New Arrivals 16th to 22nd of May 2014

Falconer (M.) NOTES FROM A HEADMASTER'S DESK, the challenges of education, parenting and teenagers
247 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R230
A collection of reflections on various themes: the educational partnership of school, teachers and parents; changes in teaching and learning; technology; the South African educational context; the importance of role models; and the role sport plays in teaching and learning.

Marc Falconer is the first non-Jewish headmaster of King David High School in Johannesburg. He has taught at several independent schools in South Africa, including Thomas Moore College, St Andrew's College and St Stithians College. He also taught in England and New Zealand.
Leon (T.) OPPOSITE MANDELA, encounters with South Africa's icon
243 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R210
Tony Leon offers an insider account of how President Nelson Mandela related to his political opponents.

"In the confiding, winningly self-deprecatory style that defines Leon's authorial voice, he offers a unique personal insight into Nelson Mandela and guides us, engagingly and provocatively, through the most turbulent and exciting times in contemporary South African politics" John Carlin, author of "Playing the Enemy" and "Knowing Mandela"

"A frank, fair-minded memoir of the Mandela years by a political opponent whom Mandela himself clearly liked and respected." JM Coetzee

Tony Leon served twenty years (1989-2009) as a Member of Parliament in South Africa. For thirteen of these years (1994-2007) he was leader of the Democratic Party and Democratic Alliance, the country's official opposition party. A lawyer and attorney, he lectured in Constitutional Law at the University of the Witwatersrand and served on the Johannesburg City Council before entering Parliament. His other books are "Hope & Fear, reflections of a democrat", "On the Contrary, leading the opposition in a democratic South Africa", and "The Accidental Ambassador, from parliament to Patagonia".
Saul (J.S.) & Bond (P.) SOUTH AFRICA, the present as history, from Mrs Ples to Mandela & Marikana
302 pp., paperback, First S.A.Edition, Johannesburg, 2014. R250
A history of South Africa, from early days into two decades of democracy. The authors analyse the reasons for the current socio-economic paradox that finds inequality, unemployment and poverty worsening since 1994, and the tensions exemplified by Marikana, and consider potential futures for the country.

John Saul is Professor Emeritus of Social and Political Science and African Studies at York University in Toronto and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His books include "A Flawed Freedom" and "The Next Liberation Struggle".
Patrick Bond is Senior Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society. His books include "Elite Transition", "Unsustainable South Africa", "Talk Left, Walk Right", and "Zuma's Own Goal".
Tlhapane (T.B.) TOWNSHIP LANGUAGES, township dictionary - a guide to township "taal"
191 pp., paperback, Durban, 2009. R265
"Township language", also known as "scamtho", "township lingo" or "tsotsi-taal", is a mixture of English, Afrikaans, Sotho and Zulu.

Tefo Tlhapane grew up in Soweto.

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