Death of F.W. De Klerk: Last Apartheid-Era South African President

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 15 November 2021 > In the News

F.W. De Klerk, South Africa’s last President of the apartheid era, and instrumental in ending it, has died aged 85. Frederik Willem De Klerk was born into an Afrikaner political dynasty and after a short career as a lawyer became a career politician. He was elected an MP in in 1972, scaling the ranks of … Continue reading “Death of F.W. De Klerk: Last Apartheid-Era South African President”

A South African Author Wins the 2021 Booker Prize

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 04 November 2021 > What's On

Damon Galgut had been shortlisted twice before but 2021 was third time lucky. His novel The Promise mixes the history of a family and his country over four decades. The titular promise shows up power, class and racial divisions in South Africa. Galgut, who was born in 1963, explicitly connects the novel to the political … Continue reading “A South African Author Wins the 2021 Booker Prize”

Booker Prize 2021 Shortlist

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 14 September 2021 > What's On

Ready for some reading? The 2021 Booker Prize shortlist has been published and, despite eliminating Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro’s longlisted Klara and the Sun, contains plenty of intriguing titles. Britain’s premier literary prize opened up in 2013 to books written in English by authors of any nationality, which sparked worries of it being dominated by … Continue reading “Booker Prize 2021 Shortlist”

Zanele Muholi: Visual Activism

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 25 February 2021 > What's On

South African photographer Zanele Muholi describes themself as a visual activist. For the last 20 years, Muholi has explored the depiction of black women and the LGBTQIA+ community. Muholi’s photos are included in several modern art collections around the world and there is a currently a major exhibition of their work at Tate Modern in … Continue reading “Zanele Muholi: Visual Activism”

Born-Free South Africa

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 08 November 2019 >

Our article on the South African Springboks’ first black captain Siya Kolisi is great addition to Shine Bright 1e File16 “Born-Free South Africa” . It can also be used in conjunction with Shine Bright 2de File 13 “Running for Africa” (South Africa’s team spirit).   You can read it here.

Born Almost Free

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 08 November 2019 > In the News

South Africa’s rugby captain was born one day before the official end of apartheid in 1991. Yet he is truly part of the “born-free generation”. The first black captain of South Africa’s emblematic rugby team, Siya Kolisi was the third Springboks skipper to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, after his team won the 2019 Rugby … Continue reading “Born Almost Free”

Singing for Freedom

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 18 July 2019 > In the News

South African singer, musician, dancer and activist Johnny Clegg has died at the age of 66. His music was an influential part of his participation in the anti-Apartheid campaign. His songs “Asimbonanga” and “Scatterlings of Africa” took his message of protest but also of unity around the world. Johnny Clegg was born in England. His … Continue reading “Singing for Freedom”

South Africa: Nelson Mandela

Posted by Speakeasy News > Sunday 16 June 2019 >

Shine Bright 1re File 16 is on Born-free South Africa: the young generation that was born after the end of apartheid. The legacy of Nelson Mandela’s life and politics is the cornerstone of today’s South Africa. In this B1 article, your students will learn about Mandela and his part in the abolition of apartheid and … Continue reading “South Africa: Nelson Mandela”

Running Dry

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 06 December 2018 > In the News

Australian water activist Mina Guli has undertaken a gruelling physical challenge to draw attention to the growing global water crisis. From November till February she is attempting to run 100 marathons in 100 days. The United Nations estimates that there will be a 40% shortfall between demand and supply for water globally by 2030. Increasing … Continue reading “Running Dry”