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Fiona Forde talks about her book on Malema

Wednesday, September 28th 2011 at 5:30 AM


Beverley Naidoo visits The Book Lounge

Saturday, September 24th 2011 at 3:00 PM


Fun with Sindiwe Ngona and Colour Africa at Story time

Saturday, September 24th 2011 at 11:00 AM

This week we are having our Open Book Festival all over this side of the city.

 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.


Curious George story time! Monkeys!

Saturday, September 17th 2011 at 11:00 AM

We have been selling so many Curious George books lately, that it feels like a revival!

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!


‘Blue Rivers: Poems’ by Douglas Reid Skinner

Thursday, September 15th 2011 at 5:30 PM

 Douglas Reid Skinner was born in Upington. He has previoiusly published four collections – Reassembling World, The House in Pella District, The Unspoken and The Middle Years. He directed the Carrefour Press from 1988 to 1992, and was editor of New Contrast from 1990 to 1992.

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.


Eugene Cassons @ The Taj Cape Town

Wednesday, September 14th 2011 at 7:30 AM


Launch of ‘Barend de Wet: A Monograph’ by Kathryn Smith

Tuesday, September 13th 2011 at 5:30 PM

Artist, photographer, curator and writer Kathryn Smith will be here to talk about her monograph on renowned South African artist Barend de Wet.

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


Students against Secrecy against the Protection of Information Bill – get involved…

Tuesday, September 13th 2011 at 10:44 AM

a href=””>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 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

Spring time Flower time for Story time

Saturday, September 10th 2011 at 11:00 AM

September is officially the start of spring, although there will be some cold days still. Today we will read stories about flowers and blossoms and make our own flower bouquets.

Nearly time for running around in the sun again!