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The Soul of Jan Smuts

Date / Time

15 June 11:00 - 12:00

Artists

James Gray

Rates

Adult
R100
Early Bird
R85

Duration

1 hour

100 years ago on 25 February 1923, Jan Smuts stood on Table Mountain and delivered one of his most famous orations. Today the ‘Religion of the Mountain’ speech – as it came to be known – is an important clue to the heart of this great South African statesman.
Smuts has been dubbed everything from ‘irreligious’ to ‘devout believer’. He was not a church-goer in the conventional sense. Table Mountain fulfilled that need – it was his cathedral, his ‘Holy of Holies’.

This FynArts talk seeks to uncover the ‘inner’ Smuts. What lay behind – or within – the legendary Boer General, the maligned Prime Minister, the holistic thinker, the loving father who endured enormous personal sadness, not to speak of the rejection of his own Volk?