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Book Faire

19 March 2022 & 21 March 2022 

Inspired by the work of social justice organizations, Constitution Hill has launched a Human Rights Festival. The three-day festival (19 - 21 March 2022) is designed to showcase the work of social justice movements in South Africa which have been instrumental in the promotion and advancement of human rights. The festival aims to build greater awareness and knowledge around human rights and promote the importance of an active citizenry in the realization of human rights. 

The festival incorporates a Book Fair, aimed at creating a dialogue with the authors of the books to engage the public. A selection of books that link with the Human Rights festival were chosen, among those are: South Africa and the World by Mills Soko, How I took back my power by Nompumelelo Runji, The Girl with 21 questions by Boitumelo Mothupi, we are one by Refiloe Moahloli. There are going to be book readings for children in the morning and book discussions for adults during the day.

Kids Programme

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Kiddies Book Reading and Signing with Boitumelo Mothupi

 

Book Title: The Girl with 21 Questions

10h30 - 11h30

Adult Programme

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Book Discussion with Mills Soko in conversation with Sewela Langeni

 

Book Title: South Africa and the World

13h00 - 15h00

19 March 2022 

21 March 2022 

Adult Programme

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Book Discussion with Nompulelo Runji in conversation with Sewela Langeni

 

Book Title: How I took back my power

13h00 - 15h00

PANELISTS

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SEWELA LANGENI

Sewela Langeni is the owner of Book Circle Capital, an independent bookshop focusing on African Literature. The bookshop opened its doors in September 2017 in Maboneng then moved to its current location - 27 Boxes Melville, in March 2018. Sewela is passionate about literacy, especially in children. Founded by Loyiso Langeni, the bookshop idea was born out of a need to create a space where African stories can be celebrated and curated. The bookshop hosts monthly book events with authors for kids and adults.

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PROF MILLS SOKO

Professor Mills Soko teaches International Business and Strategy at Wits Business School, and is a former Director of UCT Graduate School of Business.   He is the author of the recently released book South Africa and the World, published by Tracey McDonald Publishers.   

 

He holds a BSoc Sci degree from the University of Cape Town, an MA in international studies from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as an MA and Doctorate in International
Political Economy from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.   His doctoral thesis examined the political economy of trade policy reform in post-apartheid South Africa. 

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NOMPUMELELO RUNJI

Nompumelelo Runji is a socio-political analyst, researcher, entrepreneur and a published author. In her memoir titled How I Took Back My Power, published by NB Publishers, she shares the story of her childhood abuse and of being in a toxic, dysfunctional marriage and writes about the steps she took to protect herself and to place herself on a path to a healthy and satisfying life.  She has a deep commitment to empowering herself and others to exercise their agency to free and heal themselves from trauma, cycles of abuse and from toxic and dysfunctional relationships and to find peace and fulfilment in their personal and professional lives.

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BOITUMELO MOTHUPI

Boitumelo Mothupi is an educator and a writer from Lehurutshe in the North West. She is the author of a children's book The Girl with 21 Questions published in 2021.   She is passionate about developing children’s critical thinking and creative writing skills.
She holds a Bachelor of education degree(Bed) and is currently in the process of obtaining her postgraduate diploma in the psychology of education. She strives to educate the younger generation to understand themselves and make sense of the world they live in.

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DR LESLIE DIKENI

Leslie Dikeni was senior researcher at Mistra in the faculty of Humanities. Dikeni is a visiting research fellow at the School Of Public And Development Management ( University of Witwatersrand) and a research associate at the university of Pretoria. His research interest is the social construction of knowledge and it's dynamics. Dikeni has co-edited with William Gumede The Poverty of Ideas: The Retreat of Intellectuals the m New Democracies and is the author of South African Development Perspective in Question and also Habitat and Struggle: The Case of the Kruger National Park in South Africa. His fourth coming book working title is called Music Agency and Power.

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STAN MONTSHO

Stan Montsho is the author of a number of books including: The Tone of a Broken Horn; The Rage Ashes; Diphiri Diphirimisi; Tears in my Hands, Under the Shade of Wisdom, Lonely by the Window, Emotionally Disarmed; Roger and Megabaru e wetša Lerageng. He is also a publisher of amongst others, Love Chambers and Yet We Pray. He has produced a COVID-19: Kiddies’ Guide in various global languages including, Mandarin, French, Kiswahili, IsiSwati, Shona, Kalanga and RSA languages.

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KAREN HURT

Karen Hurt spent her early childhood in Ndola and Lusaka, Zambia. She has warm memories of her mother reading stories to her from books and 'out of her head' under the mosquito net over her bed at night. Karen's family moved to South Africa when she was ten years' old. Travel and stories have always been an essential part of her life. Karen gets a lot of joy from writing as a way to escape, learn new things, and to stimulate her imagination. Karen is the winner of the 2013 Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter books for her story, 179 Jabulani Street, which is set in Yeoville. This is the first in a series of Daring Duo adventures. Karen works as a writer, editor, educational materials developer and trainer in communications. She especially loves facilitating writing workshops.

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SAUL MOLOBI

A former South Africa’s Consul-General to Milan, Italy (2012 to 2016), he’s now the founding Group Chairman and CEO of Brandhill Africa. The group’s subsidiary, Brandhill Africa Media Holdings (Pty) Ltd has interests in cultural industries such as news and book publishing, film and theatre productions. 


He has just teamed up with the legendary cartoonist, Mogorosi Motshumi, and adapted his children’s reader, “A Quick Trick”, published in 2000 by Heinemann Publishers as part of the Junior African Writers Series (JAWS), into a cartoon strip forming part of his “Magic Series” of children’s stories. The “Foreword” to his latest adult book, “Sound and Fury: The Chronicles of Healing”, was written by H.E. Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of South Africa.

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BUHLE MTHETHWA

Buhle Mthethwa was born in Midrand on 14 September 2007. She has an insatiable passion for reading. Buhle is the author of the “Big Fat Naughty Cat”, a book she wrote at the age of nine. At that tender age, she was determined to change the trajectory of literacy and instill the culture of reading amongst her peers. She developed a passion for reading because some of her friends could not read properly. She helped them through her spare time mostly after school using the books from the library. This led her to decide on writing stories that her peers could relate to in order to inspire them to learn to read and to enjoy reading for pleasure. 

Following the successful launch of her debut book, Buhle made it to “The Top 10 of South African Heroes”. She is the recipient of the African Authors Award and the recipient of the Gauteng Women’s Award “Girl Child Category”. She’s a consummate motivational speaker who encourages her peers to believe in themselves, have self-confidence, and read as much as possible so that they could be knowledgeable about their environment and the world they live in.

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ABDUL MOGALE

Abdul Mogale is the President of the National Writers Association of South Africa (NWASA),  He is the author of Warriors, Kings, and Queens of Africa, which takes the reader back in time on a journey invoking the spirits of the departed heroes so as to immortalize them in print and speech around wood fires in evenings, as well as in classrooms, lecture halls, and around dinner or coffee tables. 

Abdul Mogale has played a pivotal role in the writer’s movement and is the current Treasurer of the National Writers Association of South Africa (NWASA), having previously served as the Deputy President of the Congress of South African Writers (COSAW). His works were previously published in different newspapers such as the New Nation, trade union magazines, and publications such as Botsoso among others.

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SIBAHLE MADLIWA

During its Inaugural National General Council in March 2021, the National Writers Association of South Africa (NWASA) awarded different Awards to deserving recipients. Among them was Sibahle Madliwa, a “tweenager” (a concept as coined by neuromarketer, Martin Lindstrom) author aged thirteen, who was awarded the Rising Star Award for her book, Piki in Fegypt. Furthermore, she was acknowledged as the youngest member of the NWASA. Her next manuscript is now ready to be sent to her publisher and the cash award of R5 000.00 from NWASA will contribute towards covering some of the publishing services costs thereof.

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UNATI MGANDELA

In 2020 Unati Mgandela initiated a mentoring platform called “Meaningful conversations with Unati “where +_15 women get access to prominent individuals who give them advice about day to day issues like the importance of financial planning and importance of having a tribe of women supporting you- to name but a few She co- authored her first book with Stan Montsho titled Imiphumela Yobulumko/ Maungo A Botlhale (which means the outcomes of wisdom).

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SANDILE MEMELA

Sandile Memela is a well-known journalist, novelist, cultural critic, polemicist and public servant. He is reputed to be an intellectually provocative writer. A passionate creative thinker and writer, Memela has published five books. The latest is Malume’s Painting- Reliving the 16 June Legacy (CEM Publishing 2019) that is part factual history and part fictional story portrays the journey of a young Soweto student activist who left for exile 1976 to later return to a democratic society after the fall of apartheid. Significantly, his short story, The Trap was one of the Top 20 winners in the Short Sharp Stories national competition and was published in Bloody Satisfied. 

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THABISO SIKWANE

 is a mother and story teller with a passion for rewriting our stories of our history to include the woman’s voice which has been stifled. 
 
Thabiso was motivated to pen MODIMO O A GO RATA after being constantly frustrated by the lack of diversity in children’s books which has been a topic of discussion for many years but is changing too slowly. It is Thabiso’s aim to help younger children have a wider variety of great books to choose from, especially those that deal with the day to day reality of the world so that all young readers get to see themselves reflected in the books that they read.

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LWANDO XASO

Lwando Xaso came of age alongside the beginnings and growth of South Africa’s constitutional democracy. Her journey into adulthood was a radically different one from that of earlier generations, marked by hope that changing perceptions would usher in a new and free society.

Made in South Africa – A Black Woman’s Stories of Rage, Resistance and Progress, is a vibrant collection of essays in which Lwando examines with incisive clarity some of the events that have shaped her experience of South Africa – a country with huge potential but weighed down by persistent racism and inequality, cultural appropriation, sexism and corruption, all legacies of a complicated history.