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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 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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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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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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Martin Botha Receives Ischia Global Award

Martin BothaMarginal Lives and Painful PastsMartin Botha, editor of Marginal Lives and Painful Pasts, is honoured for his contribution to the South African film industry in Italy.

Professor Martin Botha of UCT's Centre for Film and Media Studies is to be awarded the special Ischia Global Award at the 7th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Festival, held on the Isle of Ischia, Italy, from 12 to 19 July.

Honoured for his “extraordinary contribution to the South African film industry” Botha has published more than 200 articles, reports and papers on the South African media, including five books on South African cinema.


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New Launch Date for Running with Horses to be Announced Soon

Running with HorsesAs a result of objections by Mr. Trevor Manuel to his name being mentioned in Dr Allan Boesak’s latest book, the publication and launch of Running with Horses – Reflections of an Accidental Politician have had to be postponed. We have agreed to the removal of Mr. Manuel’s name from the passage in which he was mentioned and which he found offensive. Confirmation from Manuel’s lawyers was received on Monday 8 June 2009, that the publication of the book can go ahead under these circumstances and the matter was thus resolved. New dates for the publication and launch of the book will be announced shortly.

“For more than one reason I am obviously deeply disappointed”, Dr Boesak said, “but the removal of names in a single paragraph does not diminish the value of the book as a whole. The book stands on its own. It remains incomprehensible to me why any anti-apartheid activist should be now ashamed to have received support for their work, their families or themselves during our courageous struggle against that dangerous, utterly oppressive system. The period 1988-1989, after the banning of the UDF organizations as well as of many individuals was a particularly difficult time and I will always be grateful that we were able, in some small way, to support those amazing organizations and individuals who continued the struggle even under those circumstances and who helped to secure our victory over apartheid. I am comforted by the fact that history is not written by the victors and powerful alone, but is forever treasured in the collective memories of those who were part of it and who will continue to share it with new generations”.

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