HISTORIC BOOK LAUNCH BRINGS BACK MEMORIES
By: Dale Munatswa
The audience was taken on a trip down memory lane at the launch of two historic books last night, at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Steve Biko Arts Gallery.
The launch of the two books, The Making of Place; the Warwick Junction Precinct 1870’s-1980’s and the Curries Fountain; Sports Politics, was done remarkably with aid from the exhibition of photographs from the books.
The two books were written by DUT’s Research of Curries and Surroundings (ROCS) project with an objective of preserving the rich history of the Curries Fountain and Warwick areas.
Authors for the Making of Place include, Leonard Rosenberg, Goolam Vahed, Aziz Hassim, Sam Moodley and Kogi Singh. The book comprises of nine chapters which look at various aspects of life in the Warwick area during the 70’s and 80’s ranging from politics, education to health and welfare issues.
The Curries Fountain, was written by; Leonard Rosenberg, Sam Moodley and Goolam Vahed. It focuses on the events that were held at the Curries Fountain sports ground. Well remembered sporting, political and social events that took place in the 80’s are depicted in the book.
ROCS’s head and co-founder, Leonard Rosenberg, described the efforts of compiling the two books as not easy, as they faced numerous challenges and time was not on their side.
“We had problems in using racial words such as European, black and white, as well as the names of the streets which changed with time, however we just went with the old name,” said Rosenberg.
One of the authors and former residents of the Warwick area, Kogi Singh was pleased with the launch of the book as it stirred memories form back in the day.
“The launch went pretty well because many people present, used to live here, and the Warwick area used to be our playground. The book is going to remind people of the way of life which no longer exist,” said Singh.
The event was sanctified by a great turnout, who gave a thunderous applause in gratitude for the historic treat.
The books are on sale at the Steve Biko Arts Gallery. Making of Place goes for R150 and Curries Fountain for R200.