Although we were slightly hesitant about having three Supper Club guests in July rather than the usual single speaker, we need not have worried. We were concerned that the limited time for each speaker, might make the occasion seem hurried and that they might be frustrated at not having enough time to express themselves.
This was not the case: our three guests handled the limitations beautifully! The room was abuzz with the energetic and passionate views of our guests Lusapho Hlatshaneni, Jordan Pieters and Gabeba Gaidien who, acutely aware of the preciousness of the time, were thoughtful, considered and bold in the way that they chose to put forward their viewpoints. They modelled so wonderfully the spirit of the Super Club conversations, and everyone commented on how well they listened to each other especially when they held different points of view or disagreed with each other. Each responded to the issues on the table rather than shouting each other down.
This was a wonderful dialogue about youth issues expressed by youthful voices, acknowledging at the same time that the range of issues are far more complex, layered and varied than could be expressed by three people and in this limited context.
It was a bonus for the group to be invited into the Cape Talk Studios after Supper Club, to continue the conversation on the Koketso Sachane’s Show.
The District Six Community Day Centre, housed on the site of the former Peninsula Maternity Hospital, officially opened its doors on 25 July – though it has been open to the public since March. Former staff of the Peninsula Marina Brinkhuis, Patience Watlington, Georgina Blaauw, Harriet Arendse and Mike Wright represented participants of the PMH Memory Project.
Information on the new facility can be found at:
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‘Against the odds’
This month’s Supper Club features a conversation with two childhood friends from District Six: Pat Fahrenfort and Rachmat Fakir.
Growing up, both of them had physical conditions which affected their mobility in different ways. According to Pat, both of them were never expected to walk. Theirs is a story of a vibrant childhood in District Six, of defiant courage and intensive engagement with the world of medical care in the city. It is a story of lifelong friendship and of regaining mobility ‘against the odds’.
Please join us for an intimate evening of conversation and good food, as we listen to and respond to their story. Pat will also read extracts from her memoir ‘Spanner in the Works’ which will also be on sale.
Pat Fahrenfort describes herself as having ‘never been busier’ since she retired as a civil servant fourteen years ago. She spends her time writing, bead-crating and storytelling amongst other things, and has recently published her memoir ‘Spanner in the Works’ which tells the story of her working life.
Rachmat Fakir, like Pat, has never allowed her disability to define her. She embodies the spirit of District Six in her approach to life and living: people-centred and community focused. She is described as a loyal friend and absolutely devoted to her family.
Supper Club takes place at the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre, 15 Buitenkant Street, on THURSDAY 30 AUGUST, from 18h00 – 20h30. Cost is R 150 at the door (R130 if pre-paid by EFT or Webtickets), and R130 for SA pensioners, R75 for children.
The cost includes:
- Welcome drink and samoosas on arrival
- Main course (with vegetarian option)
- Coffee, tea and koesisters
For bookings please call Chantal Delilie on 021 4667200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
‘From seamstresses, hairdressers, tailors, shoemakers and bakers, to koesister- and medurah-makers- District Six represented a diverse creative industry of bold imagination and style.’
So reads the text on the invitation to join the Museum’s programme on National Women’s Day, 9 August. Of the District Sixers representing the creative industries in the area before its destruction, the majority were women. Some continued to use their skills and talents wherever they lived, while others have more recently revived these skills through various memory projects.
The national theme for the 2018 Women’s Day programme is ‘Press for progress’. You are invited to participate in this programme which will celebrate and honour the contributions of women both now and in the past, acknowledging the struggles and challenges that often stand in the way of creativity. It will be an opportunity to hear how they have ‘pressed for progress’ and you might feel inspired to share your own story. The programme will create space for women to share their experiences of using their creative skills to earn an income, to transfer skills to the next generation, or as tools for healing.
You will also be introduced to the Museum’s wonderful new product range – ‘Memory Threads’- which features products developed from District Six stories and archival sources combined with the skills and expertise of District Six elders.
As we celebrate the women present at the programme, we will also take a moment to acknowledge the origins of National Women’s Day in South Africa which has its beginnings in political struggle under Apartheid. On this day in 1956, thousands of women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against amendments to the already harsh Urban Areas Act, involving the extension of the carrying of passes to African women as another means of restricting their movements.
The Women’s March was a great success, with women from all parts of the country arriving in Pretoria to support the protest. Thousands more were represented in the signatures on the pile of petitions that were handed over. Estimates of the number of women delegates ranged from 10 000 to 20 000.
A line from a song composed for the occasion became a slogan for the campaign: ‘Strijdom, Wathinti’abafazi, wathinti’imbokodo.’ (‘Strijdom you have tampered with the women, You have struck a rock.’)
Please join the District Six Museum on Thursday 9 August from 11h00 to 13h00, for its Women’s Day programme which will take place at its Homecoming Centre, 15 Buitenkant Street.
Tel: 021 466 7200 for more information.