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The Sun Chaser

by Simphiwe Dana on Monday, July 27, 2009 at 8:55pm I recently bumped into the sun chaser in Senegal, of course we both showed no surprise at seeing each other so far away from home, after the things we had both seen. My Dance Company and I had come to do a dance piece called ‘Making Our … Continue reading

The face of inequality and denialism in South Africa

Feathers were ruffled on Twitter when Simphiwe Dana tweeted a question on solving poverty in the Western Cape at DA leader and premier Helen Zille. Dana rejected the answer she got – which had to be fewer than 140 characters. The tweeting escalated. Here the two come out of their restricted nutshells. What Dana would … Continue reading

African Innovation and African Language Systems

27th of September 2011 – Wits Main Campus – Speech at the Thinkers’ Symposium The Department of Linguistics in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology says – “If development is seen as the sustainable socio-cultural, economic & technological transformation of society, then language is important. Language is a granary, a repository of the world-view … Continue reading

The politics of language

By: Simphiwe Dana2011-10-02 10:00 Language has been linked to cultural identity and innovation. But, as we know, the development of Africa was curtailed by the advent of colonialism and its languages. To kill a tree you must cut off its roots. To kill a society you must disassociate it from its culture, language and identity. … Continue reading

The Power of Language – Afrikaans, Afrikans

by Simphiwe Dana on Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 8:31am Oops, the year is almost over, and I am reminded of the pain I felt at the beginning of this year when I was looking for schools for my children.  I am based in Cape Town, but I found it impossible to get them into a good … Continue reading

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress.com. After you read this, you should delete and write your own post, with a new title above. Or hit Add New on the left (of the admin dashboard) to start a fresh post. Here are some suggestions for your first post. You can find new ideas for what to blog about by … Continue reading