Tag: Issue 113

Life’s complexities hit the stage

The Fishermen probes broken trust that eventually obliterates the Agwu family

The Fishermen, a play currently running at the Market Theatre until Sunday 4 August, in Johannesburg is a display of life’s complexities.

The play stirs up one’s core as it investigates universal values and principles of trust, love and bond in a witty, humourous way while displaying prophecies that cause unnecessary deaths, unwarranted sibling rivalry, intense passion and depth of chaotic and emotional upheaval ultimately obliterating the Agwu family throughout an intense dramatization and an execution of the highest note.

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Screams of women through art

A tour with deep emotions

The Free State Arts Festival recently took place at the Bloemfontein campus of the University of the Free State. In this piece Precious Mamotingoe Lesupi reports on a tour through her emotions as she experienced some of the plays.

Disgust, shame and heartache are the first things that came to me as I watched most of the plays at the Free State Arts Festival this year. I felt the screams of women in our country through art.

Colonialism came with historical distortions and we as modern day society still live by those and turn them into new words, philosophies and principles.

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Mathatha Tsedu’s autobiography is our collective story

“Detention, imprisonment, torture and banishment were almost inevitable”

Mathatha Tsedu, veteran journalist and writer-in-residence at STIAS is a familiar face in the media landscape. He has served as editor of City Press and Sunday Times, he has been deputy head of news at SABC and head of the Media 24’s Journalist academy. Added to his many accolades is chairperson of the African Editors Forum and the SANEF. He was recently honoured by President Cyril Ramaphosa, during the awarding of National Orders at a ceremony in Tshwane.

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Social worker and author, a Q&A with Rethabile Lenkoe

We have more that makes us similar than that which makes us different.

Bongani Madondo once wrote, “Writing is both an act of war and a practice of love”.  It is war, both internally and externally, to write your version of the truth. It often calls for the crucifixion of self – one’s pride has to give in to one’s vulnerability. To Rethabile Lenkoe, a South African author, and social worker, writing is like stepping out naked and hoping that people will understand your motives and help you instead of condemning you.

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Toxic masculinity and aspiring to be James Bond

Toxic Hypermasculinity and the portrayal of gendered roles in media

In a society such as ours, with high levels of gender-based violence and public performances of misogyny, it is important to reflect on the impact that representations of hyper-masculinity in the media has on society, as it has the power to shape values, norms and perceptions.

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Shades of black: An exhibition in colour

Invoking memory and curiosity

An outing to a local art event, First Thursdays, didn’t go quite as planned. It turned out even better. Precious stumbled on an exhibition at The Other Venue on 2nd Avenue in Bloemfontein. In this piece, she reports on the art that caught her eye.

The Black Season is an exhibition by Lesego Motsiri who is a student from the Department of Fine Arts at the University of the Free State. It is made up of a collection of 21 artworks inspired by dark moments in the artist’s life. Motsiri has had viewers interested since its premier at Art Fusion in 2016, the year he created his work.

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Deadly Drinking

Alcohol abstinence a path to road safety

Last week, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) released their June 2019 statistics which revealed that driving and driving remains a major concern across the city. IOL reported that a total of 890 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in June alone. Needless to say the best amount of liquor to consume is no liquor at all and South Africans need to rethink their relationship with alcohol.Alcohol can have health benefits, with moderate consumers enjoying…

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Ethiopia: New journalist arrests put press freedom gains at risk

Ethiopian journalists face censored press

On 8 July 2019 Ethiopia’s Ministry of Defence announced plans to charge journalists and media houses for “publishing defamatory information about the Ethiopia National Defence Force.” According to Amnesty International, the Ethiopian government risks rolling back the great progress it made on media freedom last year.

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Mo Abudu: Woman of many firsts

The sky is no limit

Born in London to Nigerian parents, eldest of three daughters, Mo Abudu’s dream has always been to change the negative narrative about the continent of Africa. Her parents would relocate to Lagos, Nigeria when she was seven, which gave her the opportunity to spend time with her grandparents who lived on a cocoa farm in Ondo State. While visiting she would learn about Nigerian culture, building a foundation for her later career decision.

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