New Arrivals 18th to 24th of July 2017

Cann (J.) BROWN WATERS OF AFRICA, Portuguese riverine warfare, 1961-1974
274pp., illus., maps, paperback, Reprint, Solihull, (2007) 2013. R495
A history of the Portuguese Navy's development of a specialised riverine or brown water naval force to control the interior waterways in their African colonies, and of the battles fought to close these lines of communication.

John Cann is a Research Fellow and retired Professor of National security Studies at Marine Corps University, a former member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and a Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Virginia. His other books include "Counterinsurgency in Africa" and "Memories of Portugal's African Wars, 1961-1975.
de Witt (L.) dir. JOE BULLET,
79 minutes, DVD, , 1973. R250
Joe Bullet is a detective hired to stop a mysterious gangster from sabotaging a soccer team.

"Joe Bullet" was one of the first South African films featuring an all-African cast. Released in 1973, it was banned by the Nationalist Party government after two screenings and the only existing print was given to the National Film Board to be destroyed. However, the archivists preserved it, but no access to it was allowed. The film has now been digitally restored and made available for world-wide release.
Ginzberg (A.) dir. SOFT VENGEANCE, Albie Sachs and the new South Africa
70 minutes, DVD, , 2014. R560
A documentary about lawyer, writer, and anti-apartheid activist Albie Sachs. As a young lawyer Albie Sachs defended those committed to ending apartheid in South Africa. He was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Cape Town, tortured, and forced into exile. In 1988 he was blown up by a car bomb set by the South African security forces in Maputo, Mozambique, and lost his right arm and sight in one eye. On the release of Nelson Mandela he returned to South Africa, helped write the new Constitution, and was appointed as one of the first 11 judges to the new Constitutional Court.
Hendricks (F.) & Dyers (C.) eds. KAAPS IN FOKUS,
145pp., paperback, Stellenbosch, 2016. R315
A collection of essays on Kaaps, or Cape Afrikaans, a dialect spoken in the Western Cape. These essays are based on papers delivered at the 2012 symposium on Kaaps held at the University of the Western Cape.

Contributions include:
"Die Aard en Konteks van Kaaps: 'n hedendaagse, verledetydse en toekomsperspektief" by Frank Hendriks
"Soppangheid vir Kaaps: mag, kreolisering en Kaapse Afrikaans" by Hein Willemse
"Twee Betekenisvolle Moment in die Geskiedenis van Kaaps" by Christo van Rensburg
"Die Tjatjies A'rit Is: etnoteorieë van ouers oor geletterdheid en opvoeding in Manenberg, Kaapstad" by Dmitri Jegels.
Hilton-Barber (D.) FOOTPRINTS OF THOSE WHO MADE HISTORY IN HAENERTSBURG,
58pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Tzaneen, 2012. R170
A short history of Haenertsburg, a village in Limpopo Province founded in 1887 after the discovery of gold in the area. Includes biographies of some of the most important personalities who lived and worked in the area, including Lionel and Florence Phillips, Orlando Baragwanath, and Louis Changuion.

Self-published.
Kavanagh (R.) A CONTENDED SPACE, the theatre of Gibson Mtutuzeli Kente
427pp., maps, paperback, Johannesburg & Harare, 2016. R400
An assessment of South African dramatist, choreographer and composer Gibson Kente's work in the context of political, cultural and theatre development in South Africa from before Kente's arrival in Johannesburg in 1955 until his death in 2004.

Author, cultural activist and academic Robert Malcolm McLaren (aka Robert Mshengu Kavanagh) was active in 'majority theatre' with the South African theatre group Workshop '71 between 1970 and 1976, and later in Zimbabwe with the theatre group Zambuko/Izibuko. He had personal experience of Kente's theatre and wrote about his work in the theatre magazine, 'S'ketch', which he helped to found and edit.
Kleinboer HIERDIE HUIS,
388pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R240
The third novel in the trilogy about an unconventional South African family living in Yeoville, Johannesburg. The first two novels are "Kontrei" (2004 Jan Rabie Rapport Prize) and "Werfsonde".

Kleinboer was born in 1956 on the East Rand, and grew up in Johannesburg, where he still lives.
Meyer (D.) FEVER, translated from the Afrikaans by K.L.Seegers
536pp., hardback, d.e., London, 2017. R315
First published in Afrikaans in 2016 as "Koors".

A novel about a father and son, among the few survivors of a virus that has killed most of the world's population, driving across a desolate South Africa in search of a place that can become a refuge.

Deon Meyer's other novels include "Dead Before Dying", "Icarus", Blood Safari", "Devil's PEak" and Cobra".
Mezieres (D.) dir. SHOOTING BOKKIE,
72 minutes, DVD, , 2003. R165
A film about a South African filmmaker who tries to convince a film crew to help him make a documentary about a 13-year-old gangster assassin (a "bokkie") on the Cape Flats, but is forced to improvise.

This film won first prize at the Festival Africano di Milano, and Best South African Feature Film at the 24th Durban International Film Festival in 2003.
Mjikeliso (S.) BEING A BLACK SPRINGBOK, the Thando Manana story
280pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R275
A biography of Thando Manana, the third black man to play for the Springboks after unification in 1992. He made his debut in a tour game against Argentina in 2000.

"Thando Manana is passionate about changing the system and giving people opportunities and hope. Those who read this book will realise what it means to play for the Springboks." Allister Coetzee

Sibusiso Mjikeliso is editor of Kick Off magazine. As a sports journalist he has written for the Sunday Times, The Times, Daily Dispatch and Sowetan. This is his first book.
Mofokeng (T.) THE LAST STOP,
161pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R195
A novel about a taxi driver who travels the route between Qwaqwa and Johannesburg and struggles with a corrupt boss, an unreliable girlfriend, taxi violence, and xenophobia.

Thabiso Mofokeng was born in the Free State. He is currently studying towards his PhD at the University of the Western Cape. He founded the Thabiso Mofokeng Writing Foundation and Mosa Media & Book Distributors.
Nqakula (C.) THE PEOPLE'S WAR, reflections of an ANC cadre
384pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R325
"'The People's War' is an outstanding contribution to the historiography of our revolutionary struggle. It is well-written, easy to read and the many twists and turns in the political life of Charles and Nosiviwe are recounted in a refreshingly honest and engaging manner. It should be read and treasured by those who seek a better understanding of the historic, painful and bitter struggle for national liberation, peace, justice, democracy and human rights in South Africa." Essop Pahad, from his introduction.

Includes a 5000 word postscript, "How Did We Get Here?", in which the author criticises the current leadership of the ANC, as well as those who led the party to the deeply divided place he believes it is in. He ends it with a personal plea to President Zuma to step down after the ANC’s December 2017 elective conference.

Charles Nqakula was born in Cradock in the Eastern Cape province in 1942. He began his career as a journalist, covering political news from 1966 to 1982. After being arrested he went into exile and trained at MK camps before being infiltrated back into South Africa as one of the commanders of Operation Vula, with a mission to build underground structures for the ANC. In 1991 he was elected as the South African Communist Party's Deputy General Secretary. After Chris Hani's assassination he became General Secretary and later Chairperson. In 1994 he was elected to the National Executive Committee of the ANC and later served as Parliamentary Counsellor to the President. In 2001 he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, becoming Minister of Safety and Security in 2002 and thereafter Minister of Defense. He has been the High Commissioner for the Republic of Mozambique since May 2012.
Parnell (S.) & Pieterse (E.) eds. AFRICA'S URBAN REVOLUTION,
309pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R375
First published in the UK in 2014.

"This book provides a powerful antidote to the argument that urbanisation in Africa is not worthy of attention from urban scholars and global policy makers. It does so in rich detail over a wide array of crucial themes across the continent's cities. In novel ways, and with robust style, the authors offer an invaluable new gold-standard text for the growing field of African urban studies." Garth Myers, Trinity College, Hartford

"'Africa's Urban Revolution' is a cutting-edge, insightful book that contains important contributions from some of the leading urban researchers in Africa. Informed by theory and practice, the book makes a major statement about future urban possibilities for the African region." Richard Grant, University of Miami

Contributions include:
"Africa's Urban Revolution in Context" by Edgar Pieterse and Susan Parnell
"Linking Urbanisation and Development in Africa's Economic Revival" by Ivan Turok
"Feeding African Cities: the growing challenge of urban food insecurity" by Jonathan Crush and Bruce Frayne
"Religion and Social Life in African Cities" by Carole Rakodi
"Transport Pressures in Urban Africa: practices, policies, perspectives" by Gordon Pirie
"The Challenge of Urban Planning Law Reform in African Cities" by Stephen Berrisford.

Susan Parnell is an urban geographer in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town and is on the executive of the African Centre for Cities.
Edgar Pieterse holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy, is Director of the African Centre for Cities and Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, both at the University of Cape Town.
Phillips (J.) RADBRAAK,
65pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R150
A collection of poems by Jolyn Phillips, author of "Tjieng Tjang Tjerries, and other stories".

Jolyn Phillips grew up in Gansbaai. She wass a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and is currently working on her doctoral thesis at the University of the Western Cape.
van Rensburg (R.) comp. OP DIE SPOOR VAN, speurverhale
204pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R250
Includes short stories by Karin Brynard, Zirk van den Berg, Nathan Trantraal, Kerneels Breytenbach and Rudie van Rensburg, amongst others.
Venter (A.) BATTLE FOR ANGOLA, the end of the Cold War in Africa c1975-89
527pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, d.w., Solihull & Warwickshire, 2017. R650
Al J. Venter's account of the war in Angola.

Al 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 "War in Angola", "Africa at War", "The Chopper Boys", "War Dog", "War Stories, up close and personal in third world conflicts" and "Barrel of a Gun, a war correspondent's misspent moments".

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