Provisional Programme Sunday


Time 09H30 -10H30

Event Type Event & Participants Venue

9.30 – 10.15

 Neoliberalism, LRA amendments &worker responses: Lynford Dor, Zama Mtunzi. Moderator: Mondli Hlatswayo – What does the recent LRA amendments mean for casual workers, and for organising and uniting all workers? MFS Reception Tent
Workshop Writing Short Stories with Jolyn Phillips, author of ‘Fisherman’, Tjieng Tjang Tcherries.   MFS Exhibition Tent
Workshop Worker Journalists: Writing about workers struggles with journalist, Magnus Gustafson (Sweden).

Opportunity for worker/activists, journalists in unions and social movements to deepen their skills and engage. Limited spaces.

WM 2
Workshop Silk-screening T. shirts with Colin Groenwald, JAG. Bring your own white T.shirt and join the fun! Workers Museum 1

Time 10H00 -10H50

Event Type Event & Participants Venue
Workshop Parent-Child Poetry Workshop (by Tales for Change) – An interactive and fun workshop for parents and children. WM 3
Workshop Creativity with Joan Rankin, (Award winning Children’s Illustrator) – Relax and Unleash your creativity in this enjoyable workshop. For all ages. MA Boardroom
Book Launch & Conversation Black women worker authors – Community Health Workers discuss their stories: Our Lives, Our Communities (GCHWF).

A moving book about the lives of 16 black women workers, and talks to the experience of all women. A must read.

MFS Tent 1
Workshop Poetry for Workers with veteran cultural/worker activist, Ari Sitas (& E.Boss/J. Wrangborg – Sweden).

A rare workshop opportunity for emerging and established poets, drawing on Sitas’ vast experience. [Includes poets from Sweden.]

MFS Tent 2
Seminar Discussion


Marx @ 200: Colour and Class in South Africa Today: Adam Habib (Wits) and Oupa Lehulere (Khanya College) Moderator: Susan Booysen

Celebrating Karl Marx’s 200th birthday, this seminar discusses the continuing & unique relationship of colour and class in SA. StatsSA indicates that mainly ‘Whites’ and ‘Indians’ have been beneficiaries of wealth in democratic SA. After almost 25 years of democracy, it seems racism is alive – expressed through incidents of whites on blacks, blacks on ‘Indians’, & ‘coloureds’ excluded. The debate continues: can capitalism in SA be deracialised?

MF.  Reception Tent

Time 11H00 – 11H50

Event Type Event & Participants Venue

11.00 – 12.30

Understanding Apartheid Israel – with Suraya Dadoo (PSA). An educational workshop based on the history and struggles of Palestinians.    Workers Museum 2


FILM & Q&A Youth Filmmaker Project (Wits) The Bicycle Man by Ntombozuku ‘Twiggy’ Matiwana (writer/director). Unexpectedly Steven Grootboom’s world comes crashing down on him, his wife and his sone, when he is diagnosed with breast cancer. MA Auditorium
Poetry & Book Launch The Space Between Us by Kyle Allan. MFS Exhibition Tent
Panel Discussion Worker Writers and Workers’ Struggle: Swedish poets (Athena Farrokhzad, Magnus Gustafson) & Jolyn Phillips (SA).

What is/ should be the relationship of worker writers/artists to worker struggles?

MFS Discussion 1


Workshop for women Stories that Heal with Nise Malange, cultural activist, actor and writer. MA Arena
Roundtable Discussion


Roundtable 3: The Land Question – elite project or people’s demand?

Lindsey Collen (Lalit), Gwen Ngwenya (Democratic Alliance) and Dr. M.Pheko (PAC). Moderator:

The Land Question is a key demand in post democratic SA, and reflects the lack of transformation and redress for the country’s majority. While slogans like ‘land without compensation’ have resonated broadly, including the ruling ANC party, is this a fig leaf for the expropriation of land for the elite? Or are the needs of the majority to be redressed sustainably. What are the options?

MF.  Reception Tent


Time 12H00 -12h50

Event Type Event & Participants Venue
FILM – Uitgesmyt – Siona O’Connell with discussion Uitgesmyt, a film about rural evictions of farmworkers, Produced/directed by Siona O’Connell. It looks at apartheid-era forced removals in Elandskloof near Citrusdal in the Western Cape, also the first successful land restitution claim instituted in post-apartheid South Africa. The film considers the cycles of poverty and the failures and challenges of land restitution especially with regard to rural communities. MA Auditorium
Seminar Discussion Discussion based on the book, Political Islam: Islamic State and Muslim Social Movements with Na-eem Jeenah (AMEC).

So much is said in mainstream media about terrorism, war and Islam. Join AMEC for an informative and engaging discussion.

MF Tent 2
Book Launch Waking Up, Cracking the Crisis Code, From Trauma to Triumph: by Dr. J.S du Toit MFS Exhibition Tent


Street Theatre



Theatre on the Square: It’s Too Late by Gibson Kente. Directed by Itumeleng wa Lehulere, Assistant directors – Searatoa van Driel & Lawrence Simelane.

Kente is known as the Father of Black Theatre in SA, and focused on the lives of working people. See performance with JBF’s inner city school youth.

Museum Africa – The Steps
Book Launch Free yourself: Anne Mokolo with Bricks Mokolo – Biography of Anne Mokolo Workers Museum 1
 Book Launch & Discussion


Hidden Voices: Worker leaders and writers – Alfred Qabula & Jabu Ndlovu – with Nise Malange and Ari Sitas.

A special book launch featuring cultural activists – Sitas and Malange – who worked with both worker leaders, and will reflect on their experiences of struggle and writing.

MFS Tent 1


Panel Discussion #TotalShutDown & the emancipation of women & gender nonconformists

Nosipho Mdletshe (Khanya College) and Brenda Madumise (#totalshutdown). Moderator: Crystal Dicks.

While it brought new energy to the struggle against GBV, this panel assesses the recent #totalshutdown moment & its implications for building an inclusive democratic movement, rooted in the lives of all working women.

MA Boardroom
Book Launch & Poetry Performance

12.30 – 1.30

Athena Farrokhzad (Sweden)

Iranian-Swedish poet, launch of Vitsvit (White Blight).

Her work includes reflections on racism, war and migration. Not to be missed.

MFS Reception Tent


Time 13H00 -13h50

Event Type Event & Participants Venue
Conversation with author Lindsey Collen in Conversation with Searatoa van Driel on Getting Rid of It.  JBF Patron & two-time Commonwealth prize-winner for Africa, Collen’s riveting journey of three women, from an informal settlement takes place in one day. Set in Mauritius, yet women all over the world will relate to their story. MFS Discussion 1
Seminar Discussion Con Court Victory: Labour brokers and the future of casual workers with Ighsaan Schroeder (CWAO).

This is an important victory for the security of employment of many workers throughout country, across different sectors. What are the possibilities of realizing this victory and improving the lives of workers? Moderator:

MFS Reception Tent
Panel Discussion Current Housing Struggles and Land Occupations in Gauteng – Freedom Park and ILRIG.

This session focuses on the current struggles for housing, and the need for land and security of tenure.

Workers Museum 1
Live MUSIC Music/hip hop/ Jazz etc. with Fitzroy Ngcukana MFS Tent 2

Q/A- Youth Filmmaker Project (Wits)

Street Somashishini by Mapula Sibanda (writer/director). A hard life for street vendor, Zodwa, on Street Somashishini as she battles corrupt police officers and loan sharks to pay her son’s increasing university fees so he can graduate. MA Auditorium

Time 14H00-14H50

Event Type Event & Participants Venue
Seminar Fourth Industrial Revolution & Working People: with John Appolis.

While the 4th industrial revolution is welcomed from many quarters, what is it, and what does it mean for jobs, for working people, and the struggle for an egalitarian society in SA?

MFS Children’sTent


Panel Discussion With contributors of the forthcoming book, Reversing Urban Inequality in Joburg: Dr. Melissa Myambo, SA Cities Network.                                                 How fiction and non-fiction writers are reading and writing the complex range of SA urban experiences which affect working people. MFS Tent 1
Seminar Discussion Early Reading Cultures in South Africa, with Corinne Sandwith (UP).   Sandwith’s discussion of early reading cultures in SA will assist to historicise and understand the current context with the view to changing it. MA Boardroom
Film & Discussion Village Under the Forest (About Palestine): Stiaan van der Merwe (PSA) MA Auditorium
Seminar Discussion African Reclaimers – discuss the importance of recycling and working with dignity – with Moderator: Eli Kodisang (WIEGO) MFS Children’s Tent

Time 15H00 -15h50

Event Type Event & Participants Venue
Book Launch & Discussion The book, As You Like It, focuses on social justice and sexuality, amongst others and draws on writers from Africa (Jacana) with Tshepiso Mabula, Sarah Lubala, Welcome Lishivha & Efemia Chela (chair) MFS Tent 1
Discussion – Working people and the #Great March of Return with Mrs. Farehan Farrah (Em Shadi) (Palestine) (PSA) MFS Tent 2
Street Theatre on the Square Theatre: The LESSON directed by Lawrence Simelane opposite ReceptionTent
Panel Discussion & Book Launch Social Movements and Trade Unions: fractured relations, what hope for unity? Speakers (tbc) &Virginia Magwaza

The recent Workers Summit in July 2018 indicated major differences between organised labour (unions) and the social movements that has developed over the past few years. The discussants focus on the current context of neoliberalism, the struggles of working people and possibilities for unity.   

Moderator: Oupa Lehulere

MFS Children’s Tent

Time 16H00 -16H50

Roundtable The Workers Party as a political alternative in the 2019 elections?

A topical discussion that arose at the recent Workers Summit at the end of July, that caused major debate between the unions and the social movements. In light of all parties – ANC and EFF – claiming to speak for working people, is a workers’ party a viable alternative? Mmametle Sebei, Steven Friedman and Ronald Wesso. Moderator:(tbc)

MFS.  Children’s Tent

Tribute to Bra Willie Keorapetse Kgositsile

Time  Event Type Event & Participants Venue


Tribute to Bra Willie Keorapetse Kgositsile – Open Mic Poetry Competition JBF OPEN MIC Competition

#Pass on the Word Poetry from Below.

This Poetry Competition is a tribute to a beloved patron, Bra Willie. Besides cash prizes, every year the JBF will host an open mic competition and publish the best work. In 2016, Bra Willie hosted poetry workshops with youth as part of the JBF’s theme: Youth Rising. Out of this the JBF produced the series for youth: #Passontheword

Cash Prizes & publish your work.

MFS Reception Tent
3.00-3.50 JBF Tribute to Bra Willie

(K. Kgositsile) Performances, poetry

JBF pays Tribute to a beloved Patron & Poet Laureate, Keorapetse Kgositsile: with Nise Malange, James Matthews, Ari Sitas, Lindsey Collen, Wally Serote, Mazwi Mdima, & others. MFS Reception Tent


Tribute to Bra Willie – Book Launch & Poetry performances Home soil in my Blood by the late Patron and Poet Laureate, Keorapetse Kgositsile with Mandla Langa & Others (Xarra Books) MFS Reception Tent
5.00 JBF Tribute to Bra Willie –Jazz Music 4.45 – 5.30 Jazz/Music Fitzroy Ngcukana (JBF).

& Tribute to Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

MFS Reception Tent
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