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Podcast: Michele Magwood and Christa Kuljian Discuss Sanctuary

SanctuaryChrista Kuljian joined Michele Magwood in studio to talk about her latest book, Sanctuary: How an Inner-city Church Spilled onto a Sidewalk.

Magwood’s TM LIVE Book Show streams online every Friday at 2 PM.

Sanctuary, Kuljian’s debut, chronicles how the Central Methodist Church in downtown Johannesburg, and its controversial Bishop Paul Verryn, came to offer refuge to thousands of people during the xenophobic violence of 2008. She says the book “is not an academic book; it’s trying to tell a story.”

Magwood calls Sanctuary “a landmark book in the history of the city”.

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View Photographs from Dear Edward, Paul Weinberg’s Exploration of His Family History

Dear EdwardIn Dear Edward: Family Footprints, photographer Paul Weinberg explores his family history by retracing their footsteps through South Africa.

Aerodrome has shared some of the pages from the book featuring photographs from some of the towns Weinberg visited along the way, including Kimberley and Kuruman in the Northern Cape:

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Hagen Engler Presents Marrying Black Girls for Guys Who Aren’t Black

Marrying Black Girls for Guys Who Aren't BlackWhite guy Hagen Engler had been married to his black wife for a couple of years before he realised he was still a racist! Marrying Black Girls for Guys Who Aren’t Black describes his journey from being the whitest person this side of a Smokie concert to being slightly blacker, if not visibly so.

Combining anecdotes, rhymes, essays and freestyle political discourse, the book charts a personal route to an integrated society in Unit 2, Sandown Court, Johannesburg. As the newly disenfranchised minority in his tongue, Hagen has gained a fresh insight into the struggles of the oppressed. Living with a gorgeous, militant black woman has helped this armchair liberal understand cultural and economic reality and also realise that while he can appreciate the kwaito-house works of Oskido and the later releases of Letta Mbuli, he will never enjoy Basketball Wives, Kenny Lattimore, or boiled tripe. The jury’s still out on umlequa too.

Once you make your peace with skin colour, does race even exist? Or is culture what distinguishes us? What happens when a surfer/bungee-jumper/rock ‘n roll goofball hooks up with a black-diamond struggle veteran and shoe fetishist? It’s hard to be a neoliberal hardliner when your partner’s real-life experiences undermines all your prejudices. It’s a cultural exchange over the TV remote, race relations in the contested space between the sink, the toaster and the microwave, as yet another mixed marriage cocks up the race debate.

Hagen Engler learns about himself and our emerging, common culture as much as his lovely black wife in Marrying Black Girls for Guys Who Aren’t Black. He has surfed Hawaii, run the Comrades, climbed Kilimanjaro, been sued by a clown and eaten a praying mantis. So a lot of the bucket-list boxes have been ticked.

About the author

Former editor of FHM magazine, Hagen Engler is a columnist, blogger, wordsmith and author from the mean streets of Sandton, South Africa. His skin might be white, but his soul is black. He types what he likes, braais hard and rolls deep on the interracial relationship scene. He is now out to boost his depleted feminist cred as househusband and nappie changer to the stars.

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Sarah Wild Named the Overall Winner of the Siemens Pan-African Profile Awards

Searching African SkiesSarah Wild, science editor at the Mail & Guardian and author of Searching African Skies: The Square Kilometre Array and South Africa’s quest to hear the songs of the stars, has been named the overall winner of the Siemens Pan-African Profile Awards. Wild also won the Sustainable Cities category for her article, “Technology Alone Cannot Solve Toilet Trouble”.

The awards ceremony was held on Wednesday last week at the Innovation Summit in Sandton. The Siemens Pan-African Profile Awards honours excellence in science journalism in Africa.

Mail & Guardian’s science editor Sarah Wild on Wednesday night walked away with the main prize in science journalism on the continent.

The Siemens pan-African Profile Awards, which honours excellence in science journalism in Africa, is held annually. “Since 2001, the pan-African Profile Awards competition has been recognising and rewarding journalistic excellence in the field of science and technology, with the aim of developing, nurturing and advancing journalism in this field,” it says on the website.

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  • Searching African Skies: The Square Kilometre Array and South Africa’s quest to hear the songs of the stars by Sarah Wild
    EAN: 9781431404728
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Podcast: Liza Grobler Discusses the Response to Her Writing on Police Corruption

Crossing the LineLiza Grobler joined Jenny Crwys-Williams in studio at Talk Radio 702 to discuss her book, Crossing the Line: When cops become criminals.

The book started out as Grobler’s PhD thesis, which was awarded in 2006. She says that initially the police had reacted negatively when excerpts from her thesis were published in the newspapers in 2007 but that, since then, new police management in the Western Cape have come to understand and accept that they have a problem with corruption.

Grobler said that there are police stations in the Western Cape at which corruption is systemic, particularly in areas that have a high crime rate.

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Sarah Wild Discusses Zombie DNA and the Safety of Living in a City

Searching African SkiesSarah Wild, author of Searching African Skies and science editor at the Mail & Guardian, has written a Thought Leader column discussing two recent scientific studies – one that shows that unintentional injury death rates are 40% higher in rural areas than in cities and the other which describes the discovery of “zombie DNA” by researchers at Stanford University.

Whenever something goes wrong in my daily Johannesburg life, my mother — who I misguidedly call for words of comfort and solace — tells me that that’s what I get for “living in a place of wickedness”. (She harbours not-so-secret hopes of getting me to move to her bucolic paradise in deepest darkest Eastern Cape.)

However, I now have a trump card in my pocket: science, with a bit of hand-waving.

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Podcast: Clive Walker Discusses the Proposal for a Once Off Sale of SA’s Rhino Horn

The Rhino KeepersClive Walker, co-author of The Rhino Keepers: Struggle for Survival, joined a discussion on rhino poaching with Albi Modise, Chief Director of Communications at the Department of Environmental Affairs, on Talk Radio 702 with Jenny Crwys-Williams.

Walker said that he was surprised to hear that the government is considering a once off sale of the rhino horn stock and said he thought that there should have been a meeting called for all the concerned parties to discuss this, as he and his son, Anton Walker, suggested in their book. He said that a rational discussion is needed between all the different groups before a decision is made.

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Jacana Media to Distribute Books for International Publishers

Jacana Media is delighted to announce that we are distributing the following publishers in South Africa

Kyle Books is one of the UK’s most prominent publishers in the areas of cookery, health, lifestyle and gardening. Their books aim to inspire, assist and inform.

Prestel Publishing is one of the world’s leading illustrated book publishers with a stunning list of beautifully crafted books on all aspects of art, architecture, photography and design.

Douglas and McIntyre
is the preeminent publisher of books about current affairs, politics, art and architecture, First Nations culture, food and wine, and literary fiction.

Lars Müller Publishers has made a worldwide name for itself – and not just in specialist fields – with carefully edited and designed publications on architecture, design, and contemporary art.

Promopress specialise in the fields relating to design, creativity and collecting.

Think Publishing, Australia is a global, cutting-edge niche publisher.

Aurum Press publishes an exceptional range of high-quality general non-fiction with a focus on history, entertainment and sport.

Jacqui Small Books focuses on serious content, superlative design and mouthwatering photography. Whatever the subject, these books are built to last.

Frances Lincoln create illustrated books of the highest quality, with special emphasis on gardening, walking and the outdoors, art, architecture, design and landscape as well as children’s books.

Union Books is an unapologetically upmarket and intellectually ambitious imprint of Aurum Press that publishes a select number of beautifully designed books each year. The books they acquire exemplify the editorial and creative values they prize most and cater for an equally adventurous readership.

Fourthwall Books publishes beautifully designed and written books on art and architecture.

Bradt Travel Guides have a reputation as a pioneer in tackling ‘unusual’ destinations, for championing the causes of sustainable travel and for the high quality of its writing. Their books are as much travelogues as travel guides. Each is a one-of-a-kind expression of the author’s interests, personality, expertise and passion for telling it how it really is.

Pluto Press is one of the world’s leading radical publishers, specialising in progressive, critical perspectives in politics and the social sciences.

Paradigm Publishers is committed to developing quality educational materials and providing personalised service to educators.

Burnet Media is one of the hottest publishing houses in South Africa, with imprints Mercury and Two Dogs.

Roberts Birds falls under the John Voelcker Bird Fund and is dedicated to furthering the interests of ornithology in Southern Africa.


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Even the Cows were Amazed: Gill Vernon Tells the Incredible Stories of Shipwreck Survivors (1552-1782)

Even the Cows were AmazedNew from Jacana, Even the Cows were Amazed: Shipwreck Survivors in South-East Africa, 1552-1782 by Gill Vernon:

Between the 16th and 18th centuries a number of European ships involved in trade with the East came to grief on the south-east African coast, the most famous being the Grosvenor (1782). In almost all cases there were survivors, both passengers and crew, whose stories were later recounted and written down. And what stories these are.

Many parties undertook epic journeys on foot from the wreck site to reach places where they might be rescued. The survivors of Portuguese vessels headed north towards present-day Mozambique, where it was known that Portuguese trading vessels occasionally made anchor. The Dutch and the British, on the other hand, headed west towards the Cape. These hazardous journeys involved great feats of endurance for the survivors, who tramped by foot for hundreds of kilometres through unknown territory and met (and bartered with) local people along the way whom common stereotypes of the time demonised as hostile savages.

Even more remarkably, a few parties of survivors constructed their own small ships from the wreckage and sailed off to seek rescue.

About the author

Gill Vernon, who was formerly director of the East London Museum, has studied and researched the narratives of the survivors and has herself travelled along the routes that some of the overland parties followed and visited Mozambique in order to determine exactly where they went. In this book, which is based on her recent PhD dissertation, she retells the story of the survivors’ experiences and examines why some parties managed to survive much better than others – usually, because of good leadership and respectful dealings with the local people. She also describes how, instead of seeking rescue, many slaves who survived from the wrecks, and some Europeans too, decided to settle in Africa, where they managed to integrate well in local society, so much so that when rescue parties later came across them, they refused to leave and return to Europe.

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Duncan Green: Aid Agencies Need a Clear Understanding of What Constitutes a Responsible Exit

From Poverty to Power“Aid agencies need a clear understanding of what constitutes a responsible exit”, writes Duncan Green, author of From Poverty to Power: How active citizens and effective states can change the world, in The Guardian.

Green says that it’s not a question of whether or not aid should be pulled, but one of how it should be done: “Ending the aid relationship should be a moment of mutual celebration, not public mud-slinging.”

The spat between South Africa and Britain over ending its (very small) aid programme has sparked another round of debate about whether British aid should be going to middle-income countries (the last round was over aid to India, which seems to particularly rile the Daily Mail).

But whatever the rights and wrongs of ending aid to South Africa – whose economy is growing slowly, but with sky-high levels of inequality and 10% of the population living with HIV – aid agencies are inevitably going to have to shift money around as the world changes. Countries rise and fall, aid priorities change and new opportunities, such as the opening up of Burma, will arise, to which aid should of course respond.

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