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YANGA TYIKWE: A highly insightful and emotional biography, this book allows the reader into the life and past of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who captured the world’s heart in 2012 and has held it since.

The reader learns about Yousufzai’s upbringing, and about her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, a poet, education activist and owner of a chain of public schools offering education for both girls and boys. It was at her father’s school that Malala learnt to read and write, as well as other skills which her illiterate mother had no access to while growing up.

Published in Perdeby Entertainment
Thursday, 03 April 2014 16:57

Textbook Revolution - a Lost Cause?

Claudia Harrison: You may have seen the advertisements on VULA (complete with a mainstream Ché Guevara image) about the “Textbook Revolution” but what is it really about and how can it help you?

Any UCT student will be able to tell you where second-hand textbooks are available from. Why don’t they just buy from the UCT store? Buying brand new textbooks is very expensive. This is even truer now that Protea Bookshop is managing the store and consequently increased all the prices.

Published in Varsity Opinion
Thursday, 19 September 2013 01:43

Harry Potter: The fandom that lived

Aisha Abdool Karim: Attention all Potterheads! Dust of your robes and grab your wands because it’s time to go back to Hogwarts. That’s right witches, wizards, muggles and everything in between. After 2 years with no new developments in the wizarding world, J.K. Rowling has announced a new film series inspired by Harry Potter.

Published in Varsity Entertainment
Sunday, 01 September 2013 05:07

The great South African novel?

An old acquaintance barely seen since primary school days, in a chance meeting recently complained that our country had yet to produce “the great South African novel”. With the 2013 Mail and Guardian Literary Festival a few short hours away, his observation was an attractive alternative to the small talk gnawing for attention at the corners of our conversation.

Appalled and mystified in equal degrees at the valid line of enquiry, I asked him what he meant by the “great South African novel”? He fired off a series of answers whose sum total escapes the memory of a mind that was blind with excitement at the prospect of three days immersed in South Africa’s finest literary offerings.

The great novel, as Dickens, or perhaps Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, was to the British? There was sense of this in my acquaintance’s response. Nigerian-born literary scholar, Aghogho Akpome, in a panel discussion chaired by South African Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer about Chinua Achebe’s Man of the People, made a remark along these lines.

Published in Vuvuzela News

Ashleigh Erasmus: Many know the novel, and now many also know of it as a theatre production, and I am sure that no one in Thursday’s audience would object to the book being scrapped and the theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time being moved forward. And we have talented Rhodents to thank for that.

The play revolves around the life an adolescent boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, and the hardships that befall him and his family. Directed by Simona Mazza, the play lasts just under one hour and leaves the audience feeling nothing but sadness and awe as the show draws to a close.

David Mann: A story of greed, corruption, status and depravity, a story of a substance worth more than gold or heroin, this is Julien Rademeyer’s Killing for Profit.

As part of a ThinkFest series called ‘Authors in Conversation’, South African journalist and recent author of Killing For Profit, Julien Rademeyer spoke to an audience about his new book and how he came to know all about the pressing issue of rhino poaching.

Thursday, 04 July 2013 11:24

[Review] Anne Frank, as never seen before

Rhea MacDonald: With widespread readership of her personal diary – The Diary of a Young Girl, and theatre and film productions around the world representing her struggle, Anne Frank’s story is known by many.

The Voice of Anne Frank, a production by Czech Republic’s Spitfire Theatre Company, overshot all expectations one could have had at its South African première this morning.

The production did more than simply retell the story – evoking tangible emotions of what it must have felt like to be in the shoes of a young Jewish girl forced into hiding during World War II.

Chelsea Haith: Promoting his book A Bantu in my Bathroom Eusebius McKaiser spoke to an audience at Rhodes University on 3 May about the topics he tackles, the idea of living the authentic life and his fears surrounding Rhodes students’ lack of critical engagement with political and social issues.

An old Rhodian himself, McKaiser explained that he has thus far chosen not to promote his book in Grahamstown, his hometown, reasoning that he perceives critical disengagement and apathy as being particularly prevalent amongst Rhodes students for the issues he address in his book.

Published in Oppidan Press News
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