NOVEMBER 2018 General Meeting

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Date:    Tuesday 6TH November    Time:  09.30 for 10.00

Cost:  Monthly attendance – R80 for members, R100 if not pre-booked, R120 for guests,  Name badge  R70

Venue:         Bryanston Country Club, Bryanston Drive, Bryanston

Booking:  Please book until 5pm on Wednesday 31st October with Engelie Jansen Van Vuuren
via SMS 082 558 1253 or e-mail at


Cancellations: Must be made by 5pm on the Wednesday prior to the General Meeting; otherwise you will be required to pay in full

November speaker:   Sean Brokensha, the Music Guru

With the recent retirement of several of our most loved musical icons, (eg Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Johnny Clegg) and the loss of Aretha Franklin, join me in celebrating the lives, music and tales of musicians who laughed in the face of Father
Time.  I’ll be looking at artists with careers spanning at least 40 years, who had been huge stars in their youth, then decades later, either through reinvention or sheer talent, remained as magnetic and entertaining as they were all those years ago.

Sean has worked in radio, television and live entertainment since the mid 80’s. He has written, produced and directed programmes on DSTV, BBC, SABC and ETV.  For the past two decades he has presented radio and TV shows specifically about music, and how it relates to our everyday lives and broader global issues, on a variety of platforms, including 702, SAFM, Cape Talk, Mnet Mzani and ETV. Sean also consults for the film and advertising industry, as on the movie ‘A Long Walk to Freedom.’  He has been the Head Adjudicator and Copywriter for The Backing Vocalist and Session Musicians Awards since 2015.  Sean has also lectured Radio Production and Presentation at TUT.

He presented the regular `Musicguru’ feature on Talk Radio 702 for 18 years, and was a Solid Gold presenter.  Sean still is a feature on Cape Talk and hosts his own show, on Mix FM, every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Sean is also a live entertainer, public speaker and MC with a wide diversity of corporate, school, private and theatre audiences.



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Professor Jonathan Jansen:   Why does South Africa not fall off the precipice?

Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Stellenbosch. He was recently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced

Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is President of the Academy of Science of South Africa.  He started his career as a Biology teacher in the Cape and holds a PhD from Stanford. He is the author of the award-winning book, Knowledge in the Blood and his forthcoming books include Inequality in South African schools (with Nic Spaull)) and the Politics of Decolonization. His first grandchild is 6 months old and she prefers Tolstoy over Dr Seuss.

What is it about South Africans, and South African culture, that keeps us from going over the precipice? The economy is not growing. The state-owned enterprises are on their last legs. The education system is in tatters. The state itself has been captured. And yet we stand. Why? My presentation will discuss seven vital characteristics of South African society, and its people, that keep us together despite the odds. After all, we have been here before. At the end of the 1980s, for example, few political pundits gave South Africa much chance of surviving apartheid.

And then, out of prison, walked Nelson Mandela. We are, to be sure, in crisis again. But I hope to show why the very resilience of our people ensures that we will, once again, rise to the challenge.


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