This is a deeply moving account of the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission – South Africa’s attempt to come to terms with her often horrendous past. Antjie Krog writes with the sensitivity of a poet and the clarity of a journalist. Country of My Skull is a must–read for all who are fascinated by this unique attempt to deal with a post – conflict context. It is a beautiful and powerful book - Archbishop Desmond Tutu
‘Here is the extraordinary reportage of one who, eyes staring into the filthiest places of atrocity, poet’s soaring tongues speaking of them, is not afraid to go too far’ - Nadine Gordimer
‘Whatever it is that makes a major lasting work of non-fiction, it is here’ -Observer
They Fought for Freedom James La Guma
James La Guma grew up as an orphan who had to leave school at an early age to start working. Yet he became one of the most respected advocates of democracy in South Africa, an independent thinker and tireless fighter for justice.
James’s original and controversial ideas made a huge contribution to the debates surrounding the freedom struggle both during his lifetime and in the decades that followed. However, his greatest gift was his ability to organise and mobilise masses of people for the cause of liberation. With this gift, he was able to work towards his dreams of building unity among the working class. He was thus central in creating a movement which challenged the government and eventually made it concede defeat.
James’s character and achievements inspired all who knew him and will continue to inspire those who come to know him through this story of his life.
Crime and growing unemployment, remain the Archilles heel of the new South Africa. The Apartheid government refused to fix it. The democratic government seems incapable of doing so. A miracle is desperately needed.
The ordinary South African citizen has the power to create such a miracle. What is required is the obsessive development of an industrial consciousness as the basis of a new patriotic identity for South Africa – a different national psyche – a new patriotism deliberately cast in industrial rather than political language.
I am an interested, loyal, talented, male, married, black but gatvol South African. I want a safer and more prosperous country where all citizens, and not just the elite few, are able to enjoy a healthier and wealthier South Africa. On paper, South Africa is a free and equal society, but in reality we are still deeply divided and unequal. On paper, we are supposedly liberating our economy through BBE. In reality we are simply creating another class of super-rich and greedy elites who are black. The poor are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer. Something is wrong. We need to change our mindset as individuals and as a nation. The question is: How?
BOTSOTSO is a grouping of poets, writers and artists who wish to both create art as well as to generate the means for its public communication and appreciation. We speak particularly of art that is of and about the varied cultures and life experiences of people in South Africa – as expressed in all our many languages. Botsotso is committed to a proliferation of styles and a multiplicity of themes and characters. Multidisciplinary art forms and performances are similarly embraced.
The transition from a closed, authoritarian society to a pluralistic and democratic one offers artists an opportunity to explore the truths of our inner and social lives with a freedom that has not existed before. Flowing from this, the consequences and lessons of Apartheid must still be examined while the challenges of the current period throw up their difficulties, their complexities.
Botsotso works with interaction: the different elements of the South African mosaic colliding, synthesizing – affected both by social forces and the individual’s uniqueness.
Until relatively recently, African proverbs formed part of the oral cultural tradition within each tribe. As a result, the rest of the world could not enjoy their beauty or benefit from their wisdom. In this volume Dianne Stewart has compiled a vast selection of proverbs from across the continent, each in its original language, but with a literal English translation and an interpretive explanation.
Stewart is a highly acclaimed author with degrees in African Languages and Literature. Many of her books for children have been published locally and internationally, and a number of them have been translated into various European, African and Eastern Languages.
The Classic Story of Life in Apartheid South Africa
“This is a rare look inside the festering adobe shanties of Alexandra, one of South Africa’s notorious black townships. Rare because it comes...from the heart of a passionate young African who grew up there.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Mark Mathabane was weaned on devastating poverty and schooled in the cruel streets of South Africa’s most desperate ghetto, where bloody gang wars and midnight police raids were his rites of passage. Like every other child born in the hopelessness of apartheid, he learned to measure his life in days, not years. Yet Mark Mathabane, armed only with the courage of his family and a hard-won education, raised himself up from the squalor and humiliation to win a scholarship to an American university.
This extraordinary memoir of life under apartheid is a triumph of the human spirit over hatred and unspeakable degradation. For Mark Mathabane did what no physically and psychologically battered “kaffir” from the rat-infested alleys of Alexandra was supposed to do – he escaped to tell about it .
“Powerful, intense, inspiring”
Botsotso is a grouping of poets, writers and artists who wish to both create art as well as to generate the means for its public exposure and appreciation.
We speak particularly of art that is of and about the varied cultures and life experiences of people in South Africa as expressed in the many languages spoken and written in our country.
Botsotso is committed to a proliferation of styles and a multiplicity of themes and characters. The transition from a closed, authoritarian society to a pluralistic and democratic one, offers artists an opportunity to explore the truths of our inner and social lives with a freedom that has not existed before. Flowing from this, the consequences and lessons of Apartheid must still be examined while the challenges of the current period throw up their difficulties, their complexities.
Botsotso works with interaction: the different elements of the South African mosaic colliding, synthesizing – affected both by social forces and the individual’s uniqueness
The country was ablaze. There were bomb blasts, massacres, assassinations. The right wing wanted a Volkstaat, Inkatha wanted secession for KwaZulu and was prepared to fight for it. It was a time fraught with danger. It was a time loaded with possibility. Peter Harris saw it from the inside. In January 1994 he was seconded to the newly formed Independent Electoral Commission with South Africa’s first democratic election only three months away. A dedicated group of people tasked with the impossible. The story – enthralling, moving thrilling – reveals the forces at work behind the scenes: those intent on destruction, those committed to delivering an election against the odds, and a conspiracy to strike at the heart of the election. Birth is about a vulnerable moment. It is about a nation staring into the abyss as it steps out to determine its future.
To help his family survive, Solomon sells apples on the platform at Denneboom train station in Mamelodi. It is 1976, and the closure of schools after the Soweto riots leaves Solomon and his friends with few choices other than to accept their place in apartheid South Africa or to leave the country and try to force change. Solomon chooses to fight for freedom and embarks on a life in exile as a member of Umkhonto we Sizwe. A year later he is sent back to South Africa as an operative, with tragic consequences.
SOLOMON’S STORY is a fictional account of the true story of Solomon Mahlangu, a young hero who paid the ultimate price in his contribution to South Africa’s freedom.
Judy Forman was young child in 1976 and only became familiar with the facts of Solomon Mahlangu’s case in 1995, while working as a research clerk for the inimitable Judge Ismail Mahomed. She has written this novel as a tribute to Solomon, to Judge Mahomed, to her friend Patrick Mtshaulana and to all those who made enormous sacrifices to bring South Africa its freedom.
“Zapiro is by far South Africa’s most loved and, might I add, most vilified cartoonist. Loved, because he’s our collective voice of reason. And vilified, well, because he’s our collective voice and reason.”
- BRETT MURRAY
In 2014 Zapiro published his 1994 – 2014 collection, DemoCrazy – SA’s Twenty Years Trip with text by Mike Wills
“DemoCrazy should be immediately inducted into our school curriculum”
This is the first scholarly biography of Sidney Bunting. His life offers a unique perspective on the British Empire, illustrating the complex social networks and values that were carried across the world in the name of empire. The lawyer son of renowned Wesleyan social activists, Bunting was radicalised in South Africa. He was founding member of the communist party and campaigned for black emancipation.
Alison Drew draws on archival material which has only recently become available, including the Bunting family papers, records of Bunting’s Oxford years, trail transcripts from Bunting’s legal and political career, and the Comin tern archives.
‘This superbly researched and beautifully written work illuminates the diverse worlds of Bloomsbury and Oxford, of dusty South African mining towns, and of the Moscow of Lenin’s day – and tells us much about the unexpected connections between these disparate realities” -Jonathan Hyslop
“Unquestionably this very readable volume will remain the authoritative scholarly study of Sidney Percival Bunting, one of South Africa’s most remarkable communist pioneers.” -Emeritus Professor Sheridan Johns