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Listen to Amanda Strydom’s “Pelgrimsgebed”

KaalvoetAmanda Strydom has been a forceful presence in both the local and international music scene for 0ver 30 years now. With her powerful lyrics and husky voice she entrances her audience. In 2005 she published some of her lyrics in an anthology caleld Kaalvoet.

If you don’t already know everything about Amanda take a look at the (English) bio below. We also bring you a song from her latest album Kerse in die donker, entitled “Pelgrimsgebed”.

After an abscence of three years from her entertainment career, Amanda returned to the stage in 1992 by writing and staging her own shows with great success and to wide critical acclaim.

Her compilation album, “Ek loop die pad, 20 jaar”, was released in 2000 and celebrates 20 years of Amanda's life in songs.

Amanda's latest cd – Kerse teen die donker – now available (and no, she did not foresee the loadshedding…)

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Marlize Hobbs, Author of Flarde, Experiments with Online Publishing

FlardeMarlize Hobbs & Leandi Erasmus Her debut novel in 2005, Flarde, won three literary awards; the Eugene Marais prize, the University of Johannesburg Debut prize and the Jan Rabie/Rapport prize for innovative writing in Afrikaans.

Now, Marlize Hobbs is back, with the beginnings of another novel, Divine Prostitute / The Girl in the Birds Nest – the first 100 pages of which she has published on her blog, encouraging readers to give their feedback. A brave experiment in online publishing! Read an excerpt below.

In the haunted room, there is a book. She did not write it, it wrote her.

In this ghost room there is a child. She wears blue pajamas and has a frail body and curious eyes. She watches Mary, her every move, but she does not watch over Mary. She is half hidden behind the door, her eyes peering into the distance where she finds the face of the woman known by her full name: Mary Magdalene.

Mary is always aware of the child: her silences, her silent screams. Sometimes Mary knows the child’s dreams. Mary is aware of the way this child looks up at the stars and it reminds her of someone she used to know:

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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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Marlene le Roux’s Look At Me Exhibition Set for UCT (Programme)

Look At Me Marlene le RouxMillions of South Africans have physical disabilities, but often the biggest foe they must overcome to lead happy, fulfilling lives is the stares of the able-bodied – the social stigmatization that exacts a terrible toll on their outlook and wellbeing.

Marlene le Roux sought to change perceptions with her book, Look at Me, which showcases the sensuality, strength and courage of 23 disabled women. Some were born with their disability; others got it through an accident or illness later in life.

The photographs in Look at Me, taken by Lucie Pavlovich, are now part of a travelling exhibition that has arrived at UCT’s Centre for African Studies, as part of a programme coordinated by the university’s Disability Unit. The images will hang in the CAS Gallery (Harry Oppenheimer Institute Building Level 3, UCT Upper Campus) until the second week of September, but are generally available for public viewing only during the scheduled events:

Tuesday 18 August: “Health and Disability” 3:30 – 5:30pm
Thursday 20 August: “Gender, Sexuality and Disability” 1 – 2pm
Tuesday 25 August: “Finding Beauty in Difference: Disability and Aesthetics” 1 – 2:30pm
Thursday 27 August: “Recording Disability: Life Stories and Social Consciousness” 1 – 2pm

To arrange to visit the CAS Gallery outside of these times, please contact the Centre for African Studies on 021 650 2308.

The “Look at Me” exhibition opened earlier this year and had a stint at the Paarl Taal museum. Here is more information from the sponsor, the British Council:

‘This exhibition was intended to affirm not only women with disabilities, but all women. The exhibition is for every woman who has asked herself “who am I?”, or tried to tailor herself according to the acceptance of others.

‘The photographs and stories allow women to reflect on their struggles and their inner journey to personal self-mastery,’ says Le Roux.

‘I realised from a young age that society puts people with disabilities in a box with an “ag shame” [pitying] attitude and I felt I wanted to celebrate who I am – disability and all.’

Le Roux says writing the book Look at Me took her on a journey of self-discovery.

‘I realised that only a person with disabilities can change the mindset of society. With this in mind I started this personal journey and it dawned on me that the road to self-acceptance and sensuality is painful and challenging every single day.’

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