and activism against the Protection of Information Bill. Through a series of discussions, debates and campus displays we seek to provide a platform to engage UCT students in this vital question, which is at the very heart of our continent’s most vibrant democracy…
MONDAY 1PM – Business on Secrecy: Why Information is the Lifeblood of the Economy – Viola Manuel (Executive Director of the Cape Chamber of Commerce) – Leslie Social 2B
TUESDAY 1PM: The Secrecy Bill: An Introduction – Nkwame Cedile and Murray Hunter of Right2Know explain why the Protection of Information Bill still fails the freedom test. – Arts 100
TUESDAY 6PM – A Case Study: Uncovering and Reporting on the Arms Deal – Paul Hoffman (Director of the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa), Christi van der Westhueyzen (award-winning journalist author of White Power & the Rise and Fall of the National Party) and Hennie van Vuuren (head of the Institute for Security Studies) – Beatie 115
WEDNESDAY 1PM – Academics on Freedom – Dr. Max Price (UCT Vice-Chancellor) and Professor David Benatar (Head of the UCT Department of Philosophy) – Leslie Social 2B
THURSDAY 5.30PM – The Great Debate – Chair: Judge Dennis Davis. Panel: Martin Welz (Editor of Noseweek), Fatima Hassan (Co-Director of Ndifuna Ukwazi [Dare to Know]), Dario Milo (Senior Partner at Webber Wentzel) and Dennis Dlomo (Special Adviser to the Minister of State Security) – Jameson Hall. NB: Tickets must be collected from the SRC Office, Level 7, Steve Biko Building from Monday. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance and how many tickets you’d like to book and we’ll keep them aside for you to be collected at the entrance to jameson hall on the evening of the debate.
SATURDAY 10AM – Right2Know March to Parliament from Kaizersgracht Street
ALL WEEK: Sign our petition on Jammie Plaza
Important problems with the bill that have still not been resolved:
1) The lack of a ‘public interest defence’: the bill criminalizes whistleblowers and journalists who release classified information in the public interest. Penalties include prison sentences of up to a maximum of 25 years.
2) Exemption of state intelligence services from scrutiny: Clause 43 of the POIB hands down 15 year prison sentence for possessing or sharing any information relating in any way to any aspect of the security services-effectively protecting spies from any kind of accountability to the public.
3) The lack of an independent body to review what can and cannot be classified: the decision to
appoint a retired judge to review the criteria for classification was reversed
4) The bill criminalizes the “exposure of economic, scientific or technological secrets” potentially undermining vital academic freedoms
5) No indication of the financial implications to the state are stipulated in the bill
Saturday, September 10th 2011 at 11:00 AM
Nearly time for running around in the sun again!