Although there are countless books and poems and discussions about love in the literature, I wanted to find people talking about romantic love in their lives.
|Mamphele Ramphele interview in 1995 on SAFM|
PrtScn of our Natural Document Management (NDM) cataloguing
Part of the interview as it was transcribed in the NDM cataloguing is copied.
It gives such a beautiful insight in a love story that intertwined with the history of South Africa:
"DR MAMPHELE RAMPHELE LOVE STORY IS PART OF ALL SOUTH AFRICANS HISTORY
- SHE BECAME STEVE BIKO'S COLLEAGUE - FRIEND AND LOVER WHEN
THEY WERE HEAVLY INVOLVED IN THE BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT - SHE
WAS CARRYING HIS CHILD WHEN STEVE BIKO WAS BEATEN TO DEATH - STEVE
BIKO WAS MARRIED AT THE TIME WHEN THEY WERE CONDUCTING THEIR
RELATIONSHIP - THERE WAS A LOT OF EXTERNAL INTERFERENCE - THEIR
RELATIONSHIP WAS VERY COMPLEX - THEIR RELATIONSHIP WAS BUILT ON THE
FRIENDSHIP THEY HAD FIRST AND THE SHARED CONCERNS THEY HAD - SHE
WAS VERY BUSY - HER JOB OCCUPIED HER EVERY WAKING MOMENT - BECAUSE
OF HER WORK SHE COULD NOT REFLECT AS OFTEN AS SHE WANTED TO - THE
PAIN OF SHARING A PARTNER WITH A MARRIED SITUATION - IT INTRODUCES
AMBIVALENCE - SHE DID NOT WANT TO HURT ANOTHER WOMAN - THEY NEW
THEY COULD NOT BE SEPERATED - SHARING HIM WITH FELLOW POLITICAL
ACTIVIST WAS ALSO A PROBLEM - THEY DID NOT HAVE MUCH TIME TO
THEMSELVES - MAMPHELE IS A VERY PRIVATE AND SENTIMENTAL PERSON -
STEVE LOVED PEOPLE AROUND HIM - HE ALSO HAD MANY AFFAIRS..."
|PrtScn of the 1990 Radio Suid-Afrika (former SABC radio station) interview on the Program Vrouerubriek|
Another treasure is the 1990 Afrikaans interview by Daniel Hugo with Jan Rabie, a South African author, about his relationship with his wife Marjorie Wallace, a painter from Scotland, whom he met in France in 1949.
It was part of series of interviews with well-known male writers about the role of the most important women in their lives.
He was Afrikaans and she was English. She learnt the Afrikaans language within 3 months, and they had been together until his death in 2002. She followed him to South Africa and had to adapt to a different way of living in South Africa.
There are countless such stories that has been told on radio that are being preserved for future generations and that add to our wealth of heritage.
Springbok Radio, a former SABC Radio station that was preserved by the Springbok Radio Preservation Society of South Africa, and are being hosted again through the SABC Radio Archives, is also doing a Valentine's stream for this week.
Check the Springbok Radio Audio Stream for this week.
Hope you had a happy Valentine's Day!
Blog post by Karen du Toit, Afrikaans Archivist in the SABC Radio Archives.
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Valentine's Day invitation 2012 #loveheritage