New Arrivals 28th to 4th of December 2017

Hartley (R.) RAMAPHOSA, the man who would be king
222pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R240
Ray Hartley examines how Cyril Ramaphosa has handled the key challenges he has faced in the trade unions, in business and in politics, and explores whether or not he is the man to lead South Africa, a country battered by years of corruption and misrule.

Cyril Ramaphosa has served as the Deputy President of South Africa under President Jacob Zuma since 2014. He was Secretary General of the ANC from 1991-1996. He was also the founder of the National Union of Mineworkers and served as General Secretary from 1982-1991. Ramaphosa is also known for the role he played during the negotiations to end apartheid and for steering the country towards its first democratic elections in 1994. He is one of a handful of candidates to take over as ANC president and as president of South Africa when Jacob Zuma's term comes to an end.

Ray Hartley was the founding editor of The Times and editor of the Sunday Times. He is also the author of "The Big Fix, how South Africa stole the 2010 World Cup" and editor of "How to Fix South Africa, the country's leading thinkers on what must be done to create jobs
121pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R190
A new Bennie Griessel thriller about the murder of a foreign art expert on the trail of an old painting.

Deom Meyer's other books include "Ikarus", "Koors", "Kobra", "7 Dae" and "Spoor".
van der Elst (J.) ed. ADAM SMALL, denker, digter, dramaturg, 'n huldiging
248pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R200
A commemorative volume celebrating the life and work of poet and playwright Adam Small (1936-2016). Small was awarded the Hertzog Prize in 2012 for his contribution to the drama genre.

Contributions include:
"Adam Small - 'n persoonlike geskiedenis" by Abraham de Vries
"Adam Small se identiteitskonstrukte" by Steward van Wyk
"'n Swanger Vrou Móét Staan op Houbaai-Bus - 'n literȇr-dialektiese lesing van Adam Small se 'Vryheid'" by Hein Willemse
"Die Aktualitiet van 'Krismis van Map Jacobs' met Verwysing na die Tema van Bendekultuur en Kaaps as Onderigtaal" by Michael le Cordeur
"Adam Small en sy Pleidooi vir Geregtigheid: 'n gevallestudie" by Antoinette Lombard and Rinie Schenck.
Werz (B.) THE 'HAARLEM' SHIPWRECK (1647), the origins of Cape Town
171pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R395
Bruno Werz discusses the "Haarlem" shipwreck and the sojourn of 62 survivors on the shores of Table Bay, events that led to the establishment of the Dutch East India Company refreshment station in 1652. Includes transcriptions of original VOC manuscripts and the hitherto unpublished journal kept by a junior merchant while he was stranded, all with English translations.

Bruno Werz is an authority on maritime archaeology and history. He is currently research co-operator for the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria and Chief Executive Officer of the African Institute for Marine and Underwater Research, Exploration and Education.
Witz (L.), Minkley (G.) & Rassool (C.) UNSETTLED HISTORY, making South African public pasts
312pp., illus., paperback, Ann Arbor, 2017. R495
This book is the product of the authors' collaborative research and engagement over 25 years on the construction and presentation of South Africa's public pasts, from Nelson Mandela's release from prison in 1990 to South Africa's hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They examine the production and performance of apartheid history; the cultural politics of social history; South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and practices of orality; tourism as an arena of image-making and historical construction; museums as sites of heritage production for a new South Africa; photographs, archival meanings, and the construction of the social documentary; and the centenary commemorations of the South African War and the making of race.

Leslie Witz is Professor of History at the University of the Western Cape.
Gary Minkley is Professor of History and South African Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Fort Hare.
Ciraj Rassool is Professor of History at the University of the Western Cape.

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