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19th October @ 13h00  Venue:  Seminar Room, Fine Art (Somerset Street)

The Arts of Africa and Global Souths research group in the Fine Art Department, warmly invites you to a seminar presentation by Dr Rose Namubiru Kirumira, who is a Mellon Writer in Residence at Rhodes University.

Dr Rose Namubiru Kirumira (Makerere University, Uganda)

"Reconfiguring the OMWESO Board Game: Performing Narratives of Buganda Material Culture"

Dr. Rose Namubiru Kirumira is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Industrial and Fine Arts at Makerere University in Uganda where she also obtained her PhD in art education. Her dissertation, "The Formation of Contemporary Visual Artists in Africa: Revisiting Residency Programmes", investigated the value of informal learning spaces in the formation of African visual artists. She also has experience in coordinating artists' activities in Uganda and has attended several artists' workshops and residencies in Zambia, Kenya, Botswana and South Africa.

As a Writer in Residence in the Fine Art Department at Rhodes, she is pursuing research on the omweso board game, which she has reinterpreted in her own sculptural work in recent years. As a sculptor, Dr. Kirumira has produced exhibitions such as "Faces" (1996) and "Personalities" (2010) at Tulifanya Art Gallery in Kampala. Her strength is creating monumental sculptures, and she has produced a number of public monuments and projects such as the sculptures for the Don Bosco Vocational School Chapel, Kamuli, 1997. Working under the renowned Prof. Francis Naggenda, she made the statue of "King Ronald Mutebi" at the Buganda Parliament and the work "Family" at Mulago Hospital Kampala. She also made the two famous sculptures "Mother Uganda" and "UNDP" at the former UNDP Headquarters, and has produced monumental sculptures in Canada, Denmark and China. 


This presentation posits a reconfiguration of the OMWESO board game as a [re]source in the visualisation of narrative representations. Personal encounters with Buganda's material culture through three discourses, namely the Nakulabye (Omweso Club), Nakayima (the deity) and Mukondo (a concubine) are significant in providing context to the process of unpacking subtle nuances as performances in the narratives. I present several sculptural works that conceptualized and showcased different aspects of 'omweso'

[object, function, norms, meaning] and related conversations specifically within historical, socio-cultural memories and contemporary perceptions of the Baganda. In particular, Omweso is used as a conduit through which I position myself as a contemporary female visual artist encountering restrictive spaces of material culture. 

19 October 2017 @ 19h30 Venue: Beethoven Room

The Department of Music and Musicology is proud to present eight undergraduate students in the biennial Mavis Hill competition on Thursday 19 October at 19h30 in the Beethoven Room. These students were selected on the basis of their outstanding performances in the mid year examinations, as well as their consistently high creative outputs in Departmental events throughout 2017. Audience members can expect to hear exciting performances of Western Art and Jazz Music from these talented young musicians.

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21 October 2017 @ 08h30 Venue: Department of Literary Studies in English Honours Room

The 14th Literature & Ecology Colloquium is hosted by the Department of English, Honours Room, on Saturday 21 October.  The focus is on the presence of the geological in literature – with presentations involving soils, road cuttings, palaeontology, cave diving and more.

All are welcome to attend any of the sessions or papers.  The programme appears below.

8.30     Welcome: Dept of English Honours Room

8.45     Goonie Marsh: Southern African geology

9.15     Dan Wylie: “Makana Rock”

9.45     Wemar Strydom: “Queer, carceral ecology”

10.15   Charne Lavery: “The seafloor in South African literature”

10.45               TEA

11.15   Dirk Klopper: “Dry Bones: Skeletons, Fossils and Ancestors”

11.45   Alan Northover: “Kim Stanley Robinson and Chauvet cave”

12.15   Sam Naidu: “In Search of the Goodlife”

12.45               LUNCH

2.15     Olusegun Titus: “Music, Olumoò Rock, Spirituality”

2.45     Tsitsi Sachikonye: “Geology in two Francophone novels”

3.15     Jyoti Singh: “William Blake’s marriage of mythology and ‘geology’”

3.45                 TEA

4.15     Erika Lemmer: “Plant politics in texts by Jeanne Goosen”

4.45     Susan Hanson: “Diving Jacob’s Well”

23 October 2017 @ 12h00  Venue: Barratt Lecture Theatre 1

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi - The National Health Insurance (NHI) proposals and the new South African health care system

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) invites you to the seventh Dr AB Xuma Memorial Lecture to be presented by the national Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. Dr Motsoaledi will discuss the governments new National Health Insurance (NHI) proposals which aim to fundamentally transform the manner in which South African health care is delivered.

Presenter: Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health

Overcoming Health Inequality through a 'People's NHI'.

The South Africa health care system is deeply unequal. The scale of inequality is evidenced in the fact although our total spending on health is 8.8% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) nearly 50 percent of that total annual health spending is consumed by the private health care sector but who only treat a minority 16 percent of the privileged part of our population who have access to private health insurance ('medical aid schemes'). The remaining 84 percent of the mainly black and poor part of the population are dependent on an under capacitated public health care system which lacks medical doctors and specialists, pharmacists and other key medical personnel, the overwhelming majority of whom work in the private sector. The public health care system is also in a near crisis of service delivery.

The mismatch between the spending in health care and health outcomes is illustrated in figures which indicate South Africa has worse health indicators than countries which spend significantly less on health care.

Malaysia for example spends 4.2 percent of GDP on health but has a life expectancy at birth of 75 and under five mortality rate of 7 per 1000 live births. These figures must be compared with South Africa which spends 8.8 percent of GDP on health but has a life expectancy of 62.9 and an under five mortality rate of 40.5 per 1000 live births (WHO, 2017; World Bank, 2017).

In response the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has championed a new system of health care provision called the National Health Insurance (NHI) system. The new NHI system of health care aims to establish an equitable health care system based on re-distributive principles of social solidarity and equity in health care provision and to end the current inequality in the provision of health care through a single-payer model of health care funding. The NHI proposals also aims to re-engineer the health care system based on the primary health care approach and which will see high quality health care provided in under-served areas and where health care is needed.

Minister Motsoaledi will speak about the new health care system and governments's plans for health care under NHI and what it effect it will have on the medical aid schemes (private health care) amongst other and the current unequal system of health care provision in South Africa.








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