Mitchells Plain : A Place in the Sun – Book Launch
Cape Town, Wednesday 15 February 2012
On 15 February 2012 the Embassy of France was proud to be a part of the official launch of the book “Mitchells Plain : a place in the sun”. Hosted at Artscape, the special event included lively performances and was a very proud moment for the many collaborators on the project. Minister Trevor Manuel and Deputy Minister Marius Fransman were in attendance at the book launch, as were the 24 individuals showcased in the book.
The Embassy of France in South Africa has had a special relationship with the people of Mitchells Plain since the 1980’s when the Alliance Française opened there. So it was not difficult for the Embassy to be convinced to sponsor “Mitchells Plain : a place in the sun” book project. The book itself tells the stories of people from Mitchells Plain and how they have uplifted their community.
The story of Mitchells Plain and its people is a compelling one in and of itself but to have a collection of so many interesting and inspiring people in one book is a fantastic achievement. In his speech at the reception Ambassador Lapouge was keen to applaud the work, undertaken over two years, by the two editors : Ludmila Ommundsen (Director of the Alliances Françaises of Cape Town and Mitchells Plain) and Marlene Le Roux (Director of Artscape).
“Mitchells Plain : a place in the sun” provides a new perspective on a part of South Africa that many people see only as a place of poverty, violence and despair. In her speech, Ludmilla Ommundsen states “our 24 discreet heroes show us that we should not, and can no longer, be imprisoned in this narrow framework”.