Dr Z. Pallo Jordan
We enter this year in a devastatingly painful state after the passing of three prominent South African writers in a space of four days. Toek Blignaut, Doc Bikitsha and Sydney Sipho Sepamla, passed away on 5, 6 and 9 January 2007 respectively. Through journalistic writing, poetry and fiction, these writers established themselves as chroniclers of our history and remained a substantial part of South African writing over several decades.
Thank you for inviting me to address you this evening and to share my thoughts on the subject I have been requested to speak on, namely,
“The contribution of arts and culture to issues of memory, healing and reconciliation of a nation”. Firstly, I wish to express my deep-felt sympathy and convey my sincere condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the struggle for freedom. Also to pay tribute to the cadres of the liberation movements who fell during this very difficult period in our country. I also want to pay tribute to all fellow South Africans who toiled, resisted and fought the yoke of oppression. This evening we are gathered to affirm those noble efforts and the humanity in all of us.
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is indeed an honour and a privilege for me to be participating in this occasion and to open this very significant exhibition.
This exhibition has three components. There is the Main Exhibition entitled “A visual journey through the process of the Truth Commission” prepared by the Foundation for Human Rights.
Then, there are two other components known as the Memory Boxes 1 and 2.
It gives me great pleasure to address you at this important occasion. Today marks yet another progress in this “Age of Hope” where Arts and Culture through the medium of television is being used by our filmmakers to preserve our heritage.
It is, indeed, an honour and a great pleasure for me to address you this morning and to open the 3 rd Annual Oral History Conference.I may sound like an old cracked gramophone record but, I must confess, I know of no other apt and powerful quotation other than the words of President Seretse Khama, the first President of a democratic Botswana, who said: “A nation without a past, is a lost nation; a people without a past is a people without a soul”. Oral history is an important tool for keeping that past alive, for understanding it and for preserving it for the future in order to preserve our soul.
It is indeed a great pleasure and an honour for me to address you this morning and open this Outward Bound International Convention. Of course, at my age, it is also a privilege to address people who are far younger than I am, but who have a purpose in life - young people who are prepared to make a positive difference in their own life and in the lives of other people. This spirit of humanness is highly commendable. This is what we refer to as “Ubuntu” in South Africa.
It is, indeed, a great pleasure and an honour for me to be addressing you this evening. I came all the way from Pretoria to be here tonight because I regard this film festival and this awards ceremony as a very important step in the growth of the creative industries and the film industry in particular.
Firstly, I would like to thank the organizers of this Retreat for the privilege to address you tonight and to share with you some our of thoughts with regard to the issues of gender violence, culture and gender inequality. I am saying “our thoughts” because what I am going to say tonight is not solely about my brilliant ideas and wisdom. These are ideas that have come out of many discussions that we have been having with a number of people, women and men, who are grappling with these issues. I would like to acknowledge with thanks all those people (and, of course, they know who they are) who have made a contribution to this, my speech, and who have made me to appear wiser today. So, I am just the spokesperson.
Ukuvuselelwa kweAfrika kuqala ngokuthi kuvuselelwe iilwimi zamaAfrika kunye noluncwadi lwawo. Ndicinga into yokuba iya kunceda kakhulu into yokuba abantu abasebenzisa iilwimi zesiNtu kunye noluncwadi lwazo, ukuba baqaphele isiMemezelo sase-Asmara ngokuphathelele kwiilwimi zamaAfrika kunye noluncwadi lwawo, esasihlongoza imvuselelo yeelwimi zamaAfrika kunye noluncwadi lwawo kwinkomfa eyayibanjelwe e-Asmara ngomnyaka we-2000.
African Renaissance begins with a renaissance in African languages and literatures, I think it would be helpful, for the sake of all the speakers and users of African languages to note the Asmara Declaration on African Languages and Literatures which was the outcome of a call for a renaissance in African Languages and Literatures at a conference of African writers and scholars held in Asmara, Eritrea in 2000.