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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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This book explores South Africa's tumultuous history from the aftermath of the Second Anglo-Boer War to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on never-before-published documentary evidence - including diaries, letters, eyewitness testimony and diplomatic reports - the book follows the South African people through the battles, elections, repression, resistance, strikes, massacres, economic crashes and health crises that have shaped the nation's character.
Tracking South Africa's path from colony to Union and from apartheid to democracy, History of South Africa documents the influence of key figures including Pixley Seme, Jan Smuts, Lilian Ngoyi, H.F. Verwoerd, Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, P.W. Botha and Jacob Zuma. The book also gives detailed accounts of definitive events such as the 1922 Rand Revolt, the Defiance Campaign, Sharpeville, the Soweto uprising and the Marikana massacre. Looking beyond the country's borders, it unpacks military conflicts such as the World Wars, the armed struggle and the Border War. The book explores the transition to democracy and traces the phases of ANC rule, from the Rainbow Nation to transformation to state capture. It examines the divisive and unifying role of sport, the ups and downs of the economy, and the impact of pandemics from the Spanish flu to AIDS and COVID-19.

As South Africa faces a crisis as severe as any in its history, the book shows that these challenges are neither unprecedented nor insurmountable, and that there are principles to be found in history that may lead us safely into the future.
Publication date: 2021-10-31
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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The death of Neo “Snowy” Mashaba at 55 provokes an intense emotional reaction in his son, Tumiso, the author of this moving portrait of a relationship between a father and son. Tumiso is stunned by his emotional response, as his father was a distant and often brutal presence in his childhood. This launches him down the road of personal investigation of his childhood, but also what it means to him now as a father to his own children. Will he repeat the sins of his father? The author digs deep into his own psychology, providing a deeply satisfying read with well-drawn characters and moments of intense anguish and catharsis.

Covering themes of fatherhood, black masculinity, toxic masculinity, generational trauma, infidelity, abuse, and suicide and mental health, Mashaba creates a realistic backdrop of a gritty modern South Africa.
Publication date: 2021-09-15
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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'If Steve Biko were alive today, we would have a country that gladly embraces African culture as the dominant driving force for how society is organised ...'

In 1968, two young medical students, Steve Biko and Mamphela Ramphele, fell in love while dreaming of a life free from oppression and racial discrimination. Their love story is also the story of the founding of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) by a group of 15 principled and ambitious students at the University of Natal in Durban in the early 1970s.

In this deeply personal book, Hlumelo Biko, who was born of Steve and Mamphela's union, movingly recounts his parents' love story and how the BCM's message of black self-love and self-reliance helped to change the course of South African history.

Based on interviews with some of the BCM's founding members, Black Consciousness describes the early years of the movement in vivid detail and sets out its guiding principles around a positive black identity, black theology and the practice of Ubuntu through community-based programmes._

In spiritual conversation with his father, Hlumelo re-examines what it takes to live a Black Consciousness life in today's South Africa. He also explains why he believes his father - who was brutally murdered by the apartheid police in 1977 - would have supported true radical economic transformation if he were alive today.
Publication date: 2021-09-09
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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The Poisoners is a history of four devastating chapters in the making of the region, seen through the disturbing use of toxins and accusations of poisoning circulated by soldiers, spies, and politicians in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Imraan Coovadia's fascinating new book exposes the secret use of poisons and diseases in the Rhodesian bush war and independent Zimbabwe, and the apparent connection to the 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States; the enquiry into the chemical and biological warfare programme in South Africa known as Project Coast, discovered through the arrest and failed prosecution of Dr Wouter Basson; the use of toxic compounds such as Virodene to treat patients at the height of the Aids epidemic in South Africa, and the insistence of the government that proven therapies like Nevirapine, which could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives, were in fact poisons; and the history of poisoning and accusations of poisoning in the modern history of the African National Congress, from its guerrilla camps in Angola to Jacob Zuma's suggestion that his fourth wife collaborated with a foreign intelligence agency to have him murdered.

But The Poisoners is not merely a book of history. It is also a meditation, by a most perceptive commentator, on the meaning of race, on the unhappy history of black and white in southern Africa, and on the nature of good and evil.
Publication date: 2021-09-08
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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For nearly eighty years, a huge portion of coastal South Africa was closed off to the public. With many of its pits now deemed “overmined” and abandoned, American journalist Matthew Gavin Frank sets out across the infamous Diamond Coast to investigate an illicit trade that supplies a global market. Immediately, he became intrigued by the ingenious methods used in facilitating smuggling particularly, the illegal act of sneaking carrier pigeons onto mine property, affixing diamonds to their feet, and sending them into the air.
Entering Die Sperrgebiet (“The Forbidden Zone”) is like entering an eerie ghost town, but Frank is surprised by the number of people willing—even eager—to talk with him. Soon he meets Msizi, a young diamond digger, and his pigeon, Bartholomew, who helps him steal diamonds. It's a deadly game: pigeons are shot on sight by mine security, and Msizi knows of smugglers who have disappeared because of their crimes. For this, Msizi blames “Mr. Lester,” an evil tall-tale figure of mythic proportions.

From the mining towns of Alexander Bay and Port Nolloth, through the “halfway” desert, to Kleinzee's shores littered with shipwrecks, Frank investigates a long overlooked story. Weaving interviews with local diamond miners who raise pigeons in secret with harrowing anecdotes from former heads of security, environmental managers, and vigilante pigeon hunters, Frank reveals how these feathered bandits became outlaws in every mining town.

Interwoven throughout this obsessive quest are epic legends in which pigeons and diamonds intersect, such as that of Krishna's famed diamond Koh-i-Noor, the Mountain of Light, and that of the Cherokee serpent Uktena. In these strange connections, where truth forever tangles with the lore of centuries past, Frank is able to contextualize the personal grief that sent him, with his wife Louisa in the passenger seat, on this enlightening journey across parched lands.

Blending elements of reportage, memoir, and incantation, Flight of the Diamond Smugglers is a rare and remarkable portrait of exploitation and greed in one of the most dangerous areas of coastal South Africa.
Publication date: 2021-08-31
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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In 1980, while Nelson Mandela languished in jail, an enthusiastic and hopelessly naïve British teenager arrived at a local school in Mandela's home state of Transkei. Wide-eyed and faced with an unfamiliar world, Treive Nicholas was about to embark on an adventure he would never forget. Looking back on this year forty years later, this book offers a remarkable insight into this politically charged but little-known part of Africa and a lived experience ranging from the surreal to the heartwarming; the wonderful to the tragic. One minute Nicholas could be entertaining local Thembu chiefs, the next he could be witnessing the terrible death of an infant in a neglected Umtata
township. Scrapes with law enforcement agencies increased in frequency and risk as Nicholas railed against the injustices of the apartheid system.
Publication date: 2021-08-31
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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It is the early 1980s, and Don MacRobert finds himself in Soweto during the height of apartheid in South Africa and its abuse of human rights. It is here where he sees first-hand how systems of oppression have forced the majority of the nation's population into abject poverty and without the means to provide beyond the basics of survival.
Afraid and uncertain, but determined and not alone, Don seeks to overcome his fear - as well as that of the ruling government at the time - in order to bring about greater opportunities for some of the country's poorest and most oppressed people.
In this authentic and visceral take on his time working in Soweto with the likes of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other influential figureheads, Don shares his experiences that often left him scared out of his wits, and helped shape the history of South Africa and the future of its people.

About the author:
Don MacRobert is a South African patent and intellectual property lawyer, and the founding chairman of Lawyers for Human Rights. He has worked in various capacities with all four of South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize winners, namely Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President F.W. de Klerk, President Nelson Mandela and Dr Albert Luthuli. After practising as an IP lawyer, Don helped set up the Get Ahead Foundation where served as a director for 15 years. Together with the likes of community leaders such as Dr Nthato Motlana, President Mandela's physician; Archbishop Tutu; and Dikgang Moseneke, later the Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa, they uplifted impoverished and oppressed communities in Soweto and other townships. Through its microcredit programme and training initiatives, Get Ahead generated jobs for thousands of people in the informal sector—mainly women—and by 1999, it had created 40 000 job opportunities.
In 1996, Archbishop Tutu conferred upon Don the St Michael Award. Outward Bound South Africa also recognised him for his contribution with the Kurt Hahn Award. More recently, Don was honoured by St Alban's, and in September 2020, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa awarded him the Order of St Cyrene—its highest award for a layperson.
Publication date: 2021-08-30
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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A Brief History of South Africa is an introduction to South African history from the earliest times to the Mandela Presidency.
Using both a narrative chronology and thematic chapters, the book encourages critical thinking about how history shaped South Africa. While presenting an account of colonisation and the policies of successive governments, A Brief History portrays the resistance to colonisation, segregation and apartheid, including the role of political, social and trade union movements.

A Brief History does not aim to be comprehensive, but rather provides the basic facts for the general reader. The book can also act as a study guide for both formal and non-formal adult education. Equally important, A Brief History can be used to strengthen history teaching in schools.

The book provides history teachers with the opportunity to expand their own knowledge, especially if they do not have a history qualification. Each chapter points readers to a range of further readings with a variety of historical interpretations, and provides questions for group discussion.
Publication date: 2021-07-31
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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Growing up in extreme poverty in Messina (today Musina) in the early 1980s, Lovemore Ndou was forced to start boxing to protect himself and his family. At an early age, he experienced the injustices of the apartheid system when his arm was broken during a beating in a police cell and he saw his best friend gunned down in a protest march.
Through sheer determination, he managed to persevere and soon the Black Panther (his name in the ring) started winning matches. He left the country for Australia in the mid-1990s, made a name for himself internationally, and eventually became a triple-world champion despite setbacks and challenges. A number of big names in local and international boxing circles feature in the book, including Floyd Mayweather, with whom Ndou sparred during a stint in the USA.

Never knocked out in 64 professional bouts, he transitioned from combats in the ring to confrontations in the courtroom in a successful post-boxing career as a lawyer. Today he has his own practice in Sydney, Australia.
Publication date: 2021-07-31
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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This book is the product of many years' research by Lodge, whose Black Politics in South Africa since 1945 established him as a leading commentator on South African politics, past and present.

2021 will mark the centenary of the foundation of the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) and today's South African Communist Party will be extremely fortunate to have the milestone marked by a scholarly work of this calibre.

Since 1994, many memoirs have been written by communists, and private archives have been donated to university and other collections. Significant official archives have been opened to scrutiny, particularly those of South Africa and the former Soviet Union. It is as if a notoriously secretive body has suddenly become confiding and confessional! While every chapter draws upon original material of this sort, such evidence is supported, amplified, illuminated and challenged by the scholarship of others: the breadth of secondary sources used by the author reflects what may well be an unrivalled familiarity with the scholarly literature on political organisations and resistance in twentieth century South Africa.

Lodge provides a richly detailed history of the Party's vicissitudes and victories; individuals - their ideas, attitudes and activities - are sensitively located within their context; the text provides a fascinating sociology of the South African left over time. Lodge is adept at making explicit what the key questions and issues are for different periods; and he answers these with analyses and conclusions that are judicious, clearly stated, and meticulously argued. Without doubt, this book will become a central text for students of communism in South Africa, of the Party's links with Russia and the socialist bloc, and of the Communist Party's changing relations with African nationalism - before, during and after three decades of exile.
Publication date: 2021-07-30
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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For nearly three decades, the ANC has held South Africa's politics in an iron grip. With the party seemingly at war with itself and President Ramaphosa battling to rein in corrupt cadres, Ralph Mathekga predicts the ANC will fall below the critical 50 per cent threshold before the end of the decade.
The decline of the ANC could bring political reform, but also uncertainty. If the ANC loses power, who will be in charge? Who or what will come after the ANC, and how will this affect South Africa?
Publication date: 2021-07-29
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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South Africa's story is often presented as a triumph of new over old, but while formal apartheid was abolished decades ago, stark and distressing similarities persist. Dr Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh explores the edifice of systemic racial oppression — the new apartheid — that continues to thrive, despite or even because of our democratic system.
Publication date: 2021-07-21
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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Hans van Rensburg se magnetiese persoonlikheid en sy sterk teenkanting teen Suid-Afrika se deelname aan die Tweede Wêreldoorlog het Afrikaners só aangegryp dat die Ossewabrandwag (OB) binne drie jaar na sy stigting by die 300 000 lede gehad het.

In die vroeë 1930's was Van Rensburg egter nog deel van die regering en het 'n blink politieke toekoms vir hom gewink. Hy was die jongste Justisiehoof voordat hy as die jongste administrateur van 'n provinsie aangestel is. Hy was ook 'n regsgeleerde, filosoof, taalkundige en taalstryder, bekwame burokaat, militaris, boer, wildjagter en hengelaar.

Sy lewensverhaal strek oor sewe dekades en hy was by al die belangrikste historiese gebeure van 20ste eeu betrokke-van die Anglo-Boereoorlog tot die apartheidsregering. Dit is 'n tydperk waartydens talle “ismes” hoogty gevier het: imperialisme, nasionalisme, nasionaal-sosialisme, kapitalisme, kommunisme en rassisme.

In die verlede is besprekings van Van Rensburg meestal beperk tot sy rol as OB-leier, terwyl hierdie boek ook gaan ondersoek instel na sy rol in die totstandkoming van die apartheidsbewind. Dit is minder bekend dat hy in die vroeë 1950's as kommissaris van die Groepsgebiederade -'n ankerpunt van apartheidsbeleid -aangestel is. Sy konflik met die verantwoordelike minister, PW Botha, het tot sy bedanking gelei.

Van Rensburg word dikwels as 'n verbete Afrikaner-fascis beskryf, maar die werklikheid is meer kompleks. In vele opsigte was hy dalk eerder 'n gerieflike sondebok vir die Smuts-en Nasionale Party-regerings.
Publication date: 2021-07-15
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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'When we say we want to be safe, what do we mean? Is the state capable of achieving this for us?

These are important questions for anyone envisioning and building a future anywhere, but especially in South Africa.

This book explores contemporary South African society through the lens of law and order, and with the goal of understanding what reform must look like going forward, in a way that is accessible to ordinary citizens who need this most. '
Publication date: 2021-06-02
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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Dit spook beslis al sedert die oertyd in Suid-Afrika, maar die skrywer begin sy hervertelling van dosyne ware spookverhale met 'n vreemde voorval in November 1653 op 'n seilskippie in Tafelbaai, die eerste opgetekende geval. Die magdom ware stories is tematies ingedeel volgens die soort verskynsel, van verjaarspoke, saampraatspoke en tydspronge, tot spookmotors, spookdiere, voorbodes en sieners. Die verteltrant is lig en gemaklik met skeute humor, soos net Daniël Lötter kan.
Publication date: 2021-06-02

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