july, 2014



Event Details

“MINERS SHOT DOWN” FILM & DISCUSSION: The role of business, government and society in contemporary South Africa

The African Arts Institute is a Cape Town-based NGO.  Its overall objective is to promote participatory democracy, respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms and equitable social and human development in African countries by affirming the cultural dimension of development.

As part of the Marikana Solidarity Campaign and as a means to contribute to discussions around co-creating a South Africa in which something like this is never to happen again, Department of Design, in collaboration with the African Arts Institute, will be hosting a film screening and discussion evening.

Hosted by the African Arts Institute. Panellists: Terry Bell (Journalist, critic and analyst) & Professor Ralph Hamman (UCT, GSB lecturer).

Please join us for what is sure to be an intense but stimulating night.

Participation: Please email katleho@afai.org.za

Parking: Information may be found here.


Speakers brief bios:

Terry Bell

Writer, broadcaster, sometime teacher and social activist.  For the past 18 years has produced a regular, syndicated Inside Labour column.  Has written and commented extensively on mining conditions both before and after the massacre at Marikana. Winner of the Nat Nakasa Award and of the Labour Media Award.

Professor Ralph Hamann

Professor at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. Teaches on business sustainability, especially in the MBA core course on ‘Business, Government and Society’. Researches organisational responses to complex social and environmental problems, including mining company-community relations.



In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.

What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.


NOTE: If you are unable to make it tonight screening, do note that a screening  will be held in Nyanga next weekend:


WHEN: 26 July, 2014 @ 14:30 – 17:00

WHERE: “Zolani Sport and Recreation Centre”,  No 6, Sithandathu Avenue, Zolani Thusong Centre, Nyanga East

WHO: Hosted by the African Arts Institute. Speaker: Terry Bell (Journalist, critic and analyst)

TOPIC: “The role of business, government and society in contemporary South Africa”



(Tuesday) 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Department of Design

8 Vrede Street, Gardens 8001 Cape Town, South Africa


African Arts Institute