New Arrivals 7th to 13th of February 2019

Binckes (R.) VLAKPLAAS, apartheid death squads, 1979-1994
128pp., illus., map, paperback, Barnsley, 2018. R295
Vlakplaas is a farm outside Pretoria that served as the headquarters of a South African Police counterinsurgency unit. The unit was commanded first by Dirk Coetzee and later by Eugene de Kock. Vlakplaas functioned as a hit squad, capturing opponents of the apartheid government, torturing them, and either "turning" them or executing them.

Robin Binckes was born in the Eastern Cape in 1941. He is the author of The Great Trek, escape from British rule: the Boer exodus from the Cape Colony.
Chidester (D.) WILD RELIGION, tracking the sacred in South Africa
259pp., paperback, Berkeley, 2012. R565
Chidester situates South Africa's recent political history, from 2004 to the 2010 World Cup, in the context of religious diversity and demonstrates how the recovery of indigenous religion has provided the spiritual dimension of an African Renaissance.

"This book offers us a wild, exhilarating ride. In rethinking the sacred in South African history, Chidester throws searing light on the dangerous, creative force of religion untamed, religion that flourishes well beyond the confines of formal, domesticated faith. In so doing, he expands our understanding of the place of spirituality in processes of world-making - not merely in Africa, but everywhere." Jean Comaroff, author of Millennial Capitalism and Culture of Neoliberalism

David Chidester is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of Savage Systems: colonialism and comparative religion in southern Africa.
360pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R350
Hermann Giliomee analyses the history of the Afrikaner nation over the past 100 years and discusses their likely future.

Hermann Giliomee's publications include The Afrikaners: biography of a people. He was Professor in Political Studies at the University of Cape Town from 1983 to 1998 and is currently an extraordinary professor and research associate in the Department of History at the University of Stellenbosch.
Krog (A.) CONDITIONAL TENSE, memory and vocabulary after the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
334pp., hardback, d.w., London, 2013. R595
A collection of essays that explore a variety of South African texts in an attempt "to move South Africa beyond the present moment and into a vocabulary of grace and care." from the inside front cover

Chapters include:
"Ways of Knowing Mrs Konile: TRC and the problem of translation"
"‘This Thing Called Reconciliation’: Forgiveness as part of an interconnectedness-towards-wholeness"
"The Letters in the Body: manifestations of interconnectedness and an indigenous humanism"
"Suske en Wiske: sequential comic panels and the iconization of Nelson Mandela".

Poet, writer, journalist and academic Antjie Krog's books include Country of My Skull, A Change of Tongue and Begging to Be Black.
Makhoba (M.) & Tom (P.) THE STORY OF ONE TELLS THE STRUGGLE OF ALL, metalworkers under apartheid, with an introduction by Paul F Stewart
169pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, 2018. R100
A reprint of two books: The Sun Shall Rise for the Workers by Mandlenkosi Makhoba, first published in 1984 and My Life Struggle by Petrus Tom, first published in 1985.

Mandlenkosi Makhoba tells the story of the struggles of metalworkers in the hostels and factories of the East Rand (now Ekurhuleni). Petrus Tom tells the story of his life and work in the Vaal Triangle, first as a metal worker in a cable factory and later as a full-time union organiser.
277pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R240
A novel set in Stellenbosch about the wife of a wine farmer who discovers her husband is having an affair with one of his employees.

Eva Mazza lives in Stellenbosch where she teaches drama.
Mills (G.), Obasanjo (O.), Herbst (J.) & Biti (T.) DEMOCRACY WORKS, rewiring politics to Africa's advantage
266pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R290
First published in the UK in 2019.

Foreword by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

"With democracy, we have a better future in Africa. It works for our economies and for our people. Read this book and learn why freedom matters." Pierre Buyoya, former president of Burundi

"Clear, concise, incisive...Democracy Works deciphers a complex topic in explaining when democratic transitions stick and why democracy works better than the alternatives." Mcebisi Jonas, Presidential Investment Envoy, South Africa

"Packed with powerful ideas, valuable insights and persuasive analysis, this book is essential reading for anyone who cares about politics in Africa." Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham and author of How to Rig an Election

Greg Mills heads the Brenthurst Foundation in Johannesburg.
Olusegun Obasanjo is a former president of Nigeria.
Jeffrey Herbst is President of the American Jewish University.
Tendai Biti is a former finance minister of Zimbabwe.
Motsohi (T.) FIT FOR PURPOSE, the compelling discipline of successful organisations and leaders, why leadership with contextual intelligence is key to sustainable organisational success
240pp., paperback, No Place, 2018. R325
Thabang Motsohi is an organisational strategy consultant at Lenomo Advisory Services in Johannesburg.

Mwamuka (N.), Mpofu (F.) & Garwe (W.) comps. TOWNSHIP GIRLS, the cross-over generation
248pp., paperback, Harare, 2018. R225
Women who grew up in pre-independence Rhodesia and in Zimbabwe post-1980 reflect on their childhoods.

"I found myself intrigued by this slice of history, the mirror on childhood, in a world we thought we knew, but now seems mysterious." Valerie Tagwira, author of The Uncertainty of Hope
Norman (D.) THE ODD MAN IN, Mugabe's white-hand man
234pp., illus., paperback, Harare, 2018. R250
A memoir by Denis Norman, appointed Minister of Agriculture in the inaugural Zimbabwean government. Born in England, he moved to Rhodesia, bought his own farm and was President of the Commercial Farmer's Union when Robert Mugabe came to power in 1980.

"This is an important book written by someone who was absolutely central to the events of the early part of the Mugabe government." Nicholas Soames, British Conservative Party politician
Nuttall (J.) VINTAGE LOVE, and other essays
168pp., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2018. R240
A series of autobiographical essays by Jolyon Nuttall.

"Writing in the first-person singular is one of the few means through which ordinary people can democratically engage with history. Jolyon Nuttall offers a vivid example of the way one human being organises his experience of time, thinks of the temporal structure of his own actions, encounters and experiences and ultimately curates his own life. In a style of writing whose clarity and precision are unmatched, he gives ordinary people, places and events a name and a face, turning history into society's memory." Professor Achille Mbembe, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER)

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. He lives in Cape Town.
van Rensburg (R.) MEDUSA,
346pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R275
A Kassie Kasselman thriller, in Afrikaans, about human trafficking.

Rudie van Rensburg was born in Bloemfontein in 1951 and now lives in Cape Town. His novels include Pirana, Kamakaze and Ys.

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