New Arrivals 19th to 25th of December 2019

Alexander (K.) MAN ABOUT TOWN,
240pp., colour illus., paperback, (Cape Town), 2019. R250
Autobiography by author, artist, social justice activist and architect Kenneth Alexander. Born in 1955 in Athlone, where he still lives, Kenneth Alexander has turned his home into an art gallery called Art in Athlone. He is the author of Welcome To My World, Pavement Special and South African Byproduct.

Self-published.
Chiba (L.) DUTY AND DYNAMITE, a life of activism
244pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R325
South African anti-apartheid activist and politician Laloo "Isu' Chiba's autobiography, published posthumously. Chiba (1930-2017) was born into a Hindu family in Johannesburg. Active in the Transvaal Indian Congress and the South African Communist Party, he joined Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the ANC's armed wing, after the 1960 Sharpeville massacre. Arrested and sentenced at the 1964 Rivonia Trial he spent 18 years in prison on Robben Island. After his release in 1982, he was an active member of the United Democratic Front. Post-1994 he served two terms as an ANC Member of Parliament.
Dangor (Z.) IRRECONCILABLE,
48pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R130
A debut collection of poems by Zane Dangor, currently Special Adviser to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. Previously, he was Director-General of the Department of Social Development.
Del Carme (L.) WINGING IT, on tour with the Boks
234pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R225
Sports journalist Liam Del Carme's behind-the-scenes account of the South African national rugby team on tour.

"Whether it's 'Poffers' in Perth, or midnight meanders through Antipodean cities, Liam's knack of encapsulating so succinctly the unknown tour diaries of journos on the Bok beat is a joy to read." Xola Nthsinga, former Supersport anchor

"Liam Del Carme's insights into what happens on tour, particularly behind the scenes, are a great read and thoroughly entertaining." Joel Stransky, former Springbok flyhalf

Liam Del Carme has worked for the Cape Argus, the Sunday Independent, ThisDay, Beeld and the Sunday Times. He lives in Johannesburg.
du Pisani (K.) et al eds. JAN SMUTS, son of the veld, pilgrim of the world, a reappraisal
571pp., illus., hardback, First English Language Edition, Pretoria, 2019. R450
Originally published in Afrikaans in 2017 as Jan Smuts, van boerseun tot wȇreldverhoog, 'n herwaardering. Translated into English by Bridget Theron.

A collection of essays that re-evaluate the role Jan Smuts played as an intellectual, a military commander, a politician and cabinet minister, and a statesman. Includes contributions by Fransjohan Pretorius, André Wessels, Pieter du Toit, Dan Kriek, Chris de Jager, Ockert Geyser and Kobus du Pisani.
East (G.) WEST COAST WANDER, recipes from a Mediterranean coastal kitchen
176pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2019. R300
Recipes based on the unique ingredients cultivated in the towns along the Cape's West Coast.
Ebrahim (H.) FROM MARABASTAD TO MOGADISHU, the journey of an ANC soldier
265pp., b/w & colour illus. ,paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R250
Hassen Ebrahim write about his life's work as a member of the ANC. He grew up in Marabastad and was politicised in 1976 while studying at Westville University in Durban. After being forced into exile he obtained a law degree, practised law, and established an ANC underground structure, also known as the Kabwe Machinery, in Botswana. Upon his return in 1991, he helped negotiate the interim and final constitutions of South Africa. He then spent 11 years in the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development before working on various international assignments, mainly for the United Nations.

"This book is an important contribution to the history of our liberation struggle and takes us on the author's remarkable journey from the bushes of Angola, to the World Trade Centre and finally the adoption of our Constitution, one of our new democracy's greatest achievements." Marion Sparg, former Deputy Executive Director, Constitutional Assembly

"A hero without heroics - what a life, what a story." Albie Sachs, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of SOuth Africa
Godsell (S.) LIQUID BONES,
88pp., paperback, Tshwane, 2018. R210
A second collection of poetry by Sarah Godsell. Her debut collection, Seaweed Sky, was published in 2016.
Kruger (L-M.) OF MOTHERHOOD AND MELANCHOLIA, notebook of a psycho-ethnographer
382pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2020. R385
Clinical psychologist Lou-Marié Kruger's account of the lived experiences of low income mothers in post-apartheid South Africa. She focuses specifically on life in a semi-rural community in the Dwarsrivier Valley.

"This is a strong, coherent and incisive work of literary art-cum-analytical insight into the lifeworld of those most vulnerable in our society: women and young people in a situation of economic and social marginality. It is also a necessary shocking experience to read the traumatic psycho-ethnographic case material and analysis, which succeeds in humanising those who are often biomedically objectified. While it must have been a difficult book to write, it is also difficult not to be gripped by the book on a personal and social level and not to experience the catharsis that the material provides: from dread to hope for individuals, social relationships and the broader South African society." Kees van der Waal, editor of Winelands, Wealth and Work: transformations in the Dwars River Valley, Stellenbosch

"This book provides a nuanced, thoughtful and humble account of the challenging experiences of a group of mothers in one of many poverty-stricken communities in current South Africa. This is brave and bold writing; while not always easy to read, the rich narrative is also threaded through with agency, resistance, humour and joy." Tamara Shefer, Professor and Chairperson of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, University of the Western Cape

Lou-Marié Kruger is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University.
le Roux (S.) TOY VAN CARNARVON,
258pp., paperback, (Cape Town), 2019. R245
Stephen le Roux writes about growing up poor in Carnarvon, living next to the railway tracks and having to collect bottles and bones to sell so that the family could survive.
Lunga (C.) ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL YOUTHS, nurturing competitive leaders of the 21st century and beyond (for high school and tertiary level students)
181pp., paperback, No Place, 2019. R380
Career development coach Carolyne Mande Lunga motivates young students to acquire skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and information and media literacy.

Carolyne Mande Lunga is currently a lecturer in journalism and mass communication at the University of Eswatini. She is the winner of the 2013 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Film/ Article e-Contest running under the theme: "Skills for Better Life".
Mapaya (M.) MMINO WA SETŠO, indigenous African music of Bahananwa
226pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, (Tzaneen), 2019. R290
Madimabe Mapaya discusses the musical culture of the Bahananwa of Kgoli (King) Maleboho. The Bahananwa are a group of the Tswana peoples and reside in what is now Limpopo Province.

Madimabe Mapaya is currently Head of the Music Department and a founding member of the Indigenous Music and Oral History Project at the University of Venda.
Mapaya (M.) ed. A COMPANION FOR THE HUMAN AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VENDA, 2018 lecture series
102pp., paperback, (Tzaneen), 2019. R290
Contributions include:
"Globalisation and Competition Among Universities: possible impacts on the South African higher education landscape" by Mashudu Mashige
"Ideological Impediments to the African Languages' Developmental Path and Potential to Empower African Students and Communities" by T.M. Sengani
"The Meaning of Higher Education for an African Child: questions and aspirations", round table discussions on status and issues around humanities and social sciences convened and facilitated by Dr N Raselekwane.
Myburgh (P-L.) GANGSTER STATE, unravelling Ace Magashule's web of capture
331pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R290
Explores ANC politician Ace Magashule's relationship with the Gupta family and other tender moguls, the multi-billion rand government projects that enriched friends and family, and the methods used to keep him in power as Premier of the Free State and to secure him the post of ANC Secretary-General.

Investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh is the author of The Republic of Gupta. He is a member of Scorpio, the Daily Maverick's investigations team.
Swart (M.) & Rodny-Gumede (Y.) eds. MARIKANA UNRESOLVED, the massacre, culpability and consequences
252pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R350
A collection of chapters focused on the unresolved question of accountability for the Marikana massacre of 16 August 2012, when 34 miners on strike were shot by police at the Lonmin Mine in North West Privince.

Contributions include:
"History of the Marikana Massacre: A starting point" by Peter Alexander
"Money and Mining in Marikana: microfinance, ‘development finance’ and corporate finance under conditions of super-exploitation by Patrick Bond
"The Failure of the Apartheid Corporate Model" by William Gumede
"The Killing Fields: Marikana and the justice deficit" by Mia Swart
"Ubuntu and Reported Moral Values After the Marikana Massacre" by Colin Chasi
"Reporting Marikana: what went wrong and has it changed South African journalism? by Ylva Rodny-Gumede
"The Making and Political Life of Miners Shot Down: an interview with Rehad Desai and Anita Khanna" by Pier Paolo Frassinelli


Mia Swart is Research Director of the Democracy and Governance Unit at the Human Sciences Research Council. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Ylva Rodny-Gumede is Professor in the School of Communication and the Head of the Division for Internationalisation at the University of Johannesburg. She is also Senior Associate Researcher with the Stanhope Centre for International Communications policy Research at the London School of Economics.
van der Merwe (C.) KANSVATTER, die rustlose lewe van Ben Viljoen
520pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R350
Biography of Boer general, politician and adventurer Benjamin Johannes "Ben" Viljoen (1869 – 1917). Viljoen was born in the Wodehouse district of the Cape Colony and grew up on a farm near Umtata. In 1890 he moved to Johannesburg, founded the Krugersdorpse Vrywilligerskorps in 1896 and participated in the Jameson Raid. He was a member for Krugersdorp in the Transvaal Volksraad. During the Second Anglo-Boer War he led the Johannesburg Commando, fought at the Battle of Elandslaagte and confronted British General Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton with De la Rey and the Lichtenburg Commando. He was later appointed Assistant Commandant-General of the Transvaal Burgher Forces. Captured at Lydenburg in January 1902 he was a prisoner-of-war on St. Helena until May 1902. It was there that he wrote his autobiography, My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War. After the war he was involved in forming a Boer colony in Mexico and later in New Mexico, USA. He died at home and is buried at the Masonic Cemetery in La Mesa, New Mexico.

"'n Pakkende werk oor die wel en wee van die enigmatiese Ben Viljoen. Van der Merwe het geen steen onaangeroer gelaat nie en diepgaande navorsing hier te lande en in die buiteland gedoen." Albert Grundlingh

Carel van der Merwe is the author of Donker Stroom - Eugene Marais en die Anglo-Boereoorlog, awarded the Protea Boekhuis Prize, the Kyknet-Rapport Prize and the L.W. Hiemstra Prize. He has written several novels, including Skaduwee and Geldwolf, which won the Eugene Marais Literary Prize.
van Niekerk (H.) BORN TO STORM, a courageous boy becomes a fearless soldier
371pp., illus., paperback, No Place, 2019. R380
Autobiography by Herman van Niekerk, a retired South African Special Forces Colonel. He served in the South African Defence Force for 27 years. When he left in 1999 he started his own company specialising in security related training and development. In 2010 he became Director of Operations at Maritime Risk Solutions, a company that protects vessels at sea against attacks from pirates and other criminals.

Self-published.
van Zyl (R.) DIE ALFADOKUMENT,
362pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R365
A thriller about the battle to locate the secret Alpha document belonging to a powerful religious order so that the directors and their criminal dealings can be unmasked.

Former journalist René van Zyl lives in Hartbeespoort in the Magaliesberg.
Waetjen (T.) OPIOIDS IN SOUTH AFRICA, towards a policy of harm reduction
166pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R250
A collection of essays that investigate dilemmas in drug policy, contradictions of care and treatment, and the issue of stigma, and explore possibilities for national drug policy reform in South Africa.

Contributions include:
"An Overdose in the Archive: opioids and harm in South African history" by Thembisa Waetjen
"What Questions Should the National Medicines Regulatory Authority Be Asking about Opioids?" by Andy Gray
"Re-imagining the Problem: substance use in tuberculosis patients in Cape Town" by Anna Versfeld
"The Relevance of Harm Reduction in South Africa: notes from the frontlines of a movement" by Shaun Shelly
"Stigma, Harm Reduction and Addiction Treatment in Comparative Perspective" by Claire D Clark.

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