All events are free. Please confirm your attendance by emailing nokonwabaw@cornerstone.ac.za  or phone 021 448 0050.

   
11 November 201818h00Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, The Granary, Cape Town
12 & 13 November 201810h00 - 16h00Cornerstone Institute 127 Cecil Road, Salt River, Cape Town, 7925
12 November 201818h00CWD Athlone Cultural Hub 146 Lawrence Rd Athlone, Cape Town
13 November 201818h00Cornerstone Institute 127 Cecil Road, Salt River, Cape Town, 7925

Overview

Overview

Reclaiming Agency 2018 is an initiative of Cornerstone Institute in partnership with the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), District Six Museum, Guga S’Thebe, Community Chest, and Catholic Welfare and Development Athlone Cultural Hub.

We will bring together community-based organisations and individuals, NGOs, higher education institutions, artists, poets, researchers, authors and social activists under the theme of ‘Reclaiming Agency’. This is an opportunity to reflect on various sub-themes pertaining to the perceived and real loss of advocacy we have experienced in recent times. The focus will be on how activists, artists, students, researchers and writers – advocates of social justice and human dignity – deal with crucial issues such as identity, the role of NGOs and the importance of documenting and sharing our stories.

Noel Daniels, Cornerstone Institute CEO says: “Reclaiming Agency 2018 is a deep reflection of who we are as a people, the journey we’ve travelled and the need to reclaim lost agency. We need to reinvest in agency as we seem to have divested, making the championing of causes someone else’s responsibility. How do we begin to reclaim lost spaces so that we can collectively create the world we want to be in?”

We will focus on contemporary writings that reflect these themes through conversations, panel discussions, roundtables, talks, lectures, workshops, poetry readings and discussions.

The Reclaiming Agency series of events mark the end of another successful year at Cornerstone Institute before the organisation moves its campus in 2019. We invite the public to be part of this exciting event from Sunday 11 to Tuesday 13 November 2018 and to support our efforts to reclaim agency. All events are free of charge. For more information see: https://cornerstone.ac.za/book-beraad/

Programme

LAUNCH: Sunday, 11 November

The brief synopsis of the event

The event brings together all the social partners to launch of the Book Beraad and two days of engagement around the theme of Reclaiming Agency. The evening will include speakers, poetry readings, music and an opportunity to view a temporary exhibition on the writings of Desmond Tutu entitled In His Words.Importantly, the event will focus on the need to reclaim and reassert a renewed social pact for change.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing nokonwabaw@cornerstone.ac.za  or phone 021 448 0050

18h00 – 20h30

Title: Reclaiming Agency: Challenges and Opportunities

Venue: Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation The Granary, Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

DAY ONE

Book Beraad: Monday 12 November, 10h00 – 16h00

Partner organisations and featured writers will exhibit their work and be available for book sales and signings. A series of conversations will be facilitated by a representative from our partner organisations. All these will take place at Cornerstone Institute, 127 Cecil Rd, Salt River, Cape Town, 7925

10h00 – 11h00

Title: Why have we lost agency?

Speakers: On the couch with Allan Boesak and Solly Moeng

11h30 – 12h30

Title: Telling our stories

Speaker: Gertrude Fester

12h30 – 13h30

Lunch: Poetry Slam Open Mike Featuring Zenzile Khoisan, Gail van Breda, Diana Ferrus & Mengelmoes, Siphokazi Jonas, Fatima Dike and others with a music performance by Jean Nangwala

13h30 – 14h30

Title: We write what we like

Speakers: Diana Ferrus and Mengelmoes

15h00 – 16h00

Title: Creating spaces for the arts

Speaker: Gail van Breda

DAY ONE

Critical Dialogue: Monday 12 November, 17h30 for 18h00

The brief synopsis of the event

Surprisingly South Africa has 200 000 registered NGOs, but why the remarkable growth since 1994? Is it the result of recurring failure by government to meet the needs of communities marginalised from mainstream society or the claiming of active citizenship to reshape South Africa’s future? Even more surprising, less than 10% of these NGOs are compliant with governance and financial reporting requirements, yet attract R90bn to the sector. This event provides a critical self-reflection of the NGO community and the need to correct these concerns if we are to reclaim agency.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing nokonwabaw@cornerstone.ac.za  or phone 021 448 0050

18h00 – 20h30

Title: False Dawn: The rise of NGOs or a failure of state?

Facilitator: Fatima Swartz

Presenter: Lorenzo Davids

Discussant: Farrell Hunter

Venue: CWD Athlone Cultural Hub 146 Lawrence Rd Athlone, Cape Town

DAY TWO

Book Beraad: Tuesday 13 November, 10h00 – 16h00

Partner organisations and featured writers will exhibit their work and be available for book sales and signings. A series of conversations will be facilitated by a representative from our partner organisations. All these will take place at Cornerstone Institute, 127 Cecil Rd, Salt River, Cape Town, 7925

10h00 – 11h00

Title: Bridge-building vs Peace

Speaker: Rudi Buys

10h00 – 11h00

Title: Poetic Experimentation and/as Agency

Speaker: Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese

12h30 – 13h30

Lunch: Poetry Slam Open Mike Featuring Zenzile Khoisan, Gail van Breda, Diana Ferrus & Mengelmoes and others with a music performance by Jean Nangwala

13h30 – 14h30

Title: Disrupting Silence

Speaker: Sarah Henkeman

15h00 – 16h00

Title: Who are, Who are, We? – Stories from the underside of history Micro-narratives that tell us who we are

Speaker: Ruben Richards

DAY TWO

Critical Dialogue: Tuesday 13 November, 17h30 for 18h00

This is the final public event that will be held at Cornerstone Institute’s campus in Salt River. We look forward to hosting many more events at our new space in 2019.

The brief synopsis of the event

There seems to be a growing departure from the ideals of non-racialism to an unhealthy apartheid-era classification of race, culture and identity. This dialogue takes a critical look at identity politics on the back of the Camissa movement, the reassertion of deep historic identities and asks the fundamental question: Is non-racialism still achievable?

Please confirm your attendance by emailing nokonwabaw@cornerstone.ac.za or phone 021 448 0050

All events are free. Light refreshments will be served at the evening events.

18h00 – 20h30

Title: Identity: Acceptance or Rejection

Facilitator: Stan Henkeman in conversation with Patric Tariq Mellet, Lucy Campbell and Zenzile Khoisan

Venue: Cornerstone Institute 127 Cecil Rd, Salt River, Cape Town, 7925

Exhibitors / Stall holders List

Exhibitors / Stall holders at Cornerstone Institute on Monday, 11 November and Tuesday, 12 November, 10h00 – 16h00

  • Community Chest
  • Cornerstone Institute stall includes authors whose books it holds stock off and sells on their behalf including:
    • Margie Gustafson
    • Shirley Zinn
    • Pat Fahrenfort
    • Kumi Naidoo
    • Ruben Richards
    • Allan Boesak
    • Rudi Buys
    • Sandy Wilcox
    • Jonathan Jansen
    • Jay Naidoo
  • Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
  • Uhuru Communications / Zenzile Khoisan
  • Diana Ferrus and Mengelmoes (Gaireyah Fredericks, et al)
  • District Six Museum
  • Guga S’Thebe (Marco Morgan and Thulani Nxumalo)
  • CWD/ Athlone Cultural Hub
    • Botsotso books
    • Modjaji publishers (Colleen Hicks)
    • Abu Solomons
    • Donald Parenzee
    • Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese
  • Sarah Henkeman and contributors to Disrupting Denial
  • Gertrude Fester and the Hewat Clan
  • Gail van Breda
  • DVV
  • Amandla

Noel Daniels

Programme Director

T: +27 (0) 824144022 E: noeld@cornerstone.ac.za

Neeran Naidoo

Programme Manager

T: +27 (0) 832582102 E: neerann@cornerstone.ac.za

Thembela Mgudlwa

Communication Officer

T: +27 (0) 836634242 E: thembelam@cornerstone.ac.za

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

Nokonwaba Wanana

T: +27 (0) 21 448 005 E: nokonwabaw@cornerstone.ac.za

Contact Persons

BOOK BERAAD STALLS LOGISTICS

Oscar Cloete

T: +27 (0) 21 448 005 E: oscarc@cornerstone.ac.za