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Vaal University of Technology visits the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Trust

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On March 3, 2018 the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Trust had the honour of hosting the Vice-Chancellor of Vaal University of Technology and his team in Graaff Reinet. Vice-Chancellor Proffessor Gordon Zide was accompanied by his team: Dr. Dan Mokoena (Registrar),

uNYANA kaNTU – 40 YEARS OF THE WILDERNESS

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In the secret organisation of the underground movement, where pseudonyms and nom de guerre and legends were used to hide and conceal officially known names and real events, the banned PAC’s operatives used ‘Nyana womNtu’ to refer to Mangaliso Robert

TRIBUTE TO A FRIEND, BROTHER, COMRADE LEADER AND COMMANDER DAVID PHETOE

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In 1979, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) of Azania was facing serious problems. Many of its leaders were either sentenced to long imprisonment or in detention without trial, and others were struggling to gather both financial and military support for

Tribute to Vusumuzi Johnson Nyathi

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(Picture: Jaki Seroke. Johnson Nyathi, front: second from right in blue jeans, poses with other veterans) This is an attempt to profile an outstanding fallen hero. Like many similar attempts it is too little too late. Like all other times

WHITE ALLIES: A BLESSING OR A CURSE?

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Steve Biko once said: ‘The biggest mistake the black world ever made was to assume that whoever opposed apartheid was an ally’. And: ‘Not only have they kicked the black man; they have also told him how to react to

Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe: 90 Years of Struggle, Suffering & Sacrifice

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Today, 27th July 2017, marks the 90th birthday anniversary of Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, the forgotten, ignored and erased ‘Mother of Azania’ who has endured unspeakable suffering, struggle and pain. She will celebrate her 90th birthday, as usual, in private, at

SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY FAILS (BLACK) WOMEN

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Ignorance against violence and abuse of women is as real as the air we breathe. To a great extent, I am evidence of that horrible reality. Sometime last month I stumbled upon a picture on Facebook with the caption “please

REFLECTIONS ON THE 58TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PAC OF AZANIA!

We, the Africanists should always take guidance from the concrete ideas of Mangaliso Sobukwe and learn from his practical experience as a leader and the first president of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) of Azania. From his early twenties, Sobukwe

BASTARDIZING BANTU BIKO AND HIS LEGACY IS CHEAP POLITICS !

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In recent years there’s been serious contestations for and about the legacy of Bantu Biko; concerted efforts by both intellectauls as well as politicians to approprite Biko for their own agendas. Various groups and individuals, whether political, social or grassroots,

NGŨGĨ WA THIONG’O LECTURE: WHY WE WANTED ‘WHITES’ TO EXCUSE US!

Kenyan author Ngugi wa ThiongÕo, Distinguished Professor of English and comparative literature at UC Irvine, is on the short list for the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature, for xxx(add phrase or blurb here from award announcement; 

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Ngugi, whose name is pronounced ÒGoogyÓ and means Òwork,Ó is a prolific writer of novels, plays, essays and childrenÕs literature. Many of these have skewered the harsh sociopolitical conditions of post-Colonial Kenya, where he was born, imprisoned by the government and forced into exile.

His recent works have been among his most highly acclaimed and include what some consider his finest novel, ÒMurogi wa KagogoÓ (ÒWizard of the CrowÓ), a sweeping 2006 satire about globalization that he wrote in his native Gikuyu language. In his 2009 book ÒSomething Torn & New: An African Renaissance,Ó Ngugi argues that a resurgence of African languages is necessary to the restoration of African wholeness.

ÒI use the novel form to explore issues of wealth, power and values in society and how their production and organization in society impinge on the quality of a peopleÕs spiritual life,Ó he has said.

It is always interesting to read the headlines that follow after students contest spaces. One of the media outlet reports, “Acclaimed writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o interrupted during UCT lecture”. I must admit, I could not help but laugh a bit.