Africa Month with Joburg Theatre - Celebrating 100 years of Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

Author: JT Comms
Date: 29 May 2018

Africa Month: Music, Literature, Talks and Workshops

Celebrating 100 years of Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

25th May to the 9th June 2018


In the wake of a successful Africa Month music event, The Liberation Concert, featuring acclaimed musicians from SA and across the world, the Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Joburg Theatre, celebrates literature from the African continent and its diaspora.


Historically, literature has played a leading role in the formation of ideas and movements for change, just like the uprising of ’76. It is vital that we continue the dialogue about progressive change and development within South Africa and its relationship with the continent and beyond. The literature festival will feature relevant master class workshops,  important panel discussions, as well as a keynote address by author, land claims expert and academic Professor Ted Chamberlin (University of Toronto, Canada)  on a talk entitled ‘Land, Liberty and Telling Our Stories’.


The panel will include leading South African intellectuals: facilitator Ms Nomboniso Gasa and panelist Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.


Featured Literary Scholars include among others:


Prof Ted Chamberlin (Canada) is an acclaimed writer, academic and land claims expert. He has published several books including If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories? Finding Common Ground (2003), Horse: How the Horse Has Shaped Civilizations (2006), The Banker and the Blackfoot: A Memoir of My Grandfather in Chinook Country (2016) among many other award winning books and published papers.

Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi (SA) is a leading African intellectual, legal expert and author of This Land is Ours. He has successfully represented the EFF on the release of the State Capture Report and he serves on the South African Law Reform Commission.

Nomboniso Gasa (SA), adjunct professor of public law at the University of Cape Town, and researcher on land, gender, politics and cultural issues

The literature programme will also feature internationally acclaimed Jamaican born poet, Mutabaruka. He is a famous rastafarian and black consciousness activist and orator, leading reggae poet, radio and TV host.

Literature Programme (All events are free to the public)

Please RSVP to: afroartsurban@gmail.com or urbanart10@gmail.com

Refreshments and snacks will be provided before the talks and workshop


  • Panel Discussion and Key Note Address:

Title: Land, liberty and telling our stories

Panelist: Prof Ted Chamberlin (Canada) and Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi (SA)

Facilitator: Nomboniso Gasa (SA) and


Space.com, Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein

Friday 1st June @ 6.30pm

Secure parking (Rsvp by 31st May)




  • Workshop with Mutabaruka (Jamaica)


Hillbrow Theatre

Thursday 7th June, 3pm – 5pm


  • An Evening with Mutabaruka

Evening will involve music and poetry.


Wits Theatre,  Jorissen Street, Braamfontein

Saturday 9th June @ 7pm

Secure parking at Wits University, Senate House basement, Jorissen Street

(Rsvp by 8th June)


Twitter: Mutabaruka_ja


Mutabaruka will also perform at the Lekkerbreek Primary School, cnr Doringdraai and Joe Slovo Street, Phagameng, MODIMOLLE, Limpopo on Friday 8th June @ 6.30pm

Face Book: African Women Writers Network



For media queries and interview requests please email media@jtcomms.co.za or contact 011 788 7632.

Issued by JT Communication Solutions on behalf of Africa Month 2018 for the Joburg Theatre

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