Rampe Hlobo SJ wrote from South Africa to describe the mood of the nation while Nelson Mandela was critically ill. How did ‘Madiba’ lead the people of South Africa through a uniquely transformative period in their history?
The LSE Literary Festival 2012 adopted the theme of ‘Relating Cultures’. There are few places where the meaning and challenges of this phrase can be seen more clearly than in South Africa. But can the South African experience be conveyed honestly and accurately through the written word? Grant Tungay SJ heard two prominent fiction writers talk powerfully about the difficulties, impact and importance of telling their stories.
South African history, before and since its independence from the United Kingdom, has encompassed numerous debates surrounding equality and freedom, and proposed new legislation is recalling one such question, that of public access to information. Anthony Egan SJ of the Jesuit Institute in South Africa investigates why the African National Congress are seeking to place restrictions on the country’s media outlets.
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