A love letter should be filled with romance and affection. In the time of forced removals from District Six, it was anything but – it was a nickname for a notice of eviction. As a result of COVID restrictions which forced its temporary closure, the District Six Museum founded in 1994 could be facing eviction itself unless it can raise some money. To enable them to stay afloat and continue their work of accessing stories and memories to protect the future, manager Chrischene Julius is inviting the public to send in real love letters combined with a donation, regularly or as a once-off they suggest R110, the price of a guided visit. Here she explains why these memories and stories matter.
Last year New Contrast, one of SA’s very first literary journals, celebrated 60 years in print. With two editors and a many-hatted admin, we take a look at its past, present and future.