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Michael de Jongh Celebrates South Africa’s “First” People at the Launch of Roots and Routes

Roots and Routes: Karretjie People of the Great KarooKgaugelo Pule reports on the launch of Michael de Jongh’s Roots and Routes: Karretjie People of the Great Karoo: The Marginalisation of a South African First People, which took place on 15 March as part of Unisa’s Research and Innovation Week:

As part of the Unisa Research and Innovation Week, the Unisa Art Gallery hosted Prof Michael De Jongh’s book launch on 15 March 2012 at the Kgorong building, Muckleneuk Campus. The newly released Unisa Press book, titled Roots and Routes: Karretjie People of the Karoo, is about the lives of a previously ‘invisible’ and forgotten ‘first people’ of South Africa called the ‘Karretjie people’.

Prof De Jongh’s involvement with the Karoo people started over 20 years ago when he was making exploratory visits to the Karoo. He strongly believes that the story of the Karretjie people needs to be told. “They are a humble people who are ignored and invisible. Even though many articles and documentaries have been done on them, the stereotypes still prevail. They are the poorest of the poor, severely marginalised and illiterate. But despite their circumstances I learnt from the Karretjie people about life and the human condition. They have a spirit that is alive and it shines through their faces. They capture your heart and never let go. I personally want to thank them for giving me a wonderful and enriching life experience,” he said with a smile.

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  • Roots and Routes: Karretjie People of the Great Karoo: The Marginalisation of a South African First People by Michael de Jongh
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    EAN: 9781868886654
 

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