Bheki Simelane: Re-blocking Shacks In Protea South: “It Doesn’t Make Sense To Me.” September 2014. The much debated realignment – or re-blocking – of shacks in the Protea South Informal Settlement is now underway but many residents are still unhappy about the exercise. BHEKI SIMELANE spoke to residents about the process.


Solomon Ntibane, 55, unemployed

Solomon Ntibane, 55, unemployed
I cannot complain much with the process itself because we were promised that when the realigning exercise comes to an end they’d furnish our shacks with electricity and be in a position to provide us with basic services. My only problem is the way the whole exercise is being carried out. My shack was moved a mere five meters from where it originally was. At the new location I noticed that there was a farrow that would Channel rain water straight into my shack. They told me they’d clear the area but three months after I was moved nothing has happened. I fear for my grandchildren for rain is imminent and this whole place will be flooded.

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Broadening The Debate: How The Humanities And Social Sciences Can Help Us Address Global Challenges

British Academy and American Academy of Arts and Sciences Conference
Broadening the Debate: How the Humanities and Social Sciences can help us address global challenges (Part 1)

Monday 23 June 2014
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

“Alongside the complementary and similarly essential disciplines of science, engineering and medicine, the humanities and social sciences are vital drivers of human progress. They provide the rigorous scrutiny and insights, the ideas and the long-term thinking that can and should have a profound influence on social and cultural well-being, on a modern economy driven by knowledge and innovation, and, ultimately, on our place and reputation in the world” – Lord Stern of Brentford, President of the British Academy, Prospering Wisely, February 2014

“Sciences are the ‘how’. Humanities are the ‘why’. I don’t think you can have the ‘how’ without the ‘why’,” said George Lucas, Producer, Screen-writer and Director in the film Heart of the Matter made for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

This high-level international conference at the British Academy, organised in partnership with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, brings together distinguished leaders across the humanities, sciences and social sciences, from the USA and the UK to promote the essential nature of these areas of endeavour together.
During the conference, speakers and participants examine how a co-ordinated approach across these disciplines might serve to prepare tomorrow’s leaders, as well as drive prosperity through economic, cultural, social and scientific endeavour.

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