New Arrivals 28th to 4th of December 2019

Bénit-Gbaffou (C.), Charlton (S.), Didier (S.) & Dörmann (K.) eds. POLITICS AND COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH, perspectives from Yeoville Studio, Johannesburg
417pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Johannesburg, 2019. R550
A collection built around the experiences of Yeoville Studio, a research initiative based at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand. "Through themed, illustrated stories of the people and places of Yeoville, the book presents a nuanced portrait of the vibrance and complexity of a post-apartheid, peri-central neighbourhood that has often been characterised as a ‘slum’ in Johannesburg. These narratives are interwoven with theoretical chapters by scholars from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds, reflecting on the empirical experiences of the Studio and examining academic research processes." from the back cover

"This book is a new and courageous examination of the complexity of embedded research. It is an honest and insightful reflection that...challenges and deepens arguments around spaces of participation through theoretical reflection and, more centrally, through the actual experience of the embedded research of Yeoville Studio." Tanya Zack, urban planner and writer, Johannesburg

Claire Bénit-Gbaffou is Associate Professor at Aix-Marseille University, a researcher at CHERPA (Sciences Po Aix), and a visiting researcher at the Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES) at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand.
Sarah Charlton is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning, and Associate Director of CUBES, University of the Witwatersrand.
Sophie Didier is Professor at the Paris School of Planning, University Paris-Est, France and a researcher at Lab’Urba.
Kirsten Dörmann is a lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning, and a researcher at CUBES, University of the Witwatersrand.
Baxter (M.) THE WORM TURNS, more short stories - a sequel to Bitter Aloes
224pp., paperback, (Tzaneen), 2018. R290
Foreword by Peter Anderson.

Marion Baxter (1945–2002) worked first as an English teacher and then as an editor at Andrew Tracey’s International Library of African Music, the JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology, and the Institute for the Study of English in Africa at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. In 1992 she won the Sanlam Literary Award for her short story The Worm Turns.
Buys (F.) DIE PAD NA SELFBESTUUR, anderkant die mislukking van staatsbestuur
402pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R405
Flip Buys argues that the Afrikaner community in South Africa is facing a crisis and that the solution lies in self-governance.

Flip Buys chairs the Solidarity Movement, an umbrella organization consisting of 18 separate entities, including Solidarity, AfriForum, the FAK and Helping Hand. He is the author (with Dirk Hermann) of Vat Jou Goed en Bou! Twintig jaar van Solidariteit
2412pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R250
Sylvester Chauke on the art of marketing and business.

Sylvester Chauke (b. 1981) is founder and chief architect of DNA Brand Architects, a marketing and brand consultancy. In 2018 DNA Brand Architects won Medium Sized Agency of the Year and were the first black-owned agency to win PRISM Campaign of the Year. At the age of 31 he was selected as one of five young people to represent Africa at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. He was national marketing manager for Nando's South Africa and director of marketing and communication at MTV Networks Africa.
Ellmann (S.) ARTHUR CHASKALSON, a life dedicated to justice for all
842pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2019. R550
A biography of Arthur Chaskalson (1931-2012), advocate at the Johannesburg bar, member of Nelson Mandela's defence team in the 1963 Rivonia Trial, founder and director of the Legal Resources Centre, key advisor on the adoption of the Interim Constitution of South Africa in 1993. He was President and then Chief Justice of South Africa's Constitutional Court.

"Long before assuming the office of Chief Justice of South Africa, Arthur Chaskalson worked hard to lay the foundation for a South Africa that would truly belong to all who live in it, united in our diversity." President Thabo Mbeki

"Chaskalson's contribution and passion for the development of the country's jurisprudence and its legal institutions cannot be overemphasised and will forever be cherished." Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

"Arthur Chaskalson was a formidable man. He could be severe. To those he opposed, he could be intimidating. But he also had a tender side. That was mostly reserved for his beloved wife, his sons and their families. But those who worked closest with him also saw it. I did." Justice Edwin Cameron, former judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court

Lawyer and author Stephen Ellmann (1951-2019) held the Lester Martin Chair as Professor of Law at New York Law School where he taught for over 25 years. He also held academic appointments with the Jones Law Institute, Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, and Hebrew University Faculty of Law. In 1994 he co-founded the South African Reading Group, an interdisciplinary group of scholars studying South Africa. He taught in and frequently visited South Africa, and wrote on South African legal issues.
Funde (S.) MAN ON A MISSION, 30 years of exile for the freedom of his nation, with forewords by Thabo Mbeki and Gareth Evans
190pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Second Edition, Johannesburg, 2019. R250
Originally published in 2018 by the Department of Military Veterans.

An autobiography by Sonwabo Eddie Funde (1943-2018).Funde grew up in Soweto and as a teenager became involved in the struggle against apartheid. A member of the African National Congress (ANC) from the age of 20, he went into exile in Lusaka, Zambia, in 1965 and in 1975 completed an MA in electrical engineering in Leningrad. He worked for the ANC in Sweden and Dar-Es-Salaam and then moved to Zambia as International Head of the ANC youth section. In 1983 he joined the diplomatic service of the ANC and served as their representative for Australasia and the Pacific. He returned to Johannesburg in 1992 and was appointed as Chair of the South African Broadcast Commission. In 2008 he was appointed ambassador to Germany, until an accident there left him as a quadriplegic.
Herrington (N.) ELSIE, the story of a young woman caught up in World War 1 who brings sanity to her broken world
166pp., paperback, (Durban), 2019. R250
A historical novel based on the life of Neville Herrington's aunt, Elsie MacDonald (née Herrington). From a small diamond-mining village near Pretoria she volunteers as a nurse at a military field hospital in Belgium. On her return to South Africa after the war she opens a centre for abused women and single mothers.


Neville Herrington worked as a radio journalist for the SABC (1965-1971), taught drama and television studies at the University of Natal (1971-1995), and is the owner of Tekweni Television Productions. He lives in Durban and is the author of the historical novels England Wants Your Gold and The Irish Boer Woman.
Hilton-Barber (D.) THE INFAMOUS MALABOCH WAR, and more gripping stories from the old Transvaal and beyond
170pp., illus., paperback, (Tzaneen), 2017. R200
A collection of stories of people and events, including the Malaboch War (1894), the annexation of Bechuanaland (1870), the Rev. S.J. du Toit (1894), Albert Machimana (2005) and naturalist Francis Oates (1875).

Journalist, author and publisher David Hilton-Barber's other books include The Baronet and the Matabele King: the intriguing story of the Tati Concession, Footprints: on the trail of those who shaped the history of Tzaneen, and Footprint in the Lowveld.
Kasrils (R.) CATCHING TADPOLES, the shaping of a young rebel, a memoir
293pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R280
A coming-of-age memoir by South African politician Ronnie Kasrils.

"Ronnie Kasrils gives us the first 21 years of his life with all the elements that have made him beloved of freedom fighters and book readers alike: his dash, his cunning, his humour, his humanity and - most of all - his irrepressible joie de vivre. He comes of age, he comes to political consciousness and he brings his early worlds - from Jewish Yeoville to Bohemian Joburg - to life. Unputdownable." Mark Gevisser, author of Lost and Found in Johannesburg, a memoir

"Kasrils is irreverent and irrepressible - the original rebel without a pause." Zapiro, cartoonist

"This fine book illustrates that Karil's rebel child is father to the revolutionary man." Mongane Serote, author of Yakhal' Inkomo

Ronnie Kasrils (b. 1938) joined the ANC in 1960 after the Sharpville Massacre. He was a commander in Umkhonto weSizwe, the ANC's military wing, from its inception in 1961 until 1990 and served in government from 1994 until he resigned in 2008. He lives in Johannesburg. His other books include an autobiography, Armed and Dangerous, from undercover struggle to freedom, The Unlikely Secret Agent, which won the Alan Paton Award, and A Simple Man, Kasrils and the Zuma enigma.
Landau (L.) & Pampalone (T.) eds. I WANT TO GO HOME FOREVER, stories of becoming and belonging in South Africa's great metropolis
238pp., illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R350
A collection of 13 interviews with migrants and long-term residents in Johannesburg.

"Like all excellent ideas the one that animates this book is both disarmingly simple and powerfully original. So much has been written on xenophobia in South Africa, and yet so few have listened with care and precision to the voices of the ordinary people at the coalface. This book unsettles so many old assumptions, like who is host and who visitor, who belongs and what indeed it might mean to belong at all. It does this simply by creating a space in which people bare witness to their lives." Jonny Steinberg, author of A Man of Good Hope

"These are raw, honest personal stories — some heart-breaking, some up-lifting. Beautifully told, each story is a study of journey-making. No matter where we may have been born, each of us seeks a place where we will be safe and respected for who we are. The stories in this collection illustrate that no journey is easy – each act of leaving and each attempt to begin again is tough. At their core however, these stories grapple with the making of a nation. Taken together, these narratives illustrate the quest for dignity and so they tell the story of humanity and striving, and ambition in the midst of profound difficulty. This book speaks to South African and African concerns but at its heart, it documents a set of global phenomena that are important to anyone who cares about the state of the world today." Sisonke Msimang, author of Always Another Country

Loren Landau is Research Professor at the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand
Tanya Pampalone is Managing Editor of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and former Executive Editor of the Mail & Guardian.
Makwetla (A.) FEMICIDE, a family relives its pain, foreword by Dr Judy Dlamini
112pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R415
Matlhodi Angelina (Angie) Makwetla is a Commissioner for Human Rights. This book is an account of two femicide tragedies - four years apart - in her family.
Mbembe (A.) NECROPOLITICS, translated by Steven Corcoran
213pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2019. R320
First published in French in 2016 as "Politiques de l'intimitié. First published in English in the USA in 2019.

A collection of essays by Achille Mbembe in which he examines the ever-increasing inequality, militarization, enmity, and terror of the contemporary world, and the erosion of the values, rights, and freedoms liberal democracy routinely celebrates. He also explores how new conceptions of the human that transcend humanism might arise that would allow us to encounter the other not as a thing to exclude, but as a person with whom to build a more just world.

“This book establishes Achille Mbembe as the leading humanistic voice in the study of sovereignty, democracy, migration, and war in the contemporary world. In the essays assembled here, Mbembe accomplishes the nearly impossible task of finding a radical path through the darkness of our times and seizes hope from the jaws of what he calls ‘the deadlocks of humanism.’ It is not a comforting book to read, but it is an impossible book to put down.” Arjun Appadurai, author of The Future as Cultural Fact: essays on the global condition

Achille Mbembe is Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economy Research, University of the Witwatersrand. He is the author of On the Postcolony and Critique of Black Reason.
Meyer (D.) THE LAST HUNT, translated from Afrikaans by K.L. Seegers
376pp., paperback, London, 2019. R285
A new Bennie Griessel thriller that revolves around the death of an ex-policeman whose body was found next to the railway track outside Three Sisters in the Karoo.

First published in Afrikaans in 2019 as Prooi.

Deon Meyer's novels have been translated into more than 25 languages. He's been awarded the 2003 Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policiére for Feniks, the 2004 Prix Mystère de la Critique 2004 for Orion and the 2006 Deutsche Krimi Preis in the international category for Proteus.
Mtawarira (T.) with Andy Capostagno BEAST,
205pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R290
An autobiography by Zimbabwean-born, South African rugby player Tendai Mtawarira (b. 1985). Now retired, he played for the South Africa national team and the Sharks in Super Rugby. A prop, he is known by the nickname 'The Beast'. He made his debut for South Africa against Wales in 2008. In 2018 he became the most capped prop in Springbok history and in 2019 the most capped Super Rugby player in South Africa. He was a member of the team that won the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Andy Capostagno was the rugby correspondent for the Mail & Guardian for 25 years. He is the author of Jonty in Pictures: memorable moments in one-day cricket and Fancourt: the road to the President's Cup.
260pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R280
Retired architect Dave Muller's account of his family's seven weeks in captivity. In 1990, he sailed to Mozambique with his wife and two young children. The yacht ran aground near the Bazaruto Islands and while waiting for high tide, a patrol of five Renamo child soldiers armed with AK47s arrived, ransacked the yacht and took the family hostage. After 49 days they were rescued in a covert operation by the South African Navy and Navy Seals.
232pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R190
A thriller set in contemporary South Africa about state capture, the arrest of ten cabinet ministers and the resignation of the president.

Monde Nkasawe is General Manager for Cabinet and Protocol Services in the Eastern Cape Office. He has self-published several other books of fiction and poetry, including Journey of the Heart and The Madness of Rodney Makhelwane.
Nuttall (J.) LETTERS HOME,
226pp., hardback, Cape Town, 2019. R250
A book in three parts. Part one is a collection of the weekly letters Jolyon Nuttall wrote to his parents in 1961 when he spent 12 months in New York as a foreign correspondent. Parts two and three are made up of essays that describe his efforts to re-engage with South African life on his return, and essays about life as he experiences it now.

Journalist Jolyon Nuttall was General Manager of The Star and a director of Argus newspapers in the 1980s. He is the author of A Literary Friendship, on his father's lifelong relationship with Alan Paton, and Vintage Love, and other essays. He lives in Cape Town.
Roberts (K.) SIREN,
230pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R220
A novel set in Johannesburg about a woman determined to be a star, and her life of sex, drugs, and scandal.

Kuli Roberts has worked as fashion and beauty editor for Drum, as a columnist for You and Sunday World, and as editor of Pace. She has been a presenter for the TV shows What Not to Wear, The Toasty Show, The Real Goboza and Trending on Style. She is currently a host on the show Trending SA. Siren is her first book.
Siwisa-Damasane (N.) FINDING THE WOMAN WITHIN, how to thrive an a male dominated society
100pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2018) 2019. R245
Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane is the former CEO and current chair of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal; a consultant in logistics and supply chain, change management and employee engagement and the Ocean Economy cluster, and an executive coach.

"Nospiho is a true transformational leader who really lives up to the phrase 'paying it forward'. Her passion and genuine caring about others are some of the reasons I am where I am today. She is passionate about career development, especially that of other women. You will be inspired by the book for your own personal growth." Nikki Mbengashe, CEO, Woolworths Financial Services

The Institute for People Management awarded Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane the CEO of the Year Award in 2014 and in 2015 she was named Business Woman of the Year Corporate.

Weekly Archive