SA duo on TIME influential people list

13 May 2009

South African Cabinet minister Barbara Hogan and artist William Kentridge are included in the 2009 TIME 100, the international news and current affairs magazine’s list of 100 most influential people over the course of the year.

The list groups influential people according to the categories leaders and revolutionaries, builders and titans, artists and entertainers, heroes and icons, and scientists and thinkers.

Dedicated service

The TIME profile written by Aids activist Sharon Stone describes Hogan as being made of profound experience, a dedicated service to her homeland, unflinching courage, conviction and compassion.

Mention is made of Hogan’s departure from the views of previous health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang regarding HIV/Aids and its treatment, and in turn doing “what is right”. Hogan was appointed as health minister under the interim government of Kgalema Motlanthe, and was recently appointed as minister of public enterprises by President Jacob Zuma.

“She has acknowledged that HIV causes Aids and has embraced anti-retroviral drugs,” says Stone in the article. “She has pledged that pregnant mothers with the virus will be treated with nevirapine to stop transmission at birth – ending a policy of denial that was responsible for the loss of an estimated 330 000 lives.

“Not bad for less than one year in office.”

Revealing beauty and humanity

Writer, musician and photographer Lou Reed, who authored the TIME profile on William Kentridge, pays rich tribute to the South African’s “startlingly original” drawings that capture multiple feelings, emotions and moods.

Reed has special praise for Preparing the Flute, with its use of charcoal, pastel and coloured pencil, as well as his study of the artist’s space, Artist and Model, from the series Pit, and the drawings of his film Stereoscope.

“The ability to express that for which there may be no word. An original expression of the most inexpressible,” says Reed. “Kentridge has made a home for emotions in his private expression, through line and form, of that which we cannot say.”

SAinfo reporter

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