Plaatje is a fairly familiar name in South Africa. Born Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje on 9 Octoberhe is often remembered as one of the founding members, and first general secretary, of the South African Native National Congress in which became the African National Congress in In recognition of his admirable service and talents as a pioneering politician, intellectual, journalist, linguist, writer and translator, Plaatje has been memorialised by, among other honours, having a museumuniversity and a municipality named after him. It disappeared out of the public eye only to reappear from the s as historians started to chart the history of black South Africans.
This legislation almost completely stripped black South Africans of the right to own land. Plaatje, known as Sol, came from a family that had been associated with Christian missions for three generations.
He was also a proud member of the Barolong clan and treasured his African identity and culture. He transcended his own tribal and religious identities to embrace a vision of a common South Africa. He stood up against the forces of white supremacy and segregation and advocated for a united, inclusive nation based on justice, equality and the rule of law.
All of this during the darkest of days and at great personal cost. He was also a novelist and journalist. But many may not know that teaching was his first job — and enduring vocation. He later finished another school year in the city of Kimberley. His mother, grandmother and aunts steeped him in Setswana culture and oral tradition.
They sparked his fascination with African history, folklore and proverbs, which he later evocatively captured in his novel Mhudi.
It was the first English language novel published by a black South African. A prodigious polyglot, Plaatje used the limited opportunities at Pniel to increase his repertoire.
She gave him extra lessons and introduced him to English literature and classical music. He mastered other South African languages as he encountered them.
During his brief time at school in Kimberley, Plaatje was exposed to a very diverse spectrum of children from the mining town. Lifelong and life-wide learning Plaatje was an indefatigable self-directed learner throughout his life. He practised lifelong learning long before it became a policy buzzword.
In his various professions - post office messenger, court interpreter, journalist, politician, author, translator - he found and learnt from mentors, books and life experiences.
He made the knowledge his own to share with others. Almost instinctively, he combined the role of public educator with everything else that he did. In his first adult job in Kimberley as post office messenger, one of the few positions available to educated Africans in the Cape Colony, Plaatje learnt the importance of bearing the message from sender to receiver.
From this he perhaps gained insight into the power and importance of the word in connecting people. The job was about more than just translating.
It involved mediating the world of the English and Dutch magistrates and prosecutors to African plaintiffs and vice versa. He made possible, through his voice and person and the virtue of listening, a dialogue between these worlds.
A pioneer Plaatje was also a pioneer of African independent journalism.We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us.
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