Programme 2016

Please note: the programme is subject to change without prior notice.

General admission ticket (R50) required for over 18-year-olds.
Each session (R50).

No general admission ticket required for under 18-year-olds

Entry to Children’s Area (R50) per child, which includes entry into all sessions, on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note that the sessions have limited capacity.

Teen sessions (R50) per session.

Entry into the Teen Zone (at the Sports Centre) is free of charge.

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SA’S ECONOMIC REVOLUTION – THE NEXT FRONTIER
Lange Hall

FNB Chief Economist Sizwe Nxedlana, GG Alcock (KasiNomics) and William Gumede (South Africa in BRICS: Salvation or Ruination) discuss the way forward with Peter Bruce, Editor-in-Chief of BDFM Publishers.)

BEARING WITNESS
Joel Hall

Journalist Hamilton Wende recounts his experiences of the Rwandan genocide with regards to the school set work novel, Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You, by Hanna Jansen.

I GOT CHILLS, THEY’RE MULTIPLYING
Gym

Deon Meyer (Icarus), Angela Makholwa (Black Widow Society), Fiona Snyckers (Now Following You) share the secrets of creating unnerving atmosphere in their novels. Chaired by fellow thriller writer Sally Andrew (Recipes for Love and Murder).

LAWNMOWERS, TIGERS AND HELICOPTERS
Music Centre

Are parents pressuring their children too much in this competitive world?
Kingsmead College Headmistress Lisa Kaplan talks to Gail Dore (Bully-proof: A Practical Guide for Parents, Teachers and South African Schools) and Michaelhouse School Counsellor Tim Jarvis, about achieving an engaged, supportive balance.

OUR UNIVERSE: ACCIDENT OR DESIGN?
Learning Centre

A visually astounding presentation by astronomer and motivational speaker Professor David Block that probes the complexity of the universe and the evidence for design.

Josh Thirion (Cooking with Josh)
Culinary Corner

You are never too young to be a masterchef! Meet Josh, youngest published author and award-winning writer as he talks about his passion for food, the journeys he has taken and the things that inspire him.

THE MARVEL OF MIRACLES
Chapel

Qualified doctor and church pastor Andrew Butterworth (‘I’m Sick, Now What?’) has seen Christian healing from many angles: from guiding the surgeon’s knife to miraculous healing that cannot be explained by science. Ruth Ward, a qualified doctor with a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies and a practising counsellor, has helped many people through their physical and emotional struggles with ill-health. Join journalist, blogger and broadcaster Bruce Dennill as he learns their insights into the marvels of science and miracles.

THE ARTIST’S STUDIO – CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTISTS (free sessions)
Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art founder Pierre Lombart in conversation with Sara Halat of the Bag Factory and five artists from southern Africa.

Kagiso Patrick Mautloa has exhibited internationally in Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, France, Germany, Italy, UK and the US. He was born in Ventersdorp in 1952, studied at the Jubilee and Mofolo Art Centres. He was involved in the formation of the Thupelo Workshops. He is currently based at The Bag Factory.

#UNIVERSITIESMIGHTFALL
Lange Hall

Vice-chancellors Professor Jonathan Jansen (UFS) (Leading for Change: Race, Intimacy and Leadership on Divided University Campuses),, Professor Adam Habib (Wits) (South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects) and Professor Lourens van Staden (Tshwane University of Technology) assess the underlying causes of university unrest and the necessary solutions. Chaired by Carte Blanche’s anchor, Bongani Bingwa.

There will be an SASL interpreter at this session.

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FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN
Joel Hall

Nozizwe Cynthia Jele (Happiness is a Four-Letter Word), Piers Cruickshanks (Beyond the River) and Gareth Crocker (Finding Jack) discuss the alchemy of filmmaking with director Craig Freimond (Gums and Noses, Jozi and Material).

UNEARTHING THE NEW AFRICA
Gym

Ace journalists Richard Poplak and Kevin Bloom have spent the last nine years traversing Africa, observing the metamorphosis of cities, communities and economies. The result is a fascinating book, Continental Shift. Author Victor Kgomoeswana (Africa Is Open For Business) compares notes.

THE CONSOLATIONS OF POETRY
Music Centre

It is said that to be a poet is a condition, not a profession. Word weavers Finuala Dowling (The Fetch), Lebohang ‘Nova’ Masango and Ruth Everson talk about the place of poetry in our frenetic lives, and share some of their favourite works. With the Sunday Times’ Michele Magwood.

There will be an SASL interpreter at this session.

TITILLATING TALES
Learning Centre

Angela Makholwa (Black Widow Society) and Paige Nick (Dutch Courage) chat to Jenny Crwys-Williams about their salacious stories.

Sarah Graham (Smitten, Bitten, Home Food from My Kitchen)
Culinary Corner

Blogger-turned-author of three cookbooks and recent star of Sarah Graham’s Food Safari, set in Zimbabawe, Zambia and South Africa, shares one of her delicious recipes.

LESSONS FROM THE PAVEMENT BOOKWORM
Chapel

Philani Dladla captured the country’s imagination last year. He has used his love for books to overcome drug addiction and change his lot in life. Now he’s channeling the interest into support for his literacy project and Book Readers’ Club for underprivileged children in Johannesburg. He tells his story to Neilwe Mashigo.

There will be an SASL interpreter at this session.

THE ARTIST’S STUDIO – CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTISTS (free sessions)
Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art founder Pierre Lombart in conversation with Sara Halat of the Bag Factory and five artists from southern Africa.

Minnette Vári was born in 1968 in Pretoria. In her videos and drawings she frequently depicts her own body enduring a disfiguring metamorphosis – she merges with and emerges from nature as well as from the concrete architecture of modern cities. She has exhibited internationally.

THE ARTIST’S STUDIO – CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTISTS (free sessions)

Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art founder Pierre Lombart in conversation with Sara Hallatt of the Bag Factory

JUST ADD WATER
Lange Hall

Operation Hydrate’s Yusuf Abramjee explores the notion of water security with Mike Wickins (Whispers from the Depths, The Kariba Story), Hydropolitics expert Professor Tony Turton and environmentalist and author Davey du Plessis (Choosing to Live).

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THE STATE OF PLAY
Joel Hall

EWN sports anchor Marc Lewis investigates the current status of SA cricket with former president of Cricket South Africa Mtutuzeli Nyoka (Deliberate Concealment: An Insider’s Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus Saga),, experts Ali Bacher and David Williams (South Africa’s Greatest Batsmen) and Gauteng cricket team coach Geoffrey Toyana.

THOUGHT WE HAD SOMETHING GOING
Gym

This edgy collective of young voices share the view that if we are to appreciate history, build bridges in diversity and find a new voice and compass to guide us to a future that we desire, we need to converse across generations. This session attempts to unpack the very issues of the disconnect between generations by young people themselves. Join co-curator Thando Sangqu and writers Thenji Stemela, Buyani Duma and Gabriel Crouse as they define the world of young South Africans with 702’s Andiswa Makanda.

There will be an SASL interpreter at this session.

THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC
Music Centre

Craig Bartholomew Strydom (Searching for Sugar Man) and Bongani Madondo (I’m Not Your Weekend Special) riff on the lives and legacies of Rodrigues and Brenda Fassie with 702’s The Music Guru Sean Brokensha.

THE USEFULNESS OF ACCOUNTING AND ARCHITECTURE IN THE LIFE OF A NOVELIST
Learning Centre

Accounting graduate Panashe Chigumadzi (Sweet Medicine) talks to prize-winning author and architect Yewande Omotoso (The Woman Next Door) about writing as a second career.

Siba Mtongana (Siba’s Table)
Culinary Corner

Food enthusiast Siba Mtongana is a multi-award winning food writer, TV chef and judge with a deep love for her people and continent of Africa. Siba’s Table is screened in over 128 countries across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US. Siba is an ambassador for Foodbank South Africa, an organization that helps fight hunger or malnutrition in the country. Come and savour her food!

“WE MUST SHARE LOVE AND FORGIVENESS”
Chapel

Yolande Korkie talks to journalist Bruce Dennill about her memoir 558 Days, which recounts her kidnapping and captivity by al-Qaeda in Yemen and the murder of her husband Pierre.

THE ARTIST’S STUDIO – CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTISTS (free sessions)
Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art founder Pierre Lombart in conversation with Sara Halat of the Bag Factory and five artists from southern Africa.

Nelson Makamo was born in Modimolle in 1982. He has exhibited in France, Italy, the US, the Netherlands and the UK. His work forms part of the collection of Georgio Armani and Annie Lennox.

BUY THE BELOVED COUNTRY
Lange Hall

What is “state capture” and what does it mean for the nation? Political analyst Justice Malala (We Have Now Begun our Descent: How to Stop South Africa Losing Its Way) and JJ Tabane (Let’s Talk Frankly: Letters to Influential South Africans about the State of our Nation) discuss how to claw back democracy from kleptocracy with City Press Editor-in-Chief Ferial Haffajee.

ECHOES OF AMANDLA
Joel Hall

Dr Thula Simpson (Umkhonto we Sizwe: The ANC’s Armed Struggle), Mary Burton (The Black Sash: Women for Justice and Peace) and Mathews Phosa (Chants of Freedom) remind us of the heroism at the heart of our fight for freedom. With former newspaper editor Richard Steyn.

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LOVE CAN MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL
Gym

Young Adult novelists Edyth Bulbring (Snitch) Cat Hellisen (Beastkeeper) and Joanne Macgregor (Scarred) discuss the themes of bullying and bloodlines, beauties and beasts and the transformative power of first love. Chaired by fellow youth writer Bontle Senne.

There will be an SASL interpreter at this session.

“ULTIMATELY, LITERATURE IS NOTHING BUT CARPENTRY”
Music Centre

Award-winning authors Ivan Vladislavić (101 Detectives) and Claire Robertson (The Magistrate of Gower) discuss García Márquez’s view that “Writing something is almost as hard as making a table. Very little magic and a lot of hard work.” The Sunday Times’ Michele Magwood talks to them about materials and method.

A TOUCH OF MADNESS
Learning Centre

John Maytham compiled by Finuala Dowling
Many of the world’s greatest books, from Hamlet to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, are memorable for their dramatic, funny, poignant and frightening evocations of madness. John Maytham presents an hour of extraordinary extracts from writers such as Woolf, Jung, Winterson, Albee, Poe, Brontë and O’Neill, whose intimate understanding of what it is like to live within a disordered mind makes their work so compelling.

Siba Mtongana’s second session (Siba’s Table)
Culinary Corner

Passionate and dynamic food enthusiast, Siba Mtongana, is a multi-award winning Freelance Food Writer, Celebrity TV Chef and Food Judge with an authentic love for her people and continent Africa. Siba’s Table is screened in over 128 countries across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US. Siba is an ambassador for Foodbank South Africa, an organization that helps fight hunger or malnutrition in the country.

HOPING AGAINST HOPE
Chapel

Veteran Zimbabwean politician and human rights lawyer David Coltart discusses his seminal book The Struggle Continues: 50 Years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe and reflects on the Christian faith that sustains him. Lawyer Sipho Malunga poses the questions.

THE ARTIST’S STUDIO – CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTISTS (free sessions)
Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art founder Pierre Lombart in conversation with Sara Halat of the Bag Factory and five artists from southern Africa.

Usha Seejarim describes her biggest honour as the opportunity to create the official portrait for Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu in December 2013. Her work explores notions of identity and context with a fascination for the mundane and the ordinary, often using domestic and found materials in her artmaking.

MOMZILLAS
Lange Hall

Pamela Power (Ms Conception), Sam Cowen (Good Enough Mother), Lori Milner (Own Your Own Space) and 702’s Phemelo Ngcobo skewer the squads of competitive mothers in car parks and the workplace. With Aspasia Karras.

A GRAND MAN OF LETTERS
Joel Hall

Zakes Mda, one of South Africa’s most celebrated writers, in conversation with award-winning poet Mbali Vilakazi.

BRINGING UP THE BODIES
Gym

South Africa’s king of crime Deon Meyer interrogates 702 reporter Alex Eliseev about the strange story of Betty Ketani’s murder, chronicled in his book Cold Case Confession.

THE SINS OF THE FATHERS
Music Centre

Pumla Dineo Gqola (Rape: A South African Nightmare), Jade Gibson (Glowfly Dance), Grizelda Grootboom (Exit – A True Story) trace the legacy of violence and abuse and the steps of healing with 702’s Gugulethu Mhlungu.

WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW
Learning Centre

Author and playwright Craig Higginson(The Dream House), author and musician Nakhane Toure (Piggy Boy’s Blues) and Sindiwe Magona (Chasing the Tails of My Father’s Cattle) talk to Christopher Hope (Jimfish) about how much they draw on their own experience in their writing.

Seline and Leandri van der Wat (Two)
Culinary Corner

MasterChef stars and sisters Seline and Leandri van der Wat and co-authors of an international-award winning cookbook, share their love of food.

HOLDING MY BREATH
Chapel

Ace Moloi (Holding my Breath) talks about his memoir, a conversation with his mother, who died when he was 13-years old. Ace discusses child-headed homes, the volatile issue of service delivery in South Africa, why University “fees must fall” and the story of broken families. He tells his story to Neilwe Mashigo.

There will be an SASL interpreter at this session.

THE ARTIST’S STUDIO – CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTISTS (free sessions)
Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art founder Pierre Lombart in conversation with Sara Halat of the Bag Factory and five artists from southern Africa.

Pauline Gutter received the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans Award. Currently Gutter’s layered oil painting, drawing, video art and installation focus on identity and gender in terms of media and cultural migration.

AN OPEN LINE TO 702
Lange Hall

Your turn to challenge, question or quibble with the presenters who fill your airwaves. Join 702’s John Robbie, Azania Mosaka, Xolani Gwala and Sizwe Dhlomo in conversation with Gugs Mhlungu.

There will be an SASL interpreter at this session.

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SO YOU WANT TO MAKE A MOVIE?
Joel Hall

In these digital days virtually anyone can make a film. Acclaimed actor and director Akin Omotoso talks producers Robbie Thorpe (Jozi, Material) and Bongiwe Selane (Happiness is a Four-Letter Word) through the process.

SURVIVAL CODE
Gym

Davey du Plessis (Choosing to Live) and Brett Archibald (Alone) share their harrowing ordeals with life coach and presenter Christophe Bongozonga with what it took to keep them going.

PUTTING IT OUT THERE
Music Centre

Bloggers Lucy Sarah, Fiona Snyckers (Now Following You) and Sarah Graham (Home) talk to Khaya Dlanga (To Quote Myself: A Memoir) on the fun – and the pressures – of a public cyber life.

ONLY THE LONELY
Learning Centre

Bridget Pitt (Notes From the Lost Property Department) explores the themes of isolation and mental illness in her moving novel. With John Maytham.

MasterChef star Siphokazi Mdlankomo (My Little Black Recipe Book)
Culinary Corner

Siphokazi Mdlankomo, described in the media as “an inspiration for the country’s legion of underappreciated cooks, cleaners, housekeepers and nannies” demonstrates her culinary prowess.

RUNNER’S HIGH
Chapel

When the drugs and the drink got too much, Kwaito star Kabelo Mabalane took to the road. Running, that is. He charts his remarkable recovery in the book I Ran For My Life, co-written by Nechama Brodie.

There will be an SASL interpreter at this session.