Browsing Category Ecology, Conservation, Plant & Animal Studies

Beinart (W.) & Brown (K.) AFRICAN LOCAL KNOWLEDGE & LIVESTOCK HEALTH, diseases and treatment in South Africa
304 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R290
Published in the UK and USA in 2013.

For their comparative study of African veterinary knowledge William Beinart and Karen Brown interviewed individual livestock owners in a number of South African regions: Mbotyi, QwaQwa, North West Province, the Eastern Cape and Mpondoland. They also consider the history of livestock diseases, and make recommendations for policy and practice.

"A path-breaking view of South African animal disease and remedies where African owners are concerned. Focusing on local veterinary knowledge and therapeutics by African owners in such depth through 200 interviews in five areas opens up an original field of knowledge and practice." Anne Digby, Oxford Brookes University

"By incorporating cultural, scientific, national and political perspectives, the authors provide background to the implementation of relevant policies and reveal the stark resource and knowledge divide between rural and commercial sectors." Arthur Spickett, Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Pretoria

William Beinart is Rhodes Professor of Race Relations at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford.
Karen Brown is an ESRC Research Fellow at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine. University of Oxford
Bond (P.) POLITICS OF CLIMATE JUSTICE, paralysis above, movement below
267 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2012. R205
In this book Patrick Bond provides background and theoretical context to world leaders' responses to climate change through the United Nations' Conference of the Parties (COP) of Kyoto, Copenhagen, Cancun and Durban, and discusses the new climate justice movement.

"A very valuable contribution to scholarship. The originality of the book lies in what Patrick Bond calls 'climate-crisis capitalism' - a brilliant and original notion. The central theme is that global elites are failing to deal with the threat of climate change and so effective action depends on pressure from civil society led by the climate justice movement." Jacklyn Cock, Professor Emeritus, University of the Witwatersrand.

Patrick Bond is Senior Professor of Development Studies and Director of the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Bond (P.) ed. DURBAN'S CLIMATE GAMBLE, trading carbon, betting the earth
254 pp., map, colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2011. R230
A collection of essays that reflect on Durban's political ecology, global climate policy and COP politics.

Contributions include:
"Prefigurative Political Ecology and Socio-Environmental Injustice in Central Durban" by Patrick Bond and Ashwin Desai
"The Politics of Climate Change in South Africa" by Del Weston
"Colonising Africa's Atmospheric Commons" by Khadija Sharife
"The Endless Algebra of Climate Markets" by Larry Lohmann.

Patrick Bond directs the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society.
Bond (P.), Dada (R.) & Erion (G.) eds. CLIMATE CHANGE, CARBON TRADING AND CIVIL SOCIETY, negative returns on South African investments
192 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2007. R160
Contributions include "Dirty Politics: South African Energy" & "Oil Companies and African Wealth Depletion" by Patrick Bond,
Interrogating Nuclear and Renewable Energy" by Muna Lakhani & Vanessa Black,
"World Bank Carbon Colonies" by Daphne Wysham,
"Climate Fraud and Carbon Colonialism" by Heidi Bachram, and more.

Patrick Bond is director of the Centre for Civil Society and profesor of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Rehana Dada is an environmental journalist. Graham Erion is based at York University School of Law and Faculty of Environmental Studies in Toronto and is a TNI Carbon Trade Watch research associate.
Brown (D.) ARE TROUT SOUTH AFRICAN?, stories of fish, people and places
219 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R225
"In asking whether a fish species that was introduced as part of the process of colonial occupation could be called 'South African', this book uses discussions on trout, their history, the literature about them, scientific work on what is considered 'indigenous' or 'alien', as well as the author's moving personal stories of fishing to provide an engaging and accessible exploration of a contested physical and cultural terrain." from the back cover

"What a book! I long to flyfish after reading the beautifully rendered memories; I marvel at the profound value of metaphor in the arguments; and I've learnt a lot about trout." Antjie Krog

"A brilliantly written and totally compelling read that is destined to become a classic of South African angling literature." Tom Sutcliffe

Duncan Brown is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of English at the University of the Western Cape. He is also the author of "Voicing the Text: South African oral poetry and performance", "Oral Literature and Performance in Southern Africa", "To Speak of this Land: identity and belonging in South Africa and beyond" and "Religion and Spirituality in South Africa: new perspectives".
Bűscher (B.) TRANSFORMING THE FRONTIER, peace parks and the politics of neoliberal conservation in southern Africa
290 pp., map, illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R345
First published in the USA.

Using research with the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Project, Bram Bűscher demonstrates how transnational conservation projects reflect the neoliberal political economy in which they're developed.

"Bram Bűscher offers an original approach to conceptualizing and examining neoliberal modes of government in action. He uses a richly grounded empirical analysis to shed light on a key puzzle with important political stakes: How are implausible win-win scenarios sustained despite their manifold contradictions, and what kinds of critical work are needed to puncture them? An excellent read." Tania Murray Li, author of "The Will to Improve: governmentality, development, and the practice of politics"

Bram Bűscher is Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Visiting Professor of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies at the University of Johannesburg.
Carneson (R.) GIRL ON THE EDGE, a memoir
216pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R190
A memoir by Ruth Carneson, daughter of Fred and Sarah Carneson, prominent South African Communist Party activists in the 1950s and 1960s. When she was a child her parents were in and out of prison. When she was fourteen the family were forced into exile in London while Fred Carneson remained in prison in Pretoria. Carneson writes about her childhood in Cape Town, her fear of the security police, her life in London, her struggles with mental illness, her experiences with LSD, art school, motherhood and political activism, her return to South Africa in 1991, and the ten years she spent living and working on Robben Island. She moved back to Cape Town in 2007 and has a studio in Muizenberg.
Carruthers (V.) THE MAGALIESBERG, biosphere edition
364 pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Third Edition, Pretoria, (1990) 2014. R325
A new edition of Vincent Carruthers' book on the Magaliesberg, which covers the origins of the landscape, the flora and fauna, and the human history of the region.
Clarke (J.) OVERKILL, the race to save Africa's wildlife
195pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R180
Journalist and writer James Clarke describes the history and extent of human impact on Africa's land and marine wildlife, the current status of Africa's wild animals, and how conservation efforts are gaining a new urgency.

James Clarke is also the author of "Save Me from the Lion's Mouth".
Cock (J.) THE WAR AGAINST OURSELVES, nature, power and justice
245 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2007. R230
Jacklyn Cock "demonstrates the need for an inclusive politics which brings together peace, social and environmental justice activists who believe that another world is both possible and necessary".

Jacklyn Cock is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand. She is the author of "Maids and Madams" and co-author, together with A.Bernstein, of "Melting Pots and Rainbow Nations".
Coetzee (J.M.) et al THE LIVES OF ANIMALS,
127pp., paperback, Reprint, Princeton, (1999) 2001. R295
J.M. Coetzee's text is accompanied by an introduction by political philosopher Any Gutmann and responsive essays by religion scholar Wendy Doniger, primatologist Barbara Smuts, literary theorist Marjorie Garber, and moral philosopher Peter SInger, author of "Animal Liberation".

"'The Lives of Animals' is a moral argument within a fictional framework...But fiction has the power to disturb and inspire strong emotions, and this book, thoroughly argued and committed, is certainly a case in point." Maren Meinhardt, Times Literary Supplement



Connor (T.) CONSERVED SPACES, ANCESTRAL PLACES, conservation, history and identity among farm labourers in the Sundays River Valley, South Africa
212 pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2014. R265
Teresa Connor investigates three hundred years of social conflict over land in the frontier-like Sundays River Valley, an area of multiple displacements and the location of the extended Addo Elephant Park, to see whether residents have really benefited from models of co-mamagement.

"South Africa is famous for its success in conserving wildlife, much of it in world-renowned national parks. Yet protected areas sometimes have to be carved out from settlements, and local communities often bear the costs. This is an outstanding analysis of these dilemmas, which looks in detail at the communities affected by the extension of Addo. In the process, Connor takes her readers into the social world of farmworkers, amongst the least studied and least understood groups in South Africa. This book is simultaneously a major contribution to debates about conservation and a vivid and eye-opening discussion of rural society." William Beinart, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Teresa Connor is affiliated with the Fort Hare Institute of Social and Economic Research in the Eastern Cape.
de Jager (S.) VELD MEDICINE, from the Klein Karoo
102 pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, No Place, No Date. R290
Salomie de Jager has photographed medicinal plants found in the Klein Karoo and listed their many uses.
Dean (W.) WARRIORS, DILETTANTES AND BUSINESSMEN, bird collectors during the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries in southern Africa
196pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, Cape Town, 2017. R295
Biologist Richard Dean discusses how the collections of preserved bird skins and of eggs in South African natural history museums were built. He focuses especially on the period between 1850 and 1950 when these collections grew rapidly.

In 2009 Richard Dean was awarded the Gill Memorial Medal for his lifetime contribution to southern African ornithology. From 1986 to his retirement from academia in 2006, he was a research officer at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology.
Dikeni (L.) HABITAT AND STRUGGLE, the case of the Kruger National Park in South Africa, a study of the outcome of the interface between government, NGOs, managers of natural resources and local communities
216pp., pperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R250
"Join Leslie Dikeni in his intriguing journey into the contested state of the Kruger National Park in the early years of the democratic transition. He speaks to chefs and wardens, cleaners and government officials, ecologists and secretaries. As word of his research spreads, those whoses voices had been silenced and whose lives had been concealed in compounds and resource-starved villages seek him out, hoping that their experiences will at last be revealed. The biggest rest camp in Kruger and perhaps the most famous, is the place named Skukuza - the place from which people 'have been driven away'. What emerges from Dikeni's account is the contested nature of the Park and its history - issues that go to the heart of the post-apartheid dispensation and that remain unresolved." Karl van Holdt, Director of the Society Work and Development Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

Lesie Dikeni is a visiting research fellow at the School of Public and Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand and a research associate at the University of Pretoria. He is also the author of "South African Development Perspectives in Question" and co-edited with William Gumede "The Poverty of Ideas: the retreat of intellectuals in new democracies"
Dodd (T.) & Cocks (M.) VOICES FROM THE FOREST, celebrating nature and culture in Xhosaland
229 pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2012. R265
"This book is a celebration of the link between people and nature, and reveals how plants, animals and landscapes are profoundly reflected in Xhosa language, stories, poetry, religious rituals, healing practices and everyday customs that define Xhosa culture" from the introduction

Includes chapters on Xhosa medicine, magic and charms, rituals and rites, rites of passage, ceremonial crafts, and medicinal plants.

Tony Dodd is a plant taxonomist and ethnobotanist and is the curator of the Selmar Schonland Herbarium at the Albany Museum in Grahamstown.
Michelle Cocks is a research officer at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University.
Together Tony and Michelle facilitate a schools education programme called "Inkcubeko nendalo - Biocultural Diversity Education Programme". In 2009 they were awarded a certificate in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the category "Preserving Customs and Traditions" by the Provincial Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture at the Annual Achievers Award Ceremony. In the same year Michelle received the Achiever Award for Woman Researcher in the category "Indigenous Knowledge Systems" from the Department of Science and Technology.
Dugard (J.), St.Clair (A.L.) & Gloppen (S.) eds. CLIMATE TALK, rights, poverty and justice
250 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R370
A collection of essays which focus on the impacts of climate change on poor communities and seek to integrate fairness related to environmental issues and fairness related to socio-economic issues.

Contributions include:
"The Role of Social Justice and Poverty in South Africa's National Climate Change Response White Paper" by Kjersti Flottum and Oyvind Gjerstad
"Climate Change, Poverty and Climate Justice in South Africa: the case of COP17" by Jill Johannessen
"Qwasha! Climate justice community dialogues compilation vol.1: voices from the streets" by Molefi Mafereka Ndlovu
"Payment for Ecosystem Services versus Ecological Reparations: the 'green economy', litigation and a redistributive eco-debt grant" by Khadija Sharife and Patrick Bond
"Let's Work Together: environmental and socio-economic rights in the courts" by Jackie Dugard and Anna Alcaro.

Jackie Dugard is a visiting senior fellow at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand. She is also a senior researcher at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI).
Asunción Lera St.Clair is Research Director at the International Centre for Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO), former Professor of Sociology at the University of Bergen, and Associated Senior Researcher at the Chr Michelsen Institute in Bergen.
Siri Gloppen is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen.
Dugmore (H.) & van Wyk (B-E.) MUTHI AND MYTHS, from the African bush
128 pp., colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2008. R199
Fifty-two accounts of the use of traditional medicine (muthi) in Africa. Many of these stories have been inherited through oral tradition and are written down here for the first time. The plants covered include Leopard Orchid, Baobab, Bitter Aloe, Marula, Wild Dagga, Sugarbush, Ghaap, Pennywort, Kalahari Fever Bush, African Potato, Devil's Claw, Rooibos, Cancer Bush, Hibiscus, Honeybush, Wild Ginger and Wild Olive.

Ben-Erik van Wyk is Professor of Botany at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Journalist and writer Heather Dugmore is also the author of "Big Cats of Mala Mala".
Eales (H.) RIDDLES IN STONE, controversies, theories and myths about southern Africa's geological past
361 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2007. R220
Hugh Eales unravels nearly forty riddles and clashes of interpretation that accompanied the evolution of the study of earth sciences in southern Africa.

Hugh Eales is a Professor Emeritus of Geology at Rhodes University.
Esler (K.), Pierce (S.) & de Villiers (C.) eds. FYNBOS, ecology and management
260 pp., colour illus., map, paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R250
A practical and accessible guide for improving land management in the Fynbos Biome by researchers and managers in the Fynbos Forum community.

Karen Esler is Professor in the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University.
Shirley Pierce is a plant ecologist and science communication consultant.
Charl de Villiers is an environmental consultant and lectures on biodiversity and integrated environmental management at Western Cape universities.
Flack (P.) et. al. THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSERVATION SUCCESS STORY,
56 pp., 4to., map, b/w & colour illus., hardcover, Cape Town, 2011. R145
A history of conservation in South Africa, with contributions by Canadian wildlife biologist, writer and researcher Shane Mahoney and David Mabunda, CEO of South African National Parks.

Peter Flack is a lawyer, businessman, conservationist, hunter and retired game rancher. This book grew out of a documentary film Peter Flack directed.
Fox (J.) THE IMPOSSIBLE FIVE, in search of South Africa's most elusive mammals
187pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R230
Travel writer, novelist and photographer Justin Fox's account of the three years he spent travelling around South Africa in search of South Africa's most elusive mammals: Cape mountain leopard, aardvark, pangolin, riverine rabbit and naturally occurring white lion.
Fraser (M.) text & Fraser (L.) illus. THE SMALLEST KINGDOM, plants and plant collectors at the Cape of Good Hope.
221 pp., 4to., maps, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Kew, 2012. R525
An illustrated account of the botanical exploration of South Africa's Cape Floral Kingdom.
"'The Smallest Kingdom' is our celebration of Cape plants and the people who discovered and developed them into today's horticultural gems." from the introduction
In addition to Liz Fraser's botanical illustrations, the book includes plant drawings and paintings from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, historical maps, portraits of the collectors and herbarium specimens.

Botanical and wildlife artist Liz Fraser has been painting the flora and fauna of the Cape since 1984. Mike Fraser worked at the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, and is now a conservation officer with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). They lived in Cape Town for twelve years and were awarded the Marloth Medal of the Botanical Society of South Africa for promoting the conservation of the region's flora through their books, "A Fynbos Year" and "Between Two Shores". They now live in the Scottish Borders.

Glazewski (J.) & Esterhuyse (S.) eds. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING IN THE KAROO, critical legal and environmental perspectives
494pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R695
A collection of essays that explore questions relating to proposed hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' in the Karoo.

Contributions include:
"The Constitutional and Legal Framework" by Jan Glazewski
"Environmental Assessment of Shale Gas Development in South Africa" by Tracy Humby
"The Economics of Shale Gas Fracking: what can the American experience teach us" by Saliem Fakir and Ellen Davies
"The Internationally Significant Karoo Archaeology and Palaeontology Record: short-term threats and long-term responsibilities" by David Morris, Bruce Rubidge and Jan Glazewski
"Effects on Communities: the social fabric, local livelihoods and the social psyche" by Nola Redelinghuys
'Making Legal Sense of a 'Sense of Place' in the Karoo" by Loretta Feris.

Jan Glazewski is Professor in the Institute of Marine and Emvironmental Law at the University of Cape Town.
Surina Esterhuyse is a lecturer at the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of the Free State.
Gordon (D.M.) & Krech (S.) INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE, and the environment in Africa and North America
335 pp., hardback, Athens, 2012. R650
A collection of essays which argue that the forms of knowledge identified as 'indigenous', rather than being "pure and primordial cultural artifacts", resulted from "strategies to control environmental resources during and after colonial encounters" from the back cover

Contributions include"
"Nation-Building Knowledge", Dutch indigenous knowledge and the invention of white South Africanism, 1890-1909" by Lance van Sittert
"Locust Invasions and Tensions over Environmental and Bodily Health in the Colonial Transkei" by Jacob Tropp
"Reinventing 'Traditional' Medicine in SOuth Africa, traditional authorities and the constitutional challenge to the 2004 Communal Land Rights Act" by Derick Fay.

David Gordon is Associate Professor of History at Bowdoin College.
Shepard Krech III is Professor Emeritus of ANthropology at Brown University and a research associate in the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
Greeff (M.) A SITE-BY-SITE GUIDE TO TREES IN THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK,
156pp., colour illus., map, paperback, (Johannesburg), 2013. R225
Marissa Greef has translated her guide to trees found in the Kruger National Park, published in Afrikaans in 2011 and entitled "Bome van Plek tot Plek", into English.
Green (L.) ed. CONTESTED ECOLOGIES, dialogues in the South on nature and knowledge
284 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R280
A collection of essays that "explore environmentalities in a range of contexts in the global south" and "rethink conventional wisdoms about a division between sciences and alternative ways of knowing environments". from pg.1

"'Contested Ecologies' could be read as an enlightened report on the status of knowledge worldwide. Not only does it demonstrate, with a powerful collective voice from the Global South that will be difficult to ignore, that differences between knowledges ineluctably imply differences among forms of making the world, it actually succeeds in exemplifying paths for genuine and constructive conversations across seemingly intractable divides. The volume offers the first concrete demonstration that it is indeed possible to go beyond the alleged rift between nature and culture, moving us closer towards the elusive goal of healing our planet through new knowledge formations. At a time when the academy seems mired in training students to perform well in so-called 'globalization' (understood as market success), this courageous volume represents a breath of fresh air in the debates over how to re-imagine the university as a central player in the construction of a new ethics of life." Arturo Escobar, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

"A new anthropology is afoot. 'Contested Ecologies' sets out a new approach beyond the boundaries of modernity as we know it. Here different versions of nature are at play, and a 'political ontology' has emerged to grasp this problem. Cosmopolitics comes into its own in this collection." Anna Tsing, author of "Friction: an ethnography of global connection"

Contributions include:
"Cultivating 'krag', refreshing 'gees': ecologies of wellbeing in Namaqualand" by Joshua B.Cohen
"Are Petitioners Makers of Rain? Rains, worlds and survival in conflict-torn Buhera, Zimbabwe" by Artwell Nhemachena
"Metaphors for Climate Adaptation from Zimbabwe: Zephaniah Phiri Maseko and the marriage of water and soil" by Christopher Mabeza
"Cape Flats Nature: rethinking urban ecologies" by Tania Katzschner
"Spotting the Leopard: fieldwork, science and leopard behaviour" by Ian Glenn.

Lesley Green is an anthropologist at the University of Cape Town, and while leading the Sawyer Seminar on Knowledges and Ways of Knowing, was attached to the University of Cape Town's Africa Knowledges Project in the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Capacity.
Hank (J.) OPERATION LOCK AND THE WAR ON RHINO POACHING ,
304pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback , Johannesburg, 2015. R250
John Hanks' account of Operation Lock, a secret initiative to undermine rhino poaching in southern Africa launched in 1987. According to Hanks this intiative was funded by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, the founding president of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It was staffed by mercenaries working for a private company headed by David Stirling, founder of Britain's Special Air Service (SAS). The covert unit operated against smugglers in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and other southern African countries, and game rangers were trained to pose as horn traders in order to entrap buyers. When Operation Lock became public in 1990 WWF denied any involvement, claiming that the operation was a private matter between Hanks, then head of the Africa Programme at WWF-International, and Prince Bernhard, and that no WWF funds were spent on the project. At the time Hanks signed a statement assuming responsibility for Operation Lock. In the books he also addresses the current rhino poaching crisis, and is deeply critical of the policies to curb poaching.

British zoologist and conservationist John Hanks has worked in several African countries, including Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. He has held a number of positions, including Chief Professional Officer for the Natal Parks Board; Professor and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences and then the first Director of the Institute of Natural Resources at the University of Natal; the Director of the Africa Program for WWF International; the Chief Executive of WWF-South Africa; and the first Executive Director of the Peace Parks Foundation.
Head (V.) THE SEARCH FOR THE RAREST BIRD IN THE WORLD,
244 pp., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2014. R240
In 1990 a group of University of Cambridge scientists found the wing of an unidentified bird in Ethiopia, and a new species of bird was named: Nechisar Nightjar. Twenty-two years later South African ornithologist and birder Ian Sinclair led an expedition to try and find this elusive bird. This is Vernon Head's account of the adventure.

"It's Ridder Haggard with birds! Hidden secrets in remote exotic lands, hearsay and scraps of treasure but no map! And four privateers in search of the ornithological grail. It's boys-own stuff for girls too - fabulous!" Chris Packham, British naturalist and author

"A magical and lyrical quest to find the world's rarest bird. But this is so much more than an ornithological treasure hunt - it is an impassioned hymn to the wonderment of nature and its balm for the human spirit." Harriet Nimmo, former CEO Wildscreen and founder of ARKive.org

Architect Vernon Head was born in 1967 in Cape Town. He is presently chairman of BirdLife South Africa.
Horsthemke (K.) THE MORAL STATUS AND RIGHTS OF ANIMALS,
365 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2010. R415
Philosopher Kai Horsthemke argues for the moral equality of animals.

"The issue of 'animal rights' has very often taken a back seat to the issue of 'human rights'. Particularly in South Africa, a debate is needed around the question of whether 'rights' are in fact divisible or not and whether one can, from a moral/ethical and philosophical perspective argue that while humans must enjoy a set of rights, other sentient beings do not or cannot enjoy the same rights. Kai Horsthemke brings this question into sharp relief in the book which deserves wide coverage. South Africa is a contested political space in which the struggle against colonialism and then apartheid and racism has long roots. While freedom and human rights were seen as triumphant with the emergence of democracy, the underbelly of this rights-based liberation movement is a politics of culture in which the issue of animal rights is at best truncated and at worst completely ignored." Thomas Koelble, Graduate School of Business, Univerity of Cape Town
Kai Horsthemke teaches philosophy of education in the Wits School of Education.
Hughes (C.) FLOWERS IN THE SKY, a celebration of southern African starlore
96 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Somerset West, 2012. R239
A collection of traditional South African stories that offer insight into indigenous peoples' cosmologies.
Huntley (B.) WILDLIFE AT WAR IN ANGLOA, the rise and fall of an African Eden
432pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R350
"With his long connection to Angola and expertise in conservation science and environmental politics, Brian Huntley is uniquely qualified to reflect on this fascinating and turbulent African country and its wildlife management over many decades. Thoughtful, balanced and unsparing, this book provides fresh insights into the wildlife dilemmas of our continent." Jane Carruthers, Emeritus Professor, UNISA, and author of "The Kruger National Park: a social and political history"

"An extremely well-written and riveting account of the history of conservation in Angola, as well as Huntley's own experiences in that wonderful country. Without doubt the most important book published in the last fifty years on the wildlife of Angola." Nicol Stassen, author of "The Boers in Angola, 1928-1975" and "The Thirstland Trek, 1874-1881"

Brain Huntley was ecologist for Angola's fiver major national parks from 1971 to 1975. He was CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute and now works as an independent consultant. He is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Invasion Biology at Stellenbosch University and an Emeritus Professor at The University of Cape Town.
Joubert (L.) ORANJEZICHT CITY FARM, food, community, connection
222pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R280
Oranjezicht City Farm was founded in 2012 by neighbourhood volunteers on a disused bowling green, originally the site of the original Oranje Zicht homestead, close to Cape Town city centre.

Science writer Leonie Joubert's other books include "Scorched: South Africa's changing climate", "The Hungry Season, feeding South Africa's cities" and "Invaded, the biological invasion of South Africa".
Joubert (L.) SCORCHED, South Africa's changing climate
251 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2006. R170
"Leonie Joubert is a freelance science writer with a special interest in climate change, biodiversity, natural history, agriculture, energy issues, and sustainable development...She has a Masters in Science Journalism from Stellenbosch University."
Joubert (L.) text & Miller (E.) photo. THE HUNGRY SEASON, feeding southern Africa's cities
227 pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R285
An exploration of hunger and malnutrition in southern Africa. "'The Hungry Season' focuses on food security at a household level, leaning heavily on new research conducted by Battersby and her team at AFSUN, where they examined levels of food security among poor, urban households in many of the big Southern African Development Community (SADC) region cities." from pg. 10 of the introduction

"Leonie Joubert and Eric Miller cut through the smoke and mirrors of our national discourse to expose the heart of South Africa's problems: hunger and malnutrition. A revealing, engaging book that demands a shift in thinking and action." Max du Preez

Leonie Joubert is also the author of "Scorched: South Africa's changing climate", "Boiling Point: people in a changing climate" and "Invaded: the biological invasion of South Africa". She has received two Honorary Sunday Times Alan Paton Non-fiction Awards.

Eric Miller is a documentary photographer.
Joubert (L.) text & Bosch (R.) photo. INVADED, the biological invasion of South Africa
265 pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2009. R295
Leonie Joubert documents the consequences of the introduction of alien species into South Africa.

Leonie Joubert is also the author of "Scorched: South Africa's changing climate", which won an honorary 2007 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, and "Boiling Point: people in a changing climate".
Kirsten (K.) GARDENS TO INSPIRE,
224 pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2013. R395
Keith Kirsten introduces twenty five exceptional South African gardens, including Brenthurst, Fresh Woods, Old Nectar, Durban Botanic Garden, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Vergelegen and Babylonstoren.
Koopman (A.) ZULU PLANT NAMES,
324pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2015. R395
Adrian Koopman details the complex relationship between plants, the Zulu language and Zulu culture.

Adrian Koopman is Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is also the author of "Zulu Names" (2002) and editor of "Nomina Africana", the journal of the Names Society of Southern Africa.
Kruchem (T.) ORANGE-SENQU, artery of life, water and peace in southern Africa
272 pp., map, colour illus., hardback, Frankfurt, 2012. R249
Translated from the German by Robert Zipplies and Anthony Hocking.

Thomas Kruchem addresses the challenges faced in the transboundary river basin of the Orange-Senqu River in southern Africa. The water supply from this river is under pressure as a result of economic and population growth, the squandering of water, and climate change. The water quality is also threatened by soil erosion, high levels of leached fertilizer, the waste waters generated by industry, commerce and millions of households, the rising levels of acid mine drainage loaded with toxic heavy metals, and the lack of funding and skilled personnel to deal with these problems.

Includes a DVD, "The Orange-Sequu River Awareness Kit", which provides additional information on water issues in southern Africa.

Thomas Kruchem is a German journalist and freelance writer specialising in development issues.
Ledger (T.) AN EMPTY PLATE, why we are losing the battle for our food system, why it matters, and how we can win it back
214pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R240
Tracy Ledger, researcher in the field of economic development and an agri-food activist, analyses the South African agri-food system and demonstrates how misguided government policy and consumer apathy is entrenching inequality, perpetuating poverty, threatening land reform, and destroying the social fabric.
Linscott (G.) INTO THE RIVER OF LIFE, a biography of Ian Player
342 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R270
Conservationist, writer and lecturer Ian Player was born in Johannesburg in 1927. He started his career with the Natal Parks Board in 1952. While Warden of Umfolozi Game Reserve he started Operation Rhino to save the white rhino from extinction and established wilderness areas in iMfolozi and St Lucia. He also founded the Wilderness Leadership School, which led to the formation of the International Wilderness Leadership Foundation and the World Wilderness Congresses, first convened in 1977. He lives near Howick in Natal.
Loubser (J.) prod. SHORELINE II, discovering South Africa's coast
672 minutes, 4 x DVDs, , 2012. R365
Following on the first TV series, Shoreline II consists of 13 (x 48 minutes) episodes that explore the South African coastline, from the desert border with Namibia on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean to the border with Mozambique and the Indian Ocean. The series documents the flora and fauna, history and archaeology of each region.
Marks (S.) DISCORDANT VILLAGE VOICES, a Zambian community-based wildlife programme
325 pp., map, illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R288
In this long-term case study, begun in the 1960s, Stuart Marks examines how the Munyamadzi rural communities living in Zambia's Luangwa Valley have been affected by colonial and later government initiatives to conserve wildlife. He seeks to demonstrate that local employments and assistance must create sustainable alternatives to customary livelihoods if environmental and biodiversity conservation efforts are to succeed.
McCracken (D.) et al THE DURBAN FOREST,
298pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Durban, 2015. R350
Explores Durban's history and the possibilities for a sustainable relationship between urban development and the natural environment.
McCracken (D.P.) SAVING THE ZULULAND WILDERNESS, an early struggle for nature conservation
176 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2008. R395
Discusses the first efforts to preserve the wild game, birds and indigenous forests of the Zululand and Maputaland wilderness, from the 1820s to the 1890s.

Donal McCracken is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences and Senior Professor of History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
McKenzie (R.) METEORITES, a southern African perspective
120 pp., maps, colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R140
An introductory guide to meteorites and meteorite collecting.
Moolla (F.) ed. NATURES OF AFRICA, ecocriticism and animal studies in contemporary cultural forms
334pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R390
A collection of essays that explores different understandings of the connections between humans, animals and the environment; and suggests alternative ways of addressing the challenges facing the African continent, such as global warming, desertification, floods, animal extinctions and environmental destruction.

Contributions include:
"The Environment as Significant Other: the green nature of Shona indigenous religion" by Jacob Mapara
"Towards an Ecocriticism in Africa: literary aesthetics in African environmental literature" by Chengyi Coral Wu
"Navigating Gariep Country: writing nature-culture in 'Borderline' by William Dicey" by Mathilda Slabbert
"Animals, Nostalgia and Zimbabwe's Rural Landscape in the Poetry of Chenjerai Hove and Musaemura Zimunya" by Syned Mthatiwa.

Fiona Moolla teaches African literature at the University of the Western Cape. She is the author of "Reading Nuruddin Farah: the individual, the novel and the idea of home".
Mytelka (L.), Msimang (V.) & Perrot (R.) eds EARTH, WIND AND FIRE, unpacking the political, economic and security implications of discourse on the greem economy
340pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R350
A collection of essays that examine global and domestic climate change and sustainable energy issues, convey policy choices and recommendations, and articulate the need for a transdisciplinary approach that acknowledges social complexity. This book is the outcome of a Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) research project.

Nustad (K.) CREATING AFRICAS, struggles over nature, conservation and land
192pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Pietermaritzburg, 2015. R205
First published in the UK in 2015.

Knut Nustad discusses the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in South Africa: the iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park, where conservation interests compete with those of industrial forestry, commercial farming and local communities struggling to have their land returned to them. He demonstrates how each of these groups seek to define and create their own realities and that the conservation lobby will need to find a way of imagining nature and protection that includes people.

"Drawing ona lucid synthesis of current anthropological debates about ontology, materiality, and enactment, Knut Nustad offers an acute ethnography of the history and politics of the Dukuduku forest in South Africa. This is an intensely used and contested landscape, where sugar farmers, smalholders, and conservationists enact different natures and forms of politics. 'Creating Africa' helps us think about how we might live differently in the natural world, and in so doing, begin to craft a more hopeful environmental politics." Andrew Mathews, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Knut Nustad is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.
Owen-Smith (G.) AN ARID EDEN, a personal account of conservation in the Kaokoveld
610 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2011. R275
Conservationist Garth Owen-Smith's account of Namibia's "world-renowned community-based natural resource management programme" which he helped to found and develop.
Palmer (E.) THE PLAINS OF CAMDEBOO, a classic book of the Karoo
348 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (1966) 2011. R170
A reprint of Eve Plamer's famous book on the Karoo, a vast semi-desert that extends across parts of the Western and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa. Eve Palmer grew up on the farm Cranemere, situated on the Plains of Camdeboo, where her family have lived for generations.

"Here is a book which is a unique combination of history, natural history, autobiography and research in many fields" Sunday Times

"Eve Palmer recreates with lovely prose the magical landscape of the Karoo and the East Cape where she grew up...If you love a good read, and if you love South Africa, buy a copy of this immediately and settle down for an enchanting trip to the nostalgic past in the company of a fine soul, Eve Palmer!" Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator, Denver Botanic Gardens
Paolillo (K.) A HIPPO LOVE STORY,
219 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R230
Karen Paololli was born in the UK. As an adult she moved to Africa and eventually settled in the Save the Valley Conservancy in the south-east Lowveld of Zimbabwe. There she developed a relationship with thirteen hippos in their natural habitat, the Turgwe River. After saving their lives during the 1991/92 drought she founded the Turgwe Hippo Trust, dedicated to the conservation and protection of the hippos living in the valley.
Patterson (G.) MY LION'S HEART, a life for the lions of Africa
319 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback , Johannesburg, 2014. R265
An autobiography by environmentalist and independent wildlife researcher Gareth Patterson. The book covers his childhood in West and East Africa, the time he spent studying a threatened lion population in a reserve in Botswana, his work with George Adamson and the relocation of three of George's orphaned lions to the Tuli bushland in Botswana, as well as the part he played in exposing the canned lion industry in South Africa.
Peirce (R.) THE POACHER'S MOON, a true story of life, death, love and survival in Africa
141 pp. , colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R160
Richard Pierce's account of rhino poaching on three game farms in the Western Cape in 2011.

English conservationist Richard Peirce is Chairman of the Shark Conservation Society and the Shark Trust. He spends six months of the year in South Africa.
Pienaar (A.) THE GRIQUA'S APPRENTICE, ancient healing arts of the Karoo
143 pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2009. OUT OF PRINT
Translated from the Afrikaans by Catherine Knox.

In 2000 Afrikaans singer and actress Antoinette Pienaar met Oom Johannes Willemse and became his apprentice to learn from him about the healing power of Karoo herbs. Includes an index of herbs and their uses.
Profusely illustrated, with photographs of the Karoo landscape and indigenous herbs.

Also available in Afrikaans as "Kruitjie Roer My".
Pincott (S.) BATTLE FOR THE PRESIDENT'S ELEPHANTS, life, lunacy & elation in the African bush
208 pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R195
Conservationist Sharon Pincott's account of her relationship with the wild elephant herds in the Hwange bush in Zimbabwe, and of her struggles to protect them.

Sharon Pincott was born in Australia, and now lives in the Zimbabwean bush. She has dedicated the past eleven years to the protection and promotion of the clan of elephants known as The Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe. She is also the author of "The Elephants and I" (2009).
Pincott (S.) THE ELEPHANTS AND I, pursuing a dream in troubled Zimbabwe
280 pp., map, colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2009. R195
In 2001 Sharon Pincott moved from Australia to South Africa to live and work among elephants on land bordering Hwange National Park.

"Sharon Pincott has written a brave and passionate book about her work in Zimbabwe trying to protect the special herd called the 'Presidential Elephants'. Against all odds and her own safety she has stayed in this troubled country for over eight years trying to deal with poaching, land grabbing, unethical hunters and personal harassment. Sharon vividly portrays both the tragedies and the joys of her mission. Her writing about individual elephants and their behaviour is fascinating." Cynthia Moss, world-renowned elephant expert

"A moving account of Africa's power to attract, inspire, and change the course of one's life, giving it a new meaning. Sharon's story is of courage, adventure, love and commitment to the elephant of Zimbabwe." Kuki Gallmann

Pooley (S.) BURNING TABLE MOUNTAIN, an environmental history of fire on the Cape Peninsula
315pp., illus., maps, paperback, First SA Edition, Cape Town, 2015. R320
First published in the UK in 2014.

Simon Pooley outlines the interactions of human and wildfire on Table Mountain and the Cape Pensinsula, from the practices of Khoikhoi herders to 2000.

"'Burning Table Mountain' is essential reading for anyone interested in the complex wildland-urban interface where inappropriate fire-management practices have important repercussions for both people and the environment." Professor Tim Hoffman, University of Cape Town

Simon Pooley is a Junior Research Fellow in Conservation Science at Imperial College London.
Rademeyer (J.) KILLING FOR PROFIT, exposing the illegal rhino horn trade
328 pp., colour illus., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2012) 2013. R245
Journalist Julian Rademeyer investigates the underworld of illegal rhino poaching and horn trading, travelling between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and the black markets of Southeast Asia.

"This is grand investigative journalism on a scale seldom seen...A meticulous, devastating and courageous account of the demise of one of South Africa's most prized assets..." Jacques Pauw, journalist and author of "In the Heart of the Whore", "Into the Heart of Darkness", "Dances with Devils" and "Rat Roads"
Ramutsindela (M.), Miescher (G.) & Boehi (M.) eds. THE POLITICS OF NATURE AND SCIENCE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA,
343pp., illus., paperback, Basel, 2016. R290
A collection of essays that examine the politics of the scientific study of nature and of nature conservation projects.

Contributions include:
"Medicinal Plants in South Africa" by Diana Gibson
"Rehabilitating the 'Ovambo Cattle': veterinary science and cattle breeding in early colonial Namibia" by Giorgio Miescher and Anna Voegeli
"'Flowers are South Africa's Silent Ambassadors': flower shows and botanical diplomacy in South Africa" by Melanie Boehi
"The Comprehensive Hunting Ban: strengthening the state through participatory conservation in contemporary Botswana" by Annette LaRocco
"Hidden Struggles in Conservation: people's resistance in southern Africa" by Frank Matose.

Maano Ramutsindela is Professor of Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town. He is also the author of "How Conservation Animates Borders" and co-author of "Land Reform in South Africa: an uneven trnasformation".
Giorgio Miescher is based at the Centre for African Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland. He is also the author of "Namibia's Red Line: the history of a veterinary and settlement border".
Melanie Boehi is a student at the Basel Graduate School of History and Centre for African Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland.
Rasmussen (S.) THE GREATEST SAFARI, in the beginning was Africa, the story of evolution seen from the African savannah
255pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, First English Language Edition, Durban, 2014. R295
First published in 2011 in German as "I Begyndelsen var Afrika".
Biologist and safari guide Søren Rasmussen shares experiences from twenty-five years spent in the African bush and writes about evolution of the savannah.

Søren Rasmussen was born in Denmark in 1952. He is founder and owner of Albatross Travel A/S, Albatross Safari in Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and South Africa, founder of Karen Blixen Camp in Kenya, and owner of Honeyguide Safari Camps in the Kruger National Park and Entabeni.
Reardon (M.) SHAPING KRUGER, the dynamics of managing wildlife in Africa's premier game park
208 pp., map, colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R220
Ranger, wildlife photographer and writer Mitch Reardon provides insight into the lives, habits and behaviour of some of the larger mammals that significantly contribute to the workings of the Kruger National Park's ecosystems, and examines how changing wildlife practices impact on the animals and the environment.
Scholes (B.), Scholes (M.) & Lucas (M.) CLIMATE CHANGE, briefings from southern Africa
199pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R380
In this book three South African scientists provide answers to fifty frequently asked questions about climate change.

Robert Scholes is a Professor of Systems Ecology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He was a Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s assessments in 2000, 2007 and 2014.
Mary Scholes is a Professor in the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand and serves as the Director of Graduate Affairs.
Mike Lucas is Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town. He is a member of the International Scientific Committee of Oceanic Research (SCOR).
Sheldrick (D.) AN AFRICAN LOVE STORY, love, life and elephants
334 pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback, London, 2012. R195
A memoir by conservationist Dame Daphne Sheldrick. Born in Kenya in 1934, from 1955 to 1976 she was co-warden with her late husband, David, of Tsavo National Park. During this time she raised and rehabilitated back into the wild orphans of many different species and perfected the milk formula and necessary husbandry for infant milk dependent elephant and rhinos. Since David's death in 1977 she has continued her work in the Nairobi National Park. She was decorated by the Queen in 1989 with a MBE, elevated to UNEP's Global 500 Roll of Honour in 1992. In 2001 the Kenyan government decorated her with a Moran of the Burning Spear and in 2002 she received BBC's Lifetime Achievement Award. She was knighted by the Queen in 2006.
Siegfried (R.) LEVAILLANT'S LEGACY, a history of South African ornithology
118pp., 4to. b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R385
Roy Siegfried documents the chronology, geographical locations, people, events and institutions that have promoted or retarded the development of South African ornithology.

W. Roy Siegfried in Professor Emeritus and a fellow at the University of Cape Town, and formerly Professor Extraordinary at the University of Stellenbosch and visiting professor at the University of Minnesota. He is also a former director of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology.
Smith (A.) A CONTRIBUTION TO SOUTH AFRICAN MATERIA MEDICA, chiefly from plants in use among the natives
238 pp., paperback, Reprint, Grahamstown, (1895) 2011. R255
A facsimile reprint of Andrew Smiths' text, first published in 1895 by the Lovedale Press, with a new introduction by Tony Dodd and Michelle Cocks.

Andrew Smith was born in 1828 at St. Cyprus in Scotland and taught academic subjects in the Lovedale Mission's "College Department" from 1867 to 1887. He died in Queenstown in 1898. In 1885 he published a 23-page pamphlet entitled "A Contribution to South African Materia Medica", which generated an overwhelming response. This led to an expanded second edition in 1895 in which Smith included additional information he had received.
Smith (G.F.) & Figueiredo (E.) SUCCULENT PARADISE, twelve great gardens of the world
184 pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R250
Includes two South African succulent gardens: Karoo Desert Botanical Garden in Worcester in the Western Cape, and Obesa Gardens in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.

Gideon Smith is Chief Director of Biosystematics and Collections at the South African National Biodiversity Institute, Professor of Plant Science at the University of Pretoria, and a research associate at the University of Coimbra in Portugal.
Estrela Figueiredo is a research associate at both the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth and Thr University of Coimbra in Portugal.
Swart (S.) RIDING HIGH, horses, humans and history in South Africa
344 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2010. R290
A study of the role horses have played in the history of southern Africa.

"This is a splendid book and one that graces the growing list of publications in the field of animal studies. If this is the time of the 'animal turn', Swart's account presents scholars with an exemplar of how they might interpret the evidence from the animals' perspective as well as from the human one. Underpinning her argument with an informed historical narrative, Swart looks at the subject in the round, drawing on her exemplary multi-disciplinary skills." Peter Edwards, Rochampton University, London

"The range of resources drawn upon is remarkable, the reading very wide, and the use of novel archival sources notable. This is clearly the product of many years of intimate work. Most excitingly, it draws on a number of disciplines, including ecology and literary criticism, to extend beyond a narrower historiography in several ways.'Riding High' is extremely welcome, innovative and persuasive; in short, 'underground' or 'subaltern' history of a high order." Dan Wylie, Rhodes University
Swatuk (L.) WATER IN SOUTHERN AFRICA,
130pp., map, paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R195
Larry Swatuk outlines the challenges for sustainable water management in the southern African region and argues that we need to see water and the region differently if we are to better prepare for the future.

Larry Swatuk is Professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo, Canada, Extraordinary Professor at the Institute of Water Studies, University of the Western Cape, and Research Associate at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, he was Associate Professor of Natural Resources at the Okavango Research Institute, Maun, Botswana.
Swilling (M.) & Annecke (E.) JUST TRANSITIONS, explorations of sustainability in an unfair world
360 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R385
Published in 2012 in the USA, Europe and Asia.

This book rethinks development, seeking to reconcile the sustainable use of natural resources with a commitment to sufficiency, where over-consumers are satisfied with less so that under-consumers can secure enough. Case studies from Africa, set in the context of global trends, detail the challenges.

"We all know that the current model of global capitalism and its unjust settlement patterns are wrong, unsustainable, and yet, seemingly interminable. 'Just Transitions'...is indispensible reading for anyone with any desire to cast light on our bleak world, bereft of ideas." Professor Edgar Pieterse, Director of the African Center for Cities, University of Cape Town and author of "City Futures".


Mark Swilling is Professor in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch, co-ordinator of the postgraduate programme in Sustainable Development, Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute, and a member of the International Resource Panel convened by the United Nations Environment Programme.

Eve Annecke is Founding Director of the Sustainability Institute and co-founder of Lynedoch Ecovillage.
Swilling (M.), Musango (J.) & Wakeford (J.) eds. GREENING THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY, scoping the issues, challenges and opportunities
440pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R500
A collection of essays that argue for a review of South Africa's existing economic growth model, which remains reliant on the depletion of natural resources, and assess the possibilities for a transition to a sustainable future.

Contributions include:
"The Gren Economy Accord: launchpad for a green transition?" by Leanne Seeliger and Ivan Turok
"Climate Change and Low-Carbon Transition" by Manisha Gulati, Louise Scholtz and Saliem Fakir
"Agro-Ecological Farming and Soil Rehabilitation" by Gareth Haysom
"Extractivism, its deadly impacts and struggles towards a post-extractivist future" by Samantha Hargreaves
"Greening the Manufacturing Sector" by Jeremy Wakeford, Reviva Hassom and Anthony Black
"Water for Greening the Economy" by Willem de Lange
"Financing the Green Economy" by Precious Zikhali, Manisha Gulati and Phindile Ngwenya
"Ecological Literacy, a sense of wonder, and more..." by Eve Annecke and Johan Hattingh
"One Million Climate Jobs Campaign" by Brian Ashley and Jeff Rudin.

Mark Swilling is Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute and Co-Director of the Stellenbosch for Complex Systems in Transition.
Josephine Musango is Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University.
Jeremy Wakeford is Extraordinary Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, and a macro-economist at Quantum Global Research Lab in Switzerland.
Thompson-Smeddle (L.) ed. A SOUTH AFRICAN RENEWABLE ENERGY GUIDE, for local government
134pp., illus., paperback, Second Edition, Cape Town, (2012) 2016. R220
This book "provides useful information and solid examples of how politicians, city managers and government officials, in partnership with communities, can facilitate the adoption of renewable energy systems and technologies to achieve a more sustainable energy future for all." from the back cover

Lisa Thompson-Smeddle is founder and Director of the Sustainable Development Network.
Trethowan (J.) BEAST OR BLESSING, stories and images about living with baboons in Africa
147 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2009. R225
For over twenty years Jenni Trethowan, founder of Baboon Matters, has worked to protect the baboons of the Cape Peninsula. In this book she discusses her experiences and includes a selection of stories about baboons people have sent her over the years.
Tucker (L.) SAVING THE WHITE LIONS, one woman's battle for Africa's most sacred animal
393 pp., colour illus., paperback, Berkeley, 2013. R285
A memoir by conservationist Linda Tucker, in which she describes her struggle to protect the white lions in the Timbavati region of South Africa. The Tsonga and Sepedi peoples venerate these lions.
Valenti (D.) & Atlas (S.) GREEN IS NOT A COLOUR, environmental issues every generation should know
367pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R395
Devan Valenti and Simon Atlas explore the range of environmental challenges that face the world and identify the opportunities that provide solutions to these challenges.

"In 'Green is Not a Colour' South Africans Simon and Devan offer practical solutions to humanity's urgent problems of resource scarsity and wastage. This book compellingly explores a holistic and long-term framework for maintaining a healthy relationship between humans and their environment. If you're looking for a new outlook on sustainability and the future of our planet then this book needs to join your reading list." Tristram Stuart, author of "Waste: uncovering the global food scandal"

"This beautifully crafted and accessible book offers a highly useful primer on the pitfalls of the fossil fuel paradigm and the challenges that the world faces in moving toward a sustainable future. It is not only informative in a factual sense but also does an excellent job of laying out the debates and controversies within the contemporary sustainability movement. It's a must-read for students, educators, and sustainability practitioners." Jeremy Caradonna, author of "Sustainability: a history"

Devan Valenti works as an environmental consultant.
Architect and designer Simon Atlas works in the fields of architecture, brand communication, and building project management.
van As (J.), du Preez (J.), Brown (L.) & Smit (N.) THE STORY OF LIFE & THE ENVIRONMENT, an African perspective
456 pp., maps, colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R270
In the book the authors discuss the three major ecosystems: fresh water, the ocean and the land, and the life each system supports on and around Africa. They explore how these systems work and how all the elements of life interact. They also discuss evolution, how humans originated in Africa, the fact that humans are the first species to threaten the destruction of their own habitat, and ways to responsibly manage our environment and natural resources and ensure sustainability.

Jo van As is Head of the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of the Free State.
Johann du Preez is Chair of the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State.
Leslie Brown is Professor of Plant Ecology at the University of South Africa and heads the Applied Ecology and Ecosystem Research Unit.
Nico Smit is Professor of Ecology at the School of Environmental Sciences and Development at the University of North West, Potchefstroom campus.
van Oudtshoorn (F.) VELD MANAGEMENT, principles and practices
256pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Pretoria, 2015. R295
This book aims to provide the necessary knowledge of ecological principles and veld management practices to prevent land degradation and to ensure sustainable food production and biodiversity conservation.

Nature conservationist Frits van Oudtshoorn is a pasture consultant and environmental trainer concerned with sustainable land management.
van Wyk (B-E.), van Oudtshoorn (B.) & Gericke (N.) MEDICINAL PLANTS OF SOUTH AFRICA,
336 pp., maps, colour illus., hardback, Revised Edition, Pretoria, (1997) 2009. R329
A revised and updated edition. This photographic guide to more than 150 South African plant medicines includes their botany, main medicinal uses, preparation and dosage, and active ingredients and pharmacological effects, as well as distribution maps.
Walker (C.) & Antrobus (S.) BAOBAB TRAILS, an artist's journey of wilderness and wanderings
287 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R225
Conservationist Clive Walker's autobiography. In this book he also identifies and records the history of forty baobab trees, or groups of trees.

Clive Walker established the Endangered Wildlife Trust in 1973 and the Waterberg Nature Conservancy in 1989. He was the co-architect of the UNESCO Waterberg Savanna Biosphere Reserve established in 2001 and served on the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group from 1994-2007 and the South African Parks Board from 2000-2006. The Endangered Wildlife Trust turns forty in 2013 and he has devised a Baobab Peace Trail to mark this anniversary.
Walker (C.) & Walker (A.) THE RHINO KEEPERS,
208 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R225
The story of the conservation of rhinos in Africa, told through the experiences and insights of conservationists Clive and Anton Walker.

Clive Walker founded the Endangered Wildlife Trust in 1973. He co-founded the Rhino & Elephant Foundation and the Africa Rhino Owners Association, and served on the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group for many years. He was a member of the South African Parks Board from 2000 to 2006.
Anton Walker, Clive's son, is the general manager of the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve, an important rhino sanctuary and environmental school.
Watson (F.) & Brown (L.) text & Proust (A.) photo. STELLENBERG, the story of a garden
209 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, slipcase, Cape Town, 2013. R650
The story of the gardens at Stellenberg, an 18th century manor house in Cape Town. The book focuses on how the gardens have evolved over the past twenty-five years under the present owners, Andrew and Sandy Ovenstone. The creation of Stellenberg began in 1697 when Governor Simon van der Stel granted Jacob Vogel 58 morgen of land, which covered almost the whole of what is now upper Kenilworth and included parts of Claremont and Wynberg. Gradually large sections of land were sold off and today the property covers six and a half acres.
Whittington-Jones (B.) AFRICAN WILD DOGS, on the front line
253pp., b/w & colour illus., map, paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R240
Conservationist Brendan Whittington-Jones writes about his seven years studying wild dogs in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. It is estimated that there are only 450 free-ranging wild dogs left in South Africa.
Wild (S.) SEARCHING AFRICAN SKIES,
181 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R220
The history of South African radio astronomy, from the first telescope built in the country by NASA in the 1960s to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), interspersed with |Xam Bushmen stories and Xhosa starlore.

Science columnist Sarah Wild is currently the Science and Technology Editor at Business Day.
Winkler (H.) TAKING ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE, long term mitigation scenarios for South Africa
228 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2010. R289
Describes the work on mitigation actions and proposals for four strategic options that South Africa can pursue in order to make a just transition to a low-carbon economy and society.


"The participatory and inclusive approach adopted in the development of the Long Term Mitigation Scenarios involving key stakeholders from business, labour, civil society and government has been critical in building a growing consensus that South Africa would have to peak, stabilise and decline its emissions by 2050. As one of the top twenty emitters in the world this is indeed a necessary consensus. The fact that the LTMS has been endorsed by the South African government means that we will see a transition to a low carbon sustainable economy being achieved in this country." Tasneem Essop, International Climate Policy Advocate, WWF- South Africa

Comes with a CD which includes the original technical report and summary, as well as high-level technical information and graphics.

Harald Winkler is Associate Professor at the Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town. He led the LTMS research and is an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) author.

Wohlitz (E.) BRING NATURE BACK TO THE CITY, how to conduct urban nature conservation
402pp., colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2016. R375
A guide to urban nature conservation suitable for advisors to local government and anyone interested in bringing nature back to our cities.

Ernst Wohlitz is currently Director: Parks and Regional Coordination n the Environmental Management Services Department of the City of Tshwane (previously Pretoria).
Wylie (D.) CROCODILE,
222 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback , London, 2013. R195
Dan Wylie tracks twenty-three crocodilian species and compares what science has discovered about these reptiles with their depictions in myth, art and literature around the world.

Includes a chapter on central and southern Africa.

"This series... calls itself 'a new kind of animal history'. It is splendidly, even brilliantly, so. I have nothing but praise for it". James Fleming, The Spectator.

Dan Wylie is Professor of English at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Xaba (P.A) & Croeser (P.) TRADITIONALLY USEFUL PLANTS OF AFRICA, their cultivation and use
95 pp., 4to., maps, colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, etc., 2012. R179
An overview of the development of societies in Africa and how they utilised plants in the wild and then later learnt to cultivate them. Also provides guidance on how to grow and use these plants.

A resource for high school learners and teachers.