TOPIC:             AGM & Celebration party
SPEAKER:       Pieter Jolly / AGM
DATE:              Tuesday, 20 March 2012
TIME:               19h45 for 20h00
VENUE:           The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Mariendahl & Campground Roads.

Ditema, the Sotho tradition of decorating houses with painted and engraved patterns and pebbles set into plaster, is fast disappearing.
Less well-known than the Ndebele mural art, it a particularly beautiful form of vernacular art tradition.

In this talk, a range of examples of this traditional architectural art form will be shown, and a brief overview will be given of the history of this tradition as well as of the processes involved in placing these patterns on the walls of the houses.

Pieter Jolly is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology at UCT.

His special area of research is San history and rock art, specifically the history of interaction between the south-eastern San and southern Nguni and Sotho communities.

Talks are open to the public – and free.