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Njabulo S Ndebele: Goodbye Sandton, Hello Soweto!
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Keynote, Aug 28, 2014
In 2014, the Republic of South Africa celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first democratic elections. The end of apartheid gave millions of previously disenfranchised people a new life horizon. Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the South African Embassy celebrate this jubilee by hosting a critical appraisal of the developments since 1994. Protagonists of the anti-apartheid movement such as jazz musician Hugh Masekela, author Njabulo S Ndebele or poet Antjie Krog appear alongside representatives of the new generation including filmmaker Khalo Matabane or Afro-futurist trendsetter Nozinja. Films and discussions examine not only the successes of the transition to democracy but also the challenges the country has to face: the wounds of the past, growing inequality, persistent social intolerance. As a “test case in democracy,” the analysis of South Africa also grants insights into the promises and challenges democratic societies worldwide have to come to terms with.