New Arrivals 5th to 11th of December 2013

du Preez (M.) A RUMOUR OF SPRING, South Africa after 20 years of democracy
294 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R250
Journalist and political analyst Max du Preez looks at where South Africa stands twenty years after liberation and what the future could hold. He considers the current state of the ruling party and the opposition and examines various issues, including blatant corruption, populism, the state of education, land reform, crime and policing, the judiciary, nationality and race.

Max du Preez has received the following awards: the Louis M Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism (University of Harvard); the Pringle Award for Contributing to Press Freedom (SA Union of Journalists); the Outstanding Journalism Award (SA Foreign Correspondents' Association); and the Nat Nakasa Award (SA National Editors' Forum and Print Media SA).
Hambidge (J.) MEDITASIES,
91 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R155
A new collection of poems by Joan Hambidge.

Text in Afrikaans.

Joan Hambidge has published twenty-three previous volumes of poetry, including "Bitterlemoene" (1986), for which she was awarded The Eugene Marais Prize, "Verdraaide Raaisels" (1990), "Ewebeeld" (1997), "Lykgedigte (2000), "Visums by Verstek" (2011) and "Lot se Vrou" (2012).
Ndlela (M.) FOR THE FALLEN, honouring the unsung heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle
146 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R180
A memoir by ex-MK soldier Mzwakhe Ndlela, in which he chronicles his childhood in Bedford in the Eastern Cape and his exile years in Lesotho, Zambia, Angola and Swaziland.

"Ndlela provides us with a memoir not of himself, but of an entire generation brought up on the rural farms and homeland villages of the Eastern Cape during the apartheid years. He evokes, as never before, the atmosphere of living every day with the real possibility of imminent death, the strong sense of brotherhood and motivation which this engendered among the cadres, the painful memory of good lives lost, and the challenges their sacrifices still pose to the conscience of the new South Africa." Jeff Peires, Adjunct Professor, University of Fort Hare, and Head of Cory Library in Grahamstown
Noble (V.) A SCHOOL OF STRUGGLE, Durban's medical school and the education of Black doctors in South Africa
385 pp., illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2013. R365
A history of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Medical School, which opened in 1951. For many years it was the only institution willing to train African students and by 1994 had produced the largest number of black doctors in South Africa. Alumni include Steve Biko, Jerry Coovadia, Mkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Malegapuru Makgoba, Zweli Mkhize and Mamphela Ramphele. Today it is named the Nelson R.Mandela School of Medicine.

Vanessa Noble lectures in history at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Pennington (S.) SOUTH AFRICA @ 20, for better or for worse?
215 pp., oblong 4to., colour illus., hardback, d.w., (Johannesburg), 2013. R250
A collection of essays that seek to provide facts and figures on several issues pertinent to all South Africans, such as crime, unemployment, poverty, corruption, productivity, road deaths, education, water quality, trade unions, The National Development Plan and Black Economic Empowerment. Contributors include Pali Lehihla, David Lewis, Jonathan Jansen, and Ann Bernstein.

Steuart Pennington founded "South Africa the Good News" in 2009.
Management Consultant and Training Facilitator Les Owen is a part-time lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Graduate School of Business and an Arbitrator for Tokiso.
Ranchod (R.) A KIND OF MAGIC, the political marketing of the ANC
196 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R225
A study of how the African National Congress marketed itself, both inside the country and internationally, and how it launched Nelson Mandela as a global icon.

Rushil Ranchod is a Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council and an Associate at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town.
Vundla (P.) DOING TIME,
241 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R250
Businessman Peter Vundla's autobiography.

Foreword by Barney Pityana.

"Peter Vundla's memoirs are a testament to and a celebration of an extraordinary life lived in extraordinary times. A boy from humble beginnings who made good against all the odds; who at the apex of his achievements hobnobbed with the great and good (and still does), and eminently cares about more than just his immediate surroundings. There's an unmistakable restlessness, regret and sadness coursing through the narrative, i.e. that the freedom attained at such great cost to so many seems to have turned into a mirage for most of his people. A dream betrayed." Barney Mthombothi, former editor, Financial Mail

Peter Vundla was born in 1948 in Western Native Township outside Johannesburg. In 1958 his family were forcefully removed to Soweto by the apartheid government. He founded the first black-owned advertising agency, HerdBuoys, in 1991. He is currently Chair of African Merchant & Investment Bank and Chair of Pamodzi Investment Holdings Ltd.

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