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Cornerstone Institute in collaboration with the District Six Museum, Community Chest, Artscape, Extra Mural Studies UCT, Daily Voice, Cape Argus, Bush Radio, Cape Cultural Collective, Daily Music Show

As Capetonians, we are constantly confronted with the psycho-social effects of the intergenerational trauma that remains as a result of a deep-rooted history of displacement of our communities. Over the past year these effects have played out in numerous ways, allowing for opportunities of reflection – within ourselves and our communities – posing questions about “the South Africa we want to live in”, while encouraging us to “be the change”.

Reclaiming Agency 2.0 aims to provide a platform for meaningful engagement about our collective experiences and understandings of what it means to reclaim our power from the ground up, through honouring our cultural heritage, and finding ways to mobilise our communities toward impactful change for current and future generations.

We invite you to join Cornerstone Institute and its collaborators in participating in this transformational programme, including a Bo-Kaap Heritage Tour, Dialogues, Workshops, Performances, and Film Screenings.

Bo-Kaap Heritage Tour with Bilqees Baker

Venue: Bo-Kaap Museum, 71 Wale Street (starting point)

Time: 16h45 for 17h00 – 19h00

Bo-Kaap representative  – Fowzia Achmat

*RSVP essential
*Group will leave starting point promptly at 17h00
*Tour will end in Bree Street at the Community Chest office

RSVP: 30pax

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Bilqees Baker

Bo-Kaaps origins date back to the 1700’s, initially farm estates and later a diverse community of culture and religion. Most residents were descendants of enslaved people, who were brought to the Cape from the late 1600’s to the early 1800’s, exported from Dutch colonies in East Africa, Madagascar, South Asia and South East Asia to work at the Cape. Most families have some lineage of indigenous and/or colonists’ family as well. Many of the families in the Bo-Kaap have been living there for generations. To this day, the houses are a mix of Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture, in distinctive multi-coloured rows on steeply cobbled roads.

Although the Bo-Kaap community remains a significant part of Cape Town’s cultural heritage and has won several battles recently to maintain its aesthetic and cultural identity, the constant threat of gentrification still looms over the area.

Instagram: @bilqeesbaker and @bokaap_roots

Facebook: Bilqees Baker

Opening Event – Reclaiming Agency 2.0

Venue: Community Chest, 82 Bree Street.

Time:  19h00 for 19h30 – 21h00

RSVP: 60pax

THEME: From the ground up: Displacement, Cultural Heritage, and Communities

ENTERTAINMENT: Cape Cultural Collective

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Weaam Williams, Filmmaker, District Six Rising from the Dust Documentary

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Weaam Williams

Weaam Williams is a screen-writer, director and poet. She has found her voice as a woman and activist using cinema. Weaam started her career in the film and TV industry as writer for a popular South African TV drama series, titled “Soul Buddyz” Her directorial debut, Hip-Hop Revolution (48min), had its International Premiere at Silverdocs (Washington DC) in 2007. It won the Best Edited Film award at NYC Reel Sis- ters Film Festival in 2008, and has been broadcasted in 28 countries.

In 2009-2013 she undertook an independent filmmaking project: “A Khoe Story Docu-Trilogy” for Southern African distribution. The three-part documentary series is about the language, genocide and remaining culture of South Africa’s indigenous people. It has been acquired as official high school and university curriculum material in South Africa. During this period, she was invited as a juror to the International Emmy’s Documentary Competition (2012).

Weaam undertook her latest film, District Six Rising from the Dust in 2013 after moving into District Six. The film is a personal story from the inside looking out. It examines the microcosm within the macrocosm and the legacy of the Apartheid Group Areas Act. It is visually and aurally rich with moments of “fly on the wall’ perspective as well as access to nuanced moments of the Cape community.

Weaam is currently in production with her first fiction directing project titled “Two Hues”, for which she is also the screen-play writer.

Cornerstone Institute would like to invite you to engage with Weaam at our opening keynote, as she speaks to the topic From the ground up: Displacement, Cultural Heritage, and Communities.

Documentary Screening: My Dear Children

Venue: Cornerstone Institute Auditorium, Level 5, 2 Roggebaai Square, Foreshore

Time: 10h30 for 11h00 -13h00

RSVP: 100pax


DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: LeeAnn Dance and Cliff Hackel

The first in-depth, scholarly documentary about the little-known Jewish massacres in Eastern Europe after WWI. Told through the rare, first-hand account of survivor Feiga Shamis, a Jewish mother of 12, who was driven by events to put two of her children in an orphanage. “My Dear Children” is a window into this forgotten history and the daring rescue mission that saved those two children.

Events nearly 100 years ago drove a Jewish mother of 12 to send two of her children to an orphanage a continent away. Watch her story.

Judy Favish will be at the screening, and will provide a brief introduction to the documentary.

Dialogue/Panel: Geo-politics of Reclaiming Agency in the City Centre – District Six, Zonnebloem, Bo-Kaap, Liesbeek River

Venue: Kramer Quad, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus, UCT

Time: 14h30 for 15h00 – 17h00

Map: Kramer Quad

RSVP: 100pax

In apartheid South Africa city space was designed as white space and regarded as “for whites”. Forced removals have a long history that begins at the turn of the nineteenth century when African dockworkers living in the Bo-Kaap area was forcibly removed to Ndabeni, as a result of the outbreak of a plague epidemic.  In 1918, with the outbreak of the worldwide influenza epidemic in the last months of the First World War, Ndabeni was razed and the residents were once again moved to the township of Langa, the first township to be established in South Africa.

Communities living in the places that survived apartheid era forced removals (such as Bo-Kaap and Woodstock) are currently being forced out by economic apartheid taking the form of gentrification. Gentrification has been allowed to proceed apace with the result that in the post-apartheid era, apartheid spatial design is being continued and maintained by economic forced removals.

Members of the panel will reflect on this history and address the specific issues related to their area and the broader issues arising from that specificity:


  • Tauriq Jenkins (Observatory Civic) will speak on the Liesbeeck River area;
  • Mandy Sanger (District Six Museum) will speak on the question of Reclaiming District Six; 
  • Fowzia Achmat (Bokaap Civic) A representative from the Bo-Kaap Civic Association will speak on economic forced removals in Bo-Kaap;
  • Bevil Lucas (Reclaim the City) will speak on the question of spatial justice and affordable housing in the city.

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Documentary Screening: District Six Rising from the Dust

Venue: Innovation Lounge, Artscape Theatre Centre

Time: 18h00 for 18h30 – 20h30

RSVP: 80pax

The memory of District Six is an iconic to Cape Town as Table Mountain. It is remembered as a cosmopolitan neighbourhood, and a hub of art, music and culture. In 1960 District Six was declared a whites only area. This declaration was formalized with the Apartheid Group Areas Act of 1966. It is estimated that approximately 60 000 to 80 000 people were forcibly removed form District Six.

The director’s mother was one of those families that was forcibly removed with her parents, siblings, uncles, aunts and grandparents. A “tribe”, a community uprooted from their home and businesses of four generations. I moved into District Six in December 2013 in a home restituted to my family, and so the journey of the film started.

The documentary is a deeply personal story, which examines the microcosm within the macrocosm and the legacy of intergenerational pain and dispossession of wealth. It also reflects on SA’s current restitution process. The film is visually and aurally rich with moments of “fly on the wall’ perspective as well as access to nuanced moments of the Cape community, featuring clips from “District Six The Musical”

(https://filmfestival.capetown/district-six-rising-from-the-dust/) or Click Here

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Workshop: Identity, Power and Privilege - stories of youth in the making of democracy

Venue: Homecoming Centre, Buitenkant Street

Time: 10h00 for 10h30 – 13h00

RSVP: 40pax


  • Irma Titus | Health and ‘grassroots’ community activism for social justice; Bonteheuwel.
  • Jordan Pieters | Human Rights & Social Justice Law; politicised ‘woke’ youth; UCT radical and feminist politics.
  • Alex Dyers | Film making and storytelling; grassroots activism; learning & Social Justice.
  • Aviwe Ndalana | Being resilient and demonstrating agency, more than community – Hermanus and Nyanga.


  1. Welcome and introduction to the topic of the workshop –Bonita Bennett / Mandy Sanger
  2. Introductory comments from each of the young facilitators
  3. What’s your story? Experiences in dealing with identity, power and privilege: Two rounds of intergenerational storytelling.
  4. Re-imagining Identity, Power and Privilege in the city – a creative mapping exercise

Join the District Six Museum for an engagement  with an intergenerational group of participants about the impact of identity, power and privilege in the daily experiences of youth from marginalised communities in Cape Town. Our concept of marginalised cuts across economic, race, gender, sexuality, culture, language, geography and ideology. This will then be followed up by a round or two of ‘stories of young people in the making of democracy’ that will be led by young facilitators, starting with their own story and perspectives. We will also explore how a celebrity culture of youth resistance politics is generated in online spaces and how these spaces (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp/Imo Groups, amongst others) have become spaces for privileging the voices of the ‘uncapped data kids’ in our society (or not). How are young people being excluded from these discussions about identity, power and privilege and how are they occupying these online spaces collectively (accessing data, free wi-fi spaces)?


Dialogue/Panel: Lessons and Successes: Sharing Experiences of Arts Management in South Africa

Venue: Cornerstone Institute Auditorium, Level 5, 2 Roggebaai Square, Foreshore, Cape Town

Time: 13h30 for 14h00 – 16h00

RSVP: 100pax

  • Natalia Da Rocha: Performer and Founder of Applauz Arts Initiative
  • Auriol Hays: Jazz Singer and Musical Storyteller
  • Luyanda Nodilinga: Light of Life Theatre Organisation
  • Micarlo Malan: Artscape Theatre Cultural Ambassador

Dialogue/Panel: Professionalising Community Development – Reclaiming agency in our communities

Venue: Cornerstone Institute Auditorium, Level 5, 2 Roggebaai Square, Foreshore

Time: 16h15 for 16h30– 18h15

RSVP: 100pax


  • Cornel Hart and Marcel Londt (University of the Western Cape);
  • Higher Certificate and Honors in Community Development HCCD students (Cornerstone Institute)

FACILITATOR: Henrietta Settler (HoD Sociology and Community Development, Cornerstone Institute)

Join our panelists as they share their experiences as Community Development experts and practitioners advocating for the professionalisation of the sector and what this could mean for the wellbeing of our communities.

Closing Event – Reclaiming Agency 2.0

Venue: The Daily Music Show, Corner of Loop and Church Streets

Time: 18h30 – till late

*Please note doors open at 18h00, and the event will start promptly at 18h30
*RSVP essential

RSVP: 50pax

THEME: A Celebration of Capetonian Cultural Heritage  

You are cordially invited to join us at the Daily Music Show for a night of live poetry, musical performances, live art, and dancing in celebration of our Capetonian Cultural Heritage. 


  • Khadija Heeger – Poet
  • Michael Coetzee – visual artist
  • The Adams Family – Daily Music Show Resident Band

With a special appearance from songstress Auriol Hays


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