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Call of Support for Mass March at Stellenbosch

Open Stellebosch Press Release: Take a look at this heartfelt call for a march in Stellebosch to stop apartheid culture in the institution’s language policy.

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Open Stellenbosch Press Release:

The response to the documentary entitled Luister has been phenomenal. The documentary portrays the experiences of 32 black students and a lecturer at Stellenbosch University who are being subjected to the apartheid culture of Stellenbosch University and the greater Stellenbosch town. We are grateful to all South Africans who have taken the time to watch the video. We especially thank those who have supported us and our fight against apartheid culture at Stellenbosch.

We also are hopeful that many people are now beginning to see that the language policy, despite its stated intentions, safeguards Afikaans and Afrikaner culture at the expense of black people. For the last five months Open Stellenbosch has been trying to get the university management, particularly the Vice Chancellor Wim de Villiers, to heed our demands as they relate to the language policy. Management has refused to meet with us as a collective, and has instead prioritised problematic groups such as Afriforum.

In July, management issued a statement in which the Vice Chancellor committed himself to the implementation and “possible acceleration” of the existing language policy. Management further asserted that “we shall not engage in an ideological language debate, irrespective of whether pro- or anti-Afrikaans”. As the testimonies in Luister demonstrate, the culture of Apartheid is alive and well at Stellenbosch, both the town and the university.

We wish to reiterate that the only way Stellenbosch will transform is by changing its language policy, which we contend must be replaced with a policy that reflects the spirit of diversity as espoused by the constitution and the Bill of Rights. To that extent, no student should be forced to learn in Afrikaans, and all classes must be available in English.

We therefore call on your support as we march in Stellenbosch, to hand over a memorandum demanding that management convene an emergency council meeting in light of its failure to address transformation adequately. Following the release of Luister, Stellenbosch management has been called to appear in parliament to account for the state of affairs at the institution. This meeting also coincides with our march, which makes our protest that much more pivotal.

For those who are unable to attend, we ask that you please hold SOLIDARITY DEMONSTRATIONS that coincide with our September 1st march. In your various places of learning, work and worship, please organise solidarity meetings in which you gather to show support. Please hold up posters which read: “I Am Against Apartheid Culture in Stellenbosch University. #Luister”. The running hashtag is #Luister.

For those in institutions of higher learning, your demonstrations could be intended to call for the management at your own universities to write a supporting letter condemning the institutionalised racism at Stellenbosch in the strongest possible terms. The condemnation should include the language policy as well as the specious and ultimately racist strategies that SU management has vowed to keep intact.

Details:

Venue: Stellenbosch Rooiplein (With a March into the town)

Date: 01 September 2015

Time: 12:30 – 14:00

As a strictly non-partisan collective, we welcome donations of any kind from any individuals or organisations that are sympathetic to our plight and from those who are anti-racism. We therefore do not accept party politics that seek to eclipse the legitimate concerns of black students at Stellenbosch University.

Many thanks,

Open Stellenbosch

Email: openstellenbosch@gmail.com

For any queries please contact:

Sikhulekile Duma – 061 116 1995

Mohammed Shabangu- 072 269 9102

Kile Wotshela – 078 592 7594

OpenStellenbosch

 

Banking Details

Bank Name: First National Bank FNB

Account Number: 62539960618

Branch Code: 250655

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!

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Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.

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They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

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Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

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It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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