2019 Programme

PROGRAMME 

8th AFRICA CENTURY INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN WRITERS CONFERENCE

Date : 7th November 2019
Time: 9H00 – 16H30
Venue: Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History, Bosman and Visagie Streets, Pretoria Central, Pretoria, 0002, Gauteng Province, RSA

 

Theme

“Africa Writing in Tongues: Towards Social, Political, Heritage and Culture Justice”

Celebrating UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019)

Programme Directors

 

Prof Marlies Taljard

Member: Africa Century International African Writers Conference Intellectual Content Development Panel

 

Mr Goodenough Mashego

Journalist and Poet

7th NOVEMBER 2019

TIME ACTIVITY
8H00 – 9H00

Arrival, registration and tea 

9H00 – 9H15

SESSION 1: ROOM 1

Guests Settling/ Programme starts

9H15 – 9H25

Welcome Remarks, Programme Overview and Introduction of the representative of Arts and Culture

Mr Morakabe Seakhoa

Managing Director- wRite associates

Convenor – Africa Century International African Writers Conference & SA Literary Awards

9H25 – 10H00

Opening Address

Representative of the Department of Arts and Culture

10H00 – 10H30

7th International African Writers Day Lecture

Main Speaker

Prof Mandla Makhanya

Principal and Vice Chancellor – University of South Africa

 Lecture: 

8th International African Writers Day Lecture 

Theme:

“Africa Writing in Tongues: Towards Social, Political, Heritage and Cultural Justice” 

10H30 -11H05

Word of appreciation (To DAC and Main Speaker) 

Prof Nhlanhla Maake

Chairperson: Africa Century International African Writers Conference Intellectual Content Development Panel

11H05 – 11H30

TEA BREAK

 

 

SESSION 2:  ROOM 1

Programme Director

Prof Marlies Taljard

Member: Africa Century International African Writers Conference Intellectual Content Development Panel

SESSION 3:  ROOM 2

Programme Director

Mr Goodenough Mashego

Journalist and Poet

11H30 – 13H00

Session Moderator

Mxolisi Nyezwa

MA degree in creative writing, Poet and Editor of Kotaz Writing Magazine

Speaker:

Ms Nonkosi Tyolwana

Director: Transformation, Social Cohesion & Diversity: Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT): 

Topic:

“Mainstreaming Safe and Inclusive Spaces Through Indigenous Languages: A Missing Dimension for Sustainable Development Goals”

 Speaker:

Mr Muyanga Innocent Ziba

Lecturer in Communication and Journalism, University of

Livingstonia, Malawi

Editor in Chief, The African Light Magazine

Topic:

“Linking Culture and Development”

 

Speaker:

Mr Sandile Tshabalala

BA (Law) PGDip (Governance)

MPhil (Commercial Law) in progress

Topic:

Decolonizing the Boardroom: Articulating African Thought Leadership in South Africa 

Session Moderator:

Mr Winston Mohapi

Deputy Chairperson – The South African Literary Awards Advisory Board

Speaker:

Prof Vuyisile Msila   

professor at University of South Africa’s (Unisa’s) Leadership and Transformation.

Topic:

Black Writers Courting the Empire: Writing in English in a Decade of Decolonisation 

Speaker:

Mr Menzi Zamokwakhe Thango

Academic, Poet, Editor and Publisher

Topic:

“Poetry as an Emerging Culture of Social Justice Activism in South Africa”

Speaker

Ms Thulisile Bhuda

Culture Activist, Indigenous Researcher and an

Ethnomathematician. 

Topic:

“Using indigenous languages for medium of instruction in South African schools: indigenising teaching and learning”

13H00– 14H00  

LUNCH

 

 

 

SESSION 4:  ROOM 1

Programme Director

Prof Marlies Taljard

Member: Africa Century International African Writers Conference Intellectual Content Development Panel

SESSION 5:  ROOM 2

Programme Director

Mr Goodenough Mashego

Journalist and Poet

14H00 – 15H00

Poetry Workshop:

Presenter:

Prof Wally Mongane Serote

The National Poet Laureate 

Theme:

“Poetry As a Voice of the Voiceless

Workshop:

Presenter:

Mr Itumeleng Molefe

Science Educator and Freelance Writer Focusing on Science and the Arts.

Theme:

Using video essays for archive formation in African literature

15H00 – 15H30

Speaker:

Mr Gugulethu Neo Bodibe

Author and Researcher 

Topic:

15H30– 16H30

Presentations and adoption of resolutions

Closure