TZANEEN MUSEUM EXHIBIT
The Taste of Tzaneen and the Trustees of the Tzaneen Museum will be presenting an exhibition of chosen artifacts from our local museum which will be on display at this year’s event. We will feature articles from functional items to decorative from within our own provincial culture.
CHARLES LEACH PRESENTS THE BUSHVELDT CARBINEERS
Information still to come…
CHRIS BURGESS PRESENTS A PANEL DISCUSSION – COME AND HEAR THE GOOD STORY FARMING HAS TO TELL!
South Africa is the most food-secure country on the African continent. Blessed with an internationally competitive agricultural sector, and a constitution that guarantees private property rights, it is in many respects, the envy of Africa. But this continental success story has a soft underbelly. The struggle to undo the injustices of the past, and to establish a more inclusive farming sector has been plagued by the inability to implement a successful land-reform programme for the past 25 years. In the wake of these failures, radicalism has been on the rise, culminating in the call to amend the constitution to make explicit the ability of the state to expropriate property without compensation. But how true is this narrative? Come and listen Landbouweekblad editor-in-chief Chris Burgess speak to a panel of experts who will tell a vastly different story. A story of that recounts the many successes that have already been achieved in creating a farming sector that includes all South Africans. A story of partnerships, and the unlocking of vast and as-yet untapped, farming and human potential of the country. The story of how farming can help heal a nation.
URBAN CRAFT MAGAZINE’S GODFREY JOHNSON INTERVIEWS MICHELE MEYER.
DRYF will be included in the NUWE AFRIKAANSE PROSABOEK which will be launched on 20 November 2019. Michele Meyer, Hennie Aucamp, Audrey Blignault, Breyten Breytenbach, TT Cloete, PG du Plessis, Jeanne Goosen, Nathaniël, Jan Rabie, Etienne van Heerden are just some of the few writers who are featured in this book and we look forward to hearing Michelle tell us all about her contribution.
A Night with the Generals – With Roger Webster
The history of the legendary generals of the South African War (1899-1902), presented by well-known historian, writer and radio presenter, Roger Webster. Roger Webster is a well-known voice to South African audiences – he has been broadcasting his “Fireside Chats” on SAFM for the last 10 years. Roger’s historical and anecdotal tales, based on the true history of South Africa, and not what we were taught in school, have made him a controversial and sought-after speaker on the South African circuit. His talks range from ancient aboriginal tales, the many slants on the history of South Africa prior to Jan van Riebeeck to modern day issues including the land claims and land distribution and the renaming of streets.
Roger Webster is an extraordinary raconteur and has addressed various Chambers of Commerce, Chambers of Mines, and numerous conferences for many blue-chip companies as well as a private function for celebrities such, as Oprah Winfrey.
While Roger is predominantly a South African historian, his bent lies in the telling of stories, not so much of the factual dates and information, but rather placing an emphasis on the deeds performed by the people that have made our Country what it is today. He believes that many heroic deeds, by both black and white South Africans have been forgotten, or; for political reasons, have been swept under the carpet. Roger Webster has an uncanny nose for stories, and travels South Africa’s cities, towns and dorps researching, developing and fleshing out the tales for a nation to remember who it is, and where it came from.
With the onset of land reform, Roger covers many aspects of what happened in bygone times which perhaps have coloured our present perceptions, and he pulls no punches. Webster will talk about leaders and generals, and what sets them apart from others; how Britain managed to create the greatest Army of its time.
He will also talk about the following well- known generals of the South African War –
Jannie Smuts, Koos de la Rey, Louis Botha, General Cronje, Lord Methuen, Buller, Roberts and lastly, the man caught in the middle – Kitchener.
He will also touch on what was called ‘The last gentleman’s war’ of 1899 to 1902, which, towards the end, turned into the nightmare that it was, causing the feeling of guilt on the part of the British, and bitterness on the part of the Boers which is only starting to diminish in recent times. Roger will also talk about the similarities of the American Civil War and the South African War, and how the British generals were forced to carry out the scorched earth policy and the aftermath of that War and what Milner did to the Boers.