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Watch: Thando Manana discusses his memoir, youth, and the importance of documenting black stories

Thando Manana was the third black African player to don a Springbok jersey after unification in 1992, when he made his debut in 2000 in a tour game against Argentina A.

His route to the top of the game was unpredictable and unusual. From his humble beginnings in the township of New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, Thando grew to become one of the grittiest loose-forwards of South African rugby, despite only starting the game at the age of 16. His rise through rugby ranks, while earning a reputation as a tough-tackling lock and later open side flanker, was astonishingly rapid, especially for a player of colour at the time. Within two years of picking up a rugby ball, he represented Eastern Province at Craven Week, and by 2000 he was a Springbok.

But it isn’t solely Thando’s rugby journey that makes Being a Black Springbok a remarkable sports biography. It’s learning how he has negotiated life’s perils and pitfalls, which threatened to derail both his sporting ambitions and the course of his life.

He had to negotiate an unlikely, but fateful, kinship with a known Port Elizabeth drug-lord, who took Thando under his wing when he was a young, gullible up-and-comer at Spring Rose. Rejected by his father early in his life, Thando had to deal with a sense of abandonment and a missing protective figure and find, along the way, people to lean on.

Thando tells his story with the refreshing candour he has become synonymous with as a rugby commentator, pundit and member of the infamous Room Dividers team on Metro FM. He has arguably become rugby’s strongest advocate for the advancement of black people’s interests in the sport, and his personal journey reveals why.

As the editor of Kick Off magazine, Sibusiso Mjikeliso is one of the youngest editors of a national, monthly publication in South Africa. He has written on rugby, cricket, football and tennis for the Sunday Times, The Times, Daily Dispatch and Sowetan. He has also worked as the senior sports writer for Business Day. Mjikeliso spent time as an exchange reporter at the Sunday Mirror in London, where he wrote on Wimbledon tennis, English Premiership rugby as well as English Premier League football. His versatility as a writer and knowledge of different sporting codes has made him one of the most influential sports writers in South Africa. This is his first book.

Here Thando discusses his book, challenges he faced as a young man, and how black stories ought to be documented:

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Watch: Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu discusses The Soweto Uprisings on SABC

When the Soweto uprisings of June 1976 took place, Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu, the author of The Soweto Uprisings: Counter Memories of June 1976 was a 14-year-old pupil at Phefeni Junior Secondary School.

With his classmates, he was among the active participants in the protest action against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.

Contrary to the generally accepted views, both that the uprisings were ‘spontaneous’ and that there were bigger political players and student organisations behind the uprisings, Sifiso’s book shows that this was not the case.

Using newspaper articles, interviews with former fellow pupils and through his own personal account, Sifiso provides us with a ‘counter-memory’ of the momentous events of that time.

Here Professor Ndlovu discusses the book and his participation in the protest on SABC’S Morning Live Show with Leanne Manas:

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Watch: Sifiso Ndlovu discusses his participation in the Soweto uprisings

When the Soweto uprisings of June 1976 took place, Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu, the author of The Soweto Uprisings: Counter Memories of June 1976 was a 14-year-old pupil at Phefeni Junior Secondary School.

With his classmates, he was among the active participants in the protest action against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.

Contrary to the generally accepted views, both that the uprisings were ‘spontaneous’ and that there were bigger political players and student organisations behind the uprisings, Sifiso’s book shows that this was not the case.

Using newspaper articles, interviews with former fellow pupils and through his own personal account, Sifiso provides us with a ‘counter-memory’ of the momentous events of that time.

Here, Sifiso discusses the book and his participation in the protest with David O’Sullivan on O’Sullivan’s Kaya FM breakfast show:


 
 

 
 

 
 

 

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Most people agree that we are living in a time of white supremacy – Ferial Haffajee

Ferial Haffajee

What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?During a recent presentation on her new book What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?, Ferial Haffajee made a powerful statement:

“Most people agree that we are living in a time of white supremacy.”

The discussion of current affairs and relevant issues took place at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, and Haffajee demonstrated why she can make such a bold claim, with support from her controversially titled book.

The notion that we are living in a time of white supremacy was supported by Haffajee’s whiteness studies at Wits and roundtable discussions she held to research her book.

Other questions asked by Haffajee include:

  • If non-racialism does not work for you, what is your vision?
  • If white-owned resources and assets were redistributed, would we be better off as a country?
  • How should the new middle class act?
  • If non-racialism does not work for you, what is your vision?

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Ferial Haffajee has done the maths: ‘No whites in South Africa’ is not the answer

Ferial Haffajee

What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?Why this obsession with whiteness, and white supremacy? Where will it lead? Is the idea of a non-racial rainbow nation outdated?

These are some of Ferial Haffajee’s key questions in her controversially titled new book, What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?

Haffajee joined Rapport editor Waldimar Pelser on his current affairs programme Insig to discuss some of these points. The conversation starts with her explaining the title:

“For years I felt like this was what I was hearing, that this was what people were saying. That if there were no whites, if we had all the things that white people have, then our country would be fine. So I did some sums and found out that that is in fact not the case at all. Our developmental challenges are so very steep, that even if you redistribute every single resource of white South Africans, it’s not even going to touch the sides of where we need to go as a country.”

Haffajee also addresses the fact that, despite this, white South Africans are in most cases significantly wealthier than black South Africans and that critics of her book are constantly pointing that out.

Pelser asks some pointed questions, leading to a revealing conversation about this important book.

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Mmusi Maimane’s leadership is ‘fairly revolutionary’ for the DA – Ferial Haffajee

What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?Late last year, Ferial Haffajee chatted to Insig about the outlook for Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane in 2016.

Haffajee’s debut book, What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?, is on shelves now.

“I think the very coming into being of a black leader, in the shape of a young black pastor, who crafts himself like Barack Obama, has been fairly revolutionary for the DA,” Haffajee says. “And if you look at its research I think that he resonates with many voters that the party may not have been able to reach before.

“But consolidating a tough party, because as it gets bigger it gets more difficult to run, is certainly going to be his task over the next three months.”

Haffajee adds, however, that her “jury is out” on the DA, an opinion that hit home for her on a drive through Khayelitsha the previous day.

“I don’t think the DA has done enough to bridge inequality in the Western Cape and in Cape Town,” she says.

Haffajee is the editor-in-chief of the City Press and sits on the boards of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the World Editors Forum, the International Press Institute and the Inter Press Service.

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“Hope is a Precious Commodity” – Kabelo Mabalane Explains Why He Chose to Document His Story (Video)

I Ran For My LifeKabelo Mabalane was recently interviewed by Leandi Kolver for Polity about his memoir I Ran For My Life: My Story and his experiences as a member of TKZ and overcoming his drug addiction.

In the video, Mabalane tells Kolver why he chose to write a book. He says that writing a book is not a thing he has always dreamed of doing, but he took hold of a series of opportunities that allowed him to document some of “the amazing highs and the amazing lows” of his life this far. He believes his story is one of hope, which he sees as “a precious commodity that we cannot afford to live one day without”.

Mabalane goes on to speak about why growing up between Soweto and the leafy suburbs of middle-class Johannesburg was the best thing that happened to him – “it’s helped me manage this awesome tension that is South Africa” without getting involved in the tension – and his journey to becoming a music superstar.

“The future looks bright,” Mabalane says, when talking about his next steps, “and I believe my best days are ahead of me.”

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Why was the Fees Must Fall Movement Ferial Haffajee’s Newsmaker of the Year? (Video)

What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?City Press editor-in-chief Ferial Haffajee spoke to Polity about her thought-provoking and rather controversial new book What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?

Haffajee held a number of round table discussions to inform this analysis of current affairs in South Africa. She says in writing this she essentially attempted to rethink the way we look at non-racialism and the politics of reconciliation.

During the interview Haffajee discusses hot topics like land redistribution, power structures and white dominance in the corporate environment, affirmative action laws, #FeesMustFall, the difference between the South African situation and the American civil rights movement and the younger generation’s vociferous dissatisfaction with the status quo – all addressed in What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?

“Fees Must Fall was perhaps for me, the hashtag #FeesMustFall that is, definitely my newsmaker of the year because I think those students took us into what we are going to be. They showed us that, mobilised around a single issue for a common good, young people can shift our country and shift our politics,” Haffajee says. She acknowledges that there were problematic elements, but says that she is excited to see where this movement will go.

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Alex van Tonder Discusses the Influence of Stephen King on Her Novel, This One Time (Video)

This One TimeAlex van Tonder chatted to Morning Live recently about her debut novel, This One Time.

Van Tonder describes the book as, “A modern-day take on Stephen King’s Misery”, with Kathy Bates as a “blueprint” for the female protagonist.

“I am very inspired by the horror side of how social media affects modern day life,” Van Tonder says. “I love reading horror stories and Stephen King has been a big influence on me, growing up.”

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What If There Were No Whites In South Africa? Ferial Haffajee Explains the Title of Her New Book

What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?A few months ago, Ferial Haffajee chatted to Ruda Landman about her new book, What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?, which is now on the shelves.

The provocatively titled book is the respected journalist’s debut, and she explains to Landman where the title comes from.

“I’ve come to a point in my life where I want to think a little more deeply about what we’re going to be as a nation and where we’re going,” Haffajee says, “to answer those questions, because I get asked them a lot, and make myself part of the voice of those voices, saying, ‘here’s our scenarios, here’s what we could do’.”

“So, if Van Riebeeck didn’t come?” Landman asks.

“Then what would have happened? Not really,” Haffajee says. “But even now, I think it is a debate in our society, which believes falsely that only if we had all the stuff whites have got, then everything would be cool. But actually that’s not true. And it’s often a debate formed on very wonky foundations, and I recognise it will be a difficult book to write, but I feel like the time is right for it.”

Haffajee says the basis of the book is not opinion but research, with the aim of showing how much situations around property, pension, provident fund ownership have changed.

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