New Arrivals 10th to 16th of January 2015

Alexander (N.) & von Scheliha (A.) eds. LANGUAGE POLICY AND THE PROMOTION OF PEACE, African and European case studies
135pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R200
A collection of essays that argue for the use and promotion of indigenous, non-hegemonic languages as a means of communication and to preserve multilingual communities. This volume is the outsome of a symposium on Language Policy and the Promotion of Peace or the Prevention of Conflict, held at the University of Osnabrück, Germany, in 2011.

Contributions include:
"Conditions Under Which Language Policy Affects Social Stability" by Neville Alexander
"The Role of Language in the Process of Constructing, Preserving and Reinforcing Peace in Africa" by Etienne Sadembouo and Maurice Tadadjeu
"Language Policy and Identity Conflict in Relation to Afrikaans in the post-apartheid Era" by Jon Orman
"The Language Issue and the Quest for Lasting Peace in Africa: prospects and challenges" by Sozinho Francisco Matsinhe.

Linguist, educationalist, academic and anti-apartheid struggle veteran Neville Alexander, the principal editor of the compilation, was a proponent of a multi-lingual South Africa, and did pioneering work in the field of language policy and planning via organisations such as the National Language Project, the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in Southern Africa (PRAESA), the South African Committee for Higher Education (SACHED) and the LANGTAG process. In 2008 he received the Linguapax Prize in recognition of his contributions to linguistic diversity and multilingual education. He died in August 2012, while working on the book.
Arnulf von Scheliha is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Osnabrück.
Camp (S.) & Heitman (H-R.) SURVIVING THE RIDE, a pictorial history of South African-manufactured mine-protected vehicles
250pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Durban, 2014. R495
A history of more than 200 mine-protected and mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles produced in South Africa in the 1940s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Steve Camp is an officer in the S.A. Army reserve force.
Helmoed-Römer Heitman consults for the Defence Ministry, Defence Force, parliamentarians and defence companies, and edits the South African Army Journal.
Carneson (R.) GIRL ON THE EDGE, a memoir
216pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R190
A memoir by Ruth Carneson, daughter of Fred and Sarah Carneson, prominent South African Communist Party activists in the 1950s and 1960s. When she was a child her parents were in and out of prison. When she was fourteen the family were forced into exile in London while Fred Carneson remained in prison in Pretoria. Carneson writes about her childhood in Cape Town, her fear of the security police, her life in London, her struggles with mental illness, her experiences with LSD, art school, motherhood and political activism, her return to South Africa in 1991, and the ten years she spent living and working on Robben Island. She moved back to Cape Town in 2007 and has a studio in Muizenberg.
Rasmussen (S.) THE GREATEST SAFARI, in the beginning was Africa, the story of evolution seen from the African savannah
255pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, First English Language Edition, Durban, 2014. R295
First published in 2011 in German as "I Begyndelsen var Afrika".
Biologist and safari guide Søren Rasmussen shares experiences from twenty-five years spent in the African bush and writes about evolution of the savannah.

Søren Rasmussen was born in Denmark in 1952. He is founder and owner of Albatross Travel A/S, Albatross Safari in Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and South Africa, founder of Karen Blixen Camp in Kenya, and owner of Honeyguide Safari Camps in the Kruger National Park and Entabeni.
Schmidt (M.) DRINKING WITH GHOSTS, the aftermath of apartheid's dirty war
391pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R275
A collection of essays on South Africa's recent history by investigative journalist Michael Schmidt.

"Now this is real journalism: informative, authoritative, properly contextualised and exceptionally well written. Schmidt is a great storyteller with a keen eye for detail. The best 'reporter's notebook' I've ever read." Max du Preez, author of "Pale Native"

"This book is too serious to be called gonzo but that's how it reads - a scary high-speed ride through the nightmares of recent South African history, with a nerveless, dead-eyed journalist at the wheel. Again and again, Schmidt reminds us that we have more conspiracies per capita than almost any other society on the planet - and that half of them are still out there in the dark, wailing for attention. This is not a book for sissies." Rian Malan, author of "My Traitor's Heart"

Michael Schmidt was born in 1966 in Johannesburg. He is the co-author, with Lucien van der Walt, of "Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism", and the author of "Cartography of Revolutionary Anarchism". The founder of the Professional Journalists' Association of South Africa and of the Ulu Club for Southern African Conflict Journalists, he directs the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism.
Venter ( A.J.) MERCENARIES, putting the world to rights with hired guns
304pp., illus., paperback, Havertown, Oxford & Durban, 2014. R320
Al Venter offers insight into mercenaries and their methods, and looks at some of the actions they've been involved in in Africa and the Middle East. Includes chapters on South Africa's Executive Outcomes, and on mercenary involvement in Angola and Rhodesia during the Bush War.

War correspondent, documentary filmmaker and author Al J.Venter served as an African and Middle East correspondent for various publications in the stable of Britain's Jane's Information Group. His other books include "African Stories", "War in Angola", "Africa at War", "The Chopper Boys" and "War Dog".

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