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Don’t miss the launch of The Road to Soweto by Julian Brown at Ike’s Books in Durban

The Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976Ike’s Books and Collectables and Jacana Media invite you to the launch of The Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976 by Julian Brown.

The event will take place this evening at 5:30 for 6:00 PM.

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Is camping purely for white people? Presenting Blacks Do Caravan by Fikile Hlatshwayo

Blacks Do CaravanJacana Media is proud to present Blacks Do Caravan by Fikile Hlatshwayo:

When her husband and children announced that they were planning a countrywide caravanning adventure, Fikile was adamant that “Blacks don’t caravan!” But faced with the prospect of staying behind on her own she put aside her preconceptions, put on her sunhat and started reading up on the way of the wild. What followed was an eye-opening, mind-changing trip of a lifetime. Fikile and her family visited over 60 caravan parks. They covered over 25,000 kilometres, traversed all nine provinces and extended their trip to the Kingdom of Swaziland.

I come from a culture where camping is purely for white people. Even if black people were to camp, they would not enjoy it because it is reminiscent of how many of us used to live; in fact, a lot of black people still live like that today – cooking on a fire, using communal toilets, with access to little or no technology – I thought there was no way I would agree to this camping expedition. I am, after all, a sophisticated and highly successful black woman, comfortable in my high heels and suits – I love my comfort! But, I had no choice – either I stayed miserable and depressed in my secure home, or I joined my family to enjoy the beauty of our country in the most affordable way. I gave in, but it did take a lot of convincing!

The trip began on 15 September 2014 and during the journey Fikile came to the realisation that South Africa is still a divided nation: ‘The idea that camping is for white people is so entrenched, and my question is, who maintains these standards? Over twenty years into democracy, boundaries still divide us and it is up to individuals to break down these stereotypes and barriers. We cannot rely solely on government to change everything and expect that we will all arrive in an all-inclusive ‘rainbow nation’ with equal wealth for every citizen. It is not going to happen until every citizen plays a role in contributing to the change we need, the change we want and the change we deserve as South Africans.’

About the author

Fikile Hlatshwayo was born in North West province, South Africa. She has a BCom (Honours) degree in Statistics (2001) from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and an MSc degree in Development Finance (2006) from the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB). This is her second book. Fikile published a book on export growth opportunities in Africa (2005). She is married to Mathieu with two children.

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Don’t miss the launch of Promise and Despair by Martin Plaut at The Book Lounge

Invitation to the launch of Promise and Despair: The First Struggle for a Non-Racial South Africa by Martin Plaut

 

Promise and Despair: The First Struggle for a Non-Racial South AfricaJoin Jacana Media and The Book Lounge for the launch of Promise and Despair: The First Struggle for a Non-Racial South Africa by Martin Plaut to find out about the lobbyists who fought for the vote in 1909.

The struggle for freedom in South Africa goes back a long way, to the very founding of the country in 1910. Spearheading that struggle was a multi-ethnic delegation of South Africans who travelled in 1909 to London to lobby for a non-racial constitution. Drawing on fresh research, Promise and Despair is the extraordinary story of the founding of the first South Africa.

The event will take place on Thursday, 9 June, at The Book Lounge in Cape Town, with Plaut in conversation with Xolela Mangcu.

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  • Date: Thursday, 9 June 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
    71 Roeland St
    Cape Town | Map
  • Guest: Xolela Mangcu
  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of wine
  • RSVP: The Book Lounge, booklounge@gmail.com, 021 462 2425

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Don’t miss the launch of The Road to Soweto by Julian Brown at the Apartheid Museum

The Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976Jacana Media and the Apartheid Museum invite you to the launch of The Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976 by Julian Brown.

The struggle of a student generation continues.

The event will take place at the Apartheid Museum on Tuesday, 7 June.

2016, a year of recollection and remembrance – it is 40 years after the Soweto Uprisings, a date that marks a significant shift in the struggle against apartheid, but it is the year where a generation of so-called “born frees” are again fighting for access to education.

Don’t miss the launch!

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 7 June 2016
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: The Apartheid Museum
    George Bizos Hall
    Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd
    Ormonde
    Johannesburg | Map
  • RSVP: Takalani Lubengo, rsvp@jacana.co.za, 011 628 3200

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‘Dear Mama, it is me, your broken son’ – Holding My Breath by Ace Moloi

Holding My BreathBlackBird Books is proud to present Holding My Breath by Ace Moloi:

Dear Mama,

It is me, your broken son.

Although the earth’s sorrows dimmed your light from us, I trust heaven has bestowed upon you the glory and dignity you deserve. You and I last spoke in February 2005, five days before you passed away. When you succumbed to your illness – which remains a mystery to this day – I was a mere 13-year-old who not only had to adjust to a new school, but also get used to the reality that you would never live to tell intriguing tales of your childhood. A decade has since passed and as I write you this note I have only heard from you once. You appeared in a dream to reprimand us for the culture of begging which we had adopted shortly after we laid you to your final rest.

This is how Ace Moloi starts his book, a letter to his deceased mother. This book, this letter, is an important and necessary look at the state of our country 21 years into our democracy. It is the story of constantly holding your breath, hoping nothing else goes wrong.

In a searing and beautiful narrative, Moloi manages to take the reader through various South African issues like:

  • The trials of child-headed families in South Africa
  • The volatile issue of service delivery in townships
  • The story of broken families
  • Why Fees Must Fall
  • Racial division in universities

Funny in parts and tragic in others, this is the ultimate South African story.

About the author

Ace Moloi is from QwaQwa in the Free State. This is his first commercially published book. He studied at the University of the Free State where he was an award-winning student leader and campus journalist and earned a degree in Communications. He has just finished an internship programme at the Joburg Roads Agency and is currently looking for a job.

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Don’t miss the launch of Promise and Despair by Martin Plaut at Kalk Bay Books

Promise and Despair: The First Struggle for a Non-Racial South AfricaKalk Bay Books invites you to the launch of Promise and Despair: The First Struggle for a Non-Racial South Africa by Martin Plaut, published by Jacana Media.

The struggle for freedom in South Africa goes back a long way, to the very founding of the country in 1910. Spearheading that struggle was a multi-ethnic delegation of South Africans who travelled in 1909 to London to lobby for a non-racial constitution. Drawing on fresh research, Promise and Despair is the extraordinary story of the founding of the first South Africa.

The event will take place on Tuesday, 14 June. Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 14 June 2016
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Kalk Bay Books
    124 Main Rd
    Kalk Bay
    Cape Town | Map
  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of Leopard’s Leap wine
  • RSVP: Kalk Bay Books, events@kalkbaybooks.co.za, 021 788 2266

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How a South African delegation to London in 1909 spearheaded the Struggle: Martin Plaut’s Promise and Despair

Promise and DespairComing soon from Jacana Media – Promise and Despair: The First Struggle for a Non-Racial South Africa by Martin Plaut:

The Struggle for freedom in South Africa goes back a long way, to the very founding of the country in 1910.

Spearheading that struggle was a remarkable delegation of South Africans of all colours who travelled to London to lobby for a non-racial constitution. Led by Will Schreiner, a famous lawyer, former Cape Prime Minister and brother of the novelist Olive Schreiner, it included some of the greatest African and Coloured leaders of the day – equivalent in stature to the black leaders who helped found the second South Africa in 1994.

The discussions in London in 1909 would in fact prove seminal to the founding of the African National Congress.

About the author

Born in South Africa in 1950, Martin Plaut received his first degree from the University of Cape town before going on to do an MA at the University of Warwick. In 1984 he joined the BBC, working primarily on Africa. He has reported from many parts of the continent but specialised in the horn ofAfrica and Southern Africa. He became Africa editor of BBC World Service News in 2003 and retired from the BBC in 2013. He then joined the Institute of Commonwealth Studies as senior research Fellow. In April and May 2013 he was based at the University of Cape Town as Writer in Residence at the Centre for African Studies.

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Join Unathi Magubeni for the launch of his debut novel Nwelezelanga: The Star Child at African Flavour Books

Invitation to the launch of Nwelezelanga: The Star Child by Unathi Magubeni

 

Nwelezelanga: The Star ChildBlackBird Books and African Flavour Books invite you to the launch of Nwelezelanga: The Star Child by Unathi Magubeni.

Magubeni is a writer, sangoma and trainee herbalist. He left the corporate world in December 2009 after successfully starting a company in telecommunication with two friends. He currently lives in the Eastern Cape.

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  • Date: Friday, 3 June 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: African Flavour Books
    Shop 16, Vaal Walk Shopping Centre
    Cnr DF Malan & FW Beyers Street
    Vanderbijlpark
    Gauteng | Map
  • RSVP: Takalani Lubengo, Jacana Media, rsvp@jacana.co.za, 011 628 3200

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The Road to Soweto – commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising

The Road to SowetoNew from Jacana Media – The Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976 by Julian Brown:

The struggle of a student generation continues.

2016, a year of recollection and remembrance – it is 40 years after the Soweto Uprisings, a date that marks a significant shift in the struggle against apartheid, but it is the year where a generation of so-called “born frees” are again fighting for access to education.

In the four decades since the Soweto Uprising, a consensus account of the politics of the mid-1970s, and the role of Soweto in them, has emerged. In this account, the Uprising arises out of a period of political quiescence. It is the moment of the emergence of a new generation of activists – mostly under the age of twenty years – who would go on to drive politics in the future. And it was the product of local resistance to national state policies and practices, shaped by the experiences of students in Soweto, of youth gangs in the neighbourhood and their contingent encounters with the police, and taken up nationally. This consensus story sees the Soweto Uprising as a solitary moment of transition, from apartheid hegemony to popular resistance.

The Road to Soweto begins by giving an account of the decade that preceded the Soweto Uprising of June 1976 that not only transforms our understanding of this crucial flashpoint of South Africa’s history, but also creates a longer, more evolutionary, historical narrative for the overthrow of apartheid. It argues that the suppression of opposition movements after the Sharpeville massacre in 1960 did not lead to a period of “quiescence”, as many writers maintain, in which activists retreated into private acts of dissent and the opposition went underground, followed, a decade later, by a sudden eruption of the townships, first in Soweto, and then across the country. Rather, these years were marked by experiments in resistance and attempts to develop new forms of politics which prepared the ground for the uprising in Soweto, introducing new modes of organisation, new models of protest, and new ideas of resistance, identity, and political ideology to a generation of activists. The explosion of protest in Soweto was a catalyst for the reshaping of South Africa’s politics and began the processes that led to the end of the apartheid order and the creation of the new post-apartheid state, but it did not do so in isolation.

About the author

Julian Brown is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at Wits University. He is the author of South Africa’s Insurgent Citizens: On Dissent and the Possibility of Politics in South Africa (Jacana, 2015), as well as of a number of scholarly articles on South African politics, history and sociolegal studies. He completed a DPhil in Modern History at the University of Oxford in 2009.

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Don’t miss the launch of the new Bitterkomix with Anton Kannemeyer and Conrad Botes at The Book Lounge

Invitation to the launch of Bitter Komix no. 17

 

Pappa in DoubtThe new edition of Bitterkomix will be launched at The Book Lounge on Thursday.

Bitterkomix creators Anton Kannemeyer and Conrad Botes will be in conversation with Ashraf Jamal.

Don’t miss it!
 
 
 
Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 26 May 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
    71 Roeland St
    Cape Town | Map
  • Discussant: Ashraf Jamal
  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of wine
  • RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com, 021 462 2425

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