I often hear complaints about Pietermaritzburg. It lacks the artistic vitality of Cape Town. It doesn’t have the balmy beaches of Durban. Joburg is where it’s happening for business. Whilst all of these are true, Maritzburg does have something that we often overlook. People. Van Gogh apparently said that there’s nothing more truly artistic than to love people. If that’s true, then Maritzburg has the potential to be an authentically artistic city.
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This past Saturday night Sarah and I watched Orania, a 94 minute documentary directed by Tobias Lindner. Orania is a piece of private property in the middle of South Africa’s outback. Since 1991 it has been home to a small population of white Afrikaners, also referred to as Boers, who are attempting to preserve Afrikaans culture. The controversy around Orania is that people of other ethnic descent may not live or work there. The success of the documentary lies in how sensitively and sympathetically it observes and presents the lives of the people who do live there. Like all good art, the film is never preachy, but the messages are strong.