South Africa is a complex land with a lot of confusing race-related stuff going on and, quite honestly, nobody really understands what other races are up to. It's always been a bit of a problem.
Well, problem solved! Because now the Racist's Guide To The People of South Africa is here to help you distinguish between our many races so you can better place everyone you see into a box (because people are easier to deal with when they're in their boxes).
Sensibly subdivided into the six major races of our land - that's Blacks, English Whites, Afrikaners, Indians, Coloureds and Miscellaneous - this indispensable handbook for the sophisticated modern South African reveals never-before-documented facts and answers all your race-related questions. For example:
What does a stressed Black look like? Why should you never buy a White woman a white-gold engagement ring? What do Afrikaners do for fun? Why do Indian men always play sport in jeans? How do Coloured gangsters fare in the navy? What is the best way to greet a Chinese South African?
While working on the UNESCO Slave Route project in the early 2000s, Bothlale Tema discovered the extraordinary fact that her highly educated family from the farm Welgeval in the Pilanesberg had originated with two young men who had been child slaves in the mid-nineteenth century. She pieced togethe the fragments of information from relatives and community members, and scoured the archives to produce this book.
Land of my Ancestors, previously published as The People of Welgeval, tells the story of the two young men and their descendants, as they build a life for themselves on Welgeval. As they raise their families and take in people who have dispossessed, we follow the births, deaths, adventures and joys of the farm's inhabitants in their struggle to build a new community.
Set against the backdrop of slavery, colonialism, the Anglo-Boer War and the rise of apartheid, this is a fascinating and insightful retelling of history. It is an inspiring story about friendship and family, landownership and learning, and about how people transform themselves from victims to victors.
A new prologue and epilogue give more historical context to the narrative and tell the story of the successful land claim involving the farm, which happened after the book's original publication.
Contributors to this publication, many of whom were born, raised and educated in exile, are now each writing a letter to Uncle O.R Tambo in memory of his centenary. At times praising, at times questioning, other times lamenting present circumstances and, almost all of them asking in exasperation, 'where are you now when we need you most, Uncle Comrade President Tambo'?
Great speeches have the power to bring about political change, and South Africa lays claim to some of the world's most skilled orators, from Nelson Mandela, whose courageous statement from the dock inspired the liberation struggle, to Desmond Tutu, whose 'Rainbow People of God' speech prepared the country for a new era. On the other side of the political spectrum, who can forget P.W Botha's infamous Rubicon speech, an oratorical flop which took the country backwards during the 1980s, or F.W de Klerk's unbanning of the ANC IN 1990, which took it forward again?
Speeches that Shaped South Africa is the first collection of these historic utterances, featuring key speeches from the beginning of apartheid to the present. It includes Harold Macmillan's 'Winds of Change', Thabo Mbeki's 'I am an African' and Mmusi Maimane's 'Broken Man' speech. Also featured are Bram Fischer, Helen Suzman, Steve Biko, Winnie Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Julius Malema, Barbara Hogan and many others. The book covers past and present shenanigans in Parliament, clandestine broadcasts on Radio Freedom, moving eulogies that celebrate our political giants, and the informal rhetoric of populist crowd pleasers.
Accompanying each speech is a commentary that places it in a historical context and explores its effects. Accessible and engaging, this analysis is based on original research and offers fresh insights into events. This is a fascinating journey through South African history over the past seventy years.
Nelson Mandela revealed nothing about his personal religious beliefs in his writings or in his public pronouncements. But those who were close to him know that he held Christian views, and, at his request, the final part of his funeral followed the Methodist service.
This book traces the spiritual aspect of Mandela's life, from his youth in a traditional Thembu village, to his education at Wesleyan and Methodist mission schools, to his time as an activist, his period on Robben Island and the years thereafter. It explores the way that he balanced Christianity with traditional African beliefs, and with his political views, and how he reconciled his own beliefs with the fact that religion had often been used as a tool to oppress his people.
Based on interviews with some of Mandela's close colleagues, such as Ahmed Kathrada, as well as priests and other religious figures with whom he interacted, this book unearths an unknown dimension of recent history's most famous man.