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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Mosegomi, St John, Badroodien and More

Tribute to Es'kiaHere is a tribute to Es’kia Mphahlehle I came across in Newtown the other day. The mural-stroke-grafitti advises lookers-on to visit www.eskiaonline.com.

Another link readers might find of interest is the online back-issue archive of African Affairs, published by Oxford UP for the quaintly-named Royal African Society. You have to subscribe for the complete articles, but are allowed a sneak preview of some length. Here’s a sample from 1978: Eric Woods’ “Community Action, Urban Protest and Change in Zimbabwe and South Africa”.

On SAfm Literature this Sunday, we start things off with Mosala Mosegomi, co-author with Boatamo Mosupyoe of a new work of political science, Soweto Explodes: the Beginning of the End of Apartheid, which tracks the creation of the Southern African Students’ Movement (SASM) and National Association of Youth Organisations (NAYO), and looks at the build-up and aftermath of Soweto’s powder-keg explosion in 1976. Click here for an article by Mosupyoe that draws on the book.

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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Gordon-Davis, “Phophoroga”, Motana, Ratcliffe-Wright and More

Bongani MadondoBefore getting into this week’s show, let me start with a photo I took last week of Bongani Madondo, author of Hot Type. I’ve included a few other shots, from various times and places (but all fairly recent), at the bottom of this post – I hope you enjoy them.

My first guest on “SAfm Literature” this Sunday will be Lisa Gordon-Davis, co-author with Peter Cumberlege of the book Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs – a title that many will find good cause to read, given the burgeoning number of small businesses and the complex legal requirements involved in setting one up.

I’m also due to chat with Jennifer Ratcliffe-Wright, author of a book that is delightful for its wicked title alone: Spit or Swallow – a Guide for the Wine Virgin. To quote from the book’s blurb, “Although hours of wine babble about soils and vintages is important to the real professionals, all we really want to know is: does it taste good and can I drink it?” A question I hope we can seriously get to grips with!

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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Muendane, Madondo, Offringa and More

This week’s show opens with an in-studio discussion of “forgotten” activist Vusumzi Make, who was at one stage the Chariman of the PAC, and who was married to black American writer Maya Angelou for a short period in the 1960s.

Make is the subject of a new book by Ngila Michael Muendane, entitled The Leader South Africa Never Had: the remarkable pilgrimage of Vusumzi Make. Remarkable, indeed: tune in to hear our chat about Make’s life and times; and meanwhile see this interesting review of the book in The Sowetan.

I also welcome journalist and cultural commentator Bongani Madondo on to the show, to talk about Hot Type, which chronicles his own remarkable journeys, “stalking and studying the icons, wierdos and celebrities of our age”.

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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Burman, Worsnip, Williams and More

Tsitsi DangarembgaBefore getting into this week’s lineup, I want to point readers to a short but pithy piece on Tsitsi Dangarembga, one of my favourite writers anywhere, that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I love the way the piece celebrates in a quiet way the joys of meeting and sharing with writers – this is certainly one of my greatest indulgences. This is a picture that I took of her recently; and here’s the link:
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My FLF Photos

Siri HustvedtI was able to get down to the Cape on Saturday, and the breathtakingly beautiful village of Franschhoek, for the inaugural Franschhoek Literary Festival (currently being live-blogged on BOOK SA) – and naturally my camera made the trip.

Here are a few photos from the first pick of the bunch – and click the link below for all the uploaded files (the FLF images are at the bottom of the set).

Don’t forget to tune into SAfm Literature later today for the show.

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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Joubert, van Onselen, Allawi and More

My first guest on SAfm Literature this week received an honorable mention from the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award judges, for “breaking into the new territory of science journalism”, and for the author’s drive to popularise the “often inaccessible field” of climatology. Leonie Joubert‘s Scorched: South Africa’s Changing Climate gives local colour to the global problem of the Earth’s rising temperature. It should be a fascinating discussion.

I’ll doubtless have an equally fascinating chat with Charles van Onselen, author of a work whose publishers at Random House are marketing as the book that unmasks Jack the Ripper – but which does much more than that, reconstructing the world of “white slavery” at the turn of the last century, and probing the mind of a psychopath who inhabited it. His impressive new work of history is called The Fox and the Flies – a rather chilling title.

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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.

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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Kuzwayo, Patterson, Emslie and More

This week “Mr. Boardroom Tsotsi” himself joins me on the show – Muzi Kuzwayo, whose book on helping bewildered advertisers and marketers discover what makes the South African marketplace tick, There’s a Tsotsi in the Boardroom, had an appropriately controversial reception when it came out toward the end of last year.

I’m also pleased to welcome Amanda Patterson on the show. She’s the founder of The Write Company, which has been helping South Africans learn the craft of creative writing for several years. She’ll be available to answer your writing-related questions – please call in! (See contact details below.)

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VIctor Dlamini on SAfm: Espin, Bryne, van Zyl, Mann, Williams and More

SAfm Literature airs the day before World Book Day this Sunday, and we’re featuring a special lineup of men and women who are involved in the world of local books – one that includes none other than Ben Williams, the driving force behind BOOK SA, which hosts my blog, and which will be officially launched on the day.

I’ll also be chatting with Mark Espin, the project coordinator at the Centre for the Book, and Jill van Zyl of Exclusive Books about their World Book Day activities. The day’s slogan this year is “Reading is key.”

Next, I have the pleasure of welcoming novelist Susan Mann on to the show for a discussion of her new book, Quarter Tones, out from Harvill Secker.

And there’s plenty more:

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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Scanlon, Guy, Nwamba and More

A bit late this week with the lineup – apologies to readers who tuned in to the blog earlier to see who will be on the show. (But as partial compensation I hope you noted the interesting letter that Sandile Ngidi wrote about a recent profile of Ngugi wa Thiong’o.)

My first guest on the show this week is Helen Scanlon, author of Representation and Reality: Portraits of Women’s lives in the Western Cape 1948 – 1976, a book that draws on the personal narratives of women from across the political spectrum in the Western Cape, and presents an unusual regional perspective on the political history of women in this country.

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