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

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This year it will be 50 years ago that District Six was declared a whites only area and this publication commemorates this event in our history.

This revised edition (in a smaller format) of this beautiful book shows poignant images from Breytenbach's collection of District Six during the 1970s before the area was dramatically demolished by the apartheid government. It is an historical record about the inhabitants and their surroundings of that time and was compiled over a period of five years.
The Cape Town area known as District Six (so called for its geographic position on the municipal map of the city) developed into a dense residential area close to the centre of Cape Town during the second part of the nineteenth century.
Home to a diverse community with a wide range of historical origins, neglect on the part of landlords and local authorities led to the area becoming rundown. The government repeatedly directed requests to the city council and the landlords - most of whom were white and not residing in the area - to upgrade what was fast becoming a slum on the doorstep of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. On 11 February 1966, the government declared District Six a white area under the Group Areas Act, and the wholesale removal of the inhabitants was started - mainly to areas away from the city. This process took fifteen years and some 60 000 people were removed.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cloete Breytenbach embarked on his photographic career in Cape Town in 1951 on the Afrikaans-language daily Die Burger. For the better part of the next ten years, he worked as a news photographer on various South African publications before leaving for London (The Daily Express) and Europe (on assignment for news magazines including Paris Match and Bunte). On his return to South Africa, he established a photo agency with fellow photographers to supply both local and international publications with images covering major events from the African continent and the world. These photo stories included the ground-breaking first heart transplant for Life in 1967 and conflict coverage from across Africa, including Angola, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Mozambique, Congo and South Africa.
Cloete has held photographic exhibitions in South Africa, the USA, Europe and Japan, and a collection of his images of Albert Luthuli are held in the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Publication date: 2016-06-01
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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 Tall Assassin tells of a reign of terror marked by several political murders in one man's zealous quest to combat communism. For many, General Hendrik van den Bergh was the most feared man in the old South Africa. He was the head of BOSS, the Bureau of State Security, and The Tall Assassin tells of his dealings. The book draws on facts, reconstructing likely scenarios where details were not obtainable. Van den Bergh, who was responsible for the arrest of Nelson Mandela, built a formidable intelligence network linking into MI5, the CIA, Mossad, and French and German intelligence agencies. According to this book, he may have been involved in the assassination of HF Verwoerd, the death of Nic Diederichs, Steve Biko's murder, as well as the murder of Anton Lubowski and Professor Johan Heyns. Two of the most infamous murders in which this book implicates the general are those of Dr Robert Smit and his wife in 1977. This murder mystery has never been solved, but here a compelling explanation is offered for the meaning of the mysterious words 'RAU TEM' painted on the Smits' kitchen wall. From a meeting of minds in an internment camp at Koffiefontein, to the paranoid sixties, the tumultuous seventies and the Information Scandal that rocked the National Party establishment, The Tall Assassin paints a terrifying picture of ideology driving a regime's agents into a moral free fall.
Publication date: 2015-09-01
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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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Whistleblowers are seldom seen as heroes. Instead, they are often viewed through a negative lens, described as troublemakers, disloyal employees, traitors, snitches and, in South Africa, as impimpis or informers. They risk denigration and scorn, not to mention dismissal from their positions and finding their careers in tatters.
With corruption and fraud endemic in democratic South Africa, whistleblowers have played a pivotal role in bringing wrongdoing to light. They have provided an invaluable service to society through disclosures about cover-ups, malfeasance and wrongdoing. Their courageous acts have resulted in the recovery of millions of rands to the fiscus and to their fellow citizens as well as improved transparency and accountability for office bearers and politicians. Some would argue it was whistleblowing that brought down a president and the corrupt 'state capture' regime.

But in most cases, the outcomes for the whistleblowers themselves are harrowing and devastating. Some have been gunned down in orchestrated assassinations, others have been threatened and targeted in sinister dirty-tricks campaigns. Many are hounded out of their jobs, ostracised and victimised. They struggle to find employment and are pushed to the fringes of society. Where there is litigation, this drags on and on through the courts. Mental health and relationships suffer. The psychological burden of choosing to speak up when there has been little reward or compensation is a heavy one to carry.

The Whistleblowers shines a light on their plight, advocating for a change in legislation, organisational support and social attitudes in order to embolden more potential whistleblowers to have the courage to step up. These are the raw and evocative accounts of South Africa's whistleblowers, told in their own voices and from their own perspectives: from the hallowed corridors of parliament to the political killing fields of KwaZulu-Natal, from the fraud-riddled platinum belt to the impoverished, gang-ridden suburb of Elsies River, from the gantried freeways of Gauteng to the Bosasa blesser's facebrick campus in Krugersdorp, from the wild east of Mpumalanga to the corporate
Publication date: 2020-10-05
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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 makes visible undocumented everyday experiences that shaped the lives of ordinary South Africans during the country's brutal and painful past. It is a record of things that “sit” within all of us. By sharing their memories, the storytellers map the scope of the wider, and difficult, conversation about the meaning of justice and the missing parts of the discourse of reconciliation in South Africa. It creates a space for a conversation about South Africa's history and what it means to talk to and to hear the other within the context of this history. In publishing each story in Xhosa, Afrikaans and English, we hope that the book will stimulate conversation among South Africans across languages. We hope that it will enable South Africans to connect with one another in a manner that seeks mutual understanding about the complicated aspects of our shared history and its continuing impact on the lives of individuals and communities. It is for this reason that we have compiled the collection of stories in this book. Stories - people narrating their memories of life under apartheid - can help introduce an alternative understanding of the painful aspects of their traumatic pasts. Twenty years after the TRC, this book is testament to our understanding that justice and reconciliation is not merely an event or a legal process but an on-going process that requires people to talk publicly about the effects of colonialism and apartheid on South Africans, and the need to listen to one another's stories. The book gives publicity to undocumented everyday experiences that shaped the lives of ordinary South Africans during this country's brutal and painful past. As such, it is an effort to depict a conversation about the meaning of transformation. We hope that by sharing their memories in this book, the storytellers will contribute towards a deeper understanding of the suffering that underpins this country and shapes our contemporary dispensation.
Publication date: 2019-04-26
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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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Captured with agonizing immediacy, here is the soldier's eye view of war and its devastation and destruction.
Emanoel Lee's photographic collection, the product of twenty years' research, casts new light on many of the issues of a war whose history still fascinates more than a hundred years after the 'bitter end'.
Publication date: 1995-05-01
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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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Post-1994, South Africa's traditional leaders have fought for recognition, and positioned themselves as major players in our political landscape. Yet their role in a democracy is contested, with leaders often accused of abusing power, disregarding human rights, expropriating resources and promoting tribalism. Some argue that democracy and traditional leadership are irredeemably opposed and cannot co-exist.
Meanwhile, shifts in the political economy of the former bantustans - the introduction of platinum mining in particular - have attracted new interests and conflicts to these areas, with chiefs often designated as custodians of community interests. This edited volume explores how chieftaincy is practised, experienced and contested in contemporary South Africa. It explores how those living under the authority of chiefs, in a modern democracy, negotiate or resist these politics in their respective areas.

Chapters in this book are organised around three major sites of contest in the area of traditional leadership: leadership, land and law.
Publication date: 2019-03-30
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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 riveting memoir of the Great War from a uniquely African perspective.
The author helped suppress a rebellion in South Africa, defeat German West Africa, fight in German East Africa, and fight in France, where he commanded a Scottish battalion at the end of the war.

King George V told the author in later years that he kept this book at his bedside in Windsor Castle.
Publication date: 2012-07-17
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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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On New Year's Eve in 1988, Stompie Moeketsi was beaten to within an inch of his life in Soweto, then stabbed and dumped in the veld. When his body was identified six weeks later, the trail led to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and the feared Mandela United Football Club. Will we ever find out who killed Stompie? Was Madikizela-Mandela above the law? Veteran news correspondent Fred Bridgland reinvestigates.
Publication date: 2018-10-10
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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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Stories from the South African Air Force, 1920-2010

The South African Air Force (SAAF), formed on 1 February 1920, is the second oldest air force in the Commonwealth. The air arm played a major role in securing victory for the Allies during the Second World War, in the 1948/49 Berlin Airlift, and in Korea in the 1950s. The SAAF assisted Rhodesia in the 1960s and '70s, made a major contribution to the 'Border' or 'Bush' war in South West Africa and Angola, participated in the transition to a new democracy in South Africa and continuously supports South African peace missions in Africa. It has also assisted in countless relief and rescue missions in southern Africa throughout this entire period. However, the SAAF is not just about aircraft and ordnance; it is made up of people and it is in this compilation that these people, airmen and ground crew alike, find their voice. These are their stories, all told in the first person by the actual participants as unvarnished, unabbreviated and intensely immediate and personal recollections. Through their stories of heroism, duty, adventure and tragedy, the reader will follow the history of the SAAF from 1939 to the present day. To complement the stories, the final chapter includes a collection of squadron pub songs from the Second World War, Korea and the Border War.
Publication date: 2010-10-01
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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 Africans often are deeply polarised in our perspectives of the present and the past. Our 'ways of seeing' are fraught with division, and we fail to understand the complexities when we do not see what lies beneath the surface.
There is no denying that the Jacob Zuma presidency took a significant toll on South Africa, exacerbating tensions and exposing the deep fractures that already exist in our society along the lines of race, class and even ethnicity. The Zuma years were marked by cases of corruption and state capture, unprecedented in their brazenness, and increased social protests - many of which were accompanied by violence - aggressive public discourse, lack of respect for reason and an often disturbing resistance to meaningful engagement.

Importantly, those years also placed enormous pressure on our democratic institutions, many of which still bear the scars, and challenged the sovereignty of the Constitution itself.

As an analyst and governance specialist at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) for twelve years, February has had a unique perch. Turning and turning is a snapshot of her IDASA years and the issues tackled, which included work on the arms deal and its corrosive impact on democratic institutions, IDASA's party-funding campaign, which February helped lead, as well as work on accountability and transparency.

Combining analytical insight with personal observations and experience, February highlights the complex process of building a strong democratic society, and the difficulties of living in a constitutional democracy marked by soaring levels of inequality. There is a need to reflect on and learn from the country's democratic journey if citizens are to shape our democracy effectively and to fulfill the promise of the Constitution for all South Africans.
Publication date: 2018-07-31
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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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Alhoewel hierdie twee persone betreklik onbelangrik was in die geskiedenis van die vroee Kaap, is hulle lewens goed gedokumenteer en slaag Karel Schoeman daarin om 'n verbasend omvattende en interessante beeld te herskep van die lewe onder die hoer Kaapse amptenary in die vroee agttiende eeu.
Publication date: 2013-11-01
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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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16 to 20 December 2017 saw most South Africans and political pundits closely observing the African National Congress's 54th National Elective Conference at Nasrec. There were plenty of international observers and local and foreign press who were closely tracking the ANC top brass and branch delegates as they jostled for political power and position. The air was thick with anticipation and high with suspicion.
Former student activist, member of the then Mitchells Plain Student Congress (Mipsco), COSAS national leader and now ANC member in good standing, Oscar van Heerden once again found himself doing duty in the resolutions drafting team at the ANC's National Conference. What he witnessed in the period leading up to the conference and then the five days of high drama at Nasrec make for an enthralling and insightful insider's view. Van Heerden's observations lay bare a governing party that is at war with itself. At the heart of this struggle is deception, corruption and power-hungry politicians flexing their muscles. Factional infighting, money in bags exchanging hands in the dead of night, spies on duty and a political party in the clutches of state capture are some of the political moves that Van Heerden witnesses and now shares in his book. Van Heerden's assertion after the first two days of the conference is that the Cyril Ramaphosa camp, also known as CR17, did not stand a chance of winning. To him they seemed disorganised, at times not understanding the modalities of election politics at the conference, and had arrived at the gun fight with a knife.

How then did the tide turn against the obvious pro-Jacob Zuma camp to favour CR17? What really happened behind closed doors to secure the narrow margin of victory?

Walk this journey with Van Heerden and see why, with the upcoming ANC National General Council in June 2020, the fight for our country's leadership is far from over, begging the question: Will Ramaphosa's ANC survive?
Publication date: 2020-06-20
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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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Zimbabwe-born author Douglas Rogers pieces together the dramatic story of a real-life Game of Thrones: the political-military operation that overthrew Robert Mugabe and united a nation. He discovers that what at first appeared to be a spontaneous military uprising against a detested African dictator was in fact something far more remarkable: a long-planned, meticulously executed military, political and diplomatic operation that will go down as the greatest coup in African history. Drawing on interviews with a host of larger-than-life characters who planned or carried it out, as well as stories of those who witnessed or were removed by it, Endgame is a heart-racing thriller, one part life-or-death escape, one part stunning military raid, and one part high stakes legal drama.
Publication date: 2020-03-25
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

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Drawing on an extensive array of sources - written, oral and visual - this richly illustrated volume provides a rounded social, intellectual, educational, cultural and political history of one of Africa's foremost universities during the first phase of apartheid.
It puts a spotlight on its leaders, lecturers and learners, but its wide focus takes in many other dimensions of this heterogeneous institution's history too - teaching and research, social, cultural and sporting life and its chequered relationship with the apartheid state, ranging from formal opposition and protest and students' growing defiance culminating in the sit-in of 1968, to ambivalence and willing collaboration. All of these it weaves together into a many-sided whole to produce an elegant, accessible and nuanced study of the operation of UCT as apartheid began to be imposed on South Africa.

Howard Phillips gives us a pioneering and definitive history of the period. And one which will occupy pride of place on the bookshelves of the academics and the thousands of alumni who helped shape this history and the many ordinary Capetonians touched by Varsity.
Publication date: 2019-12-30
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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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In this riveting undercover spy drama, Bradley Steyn tells the story of his journey from a boy caught in the middle of the Strijdom Square massacre, to acting out his PTSD working for the apartheid security branch. Finally he ends up being recruited by MK and used to infiltrate the crazed right-wing whose mission is to destabilise a South Africa on the brink of peace.
With these forces pushing the nation towards a bloody race war, will his time run out before they discover he is working for Mandela's spies?

This astonishing true-life thriller reveals for the first time some of the dirty secrets of a dirty war.
Publication date: 2019-05-27

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