Programme 2017

*Subject to change

LANGE HALL

Corruption Busting

Johann van Loggerenberg & Adrian Lackay (Rogue), Paul Hoffman (Confronting the Corrupt), Hennie van Vuuren (Apartheid Guns and Money), blow the whistle on the racketeering eating away at our economy. Chaired by 702’s Karema Brown.

GYM

The Female Of The Species…

Are they deadlier than the male? Sally Andrew (Tannie Maria and the Satanic Mechanic), Michele Rowe (Hour of Darkness) and Karin Brynard (Our Fathers), tell the Sunday Times’s Jennifer Platt how they plot their murder mysteries.

MUSIC CENTRE

A Fine Romancer

Mega-selling British author Lesley Pearse (Dead to Me), shares the secrets of her brilliant career with Michele Magwood.

LEARNING CENTRE

Parenting 101

Educational psychologist Jo Hamilton (The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids), child psychiatrist, Brendan Belsham (What’s the fuss about ADHD?), specialist nurse Ann Richardson (Toddler Sense) and Dereck Jackson (Parenting with Panache), discuss the pitfalls of parenting with Nikki Bush (Future-proof Your Child).

DE VILLIERS BLOCK

Where The Wild Things Are

A wide-ranging conversation about conservation between Tony Park (Red Earth), Mario Cesare (Heart of a Game Ranger) and Jacqui L’Ange (The Seed Thief). Guided by Sunday Times Travel Editor Paul Ash.

CULINARY CORNER

Vickie de Beer

(The Low Carb Solution for Diabetics)

Award-winning foodie, Vickie de Beer, shares one of her low-carb, gluten-free and sugar-free recipes with us.

LANGE HALL

True grit

What makes a mighty woman? Thandeka Gqubule (No Longer Whispering to Power – The Tenure of Thuli Madonsela), Zubeida Jaffer (Beauty of the Heart: The Life and Times of Charlotte Maxeke), and activist Simamkele Dlakavu in conversation with academic Sithembile Mbete on fortitude and fearlessness.

GYM

The Art Of Resistance

From the fraught student politics of the ‘80s to Fallism and #RememberKhwezi, South Africa has always bristled with protests. Andrew Brown (Good Cop, Bad Cop) deliberates on the effectiveness of activism with Bridget Hilton-Barber (Student, Comrade, Prisoner, Spy), Alison Lowry (who has completed Gerald Kraak’s posthumous book (Shadow Play), Mail & Guardian’s arts and culture editor, Milisuthando Bongela and firebrand Koleka Phutuma.

MUSIC CENTRE

Indomitable Spirits

Yewande Omotoso (The Woman Next Door), introduces three unforgettable books about courage and the will to survive at all costs, with Sean Christie (Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard), Lauri Kubuitsile (The Scattering) and Unathi Magubeni (Nwelezelanga: The Star Child).

LEARNING CENTRE

To Publish Or To Self-Publish

Thabiso Mahlape, publisher of Blackbird Books, leads a lively discussion on the best way to get your book into the stores, with Sarah McGregor of Clockwork Books, popular Amazon author, JT Lawrence (The Underachieving Ovary), self-published writer Shafinaaz Hassim (Daughters are Diamonds).

DE VILLIERS BLOCK

The Rotten Heart Of Gold

Lucas Ledwaba and Leon Sadiki (Broke and Broken: The Shameful Legacy of Gold Mining in South Africa), explore the issues of mining with Gia Nicolaides (Reporting from the Frontline: Untold Stories from Marikana), Mail & Guardian’s environment reporter Sipho Kings and ENCA editor-in-chief Anton Harber.

CULINARY CORNER

Food anthropologist Anna Trapido and dietician Mpho Tshukudu (Eat*Ting), discuss healthy eating solutions based on traditional African food.

LANGE HALL

A State Of Recovery

Kole Omotoso (Season of Migration to the South), Andrew Harding (The Mayor of Mogadishu) and Liesl Louw-Vaudran (South Africa in Africa Super Power or Neocolonialist?) consider the state of the Continent and the implications for South Africa. Chaired by Carte Blanche presenter Bongani Bingwa.

GYM

Trigger Warning

When writing about trauma, how does an author decide whether to show or hide violence? Is describing it, a violation of the reader? Tracey Farren (Tess), Kopano Matlwa (Period Pain), Ishara Maharaj (Namaste Life), Nape `a Motane (Hamba Sugar Daddy) debate the matter with Pumla Dineo Gqola (Rape: A South African Nightmare).

MUSIC CENTRE

Unearthing Our Past

Too much South African history has been lost or suppressed. Christa Kuljian (Darwin’s Hunch), Nomavenda Mathiane (Eyes in the Night) and Sylvia Vollenhoven (The Keeper of the Kumm), have all uncovered untold stories in their books. They tell Wits academic, Amanda Esterhuysen, what they found.

LEARNING CENTRE

Upstart Startups

They’re the speedboats circling the liners of traditional business. Quick to spot an opportunity and quick to fill the gap. Bontle Senne (Africa 4 Tech), discusses the disruptors with Joshua Maluleka (Entrepreneurship 101), Miles Kubheka (Vuyo’s), Afua Osei (co-founder of She.Leads.Africa) and John Sanei (What’s Your Moonshot?).

DE VILLIERS BLOCK

Letting Go But Not Forgetting

Lindiwe Hani (Being Chris Hani’s Daughter) remembers the brief years she spent with her beloved father and, when he was murdered, her plunge into cocaine and alcohol addiction. She charts the way back to sobriety and to her confrontation of her father’s killers. In conversation with Melinda Ferguson.

CULINARY CORNER

Jonno Proudfoot (Raising Super Heroes and Real Meal Revolution Banting 2.0) will distill the banter on banting, and demonstrate a delicious dish.

LANGE HALL

Braving Nature

Patrick Conroy (Everest Untold), Jay Naidoo (Change: Organising Tomorrow, Today) and Piers Cruickshanks (Confluence) tell David O’Sullivan about how their enthralling tales of endurance, were so much more than simply the adventure.

GYM

Words Should Be Weighed, Not Counted

Short story writers – Yewande Omotoso (How Free is Free?), Jolyn Phillips (Tjieng Tjang Tjerries), Lidudumalingani Mqombothi (Caine Prize Winner) and Diane Awerbuck (Cabin Fever and Other Stories), consider the old Yiddish proverb and describe the discipline and skill required for this exacting form, with Michele Magwood.

MUSIC CENTRE

Poetry For Life

Acclaimed poets Toni Stuart; Phillippa Yaa de Villiers and Quaz Roodt judge the finals of the Poetry for Life recitation competition among school learners in Grades 10-12. Poetry for Life contestants have to memorise and recite two poems, one by a South African poet and one by an international poet.

LEARNING CENTRE

Male Modelling

Boykey Sidley (Free Association), Ekow Duker (The God Who Made Mistakes), Fiona Melrose (Midwinter) and Neil Sonnekus (Son), explore masculinity, stereotypes and possibilities – what it is to be male in our largely patriarchal society. Chaired by writer Thato Magano.

DE VILLIERS BLOCK

Devils In The Deep Blue Sea

Tony Weaver (Into A Raging Sea – Great South African Sea Rescues) shares yarns about the ocean to Sunday Times Travel Editor Paul Ash.

CULINARY CORNER

Previous food editor of True Love Magazine, Dorah Sithole, who’s passionate about bringing the food of Africa to the fore, talks to Sunday Times Food Editor Hilary Biller about their contribution to The Great SA Cookbook.

LANGE HALL

The Heart Of The Matter

Lesley Pearse (Dead to Me), Gail Schimmel (The Park) and Miranda Sherry (Bone Meal for Roses) discuss the emotional core of their moving novels with Pamela Power (Delilah Trending).

GYM

Cops And Robbers

Who do we trust, if not the police? Paul McNally (The Street), Andrew Brown (Good Cop, Bad Cop), Johann Booysen and Jessica Pitchford (Blood on their Hands) unpick the webs of vice.

MUSIC CENTRE

Poetry For Life continued

Acclaimed poets Toni Stuart; Phillippa Yaa de Villiers and Quaz Roodt judge the finals of the Poetry for Life recitation competition among school learners in Grades 10-12. Poetry for Life contestants have to memorise and recite two poems, one by a South African poet and one by an international poet.

LEARNING CENTRE

“The Writer’s Life And Work Are Not A Gift To Mankind; They Are Its Necessity.” – Toni Morrison

Why do we read? To escape? To pass the time? To make sense of the world? Novelists Ameera Patel (Outside the Lines), Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (The Printmaker) and Fred Strydom (The Inside Out Man) discuss how books have shaped their lives with Mohale Mashigo (The Yearning).

DE VILLIERS BLOCK

Africa’s Big Apple

Harry Kalmer (A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg), Perfect Hlongwani (Jozi) and Vivian Bickford-Smith (The Emergence of the South African Metropolis) talk us through the highways and byways of our teeming city. Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (The Printmaker) charts the course.

CULINARY CORNER

Karen Dudley (A Week in The Kitchen) loves to feed and nourish the people who flock to her Woodstock restaurant and deli. Come and share some epicurean secrets. Facilitated by the Mail & Guardian’s arts and culture editor, Milisuthando Bongela.

LANGE HALL

702 Open Line #FakeNews

Dynamic 702 presenters Stephen Grootes, Katy Katopodis, Redi Tlhabi and Mail & Guardian Editor-in-Chief Khadija Patel in conversation with Gugs Mhlungu about bending the truth for political gain.

GYM

The Broken Food Chain

Tracy Ledger (An Empty Plate), Jay Naidoo (Change: Organising Tomorrow, Today) and Leonie Joubert (Oranjezicht City Farm) ring the alarm bells about our fragile food system, and offer solutions for sustainability, with 702’s Xolani Gwala.

MUSIC CENTRE

Hitting The Open Road

Fikile Hlatswayo (Blacks Do Caravan), Luke Alfred (Early One Sunday Morning I Decided to Step Out and Find South Africa) and Bridget Hilton-Barber (Student, Comrade, Prisoner, Spy) describe their most memorable journeys. Sunday Times Travel Editor Paul Ash goes along for the ride.

LEARNING CENTRE

Unbound Imaginations

Frank Owen – aka Diane Awerbuck & Alex Latimer (South), Sam Wilson (Zodiac) and Tammy Baikie (Selling Lip Service), open up on writing Speculative Fiction with Bontle Senne (The Powers of the Knife).

DE VILLIERS BLOCK

Alternate Worlds

Graphic novels are growing in popularity in South Africa, with fans drawn to fantastical settings and sharp stories. Lauren Beukes (Fairest), Loyiso Mkize (Kwezi) and Alan Knott-Craig (So You Want To Be A Hero), let their imaginations run free with Blaque Magazine’s Monwabisi Thethe.

CULINARY CORNER

Yudhika Sujanani (Curry me Home) Owner of Holi Cow Cooking School, Yudhika, shares her food philosophy and one of her easy-peasy recipes, that is full of flavour and gets you in and out the kitchen in a flash!