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14. August 2014

Opening: "Goodbye Sandton, Hello Soweto! 20 Years of South African Democracy and Beyond", Thu, 28 August 2014, 18h00, HKW

njabulo ndebele

The "20 Years of Democracy" Festival will be opened bya keynote by Njabulo S Ndebele, with simultaneous translation into German, followed by a talk with Barbara Wahlster, and a reception with South African wines. The keynote will be preceeded by welcoming words by Bernd M. Scherer (Director HKW), S. E. Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile (Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa), Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Federal Foreign Minister), Peter Krämer (Founder of “Schools for Africa”).

Njabulo S Ndebele is a fiction and essay writer, public commentator, and one of the key figures in South African higher education. Since 2013, Ndebele has served as chairman of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and in 2012 was appointed Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg. As a publicist he is known for his essays about South African literature and culture as well as his precise interventions in political questions. His most well-known publications include the collection of essays “Rediscovery of the Ordinary” (COSAW, 1991), the Noma Award-winning volume of short stories “Fools and Other Stories” (Ravan Press, 1984), his novel “The Cry of Winnie Mandela” (Ayebia Clarke, 2004), and the essay collection “Fine Lines from the Box” (Umuzi, 2007).

HKW "20 Years of Democracy" Website

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