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Art- Latest South African News
The oldest art objects in the world were discovered in a South African cave. Dating from 75,000 years ago, these small drilled snail shells could have no other function than to have been strung on a string as a necklace. South Africa was one of the cradles of the human species. One of the defining characteristics of our species is the making of art (from Latin ‘ars’ meaning worked or formed from the basic material).
The scattered tribes of Khoisan peoples moving into South Africa from around 10,000 BC had their own fluent art styles seen today in a multitude of cave paintings. They were superseded by Bantu and Nguni peoples with their own vocabularies of art forms. In the 20th century, traditional tribal forms of art were scattered and re-melded by the divisive policies of apartheid.
Literature- Latest South African News
There are 11 national languages in South Africa. South Africa’s unique social and political history has generated a rich variety of literature, with themes spanning pre-colonial life, the days of apartheid, and the lives of people in the “new South Africa”.
Many of the first black South African print authors were missionary-educated, and many thus wrote in either English or Afrikaans. One of the first well-known novels written by a black author in an African language was Solomon Thekiso Plaatje’s Mhudi, written in 1930.
Notable white English-language South African authors include Nadine Gordimer who was, in Seamus Heaney’s words, one of “the guerrillas of the imagination”, and who became the first South African and the seventh woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. Her most famous novel, July’s People, was released in 1981, depicting the collapse of white-minority rule.