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Kimberley Art Gallery showcases visual art and literature
13 October 2019, 3:36 PM

Organisers of the Northern Cape’s 11 Annual Writers Festival have commissioned artists from the province and the United States to interpret the works of artists like Don Mattera using visual art.

The final products were exhibited at the William Humphrey Art Gallery in Kimberley.

Sol Plaatje University lecturer, Sabata Mokae says the event will open doors for artists in the Northern Cape.

“We have seen a collaboration between poetry and music over a long time, and as well as literature and theatre, but there’s hardly collaboration between visual arts and literature and because we believe that artists are inspired by the human condition and human condition is expressed in literature.”

“We thought that if we select works of African literature and give to artists and see how they interpret it, they may have interesting take on the stories.”

Pierre Coetzee is an artist who participated in the project; he says he hopes it helps in growing his career.

“I interpreted the work of (Don Mattera) Man to Man, and when you are fighting it’s a very tense feeling, you close to somebody , but you also want to push them away, so it’s like attracting and pushing away at the same time and you don’t want to hug your enemy, but when you fighting you are hugging your enemy.”

American artists endorsed the concept and have called on local artists to tap into international markets.

Artist Derrick Bell says:”I met a lot of wonderful artists here who are amazing, the work that they do and the stories that they tell behind the work.”

“The concept of my work comes from actually two things, the poem it’s called “Man to Man” it’s about the struggle of a man.”

The exhibition will run until the first week of December.


KZN MEC condemns the killing of IFP councillor
13 October 2019, 2:45 PM

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sipho Hlomuka has urged the community in uMsinga in the Midlands to remain calm following the killing of a councillor.

An Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) councillor Khaya Sithole and one other person were shot and killed by unknown men after attending a municipal function.

The province has been wracked by a series of killings in recent years and a task team was appointed to speed up progress in police investigations.

Cogta’s spokesperson in KwaZulu-Natal Lennox Mabaso says: “The MEC has urged the community of uMsinga to remain calm and allow the law enforcement agency to investigate this incident.”

“The information has indicated that the councillor was slain after participating in a municipal event. The MEC condemns this violent act perpetrated against the servant of the calibre of the councillor. ”

“The MEC believes that violence should be tackled with the full might of the law and it is what you’d expect is going to happen from now when our law enforcement agency leaves no stone unturned in investigating this matter.”


UKZN student arrested for allegedly killing friend
13 October 2019, 6:37 AM

A 25-year-old student from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has been arrested by police after he allegedly killed and burnt his friend.  The deceased was also a student at the institution.

Simukelo Zondi (24) went missing on Thursday and his girlfriend notified the police.  It is alleged that Zondi was last seen with his friend who lured him to the bushes before killing him.

On Friday night the suspect is believed to have set his body alight with paraffin. When security guards at the university rushed to put out the fire, they saw the suspect emerging from bushes.  Upon seeing the guards the alleged killer fled the scene but he was apprehended after a chase.

Zondi’s body had been partially burnt. It’s believed that he was also stoned to death.

SAPS Spokesperson Jay Naiker says the suspect confessed to the murder. “The suspect was chased by police until he was apprehended by the security guards. The suspect told the guards that he had killed his friend.”

Students say the pair were very close and often played soccer together.

Family members of the victim were too traumatised to speak the SABC.

The motive for the murder is still unknown. The suspect is expected to appear in court soon.

Commission hopes more youth take up farming as a career
12 October 2019, 8:22 PM

The Water Research Commission says it’s hoping that more young people will consider farming as a career choice.

The commission says its running a successful school based project in Mamelodi in Tshwane, which it hopes to roll out across the country.

This comes as the globe prepares to mark World Food Day on Wednesday.

The Water Research Commission, in partnership with the Agriculture Department and the Agriculture Research Council are holding discussions ahead of World Food Day.

The Water Research Commission’s Professor Sylvester Mpandeli says:”Its not about producing vegetable crops but we are also trying to change the mind-set of those kids to see that you can take agriculture as a career.”

“You can be a full-fledged commercial farmer and we are interacting with those schools, we are planning to roll that program all over in Gauteng and other provinces in the country.”

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Gunmen kill 15 people in Burkina Faso mosque
12 October 2019, 7:43 PM

Gunmen killed about 15 people in an attack on a mosque in northern Burkina Faso during prayers on Friday evening, a security source and a local official told Reuters.

The gunmen entered the mosque in the village of Salmossi in the Oudalan region bordering Mali and opened fire, the two sources said on Saturday. Others were seriously wounded, the security source said.

The identities of the gunmen were not yet clear.

An insurgency by groups with links to Islamic State and al Qaeda crossed into Burkina Faso this year from neighboring Mali, igniting ethnic and religious tensions, especially in northern regions.

The attacks have shattered a relative calm in Burkina Faso which, until this year, had largely been spared the kind of violence which has made large areas of the Sahel ungovernable, especially Mali.

The number of people forced to flee their homes in the worst-hit areas have increased more than six-fold since January to around 500 000, the United Nations and aid groups said on Friday.

Last week, 20 people were killed in an attack by suspected jihadists on a gold-mining site in the north.



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