Meg Rickard’s new gritty film ‘Tess’ is receiving rave reviews from the local and international film community. Adapted from Tracey Farren’s award winning novel ‘Whiplash’, the film tells the story of a 20-year old Muizenberg sex worker and drug addict whose life is turned upside down by an unexpected pregnancy and, sexual violence. Rickards is an award-winning South African filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. She is also an alumnus of the University of Cape Town.
African music singer, songwriter and storyteller Latozi ‘Madosini’ Mpahleni wowed audiences at the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus on Saturday, 23 July with her performance of traditional African music. Madosini, as she is more commonly known, uses ancient African musical instruments to promote a musical genre that is virtually extinct.
UCT graduate Jessica Dewhurst is one of 60 young people from across the commonwealth to receive the 2016 Queens Young Leader Award. This is a royal initiative aimed at discovering and supporting exceptional individuals who are transforming lives in their communities. She recently participated in a weeklong residential programme in the United Kingdom before receiving the award from HRH Queen Elizabeth II at a star-studded event held at Buckingham Palace in June.
UCT Department of Dance lecturer Lisa Wilson was one of four guest speakers at the 9th International Christian Dance Fellowship Conference, held at the University of Ghana in July. The conference takes place every three years, each time in a different country. This was the first time it was held on African soil.
The poignant and funny story ‘This Could Get Messy’ has secured top prize in the annual ‘Short.Sharp.Stories’ competition. This is the latest work of fiction from husband-and-wife writing duo Greg Fried and Lisa Lazarus who go by the nom de plume ‘Greg Lazarus’. They have won R20,000 from the National Arts Festival and the opportunity to participate in selected literary events for the duration of 2016.
When Dr. Amrita Pande embarked on research into India’s commercial surrogacy practices, she may never have anticipated the level of international interest that her work would garner or, that she would be asked to present her findings in front of large Danish audiences. Made in India is Pande’s new interactive, multi-media lecture series that debuted at the fourth ‘Women Deliver’ Conference, held in Copenhagen recently. It has since been selected for permanent exhibition in the National Museum of Denmark.
Asanda Benya has been awarded the Ruth First Prize for “The invisible hands: Women in Marikana”. The prize is for the most outstanding article published by an African author in the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) for 2015. Winning articles for the Ruth First Prize are selected from the publication’s previous year’s volume of four issues. This is the fourth cycle of an award that seeks to recognise African scholars who are resident on the continent.
The Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS) hosted 30 investigative journalists from across Africa for a three-day workshop on reporting taxation and illicit financial outflows from the continent. The practice of illicit trade, corruption and irregular financial reporting are all serious issues facing African countries.
The University of Cape Town was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Phyllis Priscilla “Nogqaza” Ntantala-Jordan in Michigan (USA) on Sunday, 17 July 2016. She was 96 years old.