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Sharon Snell

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#30yearsofDemocracy l #Freedom l #censorship

What should a black artist do when he wanted to write a song about how much he missed Nelson Mandela, but he couldn’t because it was the 1980s and apartheid censorship was at its peak? A time when the mere mention of the Black Pimpernel would result in apartheid’s censors breaking out in a red rash and either banning your song or inviting you for a chat in a soundproof room at the top floor of John Vorster Square. Faced with these dire scenarios, musician Sello ‘Chicco’ Twala decided to create an elaborate ruse with his song lyrics, a ruse worthy of the big man, Nelson Mandela, himself.

#30yearsofDemocracy l #Freedom l #HumanRights

At the height of apartheid, South African radio DJs were playing a song, which included instrumentals of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, the forbidden anthem of the then banned African National Congress. Apartheid South Africa enjoyed this protest song so much, that it was number one for two weeks on Radio Five, a government radio station! It seemed that while the people were rocking to Weeping, the grey censor men were sleeping.

Groot Constantia, a vineyard which was founded in 1685, is the oldest wine brand established in South Africa. This historic enterprise has operated successfully for over three centuries in South Africa and it is well known internationally. The company has a strong identity; its logo depicts the iconic old colonial Cape Dutch gabled homestead, which is easily recognisable.