Free lunchtime talk: Class analysis in the 21st Century

You are invited to a free Lunchtime Soapbox talk entitled:

Class analysis in the 21st Century by Mandisi Majavu

Classes are social groups that ought to be viewed collectively. Social and economic theorists normally define class in terms of property ownership. Mandisi argues that it is not only property relations that separate us into classes, but also the distribution of economic responsibilities in the division of labour which creates social groups with their own shared consciousness and motives.

Mandisi Majavu is an activist, writer and a social scientist by training. He has written widely on topics relating to human rights, justice, gender, race and African politics.  His work has appeared in international publications such as Inter Press Services News Agency and Panos News Agency. Also, he has been published in the Mail & Guardian, the Cape Times and Chimurenga. Mandisi is a researcher at the Foundation for Contemporary Research. Some of his work has been published in anthologies. These include ‘Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century’ and ‘Beyond Borders: Thinking Critically About Global Issues.’

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Thursday 18 November

Time: 12:45 for 13:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at aspath@idasa.org.za or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).
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Free lunchtime talk: Permaculture in schools

You are invited to a free Lunchtime Soapbox talk entitled:

Permaculture Education – how do we gear our children for the future? by Leigh Brown

School’s Environmental Education and Development (SEED) is a small but well rooted non-profit and public benefits organization operating from Mitchell’s Plain in the Cape Flats. SEED builds Outdoor Classrooms and is paving the way for Accredited Permculture Training to career path Permaculture. The organisation’s methodology is based on a design system for sustainable living and land use called Permaculture that teaches a new breed of environmental ethics, with care of people, care of the earth, and sharing of surplus at it’s core.

SEED has been pioneering schools-based Permaculture in under-resourced schools for the last 9 years. Leigh will share what the organisation has learned during that period and introduce their Organic Classroom Program, which is now being rolled out nationally.

Leigh Brown completed her Permaculture Design Course and a year of on-ground work at the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia in 1999. She restarted the sleeping SEED in 2000 and has been building the organisation ever since.

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Thursday 11 November

Time: 12:45 for 13:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at aspath@idasa.org.za or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).

Free lunchtime talk: Equal Education

You are invited to a free Lunchtime Soapbox talk entitled:

Equal Education – Strategies for activism in education by Brad Brockman

Brad’s presentation will outline Equal Education’s approach to activism around quality and equality in basic education, using the examples of campaigns the organisation has run over the past 2 years on issues of school infrastructure, learner attitudes and teacher post-provisioning.

Started in 2008, Equal Education is a community and membership-based organisation. It advocates for quality and equality in the South African education system and engages in evidence-based activism for improving the nation’s schools. The organisation is a pioneer in youth leadership development.

Equal Education’s campaigns, based on detailed research and policy analysis, are aimed at achieving quality education for all. Led by young activists, Equal Education works together with communities, schools, teachers, principals, learners, parents, academics, researchers and the government. Equal Education offers a new way for people to participate in the democratic system and bring change to education and society.

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Thursday 4 November

Time: 12:45 for 13:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at aspath@idasa.org.za or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).

Free lunchtime talk: Earth Rights

You are invited to a free Lunchtime Soapbox talk entitled:

Earth Rights – an idea whose time has come? by Cormac Cullinan

Noted environmental lawyer Cormac Cullinan will present a discusssion of the emerging global movement to recognise rights for Earth/ Mother Earth/ Nature and its potential to unify a broad-range of organisations working for social and environmental justice to address the fundamental causes of symptoms such as climate change, desertification, water and the conflict over “natural resources”.

In less than two years Ecuador has adopted a constitution recognising rights for nature and a People’s World Conference attended by over 35 000 people proclaimed a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth and called for a global movement which is beginning to form.

Cormac Cullinan is a practising environmental attorney and author. He is a director of the leading South African environmental law firm, Cullinan & Associates Inc, and Chief Executive Officer of EnAct International, an environmental governance consultancy. A former anti-apartheid activist and a London-based commercial lawyer, he has practised, taught and written about environmental law and policy since 1992 and has worked in more than 20 countries. He has lectured and written widely on governance issues related to human interactions with the environment and is notable for authoring a book, Wild Law, as well as several works commissioned and published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Thursday 28 October

Time: 12:45 for 13:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at aspath@idasa.org.za or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).

Free lunchtime talk: About Vinyl Records And How To Collect Them

You are invited to a free Lunchtime Soapbox talk entitled:

About Vinyl Records And How To Collect Them by Naren Sewpaul

The first commercially–available vinyl record was launched in 1930 and it grew to become most popular from the 1950s to the 1990s. Still available today, vinyl records, arguably, are considered to be ‘collectable’ as opposed to music available in digital format.

Though digital technology has improved over the years,  some audiophiles still prefer what they perceive as the warmer and more detailed sound of vinyl over the harsher sound of CDs. Naren Sewpaul’s music library of books, magazines, records, audiocassettes, CDs, Videos and DVDs. includes a vast vinyl collection. Find out everything you wanted to know about vinyl records and how to collect them.

Naren Sewpaul lives in Cape Town. He is the director at Creative Futures Consulting. He is also an accomplished composer, writer, researcher and producer in the creative industries. His other interests include futures studies and collecting vinyl records and related memorabilia.

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Thursday 7 October

Time: 12:45 for 13:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at aspath@idasa.org.za or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe and will cost you R4.50 per hour.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).

Free lunchtime talk: The National Health Insurance

You are invited to a free Lunchtime Soapbox talk entitled:

The National Health Insurance (NHI) in South Africa: A Historical and Topical Overview by Saranne Durham

Saranne Durham will offer an overview and discussion about what the proposed National Health Insurance System for South Africa is. She will be touching on the historical foundations of such a system as well as the constitutional health obligations faced by the South African government. This presentation seeks to bring non-specialists to a greater understanding of the dynamics within the current NHI discussion to enable them to participate more fully in the debate about reforming the health sector.

Saranne Durham is a Public Finance Researcher for Idasa’s PIMS Budget Unit. Her focus and interest is on health reform in South Africa and the possibility of a National Health Insurance system for the country.

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Thursday 30 September

Time: 12:45 for 13:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at aspath@idasa.org.za or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe and will cost you R4.50 per hour.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).

Free lunchtime talk: Sustainable green building and architecture

You are invited to a free Lunchtime Soapbox talk about

Sustainable green building and architecture by Andy Horn

Andy Horn is a qualified professional architect with over 12 years of working experience. With a passion for the environment, he established his own architectural practice in 1998, called Eco Design – Architects & Consultants.

The practice specialises in ecological friendly green building and consulting has had a strong emphasis on the use of local natural materials, involving user participation and on-site training. Andy’s practice has been at the forefront of the green building movement in South Africa and has won a number of international awards in the field of sustainable design.

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Thursday 16 September

Time: 12:45 for 13:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at aspath@idasa.org.za or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe and will cost you R4.50 per hour.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).