The Writer as a Drum Major of Conscience, Restoration & Transformation
Towards The Establishment Of The Writers Organisation
Date : 7th November 2017
Time : 9H00 – 16H00
Venue : Bamboo Lecture Hall, Kgorong Building, Meckleneuk Campus UNISA, Pretoria Tshwane
The wRite associates in partnership with the department of Afrikaans and Theory of Literature, UNISA, cordially invite established and aspirant writers in all the languages of South Africa, writers’ organisations and academics in the literary field to the 6th Africa Century International African Writers Conference. This year’s programme takes forward the 2016 conference which went under the theme “The Role of Writers’ Organisations in Society”.
Prof Zodwa Motsa / Prof Andries Oliphant / Prof Nhlanhla Maake / Prof Kgomotso Masemola / Dr Sindiwe Magona / Dr Mathene Mahanke / Mr Heinrich Dirk/ Ms Lisa Combrinck, and Mr Sam Mtsweni
Motivation for the establishment of the SA Writers Organisation
South Africa is a multilingual society with a diversity of literatures in both oral and written literary modes in all the languages of the country as set out in the Founding Provisions of Chapter 1 of The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa(1996:4). The constitution pledges to develop all the languages of the country and to “address the historically diminished use of the indigenous languages of our people”.
This legacy is the consequence of the segregationist policies pursued over long periods in the past. It prevented cooperation between diverse linguistic communities and writers in the different languages. This has a negative impact on South African writing.
Hence, writers’ organisations in the past were invariable monolingual and functioned mostly in isolation from each other. This is no longer tenable since democratic South Africa is founded on the principles of inclusivity and equality in diversity. Thus the establishment of a multilingual writers association is motivated by the need for a representative national body to cater for and advance the needs and interests of writers in all the language of South Africa in pursuit of the objectives set out in the proposed Draft Constitution. (Please see the proposed draft constitution attached)
The objectives of the organisation will be to:
languages of South Africa accessible to the public; and
Please note registration is compulsory