Brick by Brick: an informal guide to the history of South Africa is essential reading for anyone interested in discovering more about the history of South Africa. It takes the reader year by year through the important political and social events of this country’s challenging history. Fact panels highlight particular events or individuals. The unique structure of the book allows readers to easily find the information that interests them.
‘This book is deceptively simple, yet it is a punchy, fast-paced, remarkable literary broad brush across the canvas that is South Africa’s most contested history. It takes into consideration colonial times, moves through the era of apartheid-capitalism, to the end of the first decade of post-apartheid South Africa.” Advocate Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza SC
This is the third ‘Penguin Dictionary of South African Quotations’ to be compiled by journalist and writer Jennifer Crwys- Williams. It is an all-new, 500 – page slice of pure South African. Containing thousands of entries and spanning the first eight years of the 21st century, there is something for everyone in this invaluable ‘Who said that’ handbook.
From the serious to the profound, the poignant, embarrassing and the downright ridiculous, the public utterances of statesmen, comedians, political commentators, government ministers, sportsmen and many more are given a platform in this extensively researched collection. If you are a passionate follower of the ever-evolving South African story, or someone who enjoys the cut and thrust of debate on the political issues of the day, this book provides pithy, observant and broadly representative views of what engages the hearts, heads of South Africa.
150 years after the arrival of the first Indian indentured labourers to South Africa, our society's wider history has not escaped the risk of distortions and omissions that come from excluding critical voices and players in our struggle for democracy.
Featuring profiles by the award-winning academic and columnist, Devi Moodley Rajab and portraits by the iconic South African photographer, Ranjith Kally 'Women: South Africans of Indian Origin' steps into a critical gap in our understanding of our evolution into a society united in its diversity. The changing status of Indian woman over the last century and a half has been a remarkable journey of triumph over struggle.
For large periods of the country’s history such women were largely invisible within society. The taboos of culture, religion and other societal norms kept them locked in the restrictive duties of domesticity for decades. Post-apartheid freedom has, however, allowed for a renaissance among woman achievers in the Indian community and this book is an attempt to tell their stories and chart some areas of the development of such women, from indenture to contemporary times.
The personal narratives in this book take the reader into the heart, home and hopes of women often ignored in public discourse. These narratives also take us ever so gently into a rich cultural milieu – not just the aromatic smell of spices or the glittering jewellery, but lives textured beyond clichés of subservience and dominance.
These are narratives of the resilience of a culture that transcended the humiliation of the system of indenture to thrive in a democracy. Above all, this is a celebration of the spirit of South African women of Indian origin and of the joy of breaking free.
AN ORDINARY HOME AN EXTRAORDINARY HISTORY
‘(This book) has literally rewritten the history of the Kingdom of Swaziland and provided an entirely new and interesting perspective to South Africa’s liberation.”
-Edward Tsumele, The Sowetan
‘(Masilela) celebrates the life of his mother (...) the godmother of the ANC in exile.”
- Sharda Naidoo, Mail & Guardian
‘The story of valour, a story of love, a story of selfless service. A story that depicts and preserves the history and heritage of, amongst other, Mkhonto weSizwe.”
- Ayanda Dlodlo, Secretary General of the MK Veterans Association
Mammals come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, from tiny bats and mice to massive elephants and whales. This first book of mammals introduces a cross-section of often-seen mammals, as well as some of those that are less commonly found. A total of 58 species in presented in full-colour illustrations. Visual clues to each mammal’s size it tracks and what it eats are shown alongside. Written by a mammal specialist, My first book of Southern African Mammals will appeal to young readers, as well as to learners of all ages who wish to improve their knowledge of other languages.
It is 1989, a high point of hope in South Africa’s political history. The nation is abuzz with rumours of Nelson Mandela’s imminent release, the dismantling of guerrilla camps and the possibility of peace.
A band of exiled People’s Army soldiers return to South Africa. After years in Angola they think the change they have been fighting for is finally about to become a reality. They have been ordered to carry and deliver a sealed trunk to an unspecified destination. It is a mission that makes them a target as different parties set out to separate the men from the trunk and its mysterious contents, setting the stage for several fierce conflicts.
The Texture of Shadows explores a world of hardened guerrilla fighters, corrupt police officers, ex-political prisoners and the victims of abuse of a system of bannings and beatings. But there are also cracks in this steel-edged world that hope, love and beauty can fill as the reader is swept up in the story of Chaplain Nerissa Rodrigues and her fellow soldiers.
Revenge of Kali is a haunting and adventurous tale that dramatically renders 80 years of Indian servitude in South Africa. The story ebbs and flows through four generations, from the abhorrent conditions of indentured labour in the cane fields of Natal, to Durban’s Duchene, and later the Casbah district, home of the infamous Grey Street system. Hassim’s meticulous research, assured moral sense and magnetic storytelling ability, weave a narrative that is rich in character, history and place.
Revenge of Kali is the second novel in a trilogy that began with the critically acclaimed The Lotus People in 2003
In the 1970’s and early 1990’s hundreds of thousands of young men were called up for military service, most of them going through extreme physical training and many being sent to fight the war in northern Namibia and Angola. This book is a collection of reflections and memories of that time, collected by JH Thompson, who interviewed numerous former National Servicemen.
Contributors include ordinary soldiers and Special Force members, chefs, medics and helicopter pilots. They provide varying perspectives on klaaring in, training, inspection, gyppoing, border patrols, covert operations and open combat, and readjusting to life in civvy street.
This book is a compelling read that captures the spirit and atmosphere, the daily routine, the boredom, fear, camaraderie and other intense experiences of an SADF soldier. For everyone who did military service, as well as their family and friends, this book is a must.
‘Gripping, lively and immensely readable... An exceptionally thoughtful addition to the canon of literature on a remarkable country’ Daily Telegraph
When Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress declare victory over the bitter injustice of apartheid, some thought South Africa’s future was assured. But despite Mandela’s mission of reconciliation, rampant inequality remains: race relations are uneasy, violence is endemic and many in the ANC appear to have lost sight of the liberation ideals. With the election in 2009 of Jacob Zuma, a charismatic populist embroiled in scandal, uncertainty over the trajectory of the nation has only intensified.
South Africa now stands at a crossroad, and award-winning journalist Alec Russell draws on his deep knowledge of the country to tell us how it got there and to give us a compelling account, revised and updated for this edition, of the journey from Mandela to Zuma.
David O’Sullivan and Kevin McCallum are passionate about sport. They are fascinated by its vivid characters, heart-stopping moments and its endless drama. Over years of watching, reading and reporting on great sporting events, they have amassed a wealth of knowledge. After much deliberation, debate and pursuit of famous sports stars for personal anecdotes, they have produced this book: a fascinating collection of trivia and behind-the-scenes stories about South African sport over the years. The Penguin Book of South African Sports Trivia is the perfect companion for sports fanatics or people who just want to show off in front of their sports-mad mates.