16:00-16:30 Listeria Hysteria! A Play by Bailey Snyman

Presenter:
Bailey Snyman

Bailey Snyman

Bailey Snyman has a Degree in Organisational Psychology, Philosophy and Drama from Rhodes University. His higher education includes a Masters Degree in Choreography, Contemporary Performance Studies and Dance History. Bailey was a resident performer, choreographer and educator with the First Physical Theatre Company form 2002 – 2006. Bailey was announced as the recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for 2012 and the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans 2012.He is currently a Doctoral Candidate focussing his thesis on Embodiment Philosophy and Choreography. He has choreographed numerous works, most notably his acclaimed production MOFFIE which premiered at the National Arts Festival in 2012.Bailey has performed internationally at the Bonnie Bird Theatre in London, Germany, Italy, Israel and France, as well as, with African Footprint in Mexico and the USA and has been part of the panel for numerous forums including, PANSA, Attik!, Siobhan Davies and the Goethe Institut of South Africa. He has also worked with acclaimed theatre makers PJ Sabbagha (Macbeth), Dada Masilo (Swan Lake, Carmen and Romeo & Juliet), Tracy Human (Soft) and Craig Morris (Le Carnivale de ma vie) and numerous other productions. Bailey’s research areas include History as Discourse and The Living Archive. He has also a published academic. Bailey is trained in release technique, contemporary dance, ballet, horton, capoeira and contact improvisation. He has recently completed his PhD creative project entitled L.I.F.E which premiered in July 2017. Bailey’s production of BURN won a Standard Bank Ovation Award in 2016 and has been performed in Iceland, Greece, Norway and France. Bailey has received multiple creative research outputs for his creative work by the University of Pretoria.

Most South Africans were introduced to the now well-known Listeria monocytogenes as the listeriosis outbreak continued to make headlines since the 3rd of December 2017. Listeria was seen as the “deadly monster” that caused sickness and death in the country. For a while, South Africans lived in fear as they did not know which foods were contaminated with this bacterium.  On the 4th of March, the Minister of Health announced that the outbreak was linked to cold meats, such as polony, a favorite amongst South Africans. This was followed by a recall of different types of cold meats which caused havoc in the food industry and resulted in a public outcry.  The trust in our food system was clearly broken and the public wanted someone to blame.  Cold meats are added to a variety of dishes and meals and are an important food source for all income families in the country.  From Sandwiches, chicken salads and spatlo, a favorite in South African townships. The link of cold meats to Listeria sent the country into hysteria. How did this happen? Where did this killer monster come from? How safe is my food and when can we eat polony again.

The devastating listeriosis story in South Africa was regarded as the biggest outbreak in the world. This indicates how important food safety is in our daily lives and how easily it can affect are health and food security.  Food safety should be carefully considered as it represent the integrity of the food chain from the farm to the fork.  Food safety is a shared responsibility and requires an extensive re-assessment of our food system including the way we regulate, produce, process, handle, distribute, prepare and consume our food.  South Africa cannot afford another outbreak and this will require all players in the food chain to respond and be proactive to regain credibility and trust.  How can we as scientists contribute to this debate and ensure that the public fully understand the importance of food safety and what impact it can have on our health, well-being and our national food security status?

This talk will focus on the Listeria outbreak that occurred in South Africa and the devastating consequences that it had in our daily lives and favored food items.  Join the Food Safety research group of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security from the University of Pretoria as they visually demonstrate the unfolding of events during the outbreak and, how this influenced the science behind the drama.  This is an interactive community science play that will bring the message home that our food must be safe for all to prosper and be SAFE FOOD WISE.

2018-12-06T10:31:10+00:00