New Arrivals 13th to 19th of June 2018

375 pp., paperback, First South African Edition, Johannesburg, (1978) 2017. R275
First published in 1978 in the USA as "Steve Biko: Black Consciousness in South Africa".

Includes an inteview with Saths Cooper, an appendix covering the inquest into Steve Biko's death and a new introduction to this edition by Millard Arnold. This book was banned in South Africa until 1984.

"On May 2, 1976, David Soggot, senior counsel for the defense in the trial of Sathasivan Cooper and Eight Others in Pretoria, South Africa, called to the witness stand Stephen Bantu Biko... For nearly three years Biko's voice had been silenced. The founder of the South African Student's Organization (SASO) and honorary president of the Black People's Convention (BPC), Biko had been banned, or restricted to the magisterial district of King William's Town... In Biko's four and a half days as a defense witness, he provided the court, the state and the world the opportunity to understand the philosophy of Black Consciousness" from the introduction.
Bezuidenhout (S.) & Grundling (E.) TRUITJIE ROER MY NIE, oor Kempton en ander k-woorde
221pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R220
A memoir by Afrikaans stand-up comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout.
Chauke (C.) BORN IN CHAINS, the diary of an angry 'born-free'
268pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R210
Clinton Chauke was born in 1994 and grew up in abject poverty, first in rural Limpopo, then in a village bordering the Kruger National Park, and finally in a squatter camp near Pretoria. Currently he works as a mining technician.
Dawjee (H.) SORRY, NOT SORRY, experiences of a brown woman in a white South Africa
204pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R220
"This set of essays will discomfort, and you will find yourself shouting back at the author when she is particularly incendiary. But you will come away edified and challenged and in touch with a generation that questions shibboleths with charm and ease." Ferial Haffajee, from her foreword

Haji Mohamed Dawjee was born into a Muslim family in the apartheid township of Laudium, Pretoria. She worked as social media editor, deputy digital editor and weekly columnist at the Mail & Guardian. She is now a freelance writer and columnist.
Decoteau (C.) ANCESTORS AND ANTIRETROVIRALS, the biopolitics of HIV/AIDS in post-apartheid South Africa
324pp., illus., paperback, Chicago, 2013. R695
"In 'Ancestors and Antiretrovirals', Claire Decoteau draws together ethnographic fieldwork, unique insights into the experience of people suffering from AIDS at a time of callous governmental indifference, and a thorough reading of cultural politics to situate South Africa in the global economic system. Decoteau not only illuminates the many still baffling aspects of the epidemic and post-apartheid politics in South Africa, but challenges some of the core assumptions of Western social science. This is essential reading." Adam Ashforth, author of "Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa"

"This is a moving, scrupulously observed, and deeply thoughtful account of the interlocking tragedies of HIV/AIDS, poverty, and neoliberal politics in the new South Africa. It should be widely read in the global North, as it tells about basic issues of the contemporary world - not just in South Africa." Raewyn Connell, author of "Confronting Equality: gender, knowledge and global change"

Claire Laurier Decoteau is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Diphoorn (T.) TWILIGHT POLICING, private security and violence in urban South Africa
282pp., illus., maps, paperback, Oakland, 2016. R685
"'Twilight Policing' draws us into the world of security and reveals the gallery of people populating it. We learn about and appreciate difficult moral dilemmas in the harsh and precarious reality that is contemporary South Africa without losing sight of the greater conceptual and political implications. An impressive feat!" Steffen Jensen, author of "Gangs, Politics, and Dignity in Cape Town"

"In an age when security is being pluralized and degovernmentalized, and the lines between state and other sovereignties are becoming blurred, Tessa Diphoorn provides the tools for deconstructing contemporary relationships of rule, especially in post-apartheid South Africa. Richly detailed and compelling, 'Twilight Policing' is an important contribution to the ethnography of policing, with a particular focus on the relatively understudied domain of private police. It will be a valuable resource for scholars, teachers, and students of politics, violence, and law enforcement, in a variety of contexts worldwide." Daniel Goldstein, author of "Owners of the Sidewalk: security and survival in the informal city"

Tessa Diphoorn is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University.
du Plessis (L.) DIE DAO VAN DAAN VAN DER WALT, 'n roman
358pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R300
An Afrikaans novel about a former Kalahari farmer suffering from vertigo who goes to study tai chi in a Chinese monastery in an attempt to recover his balance.

Lodewyk G. du Plessis is a pseudonym.
Duah-Agyeman (I.) ed. THE GODS WHO SEND US GIFTS, an anthology of African short stories, forewords by Wole Soyinka and Baroness Valerie Amos
223pp., paperback, Banbury, 2017. R265
Includes stories by Zukiswa Wanner, Njabulo Ndebele, Wame Molefhe and Pinkie Mekgwe.
Erasmus (P.) THE BATTLE AT MAMUSA, the Western Transvaal border culture and the ethno-dissolution of the last functioning Korana polity
287pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Bloemfontein, 2015. R400
"'The Battle of Mamusa' reflects the grievous event in the Western Transvaal border culture context that contributed profoundly to the dissolution of the last functioning Korana polity. The narrative presented in this work is exceptional for at least two reasons: Firstly, for the thoughtful manner in which the intriguing concept of metaphors is applied in this study of historical ethnography cum ethnohistory. Secondly, for the skilful way in which the author relates the battle of Mamusa to how present-day Korana and neo-Khoisan communities, in a new context, are relating to their future in a post-1994 constitutional dispensation." Prof. Henry (Jatti) Bredekamp, University of the Western Cape

Piet Erasmus was a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Free State.
Gaudi (R.) AFRICAN KAIZER, General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa
436pp., maps, hardback, d.w., London, 2017. R435
"Let me say straight out that if all military histories were as thrilling and well written as 'African Kaiser', I might give up reading fiction...Gaudi writes with the flair of a latter-day Macaulay. He sets his scenes carefully and describes naval and military action like a novelist. His sentences are models of clarity and vivacity, sometimes further enlivened with wry authorial comments. The academically inclined, however, may fault his decision to eschew source notes. Caught up by Gaudi’s skillful story­telling, most readers aren’t likely to care." Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

Robert Gaudi is a freelance writer and historian living in Virginia, USA.
Hartley (R.) RAMAPHOSA, the path to power
238pp., illus., paperback, Revised edition, Johannesburg, (2017) 2018. R250
First published in 2017 as "Ramaphosa, the man who would be king." This revised edition includes new chapters covering the most recent developments in Cyril Ramaphosa's career.

Cyril Ramaphosa took over as President of South Africa in early 2018. He served as the Deputy President of South Africa under President Jacob Zuma and was Secretary General of the ANC from 1991-1996. He was also the founder of the National Union of Mineworkers and served as General Secretary from 1982-1991. Ramaphosa is also known for the role he played during the negotiations to end apartheid and for steering the country towards its first democratic elections in 1994.

Ray Hartley was the founding editor of The Times and editor of the Sunday Times. He is also the author of "The Big Fix, how South Africa stole the 2010 World Cup" and editor of "How to Fix South Africa, the country's leading thinkers on what must be done to create jobs
Jattiem (R.) DISTRICT SIX, thanks for the memories
127pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, No Place, 2017. R175
Rashaad Jattiem's memoir of growing up in District Six.


Rashaad Jattiem lectured in personnel management at Peninsula Technikon until his retirement in 2004.
Joubert (J-J.) WHO WILL RULE IN 2019?,
260pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R245
"Required reading for understanding the Zuma-Ramaphosa transition, coalition politics and the dynamics leading up to the 2019 election." Max du Preez, journalist and documentary filmmaker

"A clear-eyed, evidence-driven and thrilling look at our recent political past that presents intriguing scenarios for how things will pan out in the future." Justice Malala, political analyst and author of "We have Now Begun Our Descent, how to stop South Africa losing its way"

Also available in Afrikaans.
Kalane (L.) THE CHAPTER WE WROTE, the City Press story, media and politics in a changing South Africa
286pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R260
Former City Press editor Len Kalane's history of the weekly newspaper, founded by Jim Bailey in 1955 to serve the urban black market in Johannesburg. Originally called Golden City Post, the newspaper was closed down in 1977 and relaunched in 1982 as City Press. Nasionale Pers bought the newspaper from Bailey in 1984.

Includes several columns by the influential journalist Percy Qoboza, editor of the newspaper from 1984 until his death in 1987.
Karekwaivanane (G.) THE STRUGGLE OVER STATE POWER IN ZIMBABWE, law and politics since 1950
272pp.,illus., paperback, Cambridge, 2017. R300
"This is a pioneering - one might say post-nationalist - history of the ways ordinary Zimbabweans engaged with the colonial and customary court system under settler and ZANU-PF rule. It eschews a one-dimensional view that treats the law either as an alien instrument of oppression or as a serviceable instrument in the hands of African litigants. It reveals the conditions under which it could embody elements of both and how the balance has shifted over time." Paul Nugent, Professor of Comparative African History, University of Edinburgh

George Karekwaivanane is a lecturer in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
Katz (D.) SOUTH AFRICANS VERSUS ROMMEL, the untold story of the Desert War in World War II
352pp., illus., maps, hardback, d.w., Guilford, Connecticut, 2018. R675
David Katz reconstructs the operations South Africa conducted as part of the British Eighth Army against Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps in North Africa.

David Katz, until recently a member of the SADF, is currently studying for a PhD in Military Science at Stellenbosch University.
Mathekga (R.) RAMAPHOSA'S TURN, can Cyril save South Africa?
223pp., paperback, Cpe Town, 2018. R285
"Ralph Mathekga has distinguished himself as one of South Africa's foremost thinkers and writers on government, power and politics. This superb book is a continuation of his analysis of Ramaphosa's stunning victory. In it he outlines in a masterly way the challenges Ramaphosa faces if he is to succeed. 'Ramaphosa's Turn' is an excellent guide to understanding the road ahead for a leader whose time has at last come." Adriaan Basson, News24 editor-in-chief
McGhie (V.) & du Preez (M.) ACCESSING POST-SCHOOL STUDIES, a student GPS to successful learning
251pp., paperback, (Stellenbosch), 2017. R440
A resource for education administrators, learners, students, parents and teachers at pre- and post-secondary level.

Venicia McGhie is a senior lecturer and Head of the Academic Development Department in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Western Cape.
Madge du Preez worked as Senior Faculty Officer in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Western Cape from 1984 to 2014.
Mncube (B.) THE LOVE DIARY OF A ZULU BOY, a memoir
234pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R230
Bhekisisa Mncube's account of his many sexual encounters.

Includes an interview with the author by Stephanie Saville, deputy editor at The Witness newspaper.

Bhekisisa Mncube is currently a director of speech writing for the Minister of Basic Education.
Naidoo (V.) & Venter (S.) eds. I REMEMBER NELSON MANDELA,
269pp., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2018. R220
Foreword by Graça Machel.

A collection of memories by people who worked with Nelson Mandela, including Mac Maharaj, Faizel Moosa, Jessie Duarte, Willie Hofmeyr, Priscilla Naidoo, Trevor Manuel, Zelda la Grange, Rory Steyn, Desmond van Rooyen, Achmat Dangor, Oupa Ngwenya, Njabulo Ndebele, and many others.
Ngcukaitobi (T.) THE LAND IS OURS, South Africa's first black lawyers and the birth of constitutionalism
312pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R280
Follows the careers of Henry Sylvester Williams, Alfred Mangena, Richard Msimang, Pixley ka Isaka Seme, Ngcubu Poswayo and Geroge Montsioa.

"An enthralling account of the first black lawyers and their battles to find a just, liberal order for all people in South Africa. I cannot remember any book in recent times that broadened my understanding of white-black relations so comprehensively and incisively." Hermann Giliomee, author of "The Afrikaners, biography of a people" and "The Last Afrikaner Leaders: a supreme test of power"

"A highly impressive work of historical scholarship which speaks potently to the crisis-ridden South Africa of today." Bill Nasson, author of "The War for South Africa", "South Africa at War, 1939-1945", and "WWI and the People of South Africa".

Tembeka Ngcukaitobi is an advocate in Johannesburg. He is a research associate at the University of Johannesburg and a research fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Osseo-Asare (A.) BITTER ROOTS, the search for healing plants in Africa
300pp., illus., maps, paperback, Chicago, 2014. R755
Includes the chapter, "Take Kalahari Hoodia for Hunger".

"In a refreshing and innovative approach to bioprospecting, 'Bitter Roots' helps to fill this gap by telling the stories of six African healing plants—rosy periwinkle, Asiatic pennywort, grains of paradise, Strophanthus, Cryptolepis, and Hoodia—all of which have been the subject of commercial investigation. By taking us on a historical journey from colonial exploration and exploitation to the contemporary controversies within which such plants are located, Osseo-Asare shows how multiple innovators have contributed toward the shaping of scientific knowledge. Through meticulous ethnographic research, she demonstrates how class distinctions allowed some parties to claim credit for drug discovery at the expense of others, highlighting the complexity of natural product research in African countries. 'Bitter Roots' is not only engaging and provocative, but also provides new perspectives on old stories, in a region that has received little attention." The American Historical Review

“By choosing to investigate colonial and postcolonial science through scientific work with plant medicines, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare deepens our understanding of the power relations not only between African and European or American scientists but also between healers and these indigenous and foreign scientists. Her detailed account of transnational scientific collaborations will be a lasting contribution to the field of science studies.” Stacey Langwick, Cornell University

“'Bitter Roots' is a book for our times: an age of bioprospecting and biopiracy, with hope for partnerships bringing bioprosperity. Abena Dove Osseo-Asare’s remarkable investigations clarify both the facts and the issues through the example of how the roots of several plants associated with Africa have been used, studied, and remade. She notes the slippery entanglements between traditional and scientific practices and, in the process, stalks not only knowledge but justice. Informative, bold, and sensitive.” Harold J. Cook, author of "Matters of Exchange, commerce, medicine, and science in the Dutch Golden Age"

Abena Osseo-Asare is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.
Palmer (I.), Moodley (N.) & Parnell (S.) BUILDING A CAPABLE STATE, service delivery in post-apartheid South Africa
303pp., paperback, FIrst SA Edition, Cape Town, 2017. R385
Also published in UK in 2017.

"The authors present a rich, comprehensive but sober analysis of progress achieved by the South African public sector in the two decades after apartheid. Their view from the local level is particularly relevant, as South Africa is one of the few African countries empowered with sub-national government." William Cobbett, Director, Cities Alliance

"A landmark critical review drawing on a rich evidence base from both academic and practitioner perspectives. Its insights and analytical framework have relevance for other countries and cities facing the challenges of the 'new urban' agenda." Stephen Essex, Plymouth University

Ian Palmer is the founder of Palmer Development Group, a South African development consultancy. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town's African Centre for Cities.
Nishendra Moodley currently works with the South African National Treasury's City Support Programme.
Susan Parnell is Professor of Urban Geography in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town. She was a founding member of the African Centre for Cities and continues to be involved in their activities.
Ramsden (T.) PLATOON 3, a national serviceman's story
502pp., illus., map, paperback, Durban, 2018. R325
Tim Ramsden was conscripted into the South African Defence Force in 1984, at the age of 18. Trained as a 1SAI Ratel soldier, he patrolled the Namibian/Angolan border, was held as a POW in Machava Prison in Maputo and in 1988, as a Citizen Force mechanised soldier, fought in Operation Desert Fox.
Renwick (R.) HOW TO STEAL A COUNTRY, state capture and hopes for the future of South Africa, with cartoons by Zapiro
232pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R260
"This book describes the vertiginously rapid descent of political leadership in South Africa from Mandela to Zuma, and its consequences." Robin Renwick, from his preface

"Mandatory reading for those wanting to understand how South Africa and the Mandela vision came perilously close to total destruction. Reads like a thriller." John Battersby, freelance journalist

Lord Renwick was the British ambassador in South Africa when Nelson Mandela was released from jail. He is also the author of "Helen Suzman: bright star in a dark chamber" and "The End of Apartheid: diary of a revolution".
Söderlund (A.) & Steyn (D.) IRON FIST FROM THE SEA, top secret seaborne Recce operations (1978-1988)
398pp., illus., maps, paperback, Revised edition, Johannesburg, 2018. R295
Clandestine seaborne raids undertaken by 4 Reconnaissance Regiment during the Border War.

This is an updated and condensed edition of "Iron Fist from the Sea, South Africa's seaborne raiders 1978-1988", published in the UK in 2014.
Scholtz (G.) LIG WANKELEND, die wese van die liefde en lewe van Utte Reuter
216pp., paperback, Reprint, Stellenbosch, (2010) 2016. R320
A novel about a German woman who travelled alone to Cape Town in 1949 to escape the horrors and aftermath of WWII and marry her pen friend's brother.

Gerard Scholtz was lecturer at the Cape Town Academy for Drama Arts for 20 years, until his retirement in 1997. This is his first novel.
Sidley (K.) 100 MANDELA MOMENTS,
222pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R190
An accessible introduction to Nelson Mandela that highlights key moments in his life.
Swartz (S.) et al MORAL EYES, youth and justice in Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and South Africa
161pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R190
"This book is a study of privilege and injustice, and the ways in which both concepts are understood and responded to, in four African contexts. The participants chosen for this study were university students." from p.1

"Global North readers, of whom I hope there will be many, will derive great illumination from seeing familiar issues of social justice discussed in a wholly African context, including a diversity unlikely to be familiar to these readers. 'Moral Eyes' is a wonderful book and an excellent contribution to the literature on moral education, social justice, and the moral character of transitions to a more just society." Lawrence Blum, Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Tavengwa (T.) & Das (A.) eds. CITYSCAPES, re-thinking urban things, issue 8
119pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R150
This issue of the journal, produced in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Human Settlements' WorldLab Collective, focuses on cities in south Asia, "not as a generic category but rather as a symbolic and political constellation loaded with complex histories and contemporary dynamics. The stories we selected illuminate a diverse region gripped by political and cultural upheavals, and bounded by stereotypes." from the editorial

Cities profiled include Bangalore, Dhaka, Delhi, Hambantota, Peshawar, Kabul, Calcutta and Karachi.
182pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R275
Autobiography by Major-General Jeremy Vearey, Deputy Commissioner of Crime Detection in the Western Cape. Vearey grew up in Elsies River, a Cape Town suburb formerly restricted to coloured people. Recruited into Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ANC, he was arrested in 1987 and imprisoned on Robben Island. When he was released in 1990 he served as Nelson Mandela's bodyguard before joining the post-apartheid South African Police Service. He is well-known for his work as head of the province's anti-gang unit.

In Afrikaans.

"Dié boek sal jou ontroer, laat lag, laat kopskud en laat nadink, maar bowendal sal dit jour elke nou en dan laat vergeet on asem te haal. 'n Outobiografie wat in die riller-afedeling hoort." Nathan Trantraal, author of "Wit Issie 'n Colour Nie" and "Alles Het Niet Kom Wôd"

"'n Baasspeuder met 'n vlymskerp pen" Jacques Pauw, author of "The President's Keepers" and "Into the Heart of Darkness"
von Schnitzler (A.) DEMOCRACY'S INFRASTRUCTURE, techno-politics and protest after apartheid
238pp., paperback, Princeton, 2016. R490
Antina von Schnitzler focuses on conflicts surrounding a project to install prepaid water meters in Soweto to trace how infrastructure, payment, and technical procedures become sites of struggle over South Africa's political transformation.

"'Democracy's Infrastructure' takes an incisive, illuminating look at the technopolitics of water in South Africa. Through close and careful observation, this book reveals how specific technological mechanisms enable and constrain government projects, and how forms of measurement and pricing shape new, market-oriented subjects. This is a major contribution, one that joins the study of social movements and political resistance to the new anthropology of infrastructure in an entirely convincing way." James Ferguson, author of "Give a Man a Fish, reflections on the new politics of distribution"

"A theoretically savvy account of how the distribution of prepaid technologies in apartheid South Africa dovetailed with the emergence of new forms of neoliberal governance, 'Democracy's Infrastructure' shows how technology continues to animate life there today. One of the most innovative postapartheid studies in recent years, this is required reading for those interested in understanding the complexities of the South African democratic transition." Steven Robins, University of Stellenbosch

Anthropologist Antina von Schnitzler is Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School.
204pp., paperback, Fifth Edition, Chichester, (1994) 2012. R650
This new edition includes a new final chapter on the first two decades of democracy.

"That Worden explains the major themes in South African history...while remaining concise, readable and balanced, is quite an achievement for a book that can serve as an excellent introductory text for history and political courses on modern South Africa." Journal of Modern African Studies

Nigel Worden is Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town. His other publications include "Cape Town: the making of a city, an illustrated social history" (co-authored with Elizabeth Van Heyningen and Vivian Bickford-Smith, 1998), "Conquest, Apartheid and Democracy (1993), and "Slavery in Dutch South Africa" (1985).
World Bank Group AN INCOMPLETE TRANSITION, overcoming the legacy of exclusion in South Africa, South Africa Systematic Country Diagnostic
185pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R250
Based on the World Bank Group's Systematic Country Diagnostic, prepared for its 2019-2020 Country Partnership Framework with South Africa, this book suggests ways to accomplish the goals of eliminating poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity: to build South Africa's skills base; to reduce the highly skewed distribution of land and productive assets and strengthen property rights; to increase competitiveness and participation in global and regional value chains; to overcome apartheid spatial patterns; and to increase strategic adaptation to climate change and water insecurity.

Weekly Archive