A BED CALLED HOME, life in the migrant labour hostels of Cape Town, photographs by Roger Meintjes

: Ramphele (M.)

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152pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town (1993) 2017


Dr. Mamphela Ramphele documents the life of the hostel dwellers of Cape Town.

Illustrated with black-and-white photographs taken by Roger Meintjes in the townships and hostels.

"This is an excellent book: it is easy to read and provides a deep analysis of apartheid and its consequences by homing in on one particular kind of institution. It provides a means to self-examination for both black and white readers which is so much needed in South African writing now … A work which is among the best recent South African publications.” Sarah Nuttall, Journal of Southern African Studies

South African politician, anti-apartheid activist, medical doctor, academic and businesswoman Mamphela Ramphele is a former Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town and a former Managing Director at the World Bank. She founded the political party Agang South Africa in early 2013 but withdrew from politics in mid-2014. Her books include Uprooting Poverty: the South African challenge, A Passion for Freedom, my life, Restoring the Land: environment and change in post-apartheid South Africa and Laying Ghosts to Rest: dilemmas of the transformation in South Africa.