(The title with compliments to Rajesh Gopie)
Date : Sunday 18 April, 2021
Time : 1pm Eastern Standard Time (7pm in South Africa)
Colin ‘Jiggs’ Smuts is from Johannesburg where he grew up and still resides. He completed his schooling in the United Kingdom in the 1960’s. In 1962 he visited East Germany during the height of the Cold War.
His life has been committed to the anti-Apartheid Struggle, empowering children and young adults through education and cultural programmes. He joined the Open School in 1974 and developed a full and part time school, using art as a vehicle to empower academically disadvantaged children. As Director of the Community Based Development Programme, management training of NGOs in the townships followed.
Colin organised the conferences ‘Culture and Resistance’ in Gaborone in 1982 and ‘Culture in Another South Africa’ in 1987; as well as the Southern African Arts Trust Fund, which evolved into the UDF Cultural Desk of which he became Secretary General. He co-founded the Writers Forum which became The Congress of South African Writers and is a past Chairperson of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios.
Colin has written novellas such as Nights of Immorality and has had both fiction and non-fiction articles published in local and international publications. He is also the co-editor of Hidden Histories: The impact of South African Community Art Centres in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, which is due for publication this year.