Saturday, October 31, 2009
Controversial Public Services Broadcasting Bill - SOS Initial Comment
Thursday, October 29, 2009
SPEAKER: MR ISMAIL VADI: PUBLIC LECTURE: THE WEEKENDER / THE WITS GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT
Friday, October 23, 2009
POWER REPORTING: THREE DAYS OF INTENSIVE TRAINING FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS
Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 October
At Wits University, Education campus
Wits Journalism invites you to Power Reporting 2009, the African Investigative Journalism Conference.
For crime and court reporters and journalists, and anyone interested in how the SA justice systems works, the third day will highlight the new Wits Justice Project, which aims to use the skills of investigative journalists in getting people out of prison. Speakers will include:
- Raphael Rowe, who spent 12 years in a British prison for a wrongful conviction and now reports for BBC Panorama about similar cases
- Jim Nichol, a British criminal lawyer who has spent 20 years righting wrongful convictions
- Jeremy Gordin, director of the Wits Justice Project.
On other days we will highlight sport and financial journalism with:
- Andrew Jennings, author of Foul: The secret world of Fifa , tracking his investigation of corruption within the organisation (Monday).
- Danny Schechter, author of Plunder: Investigating our Economic Calamity and the Sub-Prime Scandal on the crisis of financial journalism (Tuesday).
- There are a range of hands-on courses and workshop:
A series of hands-on computer lab classes, to improve your research skills, train you to find data and analyse it, to provide the facts you need to support stories.
Business and finance
Top financial journalists will teach you where to find company information, and once you’ve got it how to read it and use it in stories.
The right to know
Can’t find the facts? Find out how to use South Africa’s Promotion of Access to Information Act.
Skills for investigative journalists
How to organise your investigation, work across borders, work undercover or embedded in your story.
The future of investigative journalism
With the pressure on budgets in print and broadcasting, who will pay for in-depth reporting? We look at alternative funding models, and how computers are shaping our investigative world.
This year, Wits Journalism has teamed up with the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) to become The African Investigative Journalism Conference, a part of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.
For more information and registration forms visit our website: www.journalism.co.za/powerreporting
or email Nomfundo.email@example.com
Cost: R2000 for the three days or R700 for one day (with a 10% discount for early booking)
is one of Britain’s leading criminal lawyers. For over 25 years he has specialised in investigating miscarriages of justice and obtaining the release of innocent people who have been wrongly sent to prison. Throughout he has worked in partnership with journalists many of whom have, as a result of their own commitment to right a wrong, provided decisive new evidence of innocence. He believes that as a consequence of campaigns in the media for the freeing of innocent prisoners, government, judges, and law makers are compelled to reform criminal procedures and provide safeguards for those arrested.
was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder and robbery he did not commit in 1988. He was just 19. Twelve years later the UK Court of Appeal quashed his convictions and he was freed. He went to work for the BBC, and became the first person of mixed race to report for it’s prestigious radio morning news programme. He now works for the BBCs flagship Panorama television programme. He investigated the murder of Jill Dando and cast doubts on the firearms forensic evidence used at the trial of Barry George, who was convicted of killing the BBC TV presenter. In August 2008, Barry George was acquitted at a retrial and freed
Visiting Fellow, Investigative Journalism
Dept of Journalism, Wits University
Office: 011 717 4043
Cell: 07606 04815
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From our friends at 'Women of the Sun'
of some of the most beautiful short films by a new generation filmmakers, films/drama with quirky and refreshing screen plays
Date: Thursday 29th Oct
Venue: The Lab (Market theatre)
Free: Admission, food & Music
Be in the fore front of new talent, network with industry players, catch-up with old and new friends/colleagues... have fun.
We look forward to seeing you there!
From our friends at 'Women of the Sun'
Date: Friday, 30 October 2009
Venue: Atlas Studios
Time: 9am – 12:00pm
Cost: Women R 100.00, Men R 150.00 (incl. VAT)
RSVP: Thursday, 29 October 2009
It is no secret that many of the intended beneficiaries of B-BBEE are not accessing any gain from it, and barely know what the policy, and its potential benefits are. This workshop therefore aims to correct this showing these potential beneficiaries what the benefits of B-BBEE can be, and how to access them.
The format of the training covers the following topics:
- A brief introduction to B-BBEE and the seven elements of the scorecardHow B-BBEE affects different size enterprises
- What is Enterprise Development?
- Who qualifies as an ED Beneficiary?
- What are the benefits?
- How to position yourself as an ED Beneficiary
- How to position yourself as a supplier of goods and services
- Getting a scorecard
About the Facilitators - Enterpriseroom
Enterpriseroom focuses on three main activities:
- Helping smaller companies improve their businesses by developing strategies to access B-BBEE benefits, and matching them to the needs of our larger corporate clients. We call them our “Enterprise Promotion Partners” (Small, black-owned companies can be both qualifying enterprise development beneficiaries and B-BBEE suppliers, which becomes a huge incentive for large corporates to procure from them, and assist them in reducing their operational costs).
- Working with large corporations in developing strategies for improvement of their B-BBEE Scorecard, with special emphasis on Preferential Procurement and Enterprise Development
- Training of small black owned businesses on the benefits presented by the Codes of Good Practice on B-BBEE, and coaching those businesses in repositioning themselves and approaching customers.
Preferably deposit to:
Women of the Sun
Acc no. 1916 074804
Alternatively Pay at the Door
RSVP - Eve Rantseli:
Tel/fax: +27 11 487 3036
Cell: +27 72 143 1825
This event is sponsored by:
Gauteng Film Commission and Enterpriseroom
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Reminder Call for Entries - Berlinale Co-Production Market 2010 - Deadline October 29
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
TVIEC Update - 20 October 2009
Exclusive Interview with the Minister of Arts and Culture from The Hollywood Reporter
Monday, October 19, 2009
Meeting with ICASA 19 October 2009 Press Release
The TVIEC today met with a delegation from ICASA, including the Chair, Mr Paris Mashile, for over two hours. The primary purpose of the meeting was to gain clarity from ICASA on the monitoring of local content on SABC, especially given SABC’s current lack of new commissions and its reliance on repeat programming.
The TVIEC welcomes ICASA’s willingness to partner the industry on matters of regulation as well as the positive spirit of the meeting.
However, the TVIEC is alarmed at the lack of rigid monitoring of SABC compliance admitted by ICASA in the meeting. Presented with files of evidence about a lack of data accompanying SABC’s local content compliance reports for the past seven years, ICASA admitted that they have not had the requisite methodology in place to fully monitor SABC’s compliance claims.
ICASA stated that they are developing a new blueprint that will be able to accurately measure SABC’s compliance instead of just being reliant on SABC’s summaries and occasional spot checks. The new system will be open to imput from the television industry and the public, said ICASA.
While the TVIEC believes that ICASA intends to beef up its monitoring, the regulator was unable to explain why other broadcasters have in the past provided data to support their compliance summaries but the SABC never has.
This press release is written on behalf of the TVIEC (Television Industry Emergency Coalition) which consists of: IPO (Independent Producers Organization), SASFED (South African Screen Federation), TPA (The Producers Alliance), DFA (Documentary Filmmakers Association), WGSA (Writers Guild of South Africa) as well as the CWU (Creative Workers Union).
DAC Minister meeting minutes
Friday, October 16, 2009
2009 Leap International Developmental Film Festival
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HUNGER PROTEST COALITION DISCOURAGES MAAKE KA NCUBE's VOW
SABC Statement regarding Suspension of Executives
16 October - Press Release - TVIEC to meet with ICASA
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
SASFED talks to the Minister of Arts and Culture
Friday, October 9, 2009
Sithengi Press Statement
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Hands-on Government Micromanagement Not Appropriate
- Conduct a thorough assessment of and clearly define the roles and authority of senior SABC managers
- Review human resource policies and implementation thereof
- Review benefits applicable to management in particular and staff in general
- Review policies governing the involvement of employees in private business activities
- Request monthly management accounts and monthly operational reports from the SABC
- Ensure that all major decisions, financial or otherwise have full approval of the shareholder (i.e. Minister), Board and Group Executive
- Conduct a needs analysis of SABC channels to determine the type and amount of content they require
- Monitor the implementation of local content quotas and conduct a thorough assessment of the need for and acquisition of international content including ensuring that all content is used
- Ensuring the SABC complies with the Public Finance Management Act
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
My Hunger Protest Statement
It is said that: “A man’s life is a journey through his life to try and find the simple but great impressions that first found access in his life.”
I would like to believe that I am a child of resistance. Nine days after my birth in 1960 saw the Pass Law resistance in Sharpeville. The spirit of that resistance must have found itself in my infantile nostrils as in some small way I have always been standing up for something.
June 1976 took away political virginity.
In 1986 when I was in Canada on tour with the production of Woza Albert!, during a Q&A after the show I was asked if think doing protest plays would help to liberate us.
And my answer was that in 1976 I threw stones, and that led to the scrapping of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction, and “Today I am throwing stones from the stage for the liberation.”
Later, after democracy came, I stood up for black scriptwriters in the industry.
In my own small ways, I have again and again contributed to liberation of my country. I may not have suffered detention on Robben Island or exile. However, having lived under Apartheid was prison itself. Living with a constant threat to one’s life and being reminded of being a lesser being. I have had my fair share of that.
Now I stand before you about the hunger protest. Do I think that this will amount to anything? Well, every little bit helps – and if the bits each and every one of us did, had not been done, for instance, during the Apartheid years, we wouldn’t have had this new dispensation.
All I know is that I have always stood for something in my life. And this is one of those times that I have to do so. The cultural development that has suffered the brutality of colonialism and the ravages of Apartheid is presently choked by greed, mismanagement, and outright violation of my and my fellow countrymen’s human rights. It is so disheartening when the very fighters of Apartheid who have been given and entrusted the mandate to help us get our dignity back are the very people subjecting us to worse indignity and violation of human rights.
Protests against service delivery happening around the country bear evidence to the indignity that people still go through. The corruption that is so prevalent in my country at the moment can be appropriately equated to a crime against humanity.
When I heard the statement - “I didn’t get into the struggle to be poor” - you won't begin to imagine the consternation I felt. And to think it was MY vote that put person in that position, with a mandate to level the fields and help in dragging people from the muddy slough of poverty. And now it's all about HIM. I couldn't, and still can't, help but feel a numbing sense of despair.
I also can't help but be reminded of an expression that many mothers would say to their children: “If you don’t wake up, you'll end up feeding on the crap of your counterparts.” Sadly this crap has been misdirectedly dished up to us by those we think we share an affinity with.
When it is evident is that for many strugglers against Apartheid there is a latent envy to be like the oppressor. For others of us there is obvious determination for a new social order. Those do not go together well. A primal consciousness gives us an advantage to incisively pierce white culture from a non-European frame of reference. Rather than desiring to ape those who had performed indignity and inhumanity on the African inhabitants of this country, we would like to re-imagine and re-create ourselves in our OWN image. And constitute a culture dictating the terms under which the world is to be perceived and experienced.
I am not deriding Euro-centric or “white” culture. It is part of South Africa's heritage too, and it is to be admired, how the European culture promotes and enlivens itself. I have done my Shakespeare and other plays written by overseas writers. No problem with that. But at the end of the day we also do have our OWN stories to tell. You never go to Germany and can't see a play in German – or Thailand or China or anywhere. You come to SA and see no plays – and now perhaps no TV either - in African languages. Our culture is being abused.
The pseudo-gained economic empowerment - presently without cultural empowerment - can only highlight the lack of integrity, pride, soul, and dignity in day-to-day living.
The ability to articulate our grievances in a healthy and civil way cannot be attained against a decade and a half of personal enrichment and mass impoverishment.
While the well-endowed bellies of the economically-empowered acquired from relishing lavish dinners may be a sign of that enrichment, it is a definite symptom of cultural kwashiorkor. Picture that belly without the Armani suit, against the background of a shack, and you will know what I mean. A protuberance fed on the lack of the main ingredient of character probity.
Our leaders have failed us. It's so clear, too many of our leaders have been aspiring and envious to enter the houses of the former oppressors. There has been no real agenda or something they wanted to pioneer and build for the country.
There was a time when I viewed being a coconut in cultural terms. However, now looking at it in economic terms, one can see a peculiar kind of coconut perpetuating the “if you can’t beat them join them” phenomenon.
The South African people deserve better. It is not in “working together” that we will do more. It is in being accorded the resources that we will do more.
Recently I hear on the Barry Ronge show that: Grassroots are not on the ground anymore. This in my opinion cultivates a fertile ground for the re-escalation of Euro-centric culture and inclusion of tokens who fit in that mould.
A few years ago I was standing for the Artistic Directorship for the Market, a position I knew I was not going to get. Firstly because I was already hell-bent to go and do my master’s degree in the UK, and secondly because the quota had already been covered - a black Managing Director had already been appointed. There was no way that that institution was going to be left in the hands of two black people.
Culturally black people are grossly short-changed. In the days of Apartheid I could understand. However, in a very twisted way, we were culturally stronger during those days than now. African culture was more protected, had more of its own voice, under Apartheid. Yes, I repeat, it was twisted – but everything was. At least then you had your PACs, NAPACs, KPABs. Custodians of culture in various ways. They protected it.
Since the new dispensation, those kinds of institutions have been wiped away. We need them again, even more now than in the past. Because here in this situation for over 300 years our culture has never had a strong voice. Certainly not today. How can it have a voice – when it needs to be propagated, nurtured, by institutions of culture – and those institutions are corrupt?
Yes the SABC is a problem, but it is not THE problem, just a symptom of what is happening in the country. As a black person, I have worked in the industry for over two decades. There is a black story to tell. I was even contemplating giving up acting because there was no black parts to play. The parts I was offered over the years were usually lousy roles in good stories. Fill-in roles, cardboard cutouts. Even today African culture is just a fill-in. You go to a function and you get the African dancers who will just dance to make sure there is a little bit of this culture mixed in! These are some of the things that actually grind my ass to the bone on a regular basis.
The country needs to wake up for itself and the government needs to wake up to what is happening in the country. We the people cannot be on the peripheries of life.
All over the world, TV is a training ground for artists, writers, crew, all kinds of cultural workers who later become the backbone of the society's discourse. If you look at the kind of TV that is coming out all over the world – even people who are well known names are going for TV – Glenn Close, James Spader, for instance in America – and you realize how important TV is. And how in trouble we are if we are not going to have a national public broadcaster that is going to take care of its citizens and provide us a useful and effective platform.
In fact, TV and culture are more important here than elsewhere. South Africa is a fledgling country in the deep throes of reconstruction. We don't have a common voice as a nation – there has to be a concerted effort to unite the nation with culture. Language can be a great divider, there can be ways of bridging it, but right now we have the continuing architecture of division
And I think what is sad is I can never see an English person or an Afrikaans person sitting concertedly and making sure they are pushing their child NOT to know their heritage. No white person would tolerate their child not being taught to speak English. That will never happen. Why should I tolerate my child not being taught African language, African culture? I have a 10 year old boy now, his knowledge of Setswana or Zulu is so limited. He expresses himself more in English. That's what's going to happen now if keep failing with our programs to push local culture and local languages.
And that is what we are doing. We have a government that I voted for, and I also have their membership card, and yet, this is the situation they are propagating. For me, that's very very sad.
The legacy of our culture has been compromised by replacing it with youth-driven initiatives guided by people with no affinity to their culture- I had the personal experience of that with elimination of David Photo who played the head of the Morocco family in Generations. I was the replacement. Needless to say I was incensed.
If one would pause to look back, one would see a litany of robbing African people of age-old wisdom. The white culture of this country is built solidly from its Euro-centric roots and age-old wisdom. Look around at the custodians of it. Pieta Torein, Richard Loring, The Lindbergs, Daphney Kuhn to mention a few.
It is in the light of all this that I am embarking and joining this hunger protest to highlight the cultural starvation of African people. SABC is a major symbol of it and our government is its world-renowned architect.
Yes I am currently working, on Scandal! on a daily basis, and on other work, as well as possibly traveling to the Philippines this month. I know someone will jump now as say how can I be starving when I am working. The fact is I am SURVIVING not living. And if you would take time to investigate you would realise that is what our culture is doing - surviving. It's not alive. It's hanging precariously on the fringes of the predominant white culture.
I survived in the UK when I was there. I don’t expect to just survive in my own country. I came home to live but evidently am thrown into survival mode. Let my hunger be the epitome of that.
I felt like quitting Generations at one point back then. I had a son who was an aspirant actor. He said, “But Papa if you stop, what are we going to eat?” I told him, “It doesn't matter, I am not going to tolerate this nonsense. We will survive.”
But it is enough of just surviving. Enough.
I would like to acknowledge and extend my gratitude to Michael Lee rousing me from my sluggish sleep. When I heard that Michael was going on this protest I was deeply moved as he is an American who was taking interest in something that is going on in MY country. How could I sit by the wayside?
And Zamambo Tshabalala, a brave and tenacious young woman, young enough to be my daughter, who has made me realise my contribution to the industry still leaves much to be desired – and that the industry is surely not yet Uhuru. Or if it is then we have to free ourselves from the grip of the greed of our fellow Africans as they continue to arrest our development by lining their pockets and inflating their bellies. Zamambo is a member of the ANC Youth League – and I think Mr Malema should be seeing how counter-revolutionary the situation is.
So to conclude, I would like highlight a story Zama told about having to cook for her family while she was hungry, and wanting to cheat – but not doing that. For me this was such a powerful metaphor. What stopped her from cheating on her vow, and nibbling at what she was cooking, was conscience. Is that something our government has? When these people continue to squander OUR money – is there a conscience involved there? If a 24 year old girl knows how to listen to her conscience when there is food there to eat, to grab – and she is only really interested in taking her own share. Her conscience even kept her from that! And they, they want to eat OUR share. Conscience is dead in the corridors of power! It is sad, very very sad.
Today Zama I stand looking up to you as my role model. Thank you for being the beacon of light in this time of overwhelming darkness.
©Sello Maake kaNcube, 2009