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Renaming South Africa: Es’kia Mphahlele with Zim Ngqawana and Lefifi Tladi

THE debate on renaming South Africa, a geographical description and not a name, has been one raging for years. Here are two great South Africans, both of them now late, discussing for and against renaming South Africa.

Zim Ngqawana (25 December 1959 – 10 May 2011 is a South African flauntist and saxophonist. He was later known as Zimology. He was a key member of the second generation of South African jazz musicians, a student of Darius Brubeck, Yusuf Lateef, Max Roach and Archie Shepp and a major influence on the next generation of artists.

Professor Es’kia Mphahlele (1919-2008) was one of Africa’s most prolific authors on education, literature and culture. He was the recipient of numerous national and international awards. In 1969 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature and in 1984 he was awarded the Les Palmes Academiques by the French Government for his contribution to French Language and Culture. In 1998 former President Nelson Mandela awarded him the Order of the Southern Cross, the highest recognition granted by the South African Government.

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