Lectures

Schedule of Lectures August to December 2016

Venue: RJM Hall, Randjes Estate, Randjeslaagte Road, Highlands North. (26.14S 28.09E) Tea and coffee is served at 09:30.  The lecture starts at 10:00

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Date

14 July

No Meeting

Date

16 August

Speaker

Sue Krige
Independent Researcher, Historian and Heritage Consultant.

Title

Exploring the city – including Soweto.

Blurb

Sue will take us on an interesting exploration that will hopefully inspire us to explore Johannesburg.

Date

13 September

Speaker

Hennie Richards
General Manager
Randjes Estate

Title

A comparative analysis of the social intervention systems of South Africa and the Philippines. A look at how the Filipinos respond to a natural disaster.

Blurb

Hennie Richards studied and worked in the Philippines in 2006 and one week before returning to South Africa, a typhoon, named Durian, made landfall in the Bicol region. It passed within 50km of the city of Manila where he was stationed and he witnessed first-hand both the devastation of the storm which registered winds of 195km/h and the rescue operation launched by the Filipinos within the hour of the storm turning toward South Vietnam where it eventually weakened to a tropical storm.
Hennie worked alongside ordinary men and women who simply did what needed to be done. He tells the story of a people who have it in their DNA to mobilize themselves.

Date

11 October

Speaker

Richard Poplak
Author and journalist, writer and senior contributor at the Daily Maverick.

Title

Continental Shift - How Africa has changed because of China, the commodities super-cycle, and African agency.

Blurb

After travelling for nine years across 18 African countries, Richard Poplak witnessed change on a scale he could never have imagined. But was this development in the strictest sense of the term, or was it merely unchecked growth, most of it accruing to a narrow elite? In chasing down the answer to this question, Poplak encountered some harrowing, moving and poignant answers.

Date

8 November

Speaker

Richard Steyn

Title

'Jan Smuts - A Victim of History’

Blurb

Jan Smuts was one of the outstanding figures of the early 20th Century, known around the world by people with little knowledge of South Africa. He is commonly regarded as one of history’s great internationalists, who helped construct the architecture of the modern world. Yet present-day South Africa has chosen to ignore or and forget him.  The author of ‘Unafraid of Greatness’, a new biography of Smuts, explores the reasons why.