Celebrating Jakes Gerwel’s life

2018-11-06 06:01

The Jakes Gerwel Foundation and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) will host a commemorative function this weekend to celebrate the legacy of late anti-apartheid activist, Professor Jakes Gerwel.

The event will take place at the Centre for Humanities Research in Woodstock on Saturday 10 November.

Gerwel was a humble leader, academic and businessman and served as the rector and vice-chancellor of UWC, reads a joint statement from the foundation and UWC.

Gerwel was also the director-general in the cabinet of former president Nelson Mandela­.

His life will be celebrated in a variety of creative ways on the day.

The programme will start with music by Reza Khorta, Luis Gimenez and Valmont Layne, while visual artist, Dhatini Mzayiya, will complete a special portrait of Gerwel.

Film students from UWC – under the guidance of filmmaker Francois Verster – are set to showcase their documentary on the life and work of Gerwel.

Another item to look forward to is an exhibition of special images of the late icon by well-known photographer Rashid Lombard.

A panel discussion will follow and on the agenda are important issues facing the country, including the interpretation of history in order to understand land reform and the way forward.

This will be discussed by historian and writer Bill Nasson, Andries du Toit from UWC’s Plaas (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies) and Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, author of The Land Is Ours and member of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s land reform advisory panel.

Hein Willemse, Imraan Coovadia and Mercy Kannemeyer, with Melanie Verwoerd as the discussant, will talk about the role and responsibility of the intellectual in the current social and political context of South Africa.

They will, among other things, compare today’s intellectuals to the leaders of the past.

Two lectures will be delivered by political and social activist Jay Naidoo, who will talk about the ethics of privilege and how people should live in a country with so much poverty, while the internationally acclaimed author, Achmat Dangor, will deliver the Jakes Gerwel Memorial Lecture with the theme “Imagining Post- Apartheid Futures”.

Learners from Grassy Park High School and Weltevrede Secondary School in Wellington – who are part of the Jakes Gerwel Foundation’s narrative therapy project, Yoh! – will recite poetry and rap.

V For a detailed programme, visit www.jgf.org.za or email Theo Kemp at theo@jgf.org.za.

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