‘Buckingham Palace’ is a dingy row of five houses in the heart of District Six, a vibrant community at the foot of Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town. Richard Rive’s classic novel traces this close community through its moments of triumph and despair, its loves, its hatreds – and its bizarre characters. In 1966 parts of…
100 Good Ideas: Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy embraces South African creativity. From iconic people and worthwhile innovations to inspiring designs and useful trends, the 100 good ideas presented in this book are as extraordinary as they are diverse.
This examination of the extraordinary work which has recently appeared is therefore very timely. Migration is a central theme of much African fiction written in English. Here, Brenda Cooper tracks the journeys undertaken by a new generation of African writers, their protagonists and the solid objects that populate their fiction, to depict the material realities of their multiple worlds and languages. The book explores the uses to which the English language is put in order to understand these worlds. It demonstrates how these writers have contested the dominance of colonising metaphors. The writers’ challenge is to find an English that can effectively express their many lives, languages and identities.
We are at the same time trying hard to impress our former oppressors by rubbishing our cultures and beliefs in the interest of theirs. Our languages are vanishing and we are meanwhile contributing to their demise by speaking only the former oppressors’ language to our children.
We have turned ourselves into easy targets in all spheres and it is time we confront our weaknesses head on.
Let the prayer begin…
Africa Reimagined is a passionately argued appeal for a rediscovery of our African identity. Going beyond the problems of a single country, Hlumelo Biko calls for a reorientation of values, on a continental scale, to suit the needs and priorities of Africans. Building on the premise that slavery, colonialism, imperialism and apartheid fundamentally unbalanced the values and indeed the very self-concept of Africans, he offers realistic steps to return to a more balanced Afro-centric identity.
The stories cover an engrossing cross-section of experiences, ranging from the student who diverts bursary money to put food on the table back home, family members who make outrageous demands on individuals often resulting in debt to look after their families, to people who are happy to open their homes to provide
shelter to jobseekers or the downtrodden. In giving voice to the many different perspectives on this topical issue, this book hopes to start a dialogue about this undeniable part of the lived reality of black South Africans.
Capitalist Nigger excels as an explosive and jarring indictment of the Black Race.
The book asserts that the Negroid Race, as naturally endowed as any other, is culpably a non-productive race. The Black Race is a consumer race and depends on other communities for its culture, its language, its feeding, and its clothing.
This fully revised and extended edition charts Ramaphosas early life and education, and his career in trade unionism, politics and constitution-building. Extensive new chapters explore his contribution to the National Planning Commission, the effects of the Marikana massacre on his political prospects and the real story behind his rise to the deputy presidency of the country in 2014. They set out the constraints Ramaphosa faced as Jacob Zumas deputy, and explain how he ultimately triumphed in the election of the ANCs new president in 2017. The book concludes with an analysis of the challenges Ramaphosa faces as the countrys fifth post-apartheid president. This commanding biography tells the full story of this enigmatic leaders life and political career for the first time. It is based on numerous personal conversations with Ramaphosa over the past decade, and on rich interviews with many of the subjects friends and contemporaries.
Taxi Art Education Programme will be luanching Nokuthula Mazibuko’s book “Spring Offensive on the 28th of October at the Diepkloof Zone 1 Library. The author Nokuthula will be giving a brief overview of the story and her purpose in writing this book. Nokuthula Mazibuko was born in !973 in Soweto. She started working as a multi-media writer and researcher in 1997. In 2003, she was awarded the Bessie Head writing fellowship, which enabled her to complete Spring Offensive.
Benjamin Pogrund, a foremost journalist in the struggle against apartheid and in more recent years an ardent worker for peace and social concern in Israel, brings to this study peerless qualifications for comparing the controversial historical experience of South Africa and Israel.
Catalogue showcasing some of the major works in the Standard Bank Collection of African Art held at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Issues dealt with in the illuminating texts include: Military and missionary modernity, transformed modernities and traditional forms in modern materials.
These extremely rare prints, most of them made by Cole himself and most never previously exhibited, form the core of this exhibion and book. This book tells the story of Ernest Cole’s life, both in his own words and through the reminiscences and writings of those people who knew him personally and professionally.
Why is Cape Town one of the most violent cities on earth? What is it that makes gangs so attractive to young people? Why are drugs so easy to find and so widespread? Why are the police seemingly losing control of the crime situation? Why is it getting worse? Top-selling investigative author Don Pinnock answers…
In this eargerly awaited novel, Memela gives an intimate portrait of power dynamics in the corporate media. He narrates the story of a rookie journalist who is not afraid to challenge authority in the hierarchical corporate media world. Memela illuminates the historical events before the release of Nelson Mandela and the unbanning of the liberation…
I Write What I Like features the writing of the famous activist and Black Consciousness leader, Steve Biko. Before his untimely death in detention at age 30, he was instrumental in uniting Black Africans in the struggle against the apartheid government in South Africa.