New Arrivals 22nd to 28th of May 2016

Copelyn (J.) MAVERICK INSIDER, a struggle for union independence in a time of national liberation
353pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R275
An account of trade union organisation and transformation in the textile, clothing and leather worker sectors during the 1970s and 1980s, when six unions amalgamated to form the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU), one of the three largest unions of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

"'Maverick Insider' makes for fascinating reading. Johnny Copelyn's personal account of the transformation of the labour movement reverberates with his characteristic fierce independence of mind and spirit." Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Economic Development

Johnny Copelyn runs a listed investment holding company, Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited (HCI), which is SACTWU's investment vehicle. He lives in Cape Town.
Cornwell (D.) LIKE IT MATTERS,
281pp., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2016. R250
A novel set in Muizenberg, Cape Town, about a young man struggling with a painful past.

Writer and musician David Cornwall was born in Grahamstown and currently lives in Cape Town. This is his first novel.
de Jongh (M.) A FORGOTTEN FIRST PEOPLE, the southern Cape Hessequa
123pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, (Cape Town), 2016. R370
The Hessequa, a "Khoekhoe community", pastured their cattle along the south-east Cape coast before the Europeans arrived.

Anthropologist Michael de Jongh is also the author of "Roots and Routes: the karretjie people of the Great Karoo" (winner of the Hiddingh-Currie Award for academic excellence and contrbution to society).
Duker (E.) DYING IN NEW YORK, a novel
248pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R230
A novel about a young South African woman who has escaped an abusive home and is seeing a psychiatrist in New York.

Oil field engineer turned banker turned writer Ekon Duker was educated in Ghana, the United Kingdom, the United States and France and now lives and work in Johannesburg.
Duker (E.) WHITE WAHALA, a novel
307pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R180
A novel about a brutal moneylender working from a kiosk in Soweto and a young drug user from a wealthy white family who borrows money he can't pay back.

Oil field engineer turned banker turned writer Ekon Duker was educated in Ghana, the United Kingdom, the United States and France and now lives and work in Johannesburg. He is also the author of "Dying in New York".
Eliseev (A.) COLD CASE CONFESSION, unravelling the Betty Ketani murder
398pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R300
Alex Eliseev, a senior reporter and editor for Eyewitness News, covered the Berry Kitani murder case. Betty Kitani's murder, unsolved for over twelve years, was unravelled through the chance discovery of a written confession hidden under a carpet. Three men, Carrington Laughton, Paul Toft-Neelsen, and Eric Neeteson-Lemkeswere, were eventually found guilty of killing her, though the motive remains unclear.

“A relentless search for truth and justice. 'Cold Case Confession' is a story that inspires confidence in the system and affirms that, indeed, we are all equal before the law”. Thuli Madonsela, Public Protector
Ellis (S.) THIS PRESENT DARKNESS, a history of Nigerian organised crime
313pp., paperback, FIrst SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2016. R250
First published in the UK in 2016.

Stephen Ellis analyses how Nigeria aquired its reputation as an epicentre of organised crime and illicit global trade.

"Stephen Ellis's final book showcases his understanding of this complex, intriguing, exasperating country. Providing forensic - often hilarious - detail about a series of eyewateringly ambitious scams, schemes and stings, Ellis probes the spiritual, cultural and historical impulses which explain why Nigeria became a byword for corruption. He manages to do so without lecturing or berating." Michela Wong, author of "It's Our Turn to Eat"

"This is quite simply a dynamite book, striking for the sheer depth of research and for the way that it is able to fit this material into a bigger picture. It benefits not only from a thorough familiarity with Nigerian history and politics, but also from an awareness especially of the spiritual dimensions of Nigerian life, and the ways in which these feed through into crime as well as virtually every other aspect of Nigerian affairs." Christopher Clapham, University of Cambridge

Stephen Ellis (1953-2015) was Desmond Tutu Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden. He is also the author of "External Mission, the ANC in exile" and "Season of Rains, Africa in the World".
Fontein (J.) REMAKING MUTIRIKWI, landscape, water and belonging in southern Zimbabwe
340pp., illus., maps, paperback, Woodbridge, 2015. R395
The Mutirikwi river was dammed in 1960 to make Zimbabwe's second largest lake. This book explores struggles around land claims, resettlements, ruined farms and place-names in the ongoing remaking of Mutirikwi's landscapes.

"A fascinating book, rich in complex detail and full of fascinating stories from the field. For understanding the complex cultural and political histories underlying land reform in southern Zimbabwe, this is a vitally important contribution." Professor Ian Scoones, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

Joost Fontein is Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa. He also teaches social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. He is also the author of "The Silence of the Great Zimbabwe, contested landscapes and the power of heritage".
Madondo (B.) SIGH, THE BELOVED COUNTRY, braai talk, rock 'n roll & other stories
502pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R300
A collection of essays, memoirs, interviews, profiles, and travelogues by Bongani Madondo, author of "Hot Type: artists, icons & god-figurines" and "I'm Not Your Weekend Special: portraits on the life-style & politics of Brenda Fassie".

Foreword by Rian Malan.

"I found Madondo slightly unsettling. He has a penetrating gaze, and a sympathetic tone during interviews that invites you to more than just share the basic facts. In this way, he manages to capture the essence of his interviewees. His portraits come out almost 3D." Zolani Mahola, lead singer of Freshlyground

"I'd heard rumours about him. Some mythmaking and mysticism was goin' on, all at once. Some said he's full of shit. Some that he's retired in his early thirties and moved back to the village. Some said all he wants to do is compose for big band jazz orchestras, while others said his heart is still in it: The written word. We had a magazine to publish. We were on deadline. We tracked him down and commissioned a film review, full page. He travelled over 50 kilometres from his village to watch Djo wa Tunbda's set-in-Kinshasa's thriller, 'Viva Riva!' far off in the city at night, hiked back and worked on the piece overnight. When we switched on the following day: There, in full glory, was the most inciteful cinema review I'd read all year. We hired him immediately. At 'Rolling Stone', Madondo invented a new reportorial form altogether: Gonzoid, gothic, punk, township, spiritual and full of magic. His readers called it Afro Punk journalism, just as Fela Kuti has Afro-Beat. The man's possessed." Miles Keylock, publisher and ex-editor, Rolling Stone magazine

Bongani Madondo lives between Johannesburg, Cape Town and the Eastern Cape.
Mancuso (S.) & Fombad (C.) eds. COMPARATIVE LAW IN AFRICA, methodologies and concepts
185pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R365
This book is the outcome of an inaugural methodology workshop held in October 2012 by the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Cape Town.

Contributions include:
"Africanisation of Legal Education Programmes: the need for comparative legal studies" by Charles Fombad
"Comparative Law in an African Context" by Salvatore Mancuso
"Applying the Tool of Comparative Law to the Study of Africa's Multiple Development Pathways" by Ada Ordor
"The Meeting of Comparative Law and Legal Anthropology in Africa" by Thomas Bennett
""Human Rights and Business Law in an African Context" by Moussa Samb.
Swilling (M.), Musango (J.) & Wakeford (J.) eds. GREENING THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY, scoping the issues, challenges and opportunities
440pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R500
A collection of essays that argue for a review of South Africa's existing economic growth model, which remains reliant on the depletion of natural resources, and assess the possibilities for a transition to a sustainable future.

Contributions include:
"The Gren Economy Accord: launchpad for a green transition?" by Leanne Seeliger and Ivan Turok
"Climate Change and Low-Carbon Transition" by Manisha Gulati, Louise Scholtz and Saliem Fakir
"Agro-Ecological Farming and Soil Rehabilitation" by Gareth Haysom
"Extractivism, its deadly impacts and struggles towards a post-extractivist future" by Samantha Hargreaves
"Greening the Manufacturing Sector" by Jeremy Wakeford, Reviva Hassom and Anthony Black
"Water for Greening the Economy" by Willem de Lange
"Financing the Green Economy" by Precious Zikhali, Manisha Gulati and Phindile Ngwenya
"Ecological Literacy, a sense of wonder, and more..." by Eve Annecke and Johan Hattingh
"One Million Climate Jobs Campaign" by Brian Ashley and Jeff Rudin.

Mark Swilling is Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute and Co-Director of the Stellenbosch for Complex Systems in Transition.
Josephine Musango is Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University.
Jeremy Wakeford is Extraordinary Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, and a macro-economist at Quantum Global Research Lab in Switzerland.
Thompson-Smeddle (L.) ed. A SOUTH AFRICAN RENEWABLE ENERGY GUIDE, for local government
134pp., illus., paperback, Second Edition, Cape Town, (2012) 2016. R220
This book "provides useful information and solid examples of how politicians, city managers and government officials, in partnership with communities, can facilitate the adoption of renewable energy systems and technologies to achieve a more sustainable energy future for all." from the back cover

Lisa Thompson-Smeddle is founder and Director of the Sustainable Development Network.

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