Remembering June 16
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Legendary South African photojournalist, Peter Magubane, has documented some of the country’s most significant events. From the women’s march to Pretoria in 1956 and the tragic events that unfolded in Sharpeville in 1960 to the release of Nelson Mandela from Robben Island in 1990. His images exposed the world to the injustices of the apartheid regime as well as the incredibly resilient spirit of those who fought for freedom. His impressive body of work, most notably the coverage of the June 16 student uprisings in 1976, earned him worldwide acclaim and made him an icon of the anti-apartheid movement.
Today, June 14, Massmart together with Seriti sa Sechaba Publishers NPC, are proud to launch Peter Magubane’s latest offering. Titled June 16, the book offers a deeper look and what he hopes is a greater understanding of the 1976 Soweto student uprising.
“At the heart of Massmart’s social sustainability approach is a desire to support social equality initiatives in our business, supply chain and the communities we serve. We hope to achieve this objective by nurturing talent and creating opportunities. When we were made aware of this project and Seriti sa Sechaba Publishers’s work, we knew we had to be involved,” says Massmart Chairman Kuseni Dlamini.
“This book is an important record of both our pain and triumph. It also demonstrates the genius of Peter Magubane. Seriti sa Sechaba is very grateful for the support of Massmart who, right from the start, recognised the importance of what we were trying to do and gave not only financial but also moral support and encouragement” says Christine Qunta, publisher at Seriti sa Sechaba Publishers NPC, a non-profit organisation that helps established and first time black writers to publish and promote their books.
Written by renowned journalist Joe Latakgomo and including a foreword by Winnie Madikizela Mandela, Magubane’s book offers more than visual accounts of the Soweto student uprising. It is a brilliant chronicle of what happened before and after one of the most significant events in South Africa’s history.
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