[OSGeo Africa] 1913 Natives Land Act Exhibition on Social Media Platforms
chris at airphotoafrica.co.za
Sat Aug 3 11:42:15 PDT 2013
With due respect .......
I had a look at your links and I am afraid I came away with the
impression that the RDLA effort is all pure progaganda -- geared to an
election next year..Talking about van Riebeck and colonialism ( of a
special type ) nearly four hundred years after the event , shows how far
some have drifted from the spirit of "Ubuntu" , Mandela and the Freedom
Charter. ( Yes I can also read and understand "comrade-speak" ! ) I am
sure many , less well read in the REAL history are going to come away
with the crudely simplistic impression -- Very bad White man stole good
peace loving black mans land -- perhaps this is the message that the
ruling party intends they should have ? Apart from "open-eyes" I would
think that people should also have "open-minds" ?
As you know I have been doing some reading on this issue and the
associated history. Without claiming to have any expert knowledge on the
subject and not having been directly affected ( I am not a land owner ) I
found the pages referenced did not contain anything that I would consider
educational -- at least in any sense of offering a detailed intellectual
unbiased account. ( and when are people going to learn that if
information is behind a "sign-in-and-come-and-join-us" *Facebook* then I
am really not interested ) -- BTW it appears you have 57 "likes' ? I am
not sure if that says anything significant ?
There are detailed accounts ( documents ) that are extant and which a bit
of searching will reveal.
I refer to the work of Professor Harvey M Feinberg [ with Andre Horn
University of Pretoria ]
and an even more detailed account presented in the Masters thesis of
Patricia Grattan Dickson
"The Natives Land Act .1913: It's Antecedants , Passage and Reception"
University of Cape Town December 1970
Which looks at original source records like HANSARD and official
Then there are the papers read at the LandDivided2013 Conference that
was held recently , also at UCT
Papers like that of Prof Peter Delius and William Beinart ( who if they
are reading this should get their paper out of draft form and onto the
LandDivided website )
In short -- I see lots of emotion and very little REAL coverage of the
very complex and multi layered issues.
History ( especially when the issues are so sensitive ) needs to be
For all the politicking , the money could rather have been given to
[the] African Centre for Food Security
That said , I do intend to visit the "show" if / when it gets to UKZN
On 1 Aug 2013 at 8:50, Aslam Parker wrote:
> Please circulate this to members.
> Dear members of GISSA/SAGI/OSGEO
> As you know the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform has put a
> major interactive exhibition on the effects of the Native Land Act and
> other Apartheid Legislation on human settlements and society. It is now at
> Nasrec in Gauteng and will move to every province of the country. I
> strongly recommend that you visit this free exhibition and encourage
> colleagues and family to attend as well.
> To unlock access to Facebook and other social media, like our Facebook
> page on Facebook/reversingthelegacy and follow us on Twitter
> @reversinglegacy #sa1913land act.
> Also check out these You Tube links
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIXqnDdaeJo ,
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L3kYeseFpQ ,
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3NKcTsa1aUto catch up on the latest
> developments taking place at the 1913 Natives’ Land Act Exhibition.
> Visit the Reversing the Legacy of the 1913 Natives’ Land Act website on
> www.reversingthelegacy.org for more information on the exhibition. To view
> the clip on the eNCA go to
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