|Alumni, Staff and Student News, April 2007|
|Written by Tomaselli, Keyan|
Thanks to all those graduates and current students who sent me news for
the irregular CCMS Newsletter. Your notes, comments and updates make
the editorial effort most enjoyable.
The launch of the Houses of Modernity exhibition at the Durban Art
Gallery was held on 4 April. This is a collaboration between Malmo
University, Sweden, CCMS and the Centre for Creative Arts, both of UKZN.
the CCMS host is Ruth Teer-Tomaselli, who with Alison Copley and
Natalie Emslie organised a seminar in Durban in November 2006 on the
topic, Memories of Modernity. Many CCMS graduate students participated
in this event and Natale and Alison, with Ruth, participated in two
seminars in Sweden last year. The exhibition runs until April 25th and
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includes Durban and Swedish artists.
Susan Makore (nee Manhando) reports "Its good to read about everyone
and how well they are doing. Have just
completed a 5 year contract at Zimbabwe TV the last 3 years as CEO. I
am taking a break from the corporate world while lecturing in Media and
Comm studies at UZ."
A number of CCMS delegates and students participated in a variety of
conferences in the last week of March. I was the official SACOMM (SA
Communication Association) representative at The Media and the
Constitution Conference in Johannesburg. CCMS PhD student, Rene Smith,
representing the Media Action Project talked about AIDS, gender and
media issues, but regrettably CCMS graduate Jacob Ntshangase, now
Executive Director of Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, was
indisposed. He was due to speak on "Understanding Journalists, Their
Sources and the Law". (Jacob, we hope you get better soon.) The meeting
was kicked off by Prof Robin Palmer of the UKZN Faculty of Law, on
"South African Media Legislation and Policy". Rene also attended the
Children's Summit and facilitated the pre-symposium, Film and
Publication Board and Fifth World Summit on Children on Media. Geri
Coertze (MA) will briefly discuss her impressions of the Summit at a
forthcoming graduate research proposal seminar. The Summit, an
international event, was held in Johannesburg. CCMS Honours graduate,
now Prof Jeanne Prinsloo of Rhodes University, presented a paper on
youth and media consumption. The potential erosion of media freedom
posed by an amendment to the Film and Publication Act was the main topic
of concern at these meetings. The state wants to punish child
pornographers, but the amendment does not designate this specific topic,
meaning that anything the state decides to be undesirable could be thus
Congratulations to the following on their impending graduation: PhDs
Mick Francis and Sethunya Mosime; and MA students Ed da Veiga,
Brilliant Mhlanga. Kathryn Gendall, Zwaks Ngubane, Mary Lange and
Students who have published in books and academic journals last year
include Brilliant, Abraham Mulwo, Nhamo Mhiripiri and Arnold Shepperson.
Brilliant has been selected for the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Prestigious
Award which entails two workshops, one in Cape Town and one in Oxford.
Thumida Maistry (Hons) is working at SA Revenue Services in a senior
communication and research capacity.
Vuyo Mabune, Chris Logie and Kyle Sturgess are working on a Pitzer
College-led Internet and video project from Howard College. This
project is an outgrowth of the three year exchange between CCMS and
Pitzer, based in Los Angeles. Zunaid Mansoor will be shortly taking up a
Fulbright Scholarship in the USA. Zunaid is currently tutoring in Media
and Culiural Studies. Well done Zunaid.
Mashilo Boloka (PhD) has taken up a post with the Department of
Communication, Pretoria, and Jeffrey Sehume, previously at the
University of Zululand, is now with the Presidency. Damien Tomaselli is
teaching media studies at Rosebank College, working as a video producer,
completing a project for HIVAN and undertaking a digitisation project
for Michigan State Univeristy which also involves Chris Logie. Kathryn
Gendall (nee Gush) is working at Mr Price as a communication specialist
and Ed da Veiga is studying for his Master in Fine Arts at the AFDA film
school, in Cape Town.
April 4th saw the publication of Writing in the San/d: Autoethnography
Amongst Indigenous South Africans (New York: Altamira Press). Edited by
Keyan, the issues contain chapters written by CCMS students based on
their visual anthropology fieldwork in the Kalahari: Mary Lange,
Vanessa McLennan-Dodd, Naseema Taleb, Lauren Dyll and Belinda
Jeursen. Sonja Narunsky-Laden, a CCMS Post Doctoral Fellow in 2005
co-wrote the Introduction with Nate Kohn. Other co-authors of one
chapter include Belinda Kruiper and Charlize Tomaselli.
CCMS MA Student Gets Top Job
Prof Patrick Coleman reports that
"It is with great pleasure (and relief) that I take this opportunity on
behalf of Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa to announce the
hiring of Mr. Richard Delate as the new Country Programme Director,
Communication. We are very fortunate to have someone of Richard's
experience, knowledge and communication skills join us. He is widely
respected both in South Africa and internationally for his experience
dealing with a range of HIV issues, his leadership and critical thinking in
HIV communication. His background in reproductive health also is key to
exploring dual protection, HIV+ women who wish to have children, prevention
with positives and a host of other programme areas."
Humanities Access Programme in the UKZN's Howard College. "I have started
lecturing on fixed term bases since last year (2006) but as you may remember
I was the coordinator of the Peer Education at HIVAN's Campus HIV/AIDS
support Unit from 2004 until 2005. While I was there I was applying
entertainemt education to the extent that one of our task teams in the peer
education was entertainment education task team, this task team was
organizing dramas on HIV/AIDS related issues. While I was in the unit I
produced and directed a promotional video: Introducing the Campus HIV/AIDS
Support Unit, the video introduces the unit and it its activities and it
clearly shows the fact that we used entertainment education to do our
campaigning. My first degree is in English and my Masters is in CCMS and my
Masters research article was around the role of Media in HIV/AIDS"
- have gone into property development and investment and joined two
ex-Marriott and Investec property gurus. We
have portfoilios all over the country and are endeavouring to move even
farther interms of magnitude.
- quite interesting and starkly different from CCMS however, I never forget
to use the fundamentals I was tought by yourself and ProfTeer-Tomaselli
in my approach and application to certain tasks.
media monitoring job at SARS Previously, she was captivated by a
fascinating project to produce biographies of struggle heroes - those lesser
he founded a Digital Media
company and he has to date produced a number of Corporate and Social
Awareness DVD¹s along with several TV Commercials. WHeare currently working
on a Pedestrian awareness campaign for the KZN department of transport.
"Hot Report", a zany send up of "e-tv's Third Degree", in this case hosted
by Zebra Chatter, is a 15 minute M-Net EDIT production screened repeatedly
on DStv for over a year. The video was made by students from Culture,
Communication and Media Studies (CCMS) and from Drama and Performance
Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus. The team
was awarded an M-Net Special Mention for Best Script Writer (Brian Wallace).
The 15 minute mockumentary stars Wallace (a bit of scriptwriter's self
nepotism) as Ricardo Quarantino, Superintendent van der van der Linde, Rocky
Ridge … well all the male roles (alas the necessary evils of a student
budget). Keri-lee Miller plays all the female roles (now your getting it!).
Zebra Chatter investigates the sordid life of Ricardo Quarantino; a man
married to a Television set named Candy. Zebra unperturbed by this sordid
love story uncovers the details of this unique love; a love that ultimately
lead to both their deaths, when in desperation the lovers decide to rob a
library. Directed by the Ed da Veiga, now studying for an MFA at AFDA;
Wallace is studying further at the London International Film School and
Damien Tomaselli, editor and sometime camera, is freelancing in Durban, and
completing a video for HIVAN. The M-Net EDiT (Emerging Dynamics in
Television) competition is a unique opportunity which provides South
Africa's future film makers with a platform to showcase their emerging
talents, by offering them the chance to have their work screened on DSTV.
Executive Producers were Keyan Tomaselli and Subeshini Moodley of the
University. The programme has been screneed non-stop for over a year on DStv
Keyan Tomaselli was invited to participate in an Institute of the
Humanities at the 2007 Pan African Film and TV Festival in which directors,
academics and others discussed relevant issues under the theme,
"Cinematographic Culture and Aesthetics in Africa". Having spent four days
in planes and airports, three days at the Festival, he is now back in Durban
Keyan's new book, "Encountering Modernity: 20th Century South African
Cinemas, will be published shortly by UNISA Press. The international
edition was released in October 2006. This book follows Keyan earlier and
seminal book, "The Cinema of Apartheid: Race and Class in South African
Jean Barker is Entertainment Editor at MWEB. She writes: "People can visit
the site she built at http://www.mweb.co.za/hubs/entertainment/. I also run
a maverick site www.africans.co.za and freelance as a columnist
for Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent, Marie Claire and
various other publications. I did my honours at CMS in 1996 and then moved
to Cape Town, where I am very happy - though I miss Durban right down to the
way it smells. Would love to hear how and where others are so feel free to
She was wonderful. Hope everything goes really well for her."
to hear from my university which I am really proud of, University of KwaZulu
Natal. Now i am a lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass
Communication, University of Asmara, Eritrea."
everyone's news" Jo-Anne, who previously worked at UKZN and who became an
intrepid Kalahari traveller, is now Fundraising Manager, Red Cross
Childrens Hospital Trust, Ph: 021 - 6867860.
Ruth and I attended the funeral of Vetkat Regopstaan Kruiper over the
weekend. He had died of natural causes last Wednesday. The funeral was
held at !Xaus Lodge in the Transfrontier Kalahari Park, and involved a 4
hour convoy of 4 vehicles which left Welkom at 6pm. We drove a symbolic
58 kms through the Park and the dunes at night to the Lodge which is
38kms off-road. There, a number of ceremonies, prayers and eulogies
were offered by members of the 40 odd gathering and an all-night vigil
ensued. Vetkat was buried near a tree about 600 metres from the Lodge
at sunrise the following morning. The tree looks like the one which
dominated the Blinkwater dune skyline. This was an emotional
`homecoming' as Vetkat is now part of the Lodge, its sand, its pan, its
sky, its landscape, where he was to have been the artist in residence
for the new Lodge. The ceremony was a very moving one, and I offered
the condolences of all CCMS folks who had met, interviewed, talked to,
and interacted with Vetkat, on our varous trips since April 2000. I
gave Belinda a printout of the eulogies which I had received prior to
our departure. I will send on to Belinda those that arrived in our
absence. These will be printed for distribution at the memorial service
planned for Saturday (see below).
Thanks to all those who sent Ruth condolences on the loss of her
father in late March. It's wonderful to work with such a caring