New Arrivals 2nd to 8th of May 2014

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
Guy (J.) THEOPHILUS SHEPSTONE AND THE FORGING OF NATAL, African autonomy and settler colonialism in the making of traditional authority
596 pp., maps, illus., hardback, Pietermaritzburg, 2013. R395
Jeff Guy uses biography and history to examine the influential policies of British South African statesman Theophilus Shepstone (1817-1893) as they evolved in the history of colonial Natal. In 1846 Shepstone was appointed Diplomatic Agent to the Native Tribes in Natal, a position that was upgraded to Secretary for Native Affairs in 1853.

"Structuring this book is the argument that, within the course of events being described, African societies were forced to make changes not just in their ways of life, but in the way in which they perceived and organised their worlds - that is, from one in which the objective of life was people, to a world in which the objective of life was things. In as brief and as abstract a formulation, this is, of course, an ambitious claim, but it is an attempt to document and understand this epochal change that underlies the book and the intertwining lives of the real people whose experiences and ideas made up their histories." from pg. 4 of the introduction

Jeff Guy is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His other books include "The Destruction of the Zulu Kingdom" (1994), "The Maphumulo Uprising" (2005) and "Remembering the Rebellion: the Zulu uprising of 1906" (2007).
Houston (G.) & Ngculu (J.) CHRIS HANI, voices of liberation
316 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R270
Foreword by Z.Pallo Jordan.

A biography of Chris Hani. Includes Chris Hani's biographical writings, published and unpublished interviews and some of his speeches.

Chris Hani was born in 1944 in the Transkei. He joined the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1961 and Umkhonto we Siswe (MK), the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), in 1962. He left South Africa for military training in the Soviet Union in 1963 and spent many years in exile. He was Chief of Staff of MK from 1987 to 1992. After the unbanning of the SACP and ANC in 1990 he returned to South Africa. He took over from Joe Slovo as General Secretary of the SACP in 1991. He was assassinated in April 1993.
Ngcaweni (B.) ed. LIBERATION DIARIES ,
482 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R295
Foreword by President Jacob Zuma.

Fifty South Africans were asked to reflect on post-apartheid South Africa. Contributors include Amanda Dlamini, Kanya Kali, Bheki Khumalo, Sakhiwe Kokela, Khanyisile Kweyama, David Maimela, Thaddeus Metz, Zuki Mqolomba, Dumisani Mgcobo, Raymond Parsons, Mzikisi Qobo, David Saks, Nono Simelela, and Nomonde Xundu.

Busani Ngcaweni works in the Presidency.
Saul (J.S.) A FLAWED FREEDOM, rethinking southern African liberation
199 pp., paperback, First S.A.Edition, Cape Town, 2014. R315
Published in the UK and Canada in 2014.

John Saul examines the struggle that culminated in the liberation of the southern African sub-continent from white rule, questions how successful this struggle really was, and assesses the prospects for southern Africans to renew their claim to a more genuine freedom.

John Saul is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 by the Canadian Association of African Studies. His other books include "Decolonization and Empire", "The Next Liberation Struggle" and "Revolutionary Traveller".
Turok (B.) WITH MY HEAD ABOVE THE PARAPET, an insider account of the ANC in power
219 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R250
ANC member Ben Turok has been a Member of Parliament since 1994. In this book he analyses the ANC's years in power and reflects on the party’s decline.

Ben Turok was born in Latvia in 1927. His family moved to South Africa in 1934. A leading member of the South African Congress of Democrats and the South African Communist Party he was convicted under the Explosives Act in 1962 and sentenced to three years in prison. After his release he was placed under house arrest but escaped to London via Botswana. As an ANC MP he abstained from voting on the Protection of State Information Bill, and was censured by the ANC for his "counter-revolutionary conduct." He edits the journal "New Agenda".
337 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. OUT OF PRINT
A novel about a young black man born in London returning to South Africa, his motherland, with his wife and son.

Zukiswa Wanner, writer and journalist, was born in Zambia and currently lives in Nairobi. She is the author of the novels "Madams: a wildly provocative novel", "Men of the South", and "Behind every Successful Man". She also wrote "Maid is SA, 30 ways to leave your madam", and a book with Alf Kumalo, "8115: A Prisoner's Home" about Nelson Mandela's family home.
Winterbach (I.) THE ROAD OF EXCESS, translated by Leon de Kock
320 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R295
"Die Benederyk", the Afrikaans edition of this novel, originally published in 2010, was awarded the 2011 M-Net Prize.

Ingrid Winterback was born in Johannesburg in 1948. Her other novels include "Karolina Ferreira", "Buller se Plan" and "Die Boek van Toeval en Toeverlaat". She has won the Hertzog Prize twice and the M-Net Prize four times. She lives in Stellenbosch.

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