Author Masego Panyane talks the legacy of ‘The Black Consciousness’ movement

Author Masego Panyane talks the legacy of 'The Black Consciousness' movement
Author Masego Panyane talks the legacy of ‘The Black Consciousness’ movement

As we recognize Youth Day, forty-four years on, we recall and respect the youngsters who rioted of Soweto, to battle for the expulsion of the Afrikaans language as the mechanism of guidance.


To stamp the criticalness of this day, we got into a discussion with one of the youngsters who, through workmanship, exploratory writing and narrating, have contributed colossally to the historical backdrop of this nation.

We found Masego Panyane, the co-writer of “The Black Consciousness Reader”, to discuss her excursion as a youthful author and how she turned out to be a piece of this momentous book.

The Soweto-conceived essayist, vocalist and substance maker says the book is about the “inheritance” of the Black Consciousness development.

The 26-year-old essayist stated, “The book happened as a discussion that the co-writers and I were having, about what the Black Consciousness Movement resembles, 40 years after the demise of one of its progressively conspicuous pioneers, Steve Biko.

“We figured it would be a smart thought to discover all the activists and bosses of the Black Consciousness development to have that discussion with them. Furthermore, to take the story forward by taking a gander at how the way of thinking of Black Consciousness continues assuming a job in South Africa today.”

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Panyane’s part in the book is named “Cognizant Women”. Explaining on the motivation behind it, she stated: “Regularly when freedom developments and political activists are spoken about, ladies activists are nevertheless a commentary in this discussion.

“The point of the section was to begin the way toward helping all of us to remember the striking, apparently intrepid ladies who were a piece of the BC development. I will promptly concede that this section is nevertheless a drop in the sea – I accept there’s still more to be said about the ladies throughout the entire existence of the BCM.”

She included: “We at that point looked to discover youthful activists who were in manners affected by the Black Consciousness Movement in advanced SA. The final product was discussions with ground-breaking and moving Black ladies, across ages and time.”

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At the point when gotten some information about a portion of the ladies who stood apart to her during these discussions, she clarified: “Zulaikha Patel who was a youngster at the time left an amazing impact on me.

“I was struck by exactly how youthful she was, yet so dedicated to battling for her entitlement to exist. It was likewise somewhat contacting in light of the fact that I understood that as grown-ups, it is our duty to guarantee that we fix the nation with the goal that our kids have the chance to be only that, kids.”

With respect to the importance four decades on, she uncovered: “It is significant in light of the fact that somehow or another the battle that the young people of ’76 started every one of those years back, proceeds with today.

“Also, on the off chance that we overlook that lives were lost in the battle for access to quality training (battling second rate nature of Bantu training and the use of Afrikaans as a mode of guidance) the battle for the privilege to self-assurance in addition to other things, we will overlook that the numerous rights and opportunities we appreciate today, came at an incredible cost.

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“Past it being an open occasion, we should utilize the day to teach ages to come about the unspeakable atrocity that was politically-sanctioned racial segregation.”

Panyane additionally added to Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter and social lobbyist Ndileka Mandela’s personal history named. “I am Ndileka: More Than My Surname”.

She enthused:” With Ndileka’s book, my activity was to assist her with breathing life into her words. She revealed to her story, and it was an educational encounter for me since it helped me gain proficiency with somewhat more about her encounters as an individual from the Mandela family and the difficulties that accompany that.”

“The Black Consciousness” was gathered by Masego Panyane, Baldwin Ndaba, Therese Owen, Rabbie Serumula Janet Smith, with Paballo Thekiso as the picture taker.

The book is accessible in all significant book shops and online retailers.

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