Grant Scheme Winners 2013

Christa Kuljian-editedChrista Kuljian is a freelance writer who was awarded the Ruth First Fellowship at Wits Journalism (2010) and gave the Ruth First Memorial Lecture on the refugee crisis at the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg, which led to her writing her first book Sanctuary. Her book project will explore the drama of the Cradle of Humankind.  It will explore the stories of the people who put forward debates about science, religion, politics and race over the past century in this one particular place.  This book will not focus on the scientific discoveries alone, but will explore them again with a particular emphasis on the ironic context in which they were set, the religious and political fervor of apartheid that rejected the science at its doorstep.  Also, this book will go behind the scenes to capture the human element of some of the conflicts and discoveries at the Cradle.

Danie Sekepe Matjila-edited Daniel Sekepe Matjila is an Associate Professor in the Department of African Languages and head of Centre for Pan African Languages and Cultural Development. He is a fellow of University of Michigan. His area of research includes literacy, applied linguistics, psycho-linguistics, literature and cultural history. He is also a writer of short stories, novels and readers. His AGSA project is about the development of our indigenous African Languages: Text editing for Indigenous African Languages. He is involved in and responsible for writing the Setswana Text Editing manuscript Boruni jwa Dikwalwa tsa Setswana.

 Elias Nyefolo Malete-editedDr Elias Nyefolo Malete is a senior lecturer in the department of African Languages at the University of the Free State, specialising in Sesotho Syntax and Oral literature. He co-authored Sesotho grammar books for grades 9,10,11 and 12 for the Sediba grammar series. He was member and chairperson of PanSALB from 2008 to 2011. His Sesotho Text Editing Project is about the development African Languages: Text editing for Indigenous African Languages launched in 2012 at Stellenbosch University. The ultimate aim of the project is to have books published in four indigenous African languages (isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho and Setswana). The Sesotho book in particular, will contribute to the standardisation of language usage in Sesotho by making available guidelines for language practice and for intervention by text editors and other language practitioners.

 Lindy Heinecken-editedLindy Heinecken was formerly a researcher and Deputy Director of the Centre for Military Studies (CEMIS) at the South African Military Academy. She now serves as Professor of Sociology in the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department at Stellenbosch University. The main focus of her research is in the domain of armed forces and society where she has published extensively on issues affecting the South African armed forces. Her book “Lost in Transition: South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Military”, examines the challenges of defence transformation over the past twenty years. She highlights how changes in the strategic and political environment have impacted on the South African National Defence Force, what the main challenges facing the Defence Force are and how it has dealt with issues such as racial transformation, military unionism, gender integration and peacekeeping operations. In closure, she pays particular attention the effect politicisation is having on military professionalism and the consequences this holds for democracy in South Africa.

Lize Van Robbroeck-editedLize van Robbroeck completed her Honours degree in History of Art at the university of the Witwatersrand. Her Masters degree, also at the University of the Witwatersrand, dealt with the ideology and practice of community arts in South Africa. She completed her Doctorate at the University of Stellenbosch on the discursive reception of modern black art in white South African writing. After completion of her Doctorate, her research focused on postcoloniality and nationalism in South African visual arts. She is one of the editors and writers of the Visual Century, a four-volume revisionist history of South African art in the twentieth century. Her book project for which she won the Anfasa award entails a study of western responses to and interpretations of emerging modern African art in the early 20th century.

Luvuyo Ntombana 2-editedLuvuyo Ntombana completed his PhD in anthropology at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He is currently a Senior Researcher at Fort Hare Institute of Social and Economic Research and he is responsible for the Youth, Gender and Reproductive Health Program. His academic interests include issues related to African culture and religion, Indigenous knowledge, youth cultures, traditional circumcision and initiation practice. He has received a grant to write his book entitled; ‘Between Boys and Men: The Past, Present and the Future of Xhosa Male Initiation’, this book looks at how the role and the meaning of Xhosa male initiation has changed over time and also cultivates a debate on change and traditional practices in contemporary society.

 Marc Duby-editedMarc Duby was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and began his professional career as electric and acoustic bassist in 1972 and went on to received the first degree in jazz performance (MMus cum laude) in South Africa from UKZN in 1987 under the supervision of Prof. Darius Brubeck.  Awarded established researcher status in 2010 by the National Research Foundation, he has presented academic papers in Bologna, New Orleans, Spain, Greece, and Cambridge University. He is interested in documenting jazz in Durban during the 1980s, especially the role played by venues like the Rainbow restaurant, and how performances there in that time challenged the status quo musically and politically.

Petro Du Preez-editedPetro du Preez is an Associate Professor at the North West University (Potchefstroom).Petro, an alumnus of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, was recently awarded an Y2 rating as a researcher by the National Research Foundation (2014), named one of the top 200 youth leaders in South Africa by the Mail & Guardian in the category Science and Education (2012), and named one of HERS-SA’s movers and shakers in academia (2013). Her project, Child trafficking as a human rights violation and the South African curriculum, will focus on child trafficking and the role that the curriculum can play to address this human rights violation. This book will therefore aim to contribute to addressing child trafficking as a human rights violation through the curriculum.  Specific focus will be placed on children and teachers’ current levels of awareness pertaining to human and child trafficking, before interventions will be suggested.

Sifiso Ndlovu-editedDr Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu is currently the Executive at the South African Democracy Education Trust and is one of the authors of The Road to Democracy in South Africa series. He is the author of The Soweto Uprisings: Countermemories of 16 June 1976.  His research interests includes the pre-colonial history of South Africa and the history of football, and has published journal articles in these fields. He is also a member of UNESCO’s Scientific Committee responsible for revising the General History of Africa series. His work and forthcoming book will largely focus on the production of historical knowledge by the various sections of the African community in South Africa. It uses perceptions of King Dingane, one of the pivotal figures in the history of race relations in South Africa, as a case study.

Sylvia Bruinders-editedDr. Sylvia Bruinders is a Senior Lecturer in Musicology at the S.A. College of Music at the University of Cape Town where she teaches courses in Ethnomusicology, African and World musics. Her disseration on the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape received the Nicholas Temperley Award for Excellence in a Dissertation in Musicology from the University of Illinois. She is the Reviews Editor of The Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa and has published several articles on her research. Sylvia Bruinders will be producing a popular book on the Christmas bands movement in the Western Cape, which will consist of the history and ethnography of different bands and their larger affiliations, as well as biographical sketches of longstanding and significant members. The book will include photographs by photographer Paul Grendon and an accompanying CD on which certain bands will perform some of their repertory of music. It is hoped that the book launch will coincide with the photographic exhibition.