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Listen: Jonathan Jansen discusses Making Love in a War Zone on Cape Talk

‘My father-in-law did not show up for the wedding. My future wife had to leave her family home the moment we asked permission to ‘go out’ together, a tradition in those days. There were certain members of the family whom she visited on her own; my presence was not welcomed. I was a confident human being and a proud black man, but those things stick when it comes to flesh and blood.’

– Jonathan Jansen

Can racism and intimacy co-exist? Can love and friendship form and flourish across South Africa’s imposed colour lines?

Who better to engage on the subject of hazardous liaisons than the students Jonathan Jansen served over seven years as Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State.

The context is the University campus in Bloemfontein, the City of Roses, the Mississippi of South Africa. Rural, agricultural, insular, religious and conservative, this is not a place for breaking out.

But over the years, Jansen observed shifts in campus life and noticed more and more openly interracial friendships and couples, and he began having conversations with these students with burning questions in mind.

Ten interracial couples tell their stories of love and friendship in their own words, with no social theories imposed on their meanings, but instead a focus on how these students experience the world of interracial relationships, and how flawed, outdated laws and customs set limits on human relationships, and the long shadow they cast on learning, living and loving on university campuses to this day.
 

Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Stellenbosch, after serving for many years as the Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State. Jansen has a formidable reputation for transformation and a deep commitment to reconciliation in communities living with the heritage of apartheid. He holds an impressive collection of degrees and awards including the Education Africa Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jansen recently discussed the inspiration and journey behind Making Love in a War Zone with Pippa Hudson on Cape Talk. Take a listen:

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Watch Margaret Atwood’s 200 Women interview

“You can’t empower women without listening to their stories” – Gloria Steinem

 
200 women from a variety of backgrounds are asked the same five questions. Their answers are inspiring human stories of success and courage, love and pain, redemption and generosity. From well-known activists, artists, and innovators to everyday women whose lives are no less exceptional for that, each woman shares her unique replies to questions like “What really matters to you?” and “What would you change in the world if you could?”

Interviewees include US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor and human rights activist Alfre Woodard, and Nobel laureate Jodi Williams, along with those who are making a difference behind the scenes around the world, such as Marion Wright Edelman, head of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait, resulting in a volume that is compelling in word and image – and global in its scope and resonance. This landmark book is published to coincide with an immersive travelling exhibition and an interactive website, building on this remarkable, ever-evolving project. With responses ranging from uplifting to heartbreaking, these women offer gifts of empowerment and strength inviting us to bring positive change at a time when so many are fighting for basic freedom and equality.

Local interviewees include Graça Machel, Caster Semenya, Zelda la Grange, Mpho Tutu van Furth, Hlubi Mboya, Sahm Venter, Joanne Fedler, Ingrid le Roux, Gillian Slovo and Zoleka Mandela, among others.

A minimum of 10% of the project’s revenue will be distributed to organisations devoted to protecting and advancing the rights of women. Each interviewee can nominate an organisation (or themselves if they are in financial need) to receive their portion of the charitable pool or they can select the principal charitable partner, the Graça Machel Trust.

Here the acclaimed Canadian author, Margaret Atwood, discusses happiness, the importance of conservation, freedom of expression, women’s rights, and what she considers to be the lowest depth of misery:

 

 

 

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Watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 200 Women interview

“You can’t empower women without listening to their stories” – Gloria Steinem

 
200 Women200 women from a variety of backgrounds are asked the same five questions. Their answers are inspiring human stories of success and courage, love and pain, redemption and generosity. From well-known activists, artists, and innovators to everyday women whose lives are no less exceptional for that, each woman shares her unique replies to questions like “What really matters to you?” and “What would you change in the world if you could?”

Interviewees include US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor and human rights activist Alfre Woodard, and Nobel laureate Jodi Williams, along with those who are making a difference behind the scenes around the world, such as Marion Wright Edelman, head of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait, resulting in a volume that is compelling in word and image – and global in its scope and resonance. This landmark book is published to coincide with an immersive travelling exhibition and an interactive website, building on this remarkable, ever-evolving project. With responses ranging from uplifting to heartbreaking, these women offer gifts of empowerment and strength inviting us to bring positive change at a time when so many are fighting for basic freedom and equality.

Local interviewees include Graça Machel, Caster Semenya, Zelda la Grange, Mpho Tutu van Furth, Hlubi Mboya, Sahm Venter, Joanne Fedler, Ingrid le Roux, Gillian Slovo and Zoleka Mandela, among others.

A minimum of 10% of the project’s revenue will be distributed to organisations devoted to protecting and advancing the rights of women. Each interviewee can nominate an organisation (or themselves if they are in financial need) to receive their portion of the charitable pool or they can select the principal charitable partner, the Graça Machel Trust.

Here, acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie answers “What really matters to you?”

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Get your work-life balance in place and win a copy of Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove

Legendary Safari GuidesWork-life balance is an ongoing challenge. In this ever more pressured age, the tensions arise as we inhabit our technology infused days but yearn to view the starry night sky from the wilds of nature.

The challenges of managing time and space, work and leisure, are explored by Wayne Windell in the February issue of The Catalyst.

Small business entrepreneurs are particularly challenged to accommodate both their own and their staff’s needs in the arena of work-life balance.

If you find that you spend most of your time working, and tend to feel overwhelmed by duties and responsibilities, it is recommended that you reserve time for your family, friends and yourself when you plan your day or week. Dedicating daily time to fun and relaxation will lower the production of additional stress hormones, which give rise to poor mental and physical wellbeing.

The Catalyst is giving away three copies of Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove, because even if you can’t go on safari this week or next, you can probably claim an hour or two for reading about it.

Armchair travellers will delight in this book, which Travel Africa editor, Craig Rix, describes as “wonderful”.

To stand a chance of winning one of three copies, all you have to do is subscribe to The Catalyst and share their post on your social media.

The deadline for entries is 29 February, 2016.

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Braai, Banter and Beer – It’s Almost Time for the National Braai Tour with Jan Braai

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FireworksRed HotThe Democratic Republic of BraaiEight days on the road travelling through some of South Africa’s most stunning scenery; every morning, afternoon and night a braai and good banter with tasks centred around the glorious heritage of this beloved country, all wrapped in more braais than you can fit into a potjie and dipped in the mouth-watering sauces that flame-grilled meat leaves behind on a plate.

No, it’s not a dream, it’s Jan Braai’s second annual National Braai Tour and it all lights up on September 12 this year.

Jan developed the National Braai Tour idea as a way to show off parts of South Africa that are both culturally significant, off the beaten track and a joy to visit. “We have so many places to see in South Africa, but everyone can’t always get to them all,” says Braai. “The National Braai Tour attempts to solve that by connecting South Africans with some of our most interesting heritage sites over the course of a week.” The motto for the week is very simple “Unite around a fire, share our heritage and wave our flag”.

Last year participants visited the likes of Golden Gate National Park, the Gariep Dam, Addo Elephant National Park and Bontebok National Park before finishing in Cape Town. Along the way they were encouraged to complete tasks that opened their eyes to the cultural importance of the areas, all while carrying their giant South African flags. “I think we have the most beautiful flag in the world,” says Braai, “and I want to see South Africans having pride in it.” The first National Braai Tour was such a hit that entries for this year’s event were sold out in less than a week.

For the 2015 National Braai Tour, participants will start with a night under the stars in Bloemfontein, before moving on to Kimberley and a guided tour of the Big Hole. “Everyone in South Africa knows about the Big Hole, but how many people have actually been there?” says Braai.

From Kimberley the #braaitour moves to Upington, where participants will visit the Donkey Memorial at the Kalahari-Oranje Museum, a monument to the humble donkey and the role it played in the development of the area. Next it’s on to the Augrabies Falls National Park and a visit to the falls as well as the Oranjekom Lookout Point, where visitors can best view the massive gorge (“Our answer to the Grand Canyon!” says Braai) as well as the wildlife that inhabits that particular area.

After a day of rest in Augrabies, the Tour moves through the Namaqualand area of the Northern Cape to Springbok. Along the way participants – dressed, naturally, in their Springbok rugby jerseys on this day – will have to stop and take a selfie with the Pofadder town sign. “Pofadder is iconic for having such a unique and recognisable name,” says Braai. “On this day we will celebrate the rich heritage and colourful nature of South Africa’s 11 official languages. If you go all the way to Pofadder you have to take a photo of the town name.”

Moving towards the coast, the #braaitour then travels to Strandfontein at a time when the world famous spring flowers should be in bloom. “We hope to see carpets and carpets of the magnificent flowers,” says Braai. “SANParks, custodians of South Africa’s natural heritage, has been very welcoming and they will be opening their arms and the Namaqualand National Park to us.”

The National Braai Tour then comes to a conclusion at Tietiesbaai in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve near Paternoster. En route to Tietiesbaai a braaied seafood lunch will be hosted by the South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) at Muisbosskerm in Lambert’s Bay, where participants will learn more about the fish in South Africa’s oceans and what should and shouldn’t be eaten in order to preserve ocean life for future generations.

Camp will be set up for two nights in Tietiesbaai with the final heritage task being all participants gathering in the camp site to watch South Africa’s opening game against Japan at the Rugby World Cup on giant screens. Beer will be served. Lots of it.

Press release issued by Tenfour

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Wallabies? Vampires? Cathy Marston Shares 5 Bizarre Cape Wineland Rituals for Harvest Season

Love Your WineWine expert and author of Love Your Wine: Get to grips with what you are drinking Cathy Marston has shared five interesting and somewhat bizarre traditions followed on five respective wine farms in the Stellenbosch winelands.

On Middelvlei, wallabies, large footed animals similar to kangaroos, are used to stomp grapes. Harvesters at Eikendal have special stakes to deter vampires from their vineyards. Jordan Wines’ staff members wear kilts while harvesting. At Warwick‘s the two winemakers only taste at full moon, while the winemaker at Simonsig sabrages a single Pinot Noir grape to prepare for harvest.

Read Marston’s article to find out why all these practices are followed:

Wine farms across South Africa are gearing up to harvest and Stellenbosch is no exception. All around the region, equipment is being cleaned and sterilised, sugars are being tested and wines are being bottled to make room for the 2015 grapes. But Stellenbosch has a lot of other additional preparations being made, many of them unique to this special region. Here are five completely and absolutely true facts about Stellenbosch harvest rituals which you can take with a pinch of salt as you chortle into your glass of wine.

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