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By unknown | Jul 27, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Victor Mecoamere

Victor Mecoamere

Black Consciousness movement icon Steve Bantu Biko was 30 years old when he died tragically 30 years ago.

This year, if he were alive, Biko would have been a perennial trendsetter aged a sprightly 60, and probably playing a pivotal role in South Africa's political arena.

In his death, much the same as would have been the case if he were alive, Biko remains a prominent figure whose life and times are worth celebrating in many ways.

Leading the forthcoming staging of some of these special commemorative events is the Steve Biko 30th Anniversary Reference Committee.

It comprises artists, community development activists and businessmen such as Letepe Maisela, Duma Ndlovu, Sandile Ngidi, Khehla Mthembu, Bokwe Mafuna, Barney Mokgatle, Lybon Mabasa, Sipho Mabuse, Jabu Mabuza, Maishe Maponya, Don Mattera, Palesa Rachidi, Sello Rasethaba and Raks Seakhoa.

Spokesmen for the committee, Seakhoa and Maponya, have said they were due to stage the re-enactment of Biko's arrest, torture and ultimate death; a commemorative jazz show forming a part of the yearly Joy of Jazz series; an operatic tribute to be known as Opera Biko; and a creative literary public participation project to be known as The People Shall Speak.

"The main objective is to ensure that the legacy of this great mind and son of the soil lives," Seakhoa and Maponya averred. "And, to do this, we have earmarked these different projects."

They said the re-enactment, tagged The Cell Road Map & Other Activities, is due to be staged between August 19 and September 12; the Joy of Jazz-linked commemorative jazz showcase is due to be staged between August 23 and 24; and Opera Biko and The People Shall Speak are due to run between October 17 and 20.

lSowetan and the Aggrey Klaaste Nation Building Foundation are the media and organising partners of these Steve Biko 30th Anniversary celebratory events.


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