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Join Rehana Rossouw and Imraan Coovadia for the Launch of What Will People Say at The Book Lounge

What Will People Say: A NovelJacana invites you to the launch of Rehana Rossouw’s debut novel, What Will People Say: A Novel.

The author will be in conversation with Imraan Coovadia on Wednesday, 4 March, at The Book Lounge where they will discuss her characters and their daily lives in the Cape Flats in the 1980s.

The event starts at 5:30 for 6 PM.

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Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2015
  • Time: 5:30 for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
    71 Roeland Street
    Corner of Buitenkant and Roeland Street
    Cape Town | Map
  • Interviewer: Imraan Coovadia
  • RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com, 021 462 2425

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Jane Duncan: Governments are not Held Responsible for State Terrorism

The Rise of the SecurocratsProfessor Jane Duncan recently unpacked the value-laden meaning of the word “terrorism” in an essay for The South African Civil Society Information Service.

“For decades, governments have conflated revolutionary acts with terrorist acts for self-interested reasons. Yet when they themselves engage in acts of violence against civilians, they are usually not held to account for state terrorism. This means that the term is inherently one-sided,” Duncan writes.

The journalism professor at the University of Johannesburg and author of The Rise of the Securocrats: The case of South Africa argues that using the word “terrorism” allows state powers to respond to attacks of any kind – criminal or revolutionary – in the most extreme way. This in turn enables governments to “stifle political dissent” and to expand their military control over more parts of the world.

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These realities have led Arundhati Roy to argue, ‘Anti-terrorism laws are not meant for terrorists; they’re for people that governments don’t like. That’s why they have a conviction rate of less than two percent. They’re just a means of putting inconvenient people away without bail for a long time and eventually letting them go’.

Furthermore, the US government especially has used the term to expand its control over more parts of the globe militarily, while turning its expanded spy machine inwards to control restive populations domestically. Other governments have followed suit. The militarised foreign policies of the five eyes states, that target Muslim populations in the main, have laid the basis for a backlash that they are increasingly unable to control.

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Meet the Fourie Family from Hanover Park in Rehana Rossouw’s New Novel, What Will People Say

What Will People Say: A NovelWhat Will People Say: A Novel by Rehana Rossouw will be published by Jacana Media this month:

Rossouw’s unique voice gives life and drama to this family saga.

It is the story of the Fourie family, residents of Hanover Park in the Cape Flats during the height of the struggle era. The main characters include Magda, the churchgoing mother, who doesn’t see what’s going on in front of her; Neville, the concerned and loving but not always effectual father; Suzette, the oldest daughter, who is bound and determined to get away and make a better life for herself via a career in modelling; Nicky, the smart and sensitive middle child, who proves herself capable of making unselfish choices; and Anthony, the naive and doomed son, who gets caught up with a gang and meets a sad end.

In What Will People Say the setting is everything, and the author doesn’t stint on the details of the world her characters inhabit. Readers who have never set foot in Hanover Park will feel they are there, and those who know the place will nod in recognition of the sensory details the author loads into her writing. Nor does the author shy away from the difficult issues faced by those living in this marginalised and disadvantaged community, which came into being as a result of the forced removals from Cape Town. How these issues affect the members of a particular family and their relationships with one another are the focus of the author’s close-up lens.

Generously spiced with Cape Flats slang; lots of vivid and gritty description that give an authentic feel to the story; plenty of plot – the writer draws us in and makes us curious about what will happen next; and very human characters we come to care about.

About the author

Rehana Rossouw was born and rooted in Cape Town, but is currently in self-imposed exile in Johannesburg. She has been a journalist for three decades and has also taught journalism and creative writing. She has a Master’s in Creative Writing from Wits University.

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Chester Missing on SONA: “A Matric Ball for Politicians” (Podcast)

Chester Missing's Guide to the Elections '14Chester Missing visited Redi Tlhabi in the CapeTalk/Talk Radio 702 studio to chat about the State of the Nation Address.

Missing jokes about the signal jammer that prevented journalists from reporting live on the event: “It wasn’t a signal jammer! Parliament ran out of airtime. You could only send please-call-mes.”

South Africa’s most famous puppet also commented on the fashion side of the event, calling it a “matric ball for politicians”, and adding that the designers should “pay back the money”.

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Presenting an Updated and Revised Edition of From Protest to Challenge Volume 1: Protest and Hope 1882 – 1934

Protest to Challenge Volume 1From Protest to Challenge Volume 1: Protest and Hope 1882 – 1934 edited by Sheridan Johns and Gail Gerhart is now available from Jacana Media:

In 2008, Jacana Media proposed republishing a revised and updated second edition of the entire From Protest to Challenge series, which is a multi-volume account of the struggle to achieve democracy and end racial discrimination in South Africa. Professor Gail Gerhart agreed to oversee the revisions and, within the limits of space and time available, to update the original series to take into account more recent academic work by other authors. We are now adding the revised and updated second edition of Volume 1: Protest and Hope 1882–1934 to the new books already published: Volume 3: Challenge and Violence 1953–1964; Volume 5: Nadir and Resurgence 1964–1979, and Volume 6: Challenge and Victory 1980–1990.

The second edition of From Protest to Challenge is different in several ways from the first. The three oldest documentary volumes have been reorganised into conventional chapters to make them more user-friendly. All the documentary volumes now contain maps and photographs, as well as more comprehensive indexes than those in the original series.

Volume 1: Protest and Hope 1882–1934 consists of ninety-nine primary source documents, accompanied by a text that sets the documents in historical context. Authors of the documents include John Dube, Josiah Gumede, John Tengo Jabavu, Clements Kadalie, Charlotte Maxeke, Sol Plaatje and Pixley Seme, with new documents by Abdullah Abdurahman, Margery Perham, Mohandas Gandhi, and the Communist Party of South Africa.

About the authors

Gail M Gerhart is the author of Black Power in South Africa: the Evolution of an Ideology, the co-author of volumes 3, 4, 5 and 6 of From Protest to Challenge, and the editor of the second edition of the series.

Sheridan Johns is the author of the first edition of Volume 1 of From Protest to Challenge (1972), and Raising the Red Flag: The International Socialist League and the Communist Party of South Africa, 1914–1932, and the co-editor of the two-volume series South Africa and the Communist International: A Documentary History, and Mining for Development in the Third World.

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Floyd Shivambu After SONA 2015: “We Are Not Shaken!”

The Coming Revolution“They obviously manhandled all of us. Next time, we will be armed,” Floyd Shivambu, EFF MP and co-editor of The Coming Revolution: Julius Malema and the Fight for Economic Freedom, told the media last night.

Shivambu was speaking after parliamentary protection officers threw the EFF out of parliament for interrupting President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address to ask when he would #PayBackTheMoney owed for upgrades to Nkandla.

After posing their question, continuing their accusation of Zuma for undermining parliament and damaging democracy in by evading accountability for corruption, members of the EFF were forcibly removed and assaulted by security officers. Questions have risen as to who employed these officers and whether or not their presence was legal.

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Economic Freedom Fighters MP Floyd Shivambu on Thursday evening warned the EFF will be armed the next time parliamentary protection officers confront them.

“They obviously manhandled all of us. Next time, we will be armed,” he said as he walked to the steps of the National Assembly in the rain.

He joined a group of EFF MPs and supporters dancing and chanting “pay back the money”.

EFF leader Julius Malema and some of his MPs had earlier interrupted President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address to Parliament.

After the unrest of SONA 2015, Shivambu stated that this event will not prevent the EFF from achieving their goal of holding Zuma accountable. He tweeted that they are not shaken by recent events:

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Rapule Tabane oor die staatsrede: Baleka Mbete is ’n swak speaker, oorheers deur haar emosies

The Mail & Guardian A to Z of SA PoliticsDie Mail & Guardian se politieke redakteur Rapule Tabane het ’n rubriek geskryf vir Netwerk24 waarin hy probeer sin maak van die chaos wat gisteraand geheers het tydens President Jacob Zuma se staatsrede.

Die samesteller van The Mail & Guardian A to Z of SA Politics skryf dat Baleka Mbete ’n swak speaker van die Nasionale Vergadering is wat toelaat dat haar emosies haar oordeel oorheers.

Tabane klop die Ekonomiese Vryheidsvegters (EFF) op die skouer vir die toenemende druk wat hulle op Zuma plaas en sê dat die voorsitterstoel nuwe gesigte nodig het.

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Dit lyk asof sy sou verkies om elders te wees. Sy het nie die temperament of die geduld vir die rol nie. As die inligting uit bronne in die ANC korrek is, wou sy nie speaker wees nie, maar die ANC het daarop aangedring dat dit is waar sy “ontplooi” word. Sy het al in die openbaar gesê sy is gereed om president te wees as dit nodig sou wees. Klaarblyklik is dit wat sy wil doen.

Ek verskil van die DA wat sê sy kan nie speaker wees nie omdat sy nasionale voorsitter van die ANC is. Enigiemand anders wat deur die ANC benoem word, sal ook opdragte uit Luthuli-huis kry.

Ek is egter oortuig daarvan dat die ANC iemand anders vir die rol moet oorweeg. Dit moet iemand wees wat nie moeg is nie, wat die reëls van die parlement verstaan en wat gretig is om die politieke geskille in die parlement ewewigtig te bemiddel.

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Join Cherryl Walker and Ben Cousins for the Launch of Land Divided, Land Restored at The Book Lounge

Book Launch: Land Divided, Land Restored

 
Land Divided, Land Restored: Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st Century: Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st CenturyJacana invites you to the launch of Land Divided, Land Restored: Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st Century: Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st Century edited by Cherryl Walker and Ben Cousins.

Walker and Cousins will be in conversation with Professor Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie at The Book Lounge on Wednesday, 25 February, at 5:30 for 6 PM.

Dhupelia-Mesthrie is a leading researcher in the field of forcible removals and India-South Africa connected histories and currently works in the Department of History at the University of the Western Cape.

Land Divided, Land Restored builds on the public debates generated by the centenary of the 1913 Land Act and includes essays by leading scholars Antjie Krog, Jacob Dlamini and others.

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Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 25 February 2015
  • Time: 5:30 for 6 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
    71 Roeland Street
    Cape Town | Map
  • Interviewer: Professor Uma Dhuphelia-Mesthrie
  • RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com, 021 462 2425

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Join Cherryl Walker and Ben Cousins for the Launch of Land Divided, Land Restored in Durban

Book Launch: Land Divided, Land Restored

 
Land Divided, Land Restored: Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st CenturyJacana Media invites you to the launch of Land Divided, Land Restored: Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st Century by Cherryl Walker and Ben Cousins.

The editors will be in conversation with Mvuselelo Ngcoya, senior lecturer and academic leader for development studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday, 17 February. The event will take place at Ike’s Books and Collectables in Durban at 5:30 for 6 PM.

Land Divided, Land Restored addresses the pertinent issues of land reform with essays by celebrated academics and thoughtleaders Antjie Krog, Jacob Dlamini, Ruth Hall and others. The book is illustrated with photographs by David Goldblatt, Paul Weinberg and Obie Oberholzer.

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Land Reform Under the Spotlight in Land Divided, Land Restored edited by Cherryl Walker and Ben Cousins

Land Divided, Land RestoredJacana Media is proud to present Land Divided, Land Restored: Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st Century edited by Cherryl Walker and Ben Cousins:

Land reform is once again under the spotlight. Amid calls by some politicians for confiscating land from white farmers without compensation, others claim that the land redistributed to black owners is not being productively farmed. The debate is dangerously polarised, the stakes high. At the same time new challenges confront policy-makers: climate change, threats to bio-diversity, urbanisation, high unemployment, food security, and global economic uncertainties.

2013 was the centenary of South Africa’s notorious Natives Land Act, whose effects are still evident in the country’s divided countryside and deeply racialised inequalities. 2014 is the deadline that the ANC government set for itself for redistributing 30 per cent of commercial agricultural land into black ownership. All agree that the target cannot be met, but there is little agreement on what is the best way forward. 2014 is also the twentieth anniversary of the founding of democracy. Building on the public debates generated by the centenary of the 1913 Land Act, this book presents a major opportunity to review the contemporary significance of land as a social, economic and natural resource in South Africa – to pose new questions and search for new answers.

The book is illustrated with photographs from the acclaimed Iziko National Gallery exhibition Umhlaba 1913–2013: Commemorating the 1913 Land Act, curated by David Goldblatt, Paul Weinberg, Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa and Pam Warne.

Contents

Land Divided, Land Restored: Introduction
    Ben Cousins & Cherryl Walker

The Natives Land Act of 1913: A Template but not a Turning Point
    William Beinart & Peter Delius

The Land and its Languages: Edward Tsewu and the Pre-history of the 1913 Land Act
    Jacob Dlamini

Environmental Change in 20th Century South Africa and its Implications for Land Reform
    Timm Hoffman

Law, Land & Custom, 1913–2014: What is at Stake Today?
    Aninka Claassens

The Right to the City: The Planning and Un-planning of Urban Space since 1913
    Paul Hendler

Commercial Farming and Agribusiness in South Africa since 1994
    Henry Bernstein

Land Reform: The View from Agri-SA
    Theo de Jager

Mapping ANC Policy Development on Land and Agrarian Reform since 1994
    Ruth Hall

Unravelling the Willing Buyer / Willing Seller Question
    Michael Aliber

The Land Question: The South African Constitution and the Emergence of a Conservative Agenda
    Sipho Pityana

Transfrontier Conservation and Land Reform Policy
    Maano Ramutsindela

Not Just Farming: Natural Resources and Livelihoods in Land and Agrarian Reform
    Sheona Shackleton & Charlie Shackleton

Baas van die Plaas / Izwe Llethu: Essay in Fragments and Two Villanelles Exploring Different Relationships to Land in some Indigenous Poetic Texts
    Antjie Krog

Sketch Map to the Future: Restitution Unbound
    Cherryl Walker

‘Through a Glass Darkly’: Towards Agrarian Reform in South Africa
    Ben Cousins

About the editors

Cherryl Walker is a professor of sociology at the University of Stellenbosch and the author of Landmarked (Jacana and Ohio University Press).

Ben Cousins holds an NRF Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape and is the author of numerous books and articles.

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  • Land Divided, Land Restored: Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st Century edited by Cherryl Walker and Ben Cousins
    EAN: 9781431409679
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