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Nomalanga Mkhize: Just Stop and Think About How the Term “Tribalism” is Bandied About (Podcast)

The Fate of the Eastern CapeNomalanga Mkhize, one of the contributors to The Fate of the Eastern Cape: History, Politics and Social Policy edited by Greg Ruiters, was recently called upon by Aphelele Somi on her Power FM show to speak about the concept of tribalism, and rampant misconceptions about the label.

Mkhize says that people need to “be careful about how they invoke the term”, because it carries important meaning and is sometimes applied hypocritically. She says to understand this, you need to go back to the roots of the notion of tribes and tribalism.

To explain her view on this, Mkhize refers to how people adapt tribal allegiances and identifications based on fluctuating circumstances. She urges people to think about the pitfalls of putting people in boxes, and bandying the word tribalism about.

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How to Defamiliarise Fact to Cast it as Fiction: An Interview with Nthikeng Mohlele (Podcast)

Rusty BellNthikeng Mohlele, author of Rusty Bell, was recently interviewed by Nancy Richards on SAfm.

In the interview, Richards asks Mohlele about his Literary Crossroads talk with Helon Habila and The Brilliant Novel Opening Lines Facebook Page that he operates.

Mohlele starts off by speaking about how the facts of reality are “rewritten, recalibrated and realigned and given shades on unfamiliarity” in literature. All novels are based on some sort of reality, but Mohlele tries hard to avoid autobiographical work; he prefers “observation in social spaces.”

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Steven Friedman on Racism: South Africa Dropped the Ball in 1994 (Podcast)

Race, Class and PowerSteven Friedman, author of Race, Class and Power: Harold Wolpe and the Radical Critique of Apartheid and senior analyst at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, was interviewed by Xolani Gwala for Talk Radio 702 about the prevalence of race rows at present.

In the interview, Friedman comments on the recent spate of racist incidents on social media, and says he believes South Africa dropped the ball in 1994. The country overcame an enormous hurdle with the first democratic election, he says, but there is still a long way to go. He believes that racism has a great cost in economic and political spheres.

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Speaking to Xolani on 702 about the recent racially charged incidents such as Zelda la Grange’s twitter rant and the reaction that followed, Political Analyst, Steven Friedman said that the ‘rise’ in race related cases is not a rise at all but rather he has a hunch that the racially charged events have been happening all along.

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