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In 2015 and 2016 waves of student protest swept across South African campuses under the banner of FeesMustFall. This book offers a historical perspective, analysing regional influences on the ideologies that have underpinned South African student politics from the 1960s to the present. The author considers the history of student organisations in the Northern Transvaal (today Limpopo Province) and the ways in which students and youth influenced political change on a national scale, over generations.
The University of the North at Turfloop played an integral role in building the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO) in the late 1960s and propagating Black Consciousness in the 1970s; in the 1980s it became an ideological battleground where Black Consciousness advocates and ANC-affiliates competed for influence. Limpopo has remained a hotbed of political activism in the country. Generations of nationally prominent student and youth activists became politically conscientised here – among them Julius Malema, Onkgopotse Tiro, Cyril Ramaphosa, Frank Chikane and Peter Mokaba.
Turfloop (University of Limpopo) has remained politically significant in the post-apartheid era: it was here in 2007 that Julius Malema supported Jacob Zuma’s ascension to the South African presidency during the ANC’s pivotal party conference that resulted in the ousting of Thabo Mbeki.
The Soweto Student Uprising of 1976 was a decisive moment in the struggle against apartheid. It marked the expansion of political activism to a new generation of young activists, but beyond that it inscribed the role that young people of subsequent generations could play in their country's future.
Since that momentous time, students have held a special place in the collective imaginary of South African history. Drawing on research and writing by leading scholars and prominent activists, Students Must Rise takes Soweto '76 as its pivot point, but looks at student and youth activism in South Africa more broadly by considering what happened before and beyond the Soweto moment. Early chapters assess the impact of the anti-pass campaigns of the 1950s, of political ideologies like Black Consciousness as well as of religion and culture in fostering political consciousness and organisation among youth and students in townships and rural areas. Later chapters explore the wide-reaching impact of June 16th itself for student organisation over the next two decades across the country. Two final chapters consider contemporary student-based political movements, including #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall, and historically root these in the long and rich tradition of student activism in South Africa.
2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1976 June 16th uprisings. This book rethinks the conventional narrative of youth and student activism in South Africa by placing that most famous of moments - the 1976 students' uprising in Soweto - in a deeper historical and geographic context.
In 2015 and 2016 waves of student protest swept South African campuses under the banner of FeesMustFall. This book brings an historical perspective to the recent risings by analysing regional influences on the ideologies that have underpinned South African student politics from the 1960s to the present. The author considers the history of student organization in the Northern Transvaal (today Limpopo Province) and the ways in which students and youth in this relatively isolated area in the north of South Africa have influenced political change on a national scale, over generations. Organized around the stories of several key political actors, the book introduces the reader to critical spaces of political mobilization in the region. Among the most prominent is the University of the North at Turfloop, which played an integral role in building the South African Students' Organisation (SASO) in the late 1960s and propagating Black Consciousness in the 1970s. It became an ideological battleground where Black Consciousness advocates and ANC-affiliates competed for influence in the 1980s. Turfloop has remained politically significant in the post-apartheid era: it was here in 2007 that Julius Malema stumped for Jacob Zuma's ascension to the presidency during the ANC's pivotal party conference that resulted in the ousting of Thabo Mbeki. The final two chapters address Malema's political ascension in regional branches of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) and the ANC Youth League. Anne Heffernan is Assistant Professor in the History of Southern Africa at Durham University and a Research Associate of the History Workshop, University of the Witwatersrand. She is Co-editor of Students Must Rise: Youth Struggle in South Africa Before and Beyond Soweto '76 (Wits University Press, 2016). Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Swaziland): Wits University Press
British comedy starring Alec Guinness as Mediterranean ferryboat Captain Henry St. James, who believes in the notion of 'a girl in every port'. For Henry has a wife on both sides of the water. There is Maude (Celia Johnson) in Gibraltar and Nita (Yvonne DeCarlo) in Tangiers. Everything is perfect as long as neither woman decides to visit the other port.
Classic collection of the early films of Alec Guinness. In the classic Ealing comedy, 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' (1949), young Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) vows to take revenge on his family, the D'Ascoynes, when he learns how they disinherited his mother. Working his way into their trust, Louis begins to bump off his distant relatives (all played by Alec Guinness) one by one, but complications set in when Edith D'Ascoyne (Valerie Hobson), the widow of his first victim, falls in love with him.
In 'Last Holiday' (1950), Guiness plays an agricultural salesman who finds out he has a short time to live. Taking a final holiday, he realises that he was actually a more interesting person than he allowed himself to be. In 'The Man In The White Suit' (1951), eccentric Sidney Stratton (Alec Guiness) is a laboratory cleaner in a textile factory, who invents a material that will neither wear out nor become dirty.
Initially hailed as a great discovery, Sidney's astonishing invention is suffocated by the management when they realise that if it never wears out, people will only ever have to purchase one suit of clothing. In 'The Captain's Paradise' (1953), Guinness stars as Mediterranean ferryboat Captain Henry St. James, who believes in the notion of 'a girl in every port'.
For Henry has a wife on both sides of the water. There is Maude (Celia Johnson) in Gibraltar and Nita (Yvonne DeCarlo) in Tangiers. Everything is perfect as long as neither woman decides to visit the other port.
In 'Barnacle Bill' (1957), Guiness plays retired Navy Captain Ambrose, who buys a decrepit amusement pier in 'Sandcastle-On-Sea' planning to turn it into a going concern. But when the local council object to the idea, planning to close the pier down, Ambrose has to use some lateral thinking to save the day.
Capturing his beginnings as a seminarian and his contributions as a pioneer of Catholic media and a founder of various congregations which make up the Pauline Family, this 32nd volume in the Encounter the Saints series familiarizes children ages 9-12 with the life story of Blessed James Alberione. With his guidance, children will be inspired to positively use all forms of media to spread the Catholic faith and will learn to trust in God's plan for them.
Our Boomtime Rats - Who do they think they are? is a satirical memoir. It outlines the past couple of years of the author's life and where that fits into the whole story of the Irish recession. She berates the banks, the government, the public service, trade unions and RTE where she feels it is justified and tells the story from her personal standpoint (one that speaks for the ordinary people of the country, most especially, those on the lower rungs of the societal ladder - this book gives them a voice). It speaks out about the injustice felt by so many ordinary people, whilst others 'creamed off' so much of taxpayers' money during the good times and continue to enjoy outrageous perks even after their dismissal or resignation from office, in the form of 'golden handshakes'. It is aimed at the ordinary people of Ireland and also at politicians and those in leadership roles, Irish celebrities and others who really know nothing about the real effects of being out of work, losing their dignity, having nothing to look forward to and nothing to get up for each morning. The book aims to give a human voice to the stark reality for so many people; those who have worked hard all their lives and had everything (which wasn't much, in the first place) taken from them, while those who displayed outright irresponsibility and neglected to heed economic warnings, have lost nothing, in comparison. The more one risked and the more one owes, the greater the bailout they can expect from NAMA. Justice and the notion of taking the consequences of one's actions have been overlooked by the Irish legal system in favour of some of the country's most neglectful and irresponsible citizens and officials. It tells the story of an honest, hard-working woman, who did her utmost to provide for herself and her two children over a life-time, without relying on any State hand-outs, who saved for a rainy day and aimed to set aside a pension for her retirement - basically, someone who aimed to be a 'good, all-round citizen', wise and astute, who took advice from those who claimed to be 'in the know' about finance and economics. She risked her life-savings to provide a job/income for herself into the future and also hoped to create numerous jobs for others. While the book speaks of the author's anger at a system that allows, and in fact colludes, with such behaviour and outlines how unjust it is, it also outlines the need to move forward. It offers hope for the future and a way forward for those who have given up or are in despair as a result of the recession. It explains that we won't get the answers we want by continuing to do what we have done for the past decade or so but by getting back to the basics of life, realising we came into this world without anything and we will go out from this world without anything. It outlines how important it is to stay in touch with reality and seek truth, justice and peace in our everyday lives; the need to live with these traits uppermost in our minds as we live out our daily lives so that our families, communities, neighbourhoods - our society, is built on solid integrity and attributes we are proud of and are happy to share with our wider world.
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