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Allan Boesak praat uit oor Afrikaners se eksklusiewe opstand

Running with HorsesAllan Boesak praat reguit oor wat hy sien as die Afrikaner se eksklusiewe opstand teen die regering. Boesak meen alle Suid-Afrikaners is kwaad oor dieselfde dinge: armoede, werkloosheid, swak dienslewering en wonder hoekom ons nie saam daarteen baklei nie? Allan se nuutste boek is Running with Horses.

‘Wit mense toi-toi nie,” sê my Afrikaner-vriend in ’n gesprek êrens in 2008.

Ek was toe besig met ’n ronde gesprekke oor die totstandkoming van ’n nuwe burgerlike beweging, ’n soort UDF (waaroor ek sien Max du Preez ook nou die aand in Oos-Londen gepraat het).

Oop, nie-rassig, betrokke, vasberade om ons burgerlike verantwoordelikheid op te neem, die regering en politici vas te vat en tot verantwoording te roep.

Die bedoeling was daadwerklike, nie-gewelddadige optrede op verskillende vlakke, sodat politici gedwing sou word om na ons te luister. Daar was in die algemeen groot entoesiasme vir so iets.


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The Accidental Politician, Allan Boesak Fighting for A Different Cause

Running with HorsesAllan BoesakAfter his brief stint in with COPE came to an end, Allan Boesak, author of Running with Horses: Reflections of an Accidental Politician has kept a low profile. Now he’s back in the public eye fighting for a cause of a different nature. His recent appearance at the 100 Days Deliverables Report Back in Oudtshoorn seems to be more in line with his Pastoral roots; the event is part of a series to combat poverty in the region.

It was ironic that the Eden District, ostensibly a paradise, was the poorest area in the Western Cape, Rev Allan Boesak of the United Reformed Church said at the start of the 100 Days Deliverables Report Back on the war against poverty in Oudtshoorn.

This follows the Eden Poverty Indaba held in George in July.

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Allan Boesak, Accidental Politician, Returns to “God’s Party”

Running with HorsesAuthor of the recent memoir Running with Horses: Reflections of an Accidental Politician, Allan Boesak has resigned from COPE and rejoined what archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu calls “God’s party”.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has lauded the decision by anti-apartheid icon and former president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the Rev. Allan Boesak to quit politics and join “God’s party”.

“I cannot say how thrilled I am that Allan has followed his path and agreed to serve the people through God, rather than through political parties,” said Tutu, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town in a 3 November statement.

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Hestrie Cloete Els en haar ouers maak vrede

My Pyn, My GlorieJurie Els en Hestrie Cloete ElsSA hoogspring kampioen Hestrie Cloete Els het al gesorg vir heelwat opskuddings in haar tyd – van rekordbrekende spronge tot familievetes- die skindertonge het geklap. Die outeur van My Pyn, My Glorie is deesdae terug in Suid-Afrika en in die nuus, maar hierdie keer met ‘n pragtige storie van versoenning. Cloete Els het die afgelope naweek haar kinders vir die eerste keer aan hul oupa en ouma gaan voorstel.

Hestrie Els, die Olimpiese atleet en vrou van die sanger Jurie Els, wat nou in Nieu-Seeland woon, het Sondag tydens ’n emosionele besoek vrede met haar ouers gemaak.

Sy het hulle vir die eerste keer in drie jaar gesien.

Hestrie het gister van Pretoria na Coligny gery om haar kinders, Chrizette (3) en Jason (16 maande), vir hul ouma en oupa, Martie en Willem Storbeck, te gaan wys.

En daar was baie trane, sê Hestrie.


Foto te danke aan News24

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Allan Boesak in Conversation with Rhoda Kadalie at Kalk Bay Books

Running with Horses: Reflections of an accidental politicianAllan BoesakJoho! and Kalk Bay Books invite you to a discussion between Allan Boesak, whose memoir Running with Horses, was published earlier this year, and well-known activist Rhoda Kadalie.

Boesak is as loved by his supporters as he is reviled by others. He is an astute politician, a charismatic preacher, and a man unafraid of speaking his mind.

Kadalie is a woman who has made a point of speaking out loudly and publically against injustice and corruption especially when practised by those in power.

In a provactively titled discussion, “Revisionism vs Reality”, Kadalie will engage with Boesak about the events detailed in Running with Horses.

Join us for what promises to be an exciting evening!

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Allan Boesak, Senator Edward Kennedy and Caster Semenya

Running with HorsesAllan Boesak provokes a range of opinions, but he is undeniably an integral element of the South African mosaic – a figure of constant public attention.

Said attention has been particularly acute of late, partly due to the release of his new memoir, Running with Horses, but also due to two international events of some import: the death of Senator Edward M Kennedy and the debacle surrounding Caster Semenya.

As many of us will remember, US senator Kennedy visited South Africa in 1985 at the express invitation of Boesak and Desmond Tutu. Upon his return to America, the senator pressed for economic sanctions against the Apartheid government – sanctions which were enacted in 1986. James Smith, of Kennedy’s hometown, Boston, remembers:

Boesak, Kennedy, TutuAmid all the reminiscences about Senator Edward M. Kennedy's impact on the political life of the United States, people sometimes overlooked his very substantial influence on the key foreign issues of his time.

In few places was Kennedy's impact greater than South Africa. In one week in January 1985, he made a whirlwind tour of the country that was as controversial as it was spellbinding. I covered that visit as a correspondent for the Associated Press, based in Johannesburg at a time when the black uprising against apartheid was in full fury. Kennedy and his entourage of nine staff members descended on South Africa in a tumultuous moment when no one knew whether the movement would be crushed, or full-scale war would break out.

Much as his brother Robert did in an earlier and equally powerful visit to South Africa in 1966, Ted Kennedy stood toe-to-toe with South Africa's white leaders in repeated showdowns. And they didn't shy away from the confrontations. Kennedy also faced black protests from the small but noisy black-consciousness movement that wanted no white help in ending white domination. Those protesters forced him to call off his last, much-awaited speech in Soweto for fear of a riot.

Following the regretful developments around the Caster Semenya case, meanwhile, Boesak had some interesting points to make regarding the way South Africans deal with both race and gender. His thoughts are worth pondering:

Cleric and politician, Dr. Allan Boesak, says South Africans should not raise their racism concerns on international platforms, when similar discriminatory acts occur in the country without condemnation. He says this takes away the integrity with which we raise our issues internationally.

Boesak was speaking in Cape Town about his book entitled, “Running with Horses – Reflections of an accidental politician”. He was referring to the controversy relating to the gender testing of 800m gold medalist Caster Semenya. “If we go to the airport and we welcome her and say you are our hero, why did they do that to you? But it remains a show when that concern only arises now and we make a political gain out of it and it is not a concern of our everyday business with people like that who are being put under pressure all the time.”

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Video: Coenie de Villiers praat met Allan Boesak oor Running with Horses

Running with HorsesAllan BoesakCoenie de VilliersCoenie de Villiers van Kwêla praat met Allan Boesak oor sy nuwe boek Running with Horses: Reflections of an accidental politician.

Die titel, geïnspireer deur ‘n vers uit Jeremia, is vir Boesak ‘n pragtige metafoor vir die struwelinge wat Suid-Afrikaners daagliks mee worstel.

Die onderhoud is opgeneem vir Kwêla:


Photo of de Villiers courtesy luica.cowan

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Allan Boesak in Conversation at St George’s Cathedral

Running with HorsesJoho! Books invites you to hear Courtney Sampson and Christi van der Westhuizen in conversation with Allan Boesak on Running with Horses: Reflections of an accidental politician at St George’s Cathedral this Wednesday evening.

Entrance is only R20 and books will be on sale at R200 each.

We look forward to a riveting conversation – and to seeing you there!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 26 August 2009
  • Time: 6:30 PM for 7:00 PM
  • Venue: St George’s Cathedral, cnr Wale & Adderly Sts
    Cape Town | Map
  • Guest Speakers: Courtney Sampson, Christi van der Westhuizen
  • Entrance: R20

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Hestrie Cloete het simpatie met Caster Semenya

My Pyn, My GlorieCaster SemenyaSuid-Afrika moet Caster Semenya ondersteun en dankbaar wees vir die goue medalje wat sy vir hulle gewen het.

Só het Hestrie Els (née Cloete) gereageer op die herrie wat oor Semenya se geslag ontketen is. “Ek voel mense moenie iemand oordeel op dit wat jy dink die waarheid is voordat dit nie bewys is nie,” het sy aan Volksblad gesê.

Dat Els, as ‘n tweemalige wêreldkampioen-hoogspringer, ook met hewige druk op internasionale vlak en oordeel van toeskouers te doen gekry het, blyk duidelik uit haar biografie My Pyn, My Glorie wat in 2008 by Joho! Uitgewers verskyn het.

Die stories wat nou rondlê dat Caster Semenya, die nuwe wêreldkampioen in die 800 meter vir vroue, nie ’n vrou is nie, steel haar geluk.

Met dié woorde het Hestrie Els (née Cloete), Suid-Afrika se tweemalige wêreldkampioen-hoogspringer, gister uit Nieu-Seeland vir Semenya in die bres getree.

“Ek is baie bly vir Caster. Ek voel die mense moet haar ondersteun en dankbaar wees vir die goue medalje wat sy vir Suid-Afrika gewen het,” het Hestrie gesê.

Sy, haar man, die sanger Jurie Els, en hul kinders woon deesdae in Nieu-Seeland.

“Dit was haar (Semenya se) beste dag so ver op die atletiekbaan. Dit verg harde werk om ’n goue medalje te wen en sy het nou die vrugte van dié harde werk gepluk.


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Allan Boesak Thankful for Friends, Family and Running with Horses

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Running with HorsesThat Allan Boesak’s memoirs, Running with Horses: Reflections of an accidental politician, were published at all seems to count as a minor miracle.

But, on Friday night, the book was launched without a hitch at 96 Winery Road Restaurant – the place where Boesak and Joho! Books first met, a year ago, to discuss it.

Boesak reflects on many political and religious issues in Running with Horses. However, his reflections on the misappropriation of international donations, for which he served a jail term, has caused the biggest controversy.

Graham Taff, Henry Jeffreys and Danny TitusThe original launch of the book, scheduled for the Cape Town Book Fair, was canceled after former finance minister Trevor Manuel pursued legal action against assertions made by Boesak.

At Friday’s launch, Boesak expressed his gratitude to everyone who had ensured that the book did in fact make it to the shelves. These included Danny Titus, Executive Director: Culture of the ATKV, for giving him the idea to write it in the first place. Titus pointed out that many people were not privy to Boesak’s speeches or thoughts during apartheid. It was important, he thought, that these should be made available to the public.

Zubeida JafferWriter and activist Zubeida Jaffer, who flew in specially to speak at the launch, said she was sure Running with Horses would soon be required reading in educational institutions, “because it gives the history behind one of the most important movements of our time, the UDF”.

Boesak made special mention of the support of his family. “When I have an idea I have to immediately sit down and write it. I clear my morning of everything else,” he explained. His wife, Elna, only requested that he must not “bring the book to the table”.

Elna Boesak and Zubeida JafferJaffer said the book shows how the country’s thinking has evolved over the years, even though it is described from Boesak’s perspective.

Boesak agreed that Running with Horses is not strictly an autobiography. “It is how I saw the turning point of our history, from my point of view,” he said. “And I just thank God every day that I could play a small part in bringing about that change”.

He thanked Joho! Books for “going beyond the call of duty” in helping him tell his story, his way.

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