Imbizo: don’t confuse your readers


Niren Tolsi’s report about President Thabo Mbeki’s recent KwaZulu-Natal imbizo (Mbeki’s day out, October 12) reminds one of Chinua Achebe’s 1977 comment on Marco Polo’s 13th-century forays to the Far East: “Travellers with closed minds can tell us little except about themselves.” Achebe was lamenting the “extraordinary omissions” in Polo’s book, ‘Description of the World’, … More Imbizo: don’t confuse your readers

Celebrating Our Heritage – The African cultural milieu and our common humanity


(This article was first published on ANC Today, the online journal of the ANC, Volume 7, No. 40 • 12—18 October 2007) DESPITE THE EFFORTS of successive colonial and apartheid regimes to obliterate the African cultural milieu, orature and literature have served both as a shield and weapon of struggle. This brief review examines the role of … More Celebrating Our Heritage – The African cultural milieu and our common humanity