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Thandolwetu Sipuye

Thando Sipuye is an executive member of the Africentrik Study Group at the University of Sobukwe (Fort Hare). He is currently a History Masters Candidate at the Govan Mbeki Research & Development Centre under the South African Research Chairs Initiative at the University of Sobukwe (Fort Hare). He writes in his personal capacity.

Re- Steve Biko 40 Years On: Inspiration Beyond A Lifetime 40th Anniversary of the Death of Bantu Stephen Biko

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South Africa – September 12th, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the murder of Bantu Stephen Biko in police detention. Steve Biko, who was born on December 18th, 1946, would have been in his 70th year. To commemorate the milestone, the Steve Biko Foundation has curated a series of events under the banner “Steve Biko 40 Years On: Inspiration Beyond A Lifetime”, in order to celebrate the life and legacy of the inspirational leader who died at the early age of thirty.

The 40th anniversary commemorative programme consists of a series of resuscitative comparative engagements that will mobilise South Africans and the global community to reflect on the advancement of human rights for all the peoples of the globe through Biko’s lens. Some of these activities include youth dialogues, the 18th Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture, social history engagements, exhibitions and performances, publications, a colloquium and sports activities.

As an indirect consequence, the Inspiration Beyond A Lifetime programme is designed heighten the visibility of both Biko the man, and Biko the inspired thinker. It will throw focus onto his legacy and onto the rationale and necessity of his Black Consciousness philosophy.

In line with the Foundation’s vision and mission, Inspiration Beyond A Lifetime is centred on exploring the influence and impact of Biko and the Black Consciousness ideology on contemporary South Africa, principally in the mostly intangible but extremely important sectors of Education, Arts, Culture and Heritage, of Economic Transformation and of Social Development.

The Steve Biko Foundation presents South Africa, the continent and the wider global community with an opportunity to take stock and reflect on Steve Biko’s legacy. As such, the Inspiration Beyond A Lifetime programme will additionally spotlight and commend sites of sustained Black Excellence, in order to inspire a new generation of pioneering individuals and institutions

With the Inspiration Beyond A Lifetime commemorative series of events, the Foundation seeks to rouse an individual and collective assessment of South Africa then and today. Utilising the impact of Biko’s teachings on contemporary South Africa – and indeed the world – SBF will unearth new insight on Biko and Black Consciousness while acknowledging a milestone in history.

The official commemorative activities will commence on the 8th September with the 18th Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture. Activities will continue right through to December 2017. For more details about the upcoming “Steve Biko 40 Years On: Inspiration Beyond a Lifetime”, commemorative events please see the below table of scheduled events:

For more information about the “Steve Biko 40 Years On: Inspiration Beyond a Lifetime” programme please contact the Steve Biko Foundation’s Senior Programmes Manager, Ms. Bokang Pooe, via email: bpooe@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6757.

About the Steve Biko Foundation

The Steve Biko Foundation is a community development organization inspired by the legacy of Bantu Stephen Biko. The Foundation was established in 1998 and is dedicated to promoting the intangible aspects of development, namely identity, culture and values; the issues that speak to the soul of a nation.

The Foundation aims to intensify its efforts to strengthen democracy by championing dialogue, scholarship and programmes on the relationship between identity, agency, citizenship and social action.

The Foundation’s programmes focus on:
Consciousness – Who am I?
Community – Making a societal contribution; and
Core Skills – Skills development programmes for young people.

Alongside SBF’s public dialogue initiatives, interventions take place in the areas of Arts & Culture, Education, Sports & Enterprise Development. Much of this work takes place at the Steve Biko Centre in the Ginsberg Township of King William’s Town. In addition to training spaces, the Centre houses the Steve Biko Museum, Archives, Library and Conferencing facilities.

For more information about the Steve Biko Foundation contact Thando Sipuye via email: tsipuye@sbf.org.za or call 011 403 0310.

Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheSteveBikoFoundation/

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Visit us on: www.sbf.org.za

 

Date

Time

Event

RSVP

Location

Friday, 01st – Sunday, 03rd
September (Spring Day)
07:00 – 21:00 Spring Day Affair at Aluta Restaurant & Lounge:
10% discount on all purchases, live entertainment, prizes & giveaways.

Kay-Lee Campbell
Email: Kcampbell@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6700

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
01st  – 30th  September 09:00 – 16:30 Mon – Fri Steve Biko Centre Museum:
Museum entry will be free of charge in commemoration of Biko’s death and celebration of South Africa’s Heritage Month.

Sinethemba Homani
Email: shomani@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6705

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Tuesday, 05th September 17:30 for 18:00 Book Launch:
PanMacMillan launching “No Fears Expressed” and “The Testimony of Steve Biko”, edited by Millard Arnold.
Please contact PanMacMillan directly for more details Bowmans, Sandton, Johannesburg
Thursday, 07th September 16:00 – 21:00 Public Lecture:
“Black Consciousness & The Student Movement Today: Towards A Decolonized
African Scholarship”.

For more details please contact Star Radebe
Email: starradebe@gmail.com or call 074 729 6929

Collin Web Hall/DSLT,
University of KwaZulu Natal, PMB Campus

Thursday, 07th September 17:30 for 18:00 Book Launch:
Sibusiso Mjikelo will launch his new book, “Being A Black Springbok”.
Featuring Thando Manana.

Mwelela Cele
Email: mwelela@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6700

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Friday, 08th September 12:30 for 13:00 South African Book Fair Discussion:
“No Fears Expressed” and “The Testimony of Steve Biko”. Discussion between
Millard Arnold, Fasiha Hassan and Victor Dlamini.

Entry is R30. For more details visit: http://www. southafricanbookfair.co.za/wp-content/uploads/SABF-
2017-Programme-Friday-8-September-at-16-Aug-171.pdf

John Kani Stage, Market Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg
Friday, 08th September 13:00 Steve Biko Memorial Schools Games Finals:
Soccer, Rugby, Netball, Chess & Boxing Tournaments.

Unathi Sangotsha
Email: usangotsha@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6700

De Vos Malan High School and Victoria Grounds, King William’s Town
Friday, 08th September 18:30 for 19:00 Ginsberg Film Festival – Opening Night:
“40 Years of South African Film”.

Pamela Ngqinani
Email: pngqinani@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6700

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Saturday, 09th September 10:00 – 19:00 Steve Biko Memorial Community Club Finals:
Soccer, Rugby & Boxing Tournaments. Followed by Prize-giving ceremony.

Unathi Sangotsha
Email: usangotsha@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6700

Congo Fields, Ginsberg and Victoria Grounds, King William’s Town
Saturday, 09th September 15:00; 18:00 & 20:00 Ginsberg Film Festival:
“40 Years of South African Film”.

Pamela Ngqinani
Email: pngqinani@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6700

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Sunday, 10th September 10:00 Church Service:
Commemorative Service for Bantu Stephen Biko at Saint Georges Cathedral.

Dean Michael Weeder
Email: dean@sgcathedral.co.za or call 021 424 7360

St. George’s Cathedral, 5 Wale Street, Cape Town
Sunday, 10th September 15:00; 18:00 & 20:00 Ginsberg Film Festival – Opening Night:
“40 Years of South African Film”.

Pamela Ngqinani
Email: pngqinani@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6700

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Monday, 11th September 15:00; 18:00 & 20:00 Ginsberg Film Festival:
“40 Years of South African Film”.

Pamela Ngqinani
Email: pngqinani@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6700

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Tuesday, 12th September
(Steve Biko Commemoration Day)
09:30 for 10:00 Interdenominational Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Life of
Bantu Stephen Biko: Followed by a wreath laying ceremony.

Pamela Ngqinani
Email: pngqinani@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6700

Steve Biko Garden of Remembrance, King William’s Town
Tuesday, 12th September 12:30 for 13:00 Steve Biko Schools Dialogue:
“Inspiration Beyond A Lifetime”.

Pamela Ngqinani
Email: pngqinani@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6700

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Tuesday, 12th September 12:30 for 13:00 Steve Biko Bioethics Lecture:
“A Just Health System: Our Common Vision”. With Dr. Gwen Ramokgopa, Gauteng MEC for Health.

Samkelo Nsibande
Email: Samkelo.Nsibande@wits.ac.za
or call 011 717 2190

School of Public Health Auditorium, Education Campus, Wits University, Johannesburg
Thursday, 13th September 19:00 for 19:30 Theatre:
“Biko Rising”, a Mandla Mbothwe production in association with the Caribbean Theatre.

Bokang Pooe
Email: bpooe@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6757

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Friday, 14th September 19:00 for 19:30 Theatre:
“Biko Rising”, a Mandla Mbothwe production in association with the Caribbean Theatre.

Bokang Pooe
Email: bpooe@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6757

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Saturday, 15th September 19:00 for 19:30 Theatre:
“Biko Rising”, a Mandla Mbothwe production in association with the Caribbean Theatre.

Bokang Pooe
Email: bpooe@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6757

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Sunday, 17th September 16:00 for 16:30 Mlungisi Gegana Quartet – Jazz Performance:
“An Afternoon with internationally renowned Jazz Bassist, Mlungisi Gegana”.

Pamela Ngqinani
Email: pngqinani@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6700

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Thursday, 21st September 17:30 for 18:00 Book Launch:
SBF, Amathole Museum, Ntinga & Amahla Heritage Publishing present
“Maqoma’s Last War: The Sinking of the Birkenhead”, linking Maqoma to traditions of resistance, liberation and leadership.

Mwelela Cele
Email: mwelela@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6700

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Thursday, 21st September TBC UMTAPO Steve Biko Lecture Arun Naicker Call: 031 309 3350 Durban University of Technology, Durban, KwaZulu Natal
Friday, 22nd September TBC UMTAPO Steve Biko Lecture Arun Naicker Call: 031 309 3350 University of Zululand, KwaZulu Natal
Friday, 22nd September 19:00 for 19:30 Theatre Production:
“The House of Truth”, performance with Sello Maake kaNcube.

Bokang Pooe
Email: bpooe@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6757

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Saturday, 23rd September 19:00 for 19:30 Theatre Production:
“The House of Truth”, performance with Sello Maake kaNcube.

Bokang Pooe
Email: bpooe@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6757

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Monday, 25th September 17:30 for 18:00 Exhibition Launch:
Opening and launch of the photographic exhibition, “40 Years of Student Protest”. In association with the Market Photo Workshop.

Bokang Pooe
Email: bpooe@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6757

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Tuesday, 26th September 17:30 for 18:00 Book Launch:
Millard Arnold will launch his two books “No Fears Expressed”
and “The Testimony of Steve Biko”.

Mwelela Cele
Email: mwelela@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6700

Steve Biko Centre, One Zotshie Street, Ginsberg, King William’s Town
Thursday, 28th September 14:00 Book Launch:
Sindiwe Magona will launch her new book, “Folk Tales”.

Mwelela Cele
Email: mwelela@sbf.org.za or call 043 605 6700

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