New Arrivals 29th to 4th of September 2013

40 minutes, DVD, , 2011. R250
A documentary on the lives of black lesbians in South Africa.
Jansen (J.) WE NEED TO ACT,
296 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R250
A collection of articles focusing on education and social issues in South Africa by Jonathan Jansen, previously published in The Times newspaper.

Professor Jonathan Jansen is Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State. He is also the author of "Knowledge in the Blood, confronting race and the apartheid past".
Madikizela-Mandela (W.) 491 DAYS, prisoner number 1323/69
249 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R220
In 1969 Winnie Mandela was detained and place in solitary confinement for 491 days under the notorious Terrorism Act. This book includes the journal she wrote while in detention, as well as some of the letters written between affected parties at the time. Many of the letters are written to and by Nelson Mandela, then on Robben Island.

Foreword by Ahmed Kathrada.
Stemmet (N.) SALT+PEPPER, heritage food/ journey
315 pp., colour illus., hardback, Pretoria, 2013. R365
Interior designer and restaurant curator Niël Stemmet's collection of traditional South Africa family recipes, handed down to him by his mother, grandmothers and aunts.

Translated from Afrikaans by Madeleine Roux.

Niël Stemmet of Koncept Design is the owner of Le Must restaurant in Upington and the author of the Salt + Pepper column.
Theroux (P.) THE LAST TRAIN TO ZONA VERDE, overland from Cape Town to Angola
353 pp., paperback, London, 2013. R220
Paul Theroux travels from Cape Town up the left-hand side of Africa, through South Africa and Namibia, to Botswana and into Angola, heading for the Congo.

"Theroux's 'valedictory trip', his farewell to a genre of rough travel that once promised 'bliss', treats the urban Africa he loathes as the outward sign of an inner disillusion. Feeling ancient (a septuagenarian backpacker), vulnerable, world-weary, he makes of Africa's shift from the 'mutual respect and fairness' of rural tradition to 'stupefying disorder' in the cities a corollary of his own sense of doom. He knows the idea of Africa as a 'violated Eden' is an outsider's myth. Indeed, a fine chapter sets the 'charade' and 'travesty' of life among the heritage-industry San people today against the fantasies of pristine innocence spun by 'posturing fantasists' such as Laurens van der Post. Travellers in Africa always see the continent through the 'distorting mirror' of their dreams and fears. Too true." Boyd Tonkin, The Independent
84 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R260
A play that explores generational differences set in Guguletu, a township outside Cape Town.

Sinethemba Twani founded the Gumba Squared community theatre group in 2009, and since then has worked with various community arts projects. This play was given a full-production season as part of the Spring Drama Season at the Artscape Arena, Cape Town, in 2011.
Woolman (S.) THE SELFLESS CONSTITUTION, experimentalism and flourishing as foundations of South Africa's basic law
632 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R455
"Stu Woolman has penned a tour de force in interdisciplinary legal thought. Drawing on fresh neuroscientific evidence on the nature of consciousness and recent empirical contributions in behavioural psychology, social capital theory and development economics, as well as his own encyclopaedic knowledge of the constitutional issues raised and decisions rendered during the last twenty years, Woolman builds an innovative theory of experimental constitutionalism keyed to local conditions (the post-apartheid Constitution’s normative commitments to dignity, equality and liberty) and thus married to a politics of flourishing. The result is a provocative description of what the Constitutional Court has and hasn’t done. It’s also a call for the Court (and South Africa as a whole) to do even more to enable this still new nation to realize the egalitarian pluralist order to which its Constitution aspires. Woolman’s blueprint for this egalitarian pluralist order is framed as an invitation to readers to reflect, to dispute, and to contribute to the creation of a body of law that should be, as he passionately urges, open, participatory and humane."
Professor Stephen Ellmann, Director of Clinical and Experiential Learning, New York Law School

"The Selfless Constitution delivers something exceptionally rare in South African legal literature: an intellectually ambitious book that fuses insights from fields outside the law with a thorough and imaginative engagement with legal precedent. Woolman invites his readers to revisit ancient philosophical debates, while pondering modern scientific and sociological breakthroughs that offer insights on the true meaning of freedom. He explains why freedom ought to be re-conceptualized as flourishing, and how flourishing should inform how we structure our constitutional democracy. Woolman’s multidisciplinary approach and novel use of experimentalism in the South African context challenges, enhances and reshapes our traditional understandings of constitutional doctrine and paves a new path for legal and democratic theory. Woolman thereby makes a significant South African contribution to the burgeoning discipline of comparative constitutionalism and the still nascent field of experimental governance." Michael Bishop, University of Cape Town; Counsel, Legal Resources Centre; Advocate, Cape High Court

"Stu Woolman is one of the leading constitutional law scholars in South Africa for a reason. His Selfless Constitution – a philosophical and a legal tour de force – bestows upon us an utterly original way to think about constitutional jurisprudence in South Africa. In so doing, the book underwrites more general and imaginative insights into contemporary currents in interdisciplinary legal thought, sociology of law, philosophy, and political theory."
Professor Drucilla Cornell, Jurisprudence, Feminist Theory and Political Science, Rutgers University

"Stu Woolman’s book manages to advance a truly unique view of South African constitutional jurisprudence that remains universal in both its foundation and application. The ability to connect what we know about the human condition, philosophically and empirically, with South Africa’s early engagement with constitutional democracy, places this work in a league of its own. The reader is provoked by its many challenges, and rewarded by its still greater accomplishments." Professor David Zeffertt, University of the Witwatersrand

Stu Woolman is Elizabeth Bradley Chair of Ethics, Governance and Sustainable Development at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is Academic Director of the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights & International Law and Managing Editor of the "Constitutional Court Review." He is editor-in-chief and primary author of the four volume "Constitutional Law of South Africa". His other publications include "The Constitution in the Classroom: law and education in South Africa, 1994-2008", "The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa", "Constitutional Conversations" and "The Dignity Jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court of South Africa".

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