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.
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.
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.
This book asks how Africa’s political leaders and interest groups can promote economic growth in their countries. Drawing on studies of countries outside Africa, Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills identify the factors separating the performers from the laggards worldwide. Aside from the need to create an enabling environment for business through good governance, provision of infrastructure, and improvements in education, most critical is the need for a laser-like development focus by governments.
‘A delightful collection of interesting South African facts and anecdotes that is sure to have half the family reading over your shoulder.' John van de Ruit – Best-selling author of Spud.
‘This book is a vibrant edition not only for South Africans, but for overseas people to get a feel of the excitement and variety we have here in South Africa'. Raymond Ackerman- Founder of Pick n Pay
Packed full of information and fun, this entertaining and colourful compilation contains interesting facts and trivia about South Africa and its people.
If you are a South African, this book is guaranteed to stir feelings of pride and belonging. If you are a non-South African, then this book will leave you in awe and provide you with a comprehensive overview of this unique and crazy country
AWESOME SOUTH AFRICA will intrigue you, make you laugh, astonish and astound you
Traditionally writers of the Great Trek have covered the event from a perspective not only of white history but predominantly of Afrikaner history. It has always been seen as an Afrikaner event. It was anything but. As the Great Trek and the events leading up to it involved every section of the population - Zulu, Sotho, Ndebele, Xhosa, San, Khoikhoi, Coloured, British, English-speaking South African and Boer - it is time to portray the trek in that light, in the context of an unbiased, modern South Africa.
The Lotus People
Hassim’s debut novel represents not only one family’s journey from India to South Africa, but also a valuable source of information about the experiences, struggles, feelings and thoughts of the SA Indian community – a history from the inside. This masterpiece of realism is set in Durban’s Casbah, with its underworld of gangsters, political activists, merchants, and the everyday struggle of poor urban life. The language is beautifully nuanced and richly poetic. It blends history, fiction, romance, politics and the idiom of the street in a potent manner. A unique reading experience.