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Victor Dlamini

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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Motsei, Dunbar, PEN Winners and More

Soweto ManI’m a keen photographer – a confirmed amateur, although I occasionally sell individual images if there’s interest. There are few things I enjoy more than taking my camera and roaming for shots. I had a good outing in Soweto recently, filling the memory card with “township portraits” that to my eye are quite lovely. When I was reviewing them, I realized how little the ordinary men and women of Soweto feature in today’s media. Here’s a picture I’d like to share – one that speaks simply of living and getting along.

Now, to the subject at hand, SAfm Literature. My first guest on the show this week will be Mmatshilo Motsei, author of The Kanga and the Kangaroo Court, which was launched at the Women’s Gaol, Constitution Hill, last month. Motsei’s book, published by Jacana, is the first to come out of the Jacob Zuma rape trial, and takes a strong line against the demonization of Zuma’s accuser, the 31-year-old HIV-positive AIDS activist dubbed “Kwezi”. Kwezi fled South Africa after the trial – and one of Motsei’s aims is to bring her back.

I’ll also be chatting to the three finalists in the HSBC PEN Literary Award short story competition, judged by JM Coetzee. Henrietta Rose-Innes took first prize for her story, “Poison”, while Petina Gappah (Zimbabwean) and Stanley Onjezani Kenani (Malawi) had strong second- and third-place showings.

More highlights:

  • A discussion with JA Dunbar of his novel about mercenary life in the forests of the Congo, Congo ’63.
  • A documentary from Radio Netherlands’ “Vox Humana” series by Eric Beauchemin called “Haiti Obstetric Care”. It’s about the work of the Medecins sans Frontieres, or MSF (Doctors Without Borders) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which has the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the Western Hemisphere.
  • John Orr‘s excellent “Word of Mouth” programme.
  • Roger Webster‘s “Fireside Chat” – storytelling that will have you spellbound!

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