New Arrivals 26th to 2nd of July 2016
Berold (R.) & Wessels (P.) eds.
Work by full time and part time students in the 2014 MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes University.
242pp., illus., paperback,
A novel about a Khoikhoi assassin, a blackmailed Premier, a suicidal academic and a girl fleeing violence who find themselves in the same East London hotel on the same day.
"Böhmke serves up a murderous cocktail of sex, greed, and post-modern South African racial psychosis. The writing is great, the dialogue funny and the political analysis sharper than a bicycle spoke between the ribs. I am seriously envious." Rian Malan, author of "My Traitor's Heart"
"An author who has the courage to write about the First Indigenous Peoples. The breaking of the silence is significant" Chief Jean Burgess, Ghonaqua First Indigenous Peoples
Heinrich Böhmke lives in Durban. He trains investigative reporters and prosecutes misconduct cases in the public service. This is his first novel.
CHASE YOUR SHADOW,
the trials of Oscar Pistorius
396pp., colour illus., paperback,
Journalist John Carlin's account of the Oscar Pistorius trial, which he followed inside the courtroom.
"The strength of Carlin's superb book is that it weaves many disparate strands into a humane and sensitive overview of a case that shocked the world...The detail is fascinating" Matthew Syed, The Times
Carlin's account is framed by the progress of the Blade Runner's trial, but it's also a de facto biography that exposes his psychological incongruities" Independent
"The strongest of the accounts...and the best at supplying a context for what unfolded" Observer
John Carlin was the Independent's South Africa correspondent from 1989-1995. His previous books include "Playing the Enemy, Nelson Mandela and the game that made a nation", and "Knowing Mandela".
BETTER TO DIE ON ONE'S FEET,
one man's journey in the struggle for freedom
387pp., illus., paperback,
Foreword by Ahmed Kathrada.
Michael Dingake was born in 1928 in Bobonong, Botswana. Educated in South Africa, he joined the ANC in 1952 and participated in many of the campaigns of this period, from the Defiance Campaign to the Anti-pass Campaign. In 1966, indicted for membership of banned organisations and statutory sabotage, he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on Robben Island. On his release in 1981 he was repatriated to Botswana, and worked at the university there. In 1992 he entered national politics, became Vice-President of the Botswana National Front in 1993, and entered the National Assembly as MP for Gaborone Central in 1994. In 1998 he led the breakaway Botswana Congress Party and lost his seat. He retired from politics in 2004. He is also the author of "My Fight Against Apartheid" (1987) and "Apartheid, questions and answers" (1989).
Du Bois (D.)
SUGAR AND SETTLERS,
a history of the Natal South Coast, 1850-1910
405pp., illus., map, paperback,
"From a wealth of archival sources, Du Bois eruditely narrates what is arguably the seminal chronicle of the South Coast's development. He comprehensively unravels the kaleidoscope of personalities and unpacks the various interests that impacted on this otherwise parochial backwater. Black Africans, white settlers, Indian labourers competed on the agrarian 'playing field' that was dominated by sugar cultivation." Scott Everett Couper, author of "Albert Luthuli: bound by faith"
"Duncan Du Bois provides a detailed and fascinating history of a hitherto much-neglected part of what was the colony of Natal. Based primarily on original archival research, he traces the southward advance of the white settler frontier and its sugar-based economy from Isipingo to the Mzimkulu river and, without the sugar engine, to the Mtamvuna.
This study highlights challenges faced by settler enterprise which were not unique to that particular region, but crucial in shaping its history. These included rugged geography, slow infrastructural development, insufficient investment capital and a heavy demand for labour to meet the needs of plantation agriculture. The settler economy’s relations with and reliance on indigenous African people and imported Indian workers therefore constitute further important dimensions of the book.
As such it is a valuable addition to the history of white settlement and its impact, both human and environmental, on southern Africa." Bill Guest, Professor Emeritus in Historical Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Duncan Du Bois is also the author of "Labourer or Settler? Colonial Natal's Indian dilemma" (2011).
SEVEN DAYS IN CAPE TOWN,
176pp., colour illus., maps, paperback,
Seven one-day tours around Cape Town, including the CBD, the V&A Waterfront and Robben Island, Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch, and the Atlantic Seaboard, as well as six itineraries for excursions to the winelands, Garden Route, Southern Cape and West Coast.
Geldenhuys (O.) dir.
HERE BE DRAGONS,
86 minutes, DVD,
A documentary on the life of human rights lawyer, George Bizos, one of the lawyers who represented Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu in both the Treason and Rivonia Trials. In 1994 he was appointed to the Judicial Services Commission to recommend candidates for judicial office and reforms to the judicial system. He appeared at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission representing the families of Steve Biko, Chris Hani and the Cradock Four (Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkonto and Sicelo Mhlawuli). In 2004 he represented Morgan Tsvangirai, who was charged with high treason by the Zimbabwean government.
Odette Geldenhuys is a lawyer and former colleague of Bizos.
1820 settlers in their own words
207pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Ralph Goldswain makes use of extracts from 1820 settlers' letters, journals and diaries to tell the story of their first three years in South Africa.
Writer and teacher Ralph Goldswain grew up in East London in the Eastern Cape. He now lives in London.
BLACKS DO CARAVAN,
180 pp., colour illus., map, paperback,
In 2014 Fikile Hlatshwayo and her family spent three months caravanning around South Africa. They visited over 60 caravan parks in all nine provinces and extended their trip into Swaziland.
Kaganof (A.) dir.
AN INCONSOLABLE MEMORY,
109 minutes, DVD,
A documentary about the Eoan Group, a cultural organisation for the coloured community of Cape Town founded in District Six in 1933 by Helen Southern-Holt. The group performed opera, ballet and drama and from the 1950s to the 1970s was very popular, but because of South African's racial policies, could not perform with white opera and ballet companies. The film includes rare archival footage of District Six and interviews with several members of Eoan.
Kriegler (A.) & Shaw (M.)
A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO CRIME TRENDS IN SOUTH AFRICA,
"In a country where public discussions about crime are dominated by emotions and despondency, Kriegler and Shaw have produced a superb guide to explain South Africa's crime situation. Lucid and accessible, this important book will not end the debate about crime statistics and their meaning, but will steer it towards a more sophisticated conversation all South Africans should be having." Martin Schõnteich, Open Society Justice Initiative, New York
"By taking a long view of the numbers, and explaining in detail how to understand them, Kriegler and Shaw remind us that South Africa is safer today than it has been for decades. This book is a timely and important overview of what we can learn from crime statistics in South Africa and how to interpret them." Chandre Gould, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria
"This is a measured, illuminating book that ought to be widely read". Jonny Steinberg, Associate Professor in African Criminology, University of Oxford
Anine Kriegler is a researcher at the Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town.
Mark Shaw is the Director of the Centre of Criminology at the University of Cape Town. He holds the NRF Chair in African Justice and Security and is the Director of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime, Geneva.
Msila (V.) & Gumbo (M.) eds.
AFRICANISING THE CURRICULUM,
indigenous perspectives and theories
A collection of essays that offer "a compelling argument for the deliberate embrace of African culture to advance African knowledge and, in the process, enhance African lives." Ama Mazama, Temple University, Leader of Afrocentricity International
"Some of the most thorough philosophical and historical appraisals of the problem of a pedagogy that intentionally marginalises and demeans indigenous cultures, knowledges, histories and experiences are to be found in the essays that constitute this volume...Most importantly, the overwhelming majority of contributors to this volume are solution-orientated. They dare to answer the question around which many skirt, namely what shape and form should a decolonised curriculum take on? This truly is a brave and timely book, overflowing with fresh perspectives and written by distinguished experts in the field." Tinyiko Maluleka, Professor of African Culture and Spirituality, University of Pretoria
"This book is timely. Its publication coincides with the uprising throughout South African universities, spurred by students' demand to decolonise the curriculum. The book is a welcome contribution to the ensuing debate on what ought to be the content of a curriculum in a post-apartheid university. It's a worthy read for anyone looking for insight on this historic debate, and the authors ought to be congratulated for their foresight." Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Johannesburg
"The African Renaissance and the Decolonisation of the Curriculum" by Philip Higgs
"A Model for Indigenising the University Curriculum: a quest for educational relevance" by Mishack Gumbo
"Revival of the University: rethinking teacher education in Africa" by Vuyisile Msila
"Issues in Africanising Higher Education Curricula" by Vitallis Chikoko
"Africanisation: answering back, a cultural revolution" by Simphiwe Sesanti.
Vuyisile Msila is Head of the Institute for African Renaissance Studies, College of Graduate Studies, UNISA.
Mishack Gumbo is Assistant Manager, Office of Graduate Studies & REsearch, College of Education, UNISA.
120 minutes, DVD,
Afrikaans entertainer Nataniël's stage production "Combat", that investigates and celebrates 'the uniform', filmed live in March 2011 at the Theatre of Marcellus, Emperor's Palace, Johannesburg.
Includes a backstage documentary.
In English and Afrikaans.
DIE GROOT DRIE,
'n eeu van spotprente in "Die Burger", 1915-2015
200pp., illus., paperback,
François Verster looks at the rise and fall of Afrikaner nationalism from the perspective of three political cartoonists: D.C. Boonzaier, T.O. Honiball and Fred Mouton.
François Verster worked as a state archivist for seventeen years. In 2007 he joined Naspers as a company archivist and historian. He has also written three novels and his memoirs. His non-fiction works include "Van Kaspaas tot Kaas, die lewe en werk van T.O. Honiball".
THE KEEPER OF THE KUMM,
Sylvia Vollenhoven writes about how engaging with the history of //Kabbo, the Bushman storyteller interviewed by Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd, enabled her to unearth her own story, heal from a long nameless illness, and explore the almost forgotten world of her forefathers.
"Our ancestry is about our forebears, their languages, their culture and their stories. Apartheid sought to cut this off...Nowhere more so than with the creation of a 'new race' of coloureds. Sylvia reconstructs the tapestry of what she was not meant to know. Her fine storytelling skills makes this a journey of discovery you must take with her and marvel at the complexity. Then ask the questions about who you are." Trevor Manuel, ex-Minister of Finance
Sylvia has always been a seeker of truth. Blatantly honest. Sometimes recklessly honest. I admire profoundly the way she tackles difficult issues by going honestly, even recklessly, to the heart of the matter." Shaleen Surtie-Richards, actress
Journalist, playwright and filmmaker Sylvia Vollenhoven was a producer for the BBC mini-series "Mandela: the living legend". She is the author of the plays "My Word: redesigning Buckingham Palace" and "Cold Case: revisiting Dulcie September". She is the founder of the Vision in Africa media organisation. Her film in development, "The Keeper of the Kumm", was part of the National Film & Video Foundation showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.