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Title: A History of the Iziko South African National Gallery: Reflections on Art and National Identity
Author: A. Tietze
Publisher: UCT Press
Country: South Africa
Publication Year: 2017 1st
Bib. Info: Paperback; 264pp
In South Africa, with its highly contested and mutable understandings of national identity, its National Gallery is no less a contested space. A History of the Iziko South African National Gallery considers questions of artistic and cultural identity, from the late 19th century to the present day. It explores how the gallery has understood its function and its public, as a ‘national’ gallery (from 1930) and, before that, the chief gallery of the Cape Colony. This question is investigated through a study of the gallery’s administration, collection and exhibition practices, as well as the public response to exhibitions.
What is understood by and expected of a national gallery varies considerably worldwide. Should it regard itself as part of a broad international cultural discourse, or should it be representative of a specifically national – or even regional – identity? The gallery is a microcosm of the greater debate: how the South African nation relates to the larger world and how, if at all, it understands the concept of a shared culture.
In the last 20 years, museum studies have become a major part of the field of cultural studies. There is a vast literature on what might be called the ‘history’ museum, but far less on the art museum or gallery. To date, there has been no large-scale historical inquiry into the Iziko SANG, the country’s national gallery. The absence of such a history marks a serious gap in the literature, which this study aims to fill.
Title: A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park
Author: Marissa Greeff
Publisher: Briza Publications
Country: South Africa
Publication Year: 2017
Bib. Info: Paperback; 192pp; full colour throughout & more than 220 colour photographs
'I wonder what tree that is' - if this thought has ever occurred to you in the Kruger National Park, this book is intended for you. Virtually no visitor to the Kruger National Park has not, at some point, become a nature enthusiast once the Big Five hunger has been stilled. This book is about trees, but has been compiled around places in the Kruger National Park. It describes 51 species of trees in rest camps, picnic sites and bird hides as static objects. When you arrive in a rest camp, at a picnic site or bird hide, the book will draw your attention to a remarkable or interesting tree. The small map at the top left of each title page indicates in which part of the Kruger Park the tree is?- the southern, central or northern region. It is only when you have come to see and appreciate the magnificence of the veld, that you wish you knew more about the trees encountered along the way... This book is a glorious travelling companion that introduces you to the characteristics of specific trees. It accompanies you on your journey from stopping place to picnic place to rest camp. More than 220 beautiful photographs in full colour, user-friendly descriptions of 51 tree species and special anecdotes provide the reader with interesting general knowledge as well as an insight into the history of the Park.
Title: Trees & Shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park
Author: Schmidt, Lotter and McCleland
Publisher: Awn Publisher
Country: South Africa
Publication Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781770093751Bib. Info: Paperback; 702pp
This is a complete guide to every tree and woody shrub indigenous to the province of
Mpumalanga and the entire Kruger National Park. Designed for use by beginner tree
enthusiasts and the seasoned botanist, this book is unique in that it illustrates many woody
plants which have previously been considered too small for inclusion in other tree guides but
which are, in reality, dwarf trees.
More than 950 species of trees and shrubs, each provided with one or more clear colour photographs, a line drawing of the leaf, and a distribution map which indicates where the plant occurs within Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park.
This is the definitive tree guide for the Lowveld, the Escarpment and the eastern Highveld.
Title: Mind-altering & Poisonous Plants of the World
Author: Prof. Michael Wink & Prof. Ben-Erik van Wyk
Publisher: Briza Publications
Country: South Africa
Bib. Info: Hardcover; 464pp; with more than 550 superb colour photographs
Since ancient times, poisonous plants and mushrooms have been used for hunting, murder
and magic. Most cultures of the world have learnt to avoid these plants or to use them with
discretion. Many of the plants are still widely used as traditional medicine for their therapeutic
value in the treatment of diseases. Others are popular as recreational drugs or for ceremonial and spiritual purposes. Hazardous plants are commonly used as garden ornamentals, pot plants or florist flowers, and many people are no longer aware of the inherent dangers posed by toxic plants or medicines derived from them. Also included in this illustrated guide are plants causing irritation and inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes. A special focus is on psychoactive plants which can have stimulant, sedative, hypnotic, narcotic or hallucinogenic properties, such as coca, opium, cannabis and scopolamine. This guide gives the reader a bird's eye view of all the famous and well-known poisonous and mind-altering plants of the world. The book is presented as a compact, colourful and scientifically accurate reference text. It covers more than 1200 of the most important plants that people are likely to be exposed to. More than 200 of the most important poisonous and mind-altering plants are treated in depth in short monographs, covering their diagnostic characters, region of origin and distribution, active ingredients, toxicity, symptoms of intoxication and possible modes of action. Each monograph provides information on first aid treatment. This guide is a must for gardeners, farmers, veterinarians, students, botanists, pharmacists, chemists, doctors and Poison Centres. The compact format and encyclopedic style will be useful to rapidly access information on poisonous plants.
Title: Bring Nature back to the City: How to conduct urban nature conservation
Author: Ernst Wohlitz
Publisher: Briza Publiations
Country: South Africa
Publication Year: 2017
Bib. Info: Paperback; 424pp
Populations of cities have grown at unprecedented rate, consuming ever more land, placing
severe strain on the environment and also on cash-strapped governments. Nature needs to be
reintroduced to our cities.
This book is focused on urban nature conservation, aspects that will resonate with advisors to local government, people interested in bringing back nature to our cities and anyone with a keen interest in nature.
Our ecosystems are under threat and green infrastructure needs to be better managed so that there will be less fragmentation and habitat loss. All of us have to live more towards a sustainable urban nature environment. This book guides all of us how to address nature on our doorsteps. There are 214 photos, 6 tables and 25 illustrations on principles of urban nature conservation.
The book informs how to participate and synchronise lifestyles to contribute to sustainable urban nature environments. Urban wetlands, watercourses, riparian zones, buffer zones, ecological corridors and functions are explained. The annexures in the book described owl boxes, bird feeders, earthworm bins and how to produce organic compost. What is important is that more and more people move to cities and city developments encroach upon nature areas. These encroachments can be managed to accommodate ecologically sensitive urban nature areas. These areas can be utilised in ways that it will benefit the environment people live in.
Title: At the Coalface – Zimbabwe Gender@Work in Local Government
Author: Colleen Lowe Morna, Tapiwa Zvaraya and Pricila Maposa
Publisher: Gender Links
Country: South Africa
Publication Year: 2017
Bib. Info: Paperback
This book documents one of the most far-reaching, systematic and sustained efforts to
promote gender equality in local government in Zimbabwe and in the Southern Africa
Development Community (SADC) region. Based on the research report, “At the Coalface, Gender in Local Government” undertaken by Gender Links in 2010, the book assesses “Gender@Work in Local Government” in Zimbabwe following the steps taken since the research to promote gender-responsive service delivery at the local level. Initially piloted with 10 local authorities, the Centres of Excellence (COE) for Gender in Local Government initiative has since been cascaded to 68 Local Authorities (LAs): 74% of all LAs in Zimbabwe, servicing over 10 million people. Described as the “model of choice” for mainstreaming gender in local government by the parent ministry, 2017 is a convenient juncture to reflect on the progress made in the last five years and reposition for the “leave no one behind” Post 2015 Agenda for which this programme is uniquely positioned to deliver change where it matters most: at the coalface of service delivery.
Title: Regenerating Africa – Bringing African Solutions to African Problems
Author: Mammo Muchie, Nicasius Achu Check, Samual Oloruntoba
Country: South Africa
Publication Year: 2017
Bib. Info: Paperback; 356pp
It has been long overdue to address the principal problems that Africa continues to have. How
to bring real African solutions to these problems remains unresolved. Palaeontologists have
discovered that Africa is the origin of humanity. Africa has also experienced the
commodification of its humanity through slavery, colonialism and apartheid. The African continent has been influenced by a mélange of races, cultures, religions, ethnic nationalities making the project of how the differences can be managed to forestall conflict and promote the unity of the current 54 states to turn the cacophony of noises into a single voice that can protect Africa a difficult challenge. This book on Regenerating Africa: Bringing African Solutions to African Problems addresses why Africans must come together and try to address their own problems. They must look back to the spiritual, struggle and knowledge heritage to re-imagine and innovate a new Africa with leadership, governance, systems and institutions that can address the security and well-being, the employment, social inclusion, poverty eradication and the equality of the people. In fact the key problem to find a solution is how to Africanise those that originated from Africa and those that became settlers with different racial, cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic variations. How to manage inter-African relations? How the settlers from the colonial legacy, the apartheid legacy, the Arabs in Africa and the varied tribes within Africans can all share being Africanised above all else is a real challenge to bring lasting solutions to Africa's enduring problems. This book is one of the few books that addresses the real problems Africa continues to face by suggesting solutions which policy makers and all Africans must learn and never ignore but use to advance a free, united, renascent, proud and dignified independent Africa in this unpredictable time the world is going through. The contributors address in the book how African solutions to African problems in the current global context to create a sustainable African future can be thought, designed and engineered to advance the well-being of people and nature for all. The African Unity for Renaissance series of conferences that over 10 partners contributed to run is the true source for generating the quality papers that have been peer reviewed to constitute the contributions in the book to make African solutions to African problems in reality and not just in talk.
Title: Sizonqoba! Outliving AIDS in Southern Africa
Author: Busani Ngcaweni
Publisher: AISA (African Institute of South Africa)
Country: South Africa
Publication Year: 2017
Bib. Info: Paperback; 540pp
The aim of this book is to better understand the phenomenon of HIV in a country that has
faced the fullest might of the disease and yet, after first faltering, has made more progress
than any other country in the world in its response to HIV. It aims to reflect the complexity of
this narrative and the range of widely differing insights by featuring what is likely the largest
number of contributors in a single publication on the subject in South Africa, as well as a full spectrum of specialised areas, ranging from high-end science to personal reflections.
Title: Management and Mitigation of Acid Mine Drainage in South Africa – Input for Mineral Beneficiation in Africa
Author: Munyaradzi Mujuru, Shingirirai Mutanga
Publisher: AISA (Africa Institute of South Africa)
Country: South Africa
Publication Year: 2016
Bib. Info: Paperback; 358pp
South Africa is facing the increasing challenge of acid mine drainage (AMD) whose genesis is
the country’s mining history, which paid limited attention to post-mining mine site management.
In mineral resource-rich Africa, this has emerged as one of the most daunting challenges of
our time. South Africa has been bold in its approach to mitigating this problem, although the
challenge is multi-faceted. On a positive note, substantial research has been conducted to confront the challenge. However, thus far, the research has been largely fragmented. This book builds on the work that has been done, but also provides a refreshing multi-disciplinary approach that is useful in addressing the AMD challenges that South Africa and the continent face. Whilst addressing the problem as a scientific and engineering challenge, the book also exposes the economic, policy and legal challenges involved in addressing the problem. The book concludes, quite uniquely, that AMD is an opportunity that can be used by South Africa and Africa to solve problems, such as acute water shortage, as well as mineral recovery operations.
Title: The New Game Rancher
Author: Pamela and Petr Oberem
Publisher: Briza Publications
Country: South Africa
Publication Year: 2017
Bib. Info: Paperback; 384pp
The New Game Rancher is a succinct guide to the complete spectrum of game ranching in
South Africa and is illustrated with more than 400 full colour photos, line drawings and
illustrations. It is a collection of contributions from zoologists, ecologists, geneticists,
veterinarians, academics, conservationists and experienced game ranchers.
The New Game Rancher is ideal for anyone with an interest in game farming, both game ranchers and those associated with or interested in the business.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Pamela Oberem is a writer, veterinarian and game rancher since 1994. She spent most of her professional life at Onderstepoort as a researcher on bacterial and viral diseases, and also headed up the vaccine production units of the Foot-and-Mouth laboratory and Onderstepoort Biological Products for a number of years. Pamela is the author of a number of scientific publications, has contributed to chapters in various textbooks on infectious diseases and vaccine production, and has been the author of a number of publications including books on animal health and also schoolbooks on agriculture. She is a regular contributor to the Wildlife Ranching magazine and is a published novelist.
Peter Oberem is a veterinarian and parasitologist by qualification; he is currently the CEO of South Africa's biggest locally owned animal health company, Afrivet, as well as a game rancher. He has served as Director, President and vice-President of the Wildlife Ranching Association of South Africa over the past seven years, and serves on the SA Veterinary Council. During his tenure as President of the WRSA he spearheaded the move to transform game ranching in SA, and to promote the legal sale of game meat in the country and internationally. He is currently the executive editor of the Wildlife Ranching magazine.
Title: Guide to the properties and uses of Southern African Wood
Author: Stephanie Dyer, Barry James, Danielle James
Publisher: Briza Publications
Country: South Africa
Publication Year: 2017
Bib. Info: Paperback; 336pp
Guide to the properties and uses of Southern African Wood is a fully illustrated, scientifically
accurate guide to the characteristics, properties and uses of wood from 140 Southern African
tree species.Species treatments include information on conservation status, uses, mechanical
properties, durability, identification features, woodworking properties and comments from wood users on workability.
Photographs of tree bark, untreated and treated wood, end-grain macrographs, as well as worked items.
Provides information on historical uses, where trees grow, availability and sustainability of the wood and the practicalities of harvesting and processing.
Superior quality text and excellent reproduction and printing.
The only commercially available book which focuses on the properties of Southern African wood, written in a style that will appeal to a wide audience: professional woodworkers, designers, architects, wood dealers and wood collectors, hobbyists, botanists and anyone interested in trees and wood.
Title: The Lycopods and Ferns of the Drakensberg and Lesotho
Author: J.P. Roux with G. Cooper-Driver
Publisher: Briza Publications
Country: South Africa
Publication Year: 2017
Bib. Info: Hardcover; 392pp
The lycopods and ferns of the Drakensberg and Lesotho is the most comprehensive account
of the native and naturalised lycopod and fern species occurring in the Drakensberg and
Lesotho region. Introductory chapters provide insights into the ecology, structure and
classification of living ferns and lycopods and their extinct relatives.
The chapter on species description provide detailed descriptions, distribution maps and full colour illustrations for all 117 species recorded in the region.
Close-up photographs of spores and frond details aid the critical identification of each species.
With a history reaching back into the ancient past, ferns and lycopods are the surviving representatives of a formerly rich and exotic world of plants that remains largely unknown to naturalists and botanists alike. Written by a world authority on the group, this book is essential reading for all those interested in learning more about these remarkable plants with their fascinating past.
Title: Bushveld Ecology and Management
Author: Pieter T. van der Walt etal
Publisher: Briza Publications
Country: South Africa
Publication Year: 2010
Bib. Info: Paperback; 160 pp
17 of the country's most prominent bush experts share there knowledge about conservation
and management of the Bushveld, its geology and soil, veld and plants, timber and age-old trees, survival and usage of the veld in historical times, modern-day tourism and how one goes about buying a farm here. In popular parlance, 'bush' refers to a woodiness that differs in composition, density and height. It is a place where the life cycles of some 5 700 plant species contribute to the pulsing rhythm and dynamics of sweet, sour, mixed or arid Bushveld. One and a half million visitors find enormous pleasure in this precious biotreasure every year, but it is deteriorating fast as a result of human activities and mismanagement. Its use should be approached with much more sensitivity and proficiency. To give more impetus to this ideal, 17 of the most prominent bush experts of the country share their knowledge in a clear and colourful way - wonderful reading matter for the conservator, farmer, student and every lover of the bush.
This short chronicle tells of the conservation and management of the Bushveld, its geology and soil, its veld and its plants, its timber and age-old trees, of survival and of usage of the veld in historical times, of modern-day tourism and how one goes about buying a farm here.
Title: A History of Schooling in South Africa: Method and Context
Author: Booyse JJ, Le Roux CS, Seroto J, Wolhuter CC
Publisher: Van Schaik Publishers
Country: South Africa
Publication Year: 2011
Bib. Info: Paperback; 320 pp
An unfortunate consequence of the restructuring of teacher education in South Africa over the
past 15 years has been the virtual disappearance of history of education from tertiary
programmes and a corresponding decline in the number of publications on the subject. But
this is now changing; especially in postgraduate courses. A history of schooling in
South Africa: method and context provides a perspective on the development of schooling for all of South Africa"s diverse population groups, from pre-colonial times to present day, in as much detail as is possible in a single volume.
A history of schooling in South Africa: method and context introduces not only South African educational history, but also looks at the main schools in South African educational historiography and the lacunae that occur therein, especially in light of recent international developments.
Prof. Johan Booyse has been involved in the teaching of history of education and education management at the University of South Africa for the past 26 years. He is the author of various scientific articles and chapters in books and has also presented a large number of scientific papers at local and international conferences.
Prof. Cheryl le Roux is a professor and programme coordinator in environmental education and a professor in history of education at the University of South Africa. She has authored numerous journal articles, has contributed chapters to five academic books and has presented conference papers at local and international gatherings.
Dr Johannes Seroto works as a senior lecturer at the University of South Africa. He has a Secondary Teacher's Diploma, a BA degree and a BEd. He obtained his Master's degree in 1999 and his doctorate in education in 2004, both from Unisa. He has presented numerous papers with the most recent being at the South African Comparative and History of Education Society (SACHES) Conference in Stellenbosch.
Prof. Charl Wolhuter is a professor in comparative education at the Potchefstroom campus of North-West University. He studied at the Rand Afrikaans University, the University of Pretoria and the University of Stellenbosch. His doctorate in comparative education was awarded at the University of Stellenbosch. He is the author of various books and articles.
PUTTING PARTICIPATION AT THE HEART OF DEVELOPMENT OR PUTTING DEVELOPMENT AT THE HEART OF PARTICIPATION : A CIVIL SOCIETY PERSPECTIVE ON LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN SOUTH AFRICA 2012
This publication by the Good Governance Learning Network (GGLN) is the network’s fourth
publication providing a civil society perspective on the state of local governance. It explores
alternative conceptions, approaches and methods for shaping a vibrant, pro-poor system of local
governance and democracy in South Africa. It consciously seeks to depart from what has been a
preoccupation, both in government and in the local governance civil society sector, with current
legislation, policies and practice, and with how these can be better implemented or modified in
minor ways. Anyone reading this publication in the hope of finding solutions on how to ‘fix’ the
structures and mechanisms already in place will be disappointed unless they are open to exploring
innovative approaches and models that aim to enhance participatory local governance. Ultimately,
participatory governance needs to be substantive, both in terms of process and with respect to
outcomes, hence the call underlying this publication: ‘putting participation at the heart of
development // putting development at the heart of participation’.
PUBLIC WORKS AND SOCIAL PROTECTION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: DO PUBLIC WORKS WORK FOR THE POOR?
By Anna McCord. ISBN 97819195482. Publisher: UCT Press.
Public Works Programmes (PWPs) are widely implemented throughout Asia, Latin America and
Africa, often with funding from major international donor agencies. They are perceived to present
a ‘win-win’ policy option, providing employment to the chronically poor while also creating assets
for the state, and in this way offering a welfare transfer which is also a tangible economic
The prevailing view among donors and government agencies with responsibility for social
protection is that Public Works Programmes are preferable to other measures to assist
unemployed people living in chronic poverty. But is this view in fact correct?
This book critically explores the concept of the Public Works Programme (PWP) and interrogates
its social protection performance in the context of chronic poverty. It reviews over 200 PWPs in
eastern and southern Africa using original research drawn from extensive field analysis, interviews and survey work, and examines case studies of six international PWPs – in India, Argentina, Ireland, Ethiopia, Indonesia and the USA.
The author explores the function and limitations of PWPs, and outlines major programme choice and design issues, drawing lessons from the international context, and challenging the assumptions underlying these policy preferences, thus opening the way for more informed and appropriate policy selection. The book makes a case for a reconsideration of the function of PWPs in the current social protection discourse, and argues that the current PWP approach may not look so attractive from the beneficiary perspective.
COMPARATIVE LAW IN AFRICA: METHODOLOGIES AND CONCEPTS
Editos: Salvatore Mancuso & Charles M. Fombad. ISBN 9781485107453. Publisher: Juta & Co. Date: 2015 (1st Edition).
• The Centre for Comparative Laws in Africa held its inaugural methodology workshop from 22
to 24 October 2012. Over 40 scholars from various universities in South Africa, Africa, Europe
and the United States of America participated in plenary and panel discussions around
comparative law in cultural, interdisciplinary and subject context, Western legal traditions
and mixed jurisdictions in African comparative legal studies, traditional and informal law in
Africa, religious law in Africa and its comparative implications and the role of African
comparative legal studies in the development of law in Africa.
• Comparative Law in Africa: Methodologies and Conceptsis the outcome of the workshop.
Its aim is to contextualise comparative legal studies in the African continent, with the ultimate
goal of paving the way for the development of a comparative methodology specifically addressed
to Africa. The studies presented in this volume offer different views and perspectives around the
main theme of how to methodologically approach comparative legal studies in Africa, and how to
properly take into consideration all the different layers composing the African legal systems, in order to give them the proper role and the proper place.
• The diverse background of the different contributors to this volume enriches its continental approach and offers a stimulating voice to African comparative legal scholars to continue their research.
THE FAILURE OF DECENTRALISATION IN SOUTH AFRICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT: COMPLEXITY AND UNANTICIPATED CONSEQUENCES
By Andrew Siddle and Thomas A. Koelble. ISBN 9781919895055. 1st Edition.
• The Auditor General has just issued a damning report on the financial state of affairs in
municipalities across South Africa. Protests against service delivery failure have become
commonplace in this country and constitute perhaps the most serious challenge this young
democracy has yet faced. So just what is the problem?'
• The aim of this book is to promote an understanding of the difficulties that confront local
government in South Africa and the causes of its failure. It does not presume to provide the
answers to the crisis; instead, it encourages debate by posing a number of questions about the
future design for local government and suggests that a far simpler model which imposes less
complex demands needs to be considered.
• ‘..perhaps the most thorough and systematic study of local government in South Africa to date.
It is an original and important book’ Professor Philip Oxhorn, Professor of Political Science,
• ‘...far and away the best study available of a major problem with democratic decentralisation – the dangers that attend overloading elected local councils in developing countries with technocratic tasks. South Africa is THE classic example of this problem, and this text is THE classic study of that case.’ James Manor, Emeka Anyaoku, Professor of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
• Contents Include:
o The failure of decentralisation in South African local government: complexity and unanticipated consequencesexamines the design of the local government framework and its contributing role in the crisis. It identifies 12 'dimensions of decentralisation' and studies the extent to which these dimensions are incorporated in the South African local government framework. Through empirical research conducted at 37 municipalities across the country, this study finds that municipalities are frequently incapable of meeting the demands imposed upon them by a highly complex model of local government. This complexity, coupled with the absence of essential conditions for success and the presence of a number of threats which are commonly identified in decentralised systems, leads to the failure of policy and the erosion of sound local governance.
ACADEMIC LITERACY FOR LAW STUDENTS
By Marijke Potgieter and Arlys van Wyk. ISBN 9781485122340. Publisher:Juta & Co.
• The first year of legal studies can be daunting. In addition, many first-year students entering
university find studying in English, which is their second-language, very difficult. Studies have
proved that some L2 students come to university ill-prepared to deal with the complex academic
language required to access their content areas.
• Thus the aim of this book is to provide first-year, law students with practical opportunities of
gaining the communicative skills needed in the academy. The text focuses on academic reading,
writing, speaking and listening, with an emphasis on reading.
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA
Editor: Anél du Plessis. ISBN 9781485100508. Publisher: Juta & Co. Date: 2015
• Environmental Law and Local Government in South Africa is the first work of its kind to
extensively analyse South African environmental law and policy for local government. This book
meets an important need in the area of environmental management.
• This novel collection of theoretical scholarship and real-life examples presents different features
of the interface between local government and environmental law. Each chapter is accessible
yet detailed enough to be useful.
• In the scope of this comprehensive work, 32 authors collectively answer the question: What is
the role of local government in moving South Africa towards a sustainable future, considering the
dictates and scope of environmental law?
THE BUSINESS OF SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION: NEW FRONTIERS IN AFRICA
Editors: V Bitzer; R Hamman; M Hall & EW Griffin-El. Publisher: UCT Press. Date: 2015 (1st Edition).
• One of the few books to examine the role of business in social and environmental innovation,
particularly in the context of Africa
• Addresses entrepreneurship, large companies, cross-sector collaboration initiatives, and the
role of academia and teachers
• Frames and complements empirical contributions in a synthesis of key theories and concepts
• The role of business in developing innovative responses to complex social and environmental
problems is becoming increasingly urgent as a subject of study.
• A more proactive role for business is especially pertinent in sub-Saharan Africa which, although
plagued by conflict and poverty, shows signs of a brighter future as the world’s second fastest-
growing region. Yet there is very little research on this subject in Africa. This book seeks to
contribute to the growing body of scholarly work on social and environmental innovation with the
two-fold aim of studying the role of business in creating such innovation and focusing on the African context.
• The chapters and case studies within this book address the role of entrepreneurs, large companies, cross-sector collaboration initiatives, and academia and teachers in social and environmental innovation. Cutting across these sections are four themes: social innovation as a process and outcome; mapping and scaling up innovation; the tension between social purpose and profit generation; and socio-economic and institutional context.
SUSTAINABLE OPTIONS: DEVELOPMENT LESSONS FROM APPLIED ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
Editors: J Blignaut & M de Wit. ISBN 9781919713343. Publisher: UCT Press.
This well-researched, important text argues a case for the use of environmental resource
economics (ERE) as an analytical framework for the conceptualisation and design of policy
options. Sustainable Options integrates economic theories and concepts on the one hand
withsocial and environmental challenges on the other. Applying ERE in a developing context, like
that of South Africa, is critical given the country’s dependence on natural and environmental
assets. The sustainability of the economy and the welfare of the country’s people are at stake.
Environmental management is, therefore, an economic concern. This is illustrated clearly in the
first section of the book which examines a broad range of welfare indicators, thus providing an
overview of the macroeconomic performance of the South African economy. The mainstay of the
book is a choice selection of ERE case studies done over the last few years and a discussion of
the political and ethical contexts of economic development. ‘I have a feeling that this book…will
act as a forerunner for adopting better measures of environmental and social risk in business and
HIV/AIDS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: UNDERSTANDING THE IMPLICATIONS OF CULTURE AND CONTEXT
Editors: Jean Baxter & Anders Breidlid. ISBN 9781919895185. 1st Edition.
Popular understanding of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa is riddled with
contradiction and speculation. This is revealed in HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, which
explores the various contexts in which debate about HIV/AIDS takes place and examines how
the pandemic is perceived by scholars, religious leaders and traditional healers, among others –
in communities in and around South Africa. Using a social theory lens, the book focuses on not
only the cultural and contextual practices, but also the methodological and epistemological
orientations around HIV/AIDS in education that shape community and individual interpretations
of this disease. The book avoids a simplistic approach to the pandemic, by exploring the
complex and sometimes contradictory spaces in which HIV/AIDS discourses are negotiated, and
thus goes some way to present a more hermeneutic profile of the HIV/AIDS problem. HIV/AIDS
in Sub-Saharan Africa is as much about identity construction as it is about HIV/AIDS. The authors
recognise the interrelatedness of sex, sexuality, identity and HIV/AIDS in the shaping of individual
and collective identities and have thus gone beyond merely asking questions about what people know.
THE ROLE OF STANDARDS IN LABOUR & SOCIAL SECURITY LAW: INTERNATIONAL, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES
By M. Olivier; O. Dupper & A Govindjee. ISBN 9781485100125. 1st Edition.
• The Role of Standards in Labour & Social Security Lawexamines international standards, their
interrelationship, and their interaction with national labour law, social security systems and
regional regimes. The book approaches this vast subject from a number of different thematic and
geographic perspectives, and focuses on specific areas that exemplify the key issues under
• The Role of Standards in Labour & Social Security Lawreflects on the relevance and limitations
of international standards and also highlights the importance of a human rights approach and the
role of private actors in the protection of labour- and social security rights.
• The editors and authors of this compilation are internationally renowned experts in the field,
and represent a variety of regions and perspectives. In particular, the book represents important
voices and perspectives from the developing world, notably the African continent.
• “The overall subject is most salient, and while assembling a multitude of different individual
topics and perspectives, the book still offers a very coherent framework. The individual contributions ... offer informative accounts of recent developments, others inspiring reflections on long-term debates. The book is likely to become a valuable resource, both for experts in the field and for those seeking an "international standards-related” perspective on the many individual social policy aspects addressed.”
INSIDE AFRICAN POLITICS
By Pierre Englebert & Kevin C. Dunn. ISBN 9781775520680. Publisher: Juta & Co.
• This up-to-date introduction to contemporary African politics focuses on states as well as citizens
across the continent, looking at politics from above and below. It examines why we should know
about African politics; the evolution of African states; people, identity and power; the practice of
power; the range of regimes in Africa; the economic dimensions of African politics; the shifting
landscape of conflict and security; and African politics in international relations.
• Using an abundance of data and illustrative examples, the authors highlight the contributions of
African experiences to the broader knowledge of comparative politics and international relations.
The straightforward, accessible style makes the book suitable for the general reader interested in
current affairs. But the book will also serve as an essential text and a long-term resource for
students and scholars alike.
BURNING TABLE MOUNTAIN: AN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY OF FIRE ON THE CAPE PENINSULA
By Simon Pooley. ISBN 9781775820017. Date: 2015 (1st Edition).
• In January 2000, two wildfires torched more than 8 000 ha of the Cape Peninsula, swept
through the Table Mountain National Park, and burned houses and property. There were more
than 120 fires in the region on that one ‘fire-storm Sunday’.
• The challenges faced in the Cape are shared by major cities and nature reserves in similar
Mediterranean-type ecosystems in the USA, Australia and Mediterranean Europe. Wildfire has
destroyed hundreds of thousands of hectares and killed people in Greece, Australia and the
United States. It has become a global, and a local, research and management challenge.
• In Burning Table Mountain the author tackles the environmental and social challenges of fire
management on the wildland-urban interface of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula, where a
UNESCO World Heritage Site for Nature protects the unique fynbos vegetation and incorporates
the iconic Table Mountain, and abuts the suburbs, townships and informal settlements of South
Africa’s parliamentary capital. He combines narrative, the history of ecological science in the
region and the role of fire in fynbos ecology, to provide the first integrated history of wildfire and its management on the Cape Peninsula. He reflects on the need to use a holistic approach to understanding the range and conjunctions of causes that conspire to cause large fires and increase fire incidence over time.
• This book will demonstrate the contribution environmental history can make, through combining scientific and social approaches, to understanding past environments and managing the environment today. It is a seminal contribution to a neglected area of South African history, but also offers an important contribution to global histories of fire.
INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS IN JOHANNESBURG'S INFORMAL ECONOMY
By Sally Peberdy. ISBN 9781920596187. Publisher: SAMP Migration Policy Services (71). Date: 2016 (1st Edition).
This report provides a rich view of the activities of migrant entrepreneurs in the informal economy
of Johannesburg. It is hoped that the information will facilitate understanding of the informal sector
and its potential, and not just in the context of migrant entrepreneurs. The informal economy
plays a significant role in the entrepreneurial landscape of the City of Johannesburg and is
patronized by most of the city’s residents. The research presented here challenges commonly
held opinions about migrant entrepreneurs in the City of Johannesburg and shows that they do
not dominate the informal economy, which remains largely in the hands of South Africans. In late
2013, the City, through Operation Clean Sweep, removed up to 8,000 traders from the city’s
streets. As this and recent xenophobic attacks demonstrate, Johannesburg can be a hostile place
in which to operate a business as an informal economy migrant entrepreneur. Instead of trying to
sweep the streets clean of these small businesses, government at national, provincial and city
levels should develop policies to grow the SMME economy, develop township economies, and
manage the informal economy and street trading. They need to incorporate the businesses owned
by migrant entrepreneurs, rather than exclude and demonize them. These businesses make an
invaluable contribution to Johannesburg’s economy despite operating in a non-enabling political and policy environment.
INFORMAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND CROSS-BORDER TRADE IN MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE
By Ines Raimundo & Abel Chikanda. ISBN 9781920596200. Publisher: SAMP Migration Policy Series (73). Date: 2016.
This report presents the results of a SAMP survey of informal entrepreneurs connected to cross-
border trade between Johannesburg and Maputou during 2014. The study sought to enhance the
evidence base on the links between migration and informal entrepreneur-ship in Southern African
cities and to examine the implications for municipal, national and regional policy.Ines Raimundo is
the former Director of the Centre for Policy Analysis and Deputy Director of Post-Graduation in
the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo.Abel Chikanda is
Assistant Professor of Geography and African & African American Studies at the University of
FOOD REMITTANCES: MIGRATION AND FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA
By Jonathan Crush. ISBN 9781920596194. Publisher: SAMP Migration Policy Series (72). Date: 2016.
There is considerable evidence from across the African continent that a significant proportion of cash remittances to rural areas is spent on food. However, bidirectional food remitting – its drivers, dimensions and impacts – is an underdeveloped research and policy area. This report therefore reviews the current state of knowledge about food remittances in Africa and aims to make a number of contributions to the study of the relationship between migration and food securityJonathan Crush is a Professor and CIGI Chair in Global Migration and Development at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Canada, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town.
INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES IN CAPE TOWN'S INFORMAL ECONOMY
By Godfrey Tawodzera & Abel Chikanda. ISBN 9781920506156. Publisher: SAMP Migration Policy Series (70). Date: 2016.
• This report is the most comprehensive study yet of the contribution of migrant and refugee entrepreneurs to Cape Town's local economy. The survey of over 500 entrepreneurs engaged in trade, services and manufacturing in different areas of the city dispels some of the more prevalent myths that often attach to the activities of migrants. The vast majority are not "illegal foreigners", but have a legal right to be in South Africa and to run a business. Most are highly motivated individuals who enter the informal economy to earn revenue to support themselves, their families, and because they have a strong entrepreneurial motivation. Contrary to the claims of South African competitors, the vast majority are not successful because they are engaged in shadowy business practices. What emerges from the survey is that while migrant entrepreneurs undoubtedly have strong social networks, their businesses are highly individualistic in terms of organization, ownership and activity in a competitive business environment. This report demonstrates their positive economic contributions to Cape Town and examines the challenges they face in running a successful business operation in the city. It goes beyond the rhetoric of inclusion to demonstrate with hard evidence exactly why migrant and refugee entrepreneurs should be accepted as an integral and valuable part of the local economy.
• Godfrey Tawodzera is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa.
• Abel Chikanda is Assistant Professor of Geography and African & African American Studies at the University of Kansas.
BETWEEN THE RAINBOWS AND THE RAIN: MARIKANA, MIGRATION, MINING AND THE CRISES OF MODERN SOUTH AFRICA
By Philip Frankel. ISBN 9780620578141. Publisher: Agency for Social Reconstruction SA.
Between the Rainbows and the Raindissects the South African 'miracle' across a vast landscape from the shack settlements of Marikana to the highest levels of government and corporate behaviour in the South Africa mining industry. It sets out what we know about the Markana massacre against the background of hazardous work conditions in the mines two decades after 'liberation'. Going well beyond the Farlam Commission of Inquiry it also examines, for the first time, the nightmare world of labour broking-cum-human trafficking. It evaluates the prospects for improving life in the near-mine communities that magnetise the poor and jobless in a society ranked among the most unequal, in the world. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in a country of iconic proportions whose political and economic leadership is fast losing capacity to service basic human needs and disappointed popular aspirations. This includes readers in the mining sector, in ethical investment circles across the globe, labour activists, academics, opinion-makers, government and anyone else with an interest in human rights and social justice.
BONDAGE OF BOUNDARIES AND IDENTITY POLITICS IN POSTCOLONIAL AFRICA: THE 'NORTHERN' PROBLEM' AND ETHNO-FUTURES
Editors: S Ndlovu & B Mhlanga. ISBN 9780798303910. Publisher: AISA.
What has confounded African efforts to create cohesive, prosperous and just states in postcolonial Africa? What has been the long-term impact of the Berlin Conference of 1884-5 on African unity and African statehood? Why is postcolonial Africa haunted by various ethno national conflicts? Is secession and irredentism the solution? Can we talk of ethno-futures for Africa? These are the kinds of fundamental questions that this important book addresses. Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni and Brilliant Mhlanga's book introduces the metaphor of the 'northern problem' to dramatise the fact that there is no major African postcolonial state that does not enclose within its borders a disgruntled minority that is complaining of marginalization, domination and suppression. The irony is that in 1963 at the formation of the OAU, postcolonial African leaders embraced the boundaries arbitrarily drawn by European colonialists and institutionalised the principle of inviolability of 'bondage of boundaries' thereby contributing to the problem of ethno-national conflicts. The successful struggle for independence of the Eritrean people and the secession of South Sudan in 2011 have encouraged other dominated and marginalised groups throughout Africa to view secession as an option. Ndlovu-Gatsheni and Mhlanga successfully assembled competent African scholars to deal exhaustively with various empirical cases of ethno-national conflicts throughout the African continent as well as engaging with such pertinent issues as Pan-Africanism as a panacea to these problems. This important book delves deeper into complex issues of space, languages, conflict, security, nation-building, war on terror, secession, migration, citizenship, militias, liberation, violence and Pan-Africanism.
CALIBRATING INFORMAL CROSS-BORDER TRADE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
By Sally Peberdy & Jonathan Crush. ISBN 9781920596132. Publisher: SAMP. Date: 2015.
• The study demonstrates that informal cross-border is a complex phenomenon and not uniform across the region, or even through border posts of the same country. However, the overall volume of trade, duties paid and VAT foregone, as well as the types of goods and where they are produced, indicate that this sector of regional trade should be given much greater attention and support by governments of the region as well as regional organizations such as the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), SADC and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU).
• Sally Peberdy is a Senior Researcher at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), Johannesburg.
• Jonathan Crush is a Professor and CIGI Chair in Global Migration and Development at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Canada, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town.
CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES IN AFRICA : CASES IN GABORONE, KAMPALA, AND DURBAN
Editors: MS Mapadimeng & S Khan. ISBN 9780798302449. Publisher: AISA.
This volume comprises of incisive and perceptive essays that analyse social issues in contemporary post-colonial and post-apartheid Africa using cases in three African cities ñ Durban in South Africa, Gaborone in Botswana, and Kampala in Uganda. It is an outcome of collaboration by colleagues from Universities of Kwazulu-Natal, Makerere, Botswana and Dar es Salaam to establish a structured, collaborative scholarly partnership programme. The partnership is called Rethinking Africa Programme, which is consistent with the 21st century ideals of Africa's renewal. Its key objective is to re-think Africa through academic and research initiatives sensitive to our own experiences as Africans, as well as through a critical revisiting of western-based social sciences in order to build new analytical models and concepts that capture processes and dynamics that derive from African experiences. It thus has as its related aim, to counter the proliferation of texts by western scholars on African social issues which dominate lecture rooms and libraries as teaching and learning resources in African universities. It is hoped that this volume will encourage future partnerships on research and teaching of contemporary African social issues amongst African scholars within the continent. Further, it should serve as a teaching and training resource for academic programmes with strong focus on social issues in Africa today.
PRO-POOR LEGAL PRACTICE: HOUSEHOLD RIGHTS AND SUBSIDISED HOUSING IN SOUTH AFRICA
By Leslie Downie. ISBN 9781485119364. Publisher: Juta & Co. Date: 2017 (1st Edition).
• Since 1994 there has been a surge in private land ownership by low-income citizens in South Africa. Approximately a third of residential properties registered by the Deeds Office are previously State-subsidised houses. More than 12 500 000 people live in these homes, constituting a large base of individuals requiring legal services. Many of these new property owners live at the interface between the formal and informal economy. Standard property, succession and family law approaches are often ill-equipped to suitably address the many and distinctive (power) imbalances typical of this sector.
• New legal strategies affordable to both lawyer and client need to be developed. This book discusses methods for developing pro-poor contracts and land tools for low-income clients. Prenuptial and cohabitation agreements, housing rights and land ownership are explored, since they are areas core to the sustainability of the private law.
THE ROLE OF INTELLECTUALS IN THE STATE-SOCIETY NEXUS
By N Gasa; Z Pallo Jordan & Desiree Lewis. ISBN 9781928341031. Publisher: Real African Publishers. Date: 2016.
• Throughout history, intellectuals have often played a key role in struggles for the modernisation of societies, national liberation and social justice. In South Africa, the history of the liberation struggle, especially from the late nineteenth century, is replete with efforts of the best intellectuals among the Black people and whites of conscience to conceptualise the cause of the liberation struggle and mobilise society against colonialism. However, in many liberated nations the role of progressive intellectuals appears to diminish after a few years.
• Various factors including the poverty of depth and relevance in the humanities and social sciences has had the effect of undermining the contribution that intellectuals are able to make to the complex processes of social transformation. Arising out of all this, a gulf starts to develop between intellectuals and the political economic elites. Many intellectuals either conform to the dictates of the new socio-political environment out of the sheer pressure to maintain middle- and upper-class lifestyles, or concern themselves with mundane issues that do not advance society in any qualitative way. Others end up as shrill voices in the wilderness. Yet, in human history, epochs of social transformation and modernisation have been anchored in profound intellectual engagement with critical questions of the day.
• The Role of Intellectuals in the State-Society Nexus publication sought to explore;
o What is the place and role of intellectuals in the unfolding process of social change?
o Was the prominence of intellectual input into the strategic direction of society a unique character of the phase of resistance and the early period of transition to a democratic society?
o Is the current situation reflective of the ‘normalisation’ of society?
o What about the multitude of challenges that society faces which require ongoing theorisation?
o What is the role of intellectuals in the nexus between the state, the market and the citizenry?
BEING AT HOME: RACE, INSTITUTIONAL CULTURE AND TRANSFORMATION AT SOUTH AFRICAN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
By Thandon Njovane. ISBN 9781869142902. Publisher: University of Kwazulu Natal Press. Date: 2015.
• Being at Homestimulates careful conversation about some of the most pressing issues facing
higher education institutions in South Africa today – race, transformation and institutional culture.
• While there are many reasons to be despondent about the current state of affairs in the South
African tertiary sector, this collection is intended as an invitation for the reader to see these
problems as opportunities for rethinking the very idea of what it is to be a university in
contemporary South Africa. It is also, more generally, an invitation for us to think about what it is
that the intellectual project should ultimately be about, and to question certain prevalent trends that
affect – or, perhaps, infect – the current global academic system. This book will be of interest to all
those who are concerned about the state of the contemporary university, both in South Africa and
• Pedro Tabensky is the founding director of the Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics in the
Department of Philosophy at Rhodes University. He is the author of Happiness: Personhood,
Community, Purpose and several articles and book chapters. Tabensky is a regular commentator
in the national and international media.
• Sally Matthews teaches in the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University. In addition to her interest in higher education transformation in South Africa, she teaches and writes about the politics of development and more generally about rethinking African Studies.
• Contributors: Minesh Dass, Natalie Donaldson, Bruce Janz, Nigel C. Gibson, Lewis R. Gordon, Amanda Hlengwa, Sally Matthews, Thaddeus Metz, Thando Njovane, Pedro Tabensky, Paul C. Taylor, Samantha Vice, Louise Vincent.
THE UNRESOLVED NATIONAL QUESTION IN SOUTH AFRICA: LEFT THOUGHT UNDER APARTHEID
By Edward Webster. ISBN 9781776140220. Publisher: Wits University Press. Date: 2017.
• The Unresolved National Question in South Africais an extremely valuable contribution to the
decades-long debate on South African nationhood. Its striking feature is its highly professional and
balanced approach to the various narratives and traditions that address the National Question —
Vladimir Shubin, Russian Academy of Sciences
• The re-emergence of debates on the decolonisation of knowledge has revived interest in the
National Question, which began over a century ago and remains unresolved. Tensions that were
suppressed and hidden in the past are now being openly debated. Despite this, the goal of one
united nation living prosperously under a constitutional democracy remains elusive.
• This edited volume examines the way in which various strands of left thought have addressed the
National Question, especially during the apartheid years, and goes on to discuss its relevance for
South Africa today and in the future. Instead of imposing a particular understanding of the National
Question, the editors identified a number of political traditions and allowed contributors the
freedom to define the question as they believed appropriate – in other words, to explain what they thought was the Unresolved National Question. This has resulted in a rich tapestry of interweaving perceptions.
• The volume is structured in two parts. The first examines four foundational traditions – Marxism-Leninism (the Colonialism of a Special Type thesis); the Congress tradition; the Trotskyist tradition; and Africanism. The second part explores the various shifts in the debate from the 1960s onwards, and includes chapters on Afrikaner nationalism, ethnic issues, Black Consciousness, feminism, workerism and constitutionalism.
• The editors hope that by revisiting the debates not popularly known among the scholarly mainstream, this volume will become a catalyst for an enriched debate on our identity and our future.
REMAINS OF THE SOCIAL: DESIRING THE POST-APARTHEID
Editors: M van Bever Donker; R Truscott; G Minkley & P Lalu. ISBN 9781776140336. Publisher: Wits University Press. Date: 2017.
• This is exciting work. The concept of the remains—or thinking about postapartheid South Africa
based on various theorisings of loss—is a valid one. It is original and astute in its applications of
theory and philosophical thinking - – Rita Barnard, Director of the Comparative Literature
Programme and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania
• Remains of the Social is an interdisciplinary volume of essays that engages with what ‘the social’
might mean after apartheid; a condition referred to as ‘the post-apartheid social’. The volume
grapples with apartheid as a global phenomenon that extends beyond the borders of South Africa
between 1948 and 1994 and foregrounds the tension between the weight of lived experience that
was and is apartheid, the structures that condition that experience, and a desire for a
‘postapartheid social’ (think unity through difference).
• Collectively, the contributors argue for a recognition of the ‘the post-apartheid’ as a condition that names the labour of coming to terms with the ordering principles that apartheid both set in place and foreclosed. The volume seeks to provide a sense of the terrain on which ‘the post-apartheid’ – as a desire for a difference that is not apartheid’s difference – unfolds, falters and is worked through.
AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGY WITHOUT FRONTIERS – PAPERS FROM THE 2014 PAN AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CONGRESS
By Amanda Esterhuysen et al. ISBN 9781776140343. Publisher: Wits University Press. Date: 2016.
• Confronting national, linguistic and disciplinary boundaries, contributors to African Archaeology
Without Frontiersargue against artificial limits and divisions created through the study of ‘ages’ that
in reality overlap and cannot and should not be understood in isolation. Papers are drawn from
the proceedings of the landmark 14th PanAfrican Archaeological Association Congress, held in
Johannesburg in 2014, nearly seven decades after the conference planned for 1951 was
re-located to Algiers for ideological reasons following the National Party’s rise to power in South
• Contributions by keynote speakers Chapurukha Kusimba and Akin Ogundiran encourage African
archaeologists to practise an archaeology that collaborates across many related fields of study to
enrich our understanding of the past. The nine papers cover a broad geographical sweep by
incorporating material on ongoing projects throughout the continent including South Africa,
Botswana, Cameroon, Togo, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria. Thematically, the papers included in
the volume address issues of identity and interaction, and the need to balance cultural heritage
management and sustainable development derived from a continent racked by social inequalities and crippling poverty.
• Edited by three leading archaeologists, the collection covers many aspects of African archaeology, and a range of periods from the earliest hominins to the historical period. It will appeal to specialists and interested amateurs.
THINKING FREEDOM IN AFRICA – TOWARD A THEORY OF EMANCIPATORY POLITICS
By Michael Neocosmos. ISBN 978188148684. Publisher: Wits University Press. Date: 2016.
• Thinking Freedom in Africa is one of the 2017 Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Award winners,
awarded by the Caribbean Philosophical Association.
• Thinking Freedom in Africa is a genuine political treatise: nuanced, erudite, creative, committed,
and, through admission of contingency in the face of necessity and fidelity to the value of
commitment, attuned to reality. Breaking the idols of European exceptionalism and presumed
universality, Michael Neocosmos offers a premise of fresh air: all human beings think, and, though
an extraordinary journey through more than a thousand years of reflection from the Afro-Arabic
world of Ibn Kaldun to the Haitian revolutionary one of Zamba Boukman Dutty and the European
one of Karl Marx and Antonio Gramsci to the anti-Colonial struggles, in which Mao Zedong, Frantz
Fanon, Amilcar Cabral, and Steve Bantu Biko loom large, to recent reflections from Alain Badiou,
Sylvain Lazarus, and Ernest Wamba-dia-Wamba, liberation is a political matter of which thinking,
we should remember, is a fundamental element of action. Surveying the moribund present of
Africa, and by extension the global condition, the theorist’s task is clear—to make an emancipatory
future thinkable. No less than a classic of political thought is born: a book to be read and re-read, and in so doing, learn and, as the author hopes, imaginatively, to think - Lewis R. Gordon, author of What Fanon Saida nd Existentia Africana.
• Previous ways of conceiving the universal emancipation of humanity have in practice ended in failure. Marxism, anti-colonial nationalism and neo-liberalism all understand the achievement of universal emancipation through a form of state politics. Marxism, which had encapsulated the idea of freedom for most of the twentieth century, was found wanting when it came to thinking emancipation because social interests and identities were understood as simply reflected in political subjectivity which could only lead to statist authoritarianism. Neo-liberalism and anti-colonial nationalism have also both assumed that freedom is realisable through the state, and have been equally authoritarian in their relations to those they have excluded on the African continent and elsewhere.
• Thinking Freedom in Africa then conceives emancipatory politics beginning from the axiom that ‘people think’. In other words, the idea that anyone is capable of engaging in a collective thought-practice which exceeds social place, interests and identities and which thus begins to think a politics of universal humanity. Using the work of thinkers such as Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière, Sylvain Lazarus, Frantz Fanon and many others, along with the inventive thought of people themselves in their experiences of struggle, the author proceeds to analyse how Africans themselves – with agency of their own – have thought emancipation during various historical political sequences and to show how emancipation may be thought today in a manner appropriate to twenty-first century conditions and concerns.
ANOTHER COUNTRY : EVERYDAY SOCIAL RESTITUTION
By Sharlene Swartz. Publisher: UCT Press. Date: 2017.
• South Africans are in agreement about the kind of country they want, but also know they are not
yet there. In Another Country: Everyday social restitution, author Sharlene Swartz relates Black
South Africans' experiences of dehumanising racism alongside White South African's shame for
the past and anxiety for the future.
• She introduces the concept of social restitution - understood as the actions and attitudes that
everyday people can undertake in dialogue with each other to make things right, and offers four
new ideas about restitution based on reflection with ordinary South Africans.
• First, injustice damages all our humanity and continues over time; the past in the present must
be understood before we can move forward. Second, we need new language beyond the labels
of victims and perpetrators to talk about our role in the past including beneficiary, ostrich and
resister. Third, the aim of social restitution is to restore our humanity and so should include
practical, financial and symbolic acts, undertaken in dialogue across previous divides. Fourth,
there is something for everyone to do, individuals and communities, alongside government and institutional efforts.
• This book offers stories, ideas and strong theories for how South Africa can be Another Country in our lifetime, with transferable insights for all contexts where injustice has occurred.
MARION & PRINCE EDWARD – AFRICA’S SOUTHERN ISLANDS
By Teraud A; Cooper A; Chown SL & Ryan P. ISBN 9781920338428. Publisher: Sun Media
• This book tells the story of Marion Island and Prince Edward Island, South Africa's southernmost
territories; their fiery origins, their discovery and exploitation, the amazing plants and animals that
live and grow there, and their current importance for research and conservation.
• The book features various photographs which capture the beauty of these remote and unique
THE PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS: LAND-SEA INTERACTIONS IN A CHANGING ECOSYSTEM
By Steven L Chown & Pierre W Froneman. ISBN 978 1920109851. Publisher: Sun Media.
This book provides a modern, synthetic overview of what is known about the structure, functioning
and interactions of marine and terrestrial systems at the Prince Edward Islands. Building on more
than 50 years of biological, geological, meteorological, and oceanographic research, it
demonstrates not only how inextricably linked marine and terrestrial systems at the islands are,
but also how global environmental challenges, such as climate change, biological invasions, and
over exploitation, are playing out at the regional and local levels in the Southern Ocean
THE ORIGIN AND GROWTH OF GEOGRAPHY AS A DISCIPLINE AT SOUTH AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES
Editors: G Visser; R Donaldson & C Seethal. ISBN 9781928357254. Publisher: Sun Media. Date: 2016.
The Origin and Growth of Geography as a Discipline at South African Universitiesprovides the first
comprehensive text that reflects on a century of the development of geography as an academic
discipline at South African universities. The book showcases a broad and textured review of South
Africa’s geography departments, their staff members, their times, and the different Geographies
they engaged in. The book lays the foundation from which more expansive individual departmental
histories can be written in the future.
A COMPOSER IN AFRICA: ESSAYS ON THE LIFE AND WORK BY STEFANS GROVÈ
By S Muller & C Walton. ISBN9781920109048. Publisher: Sun Media
Stefans Grové (1922-2014), regarded by many as Africa’s greatest composer, possesses one of
the most distinctive compositional voices of our time. He studied in Cape Town under Erik
Chisholm before becoming the first South African to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.
He took his Master’s at Harvard under Walter Piston, attended Aaron Copland’s composition class
at the Tanglewood Summer School, and subsequently taught for over a decade at the renowned
Peabody Institute in Baltimore before returning to his African roots in the early 1970s
GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC
Editors: C Walton & S Muller. ISBN 9781919980409. Publisher: Sun Media
• During the past two decades, the study of sexuality and gender in music has become a decidedly
mainstream activity. To be sure, music has long been obviously and intimately involved in matters
pertaining to relations, both sexual and otherwise, between and amongst the sexes. Its use in
courtship is the one that perhaps first comes to mind, this use being probably as old as music
• This book contains all the papers presented at the conference by the same name.
MUSIC & IDENTITY: TRANSFORMATION & NEGOTIATION
By E Akrofi; M Smit & SM Thorsén. ISBN 9781919980850. Publisher: Sun Media
• Due to significant political and social changes over the last decade in their countries and
worldwide, many scholars in the Nordic nations and in Southern Africa have been researching on
“music and identity” – an area with a paucity of literature. It is our hope that this book will be
beneficial to scholars interested in the field of music and identity.
• This volume is the result of the Swedish South African Research Network (SSARN) project,
funded from 2004-2006 by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, under the theme
“Music and Identity”.
GLOBAL BODIES IN GREY ZONES: HEALTH, HOPE, BIOTECHNOLOGY
By S Lundin; C Kroløkke; MN Petersen & E Muller. ISBN 9781928357193. Publisher: Sun Media. Date: 2016.
Global Bodies in Grey Zones departs from the current globalised market in biological material and
treatments. Three different forms of medical travel are in focus: transplant travel, fertility travel and
stem cell travel. The global travelling includes legally organised cross-border care, as well as
completely illegal activities involving trafficking in bodies and body parts implicating a range of
people, technologies and treatments. The theoretical focus is grey zones – various places where
people, money, bodies, and so on constitute components in an international market. The authors
are researchers from the cultural, social and medical sciences. They examine how people’s
desperation, hopes and longing for health and reproduction fuel the travels.
RESEARCH ETHICS IN AFRICA: A RESOURCE FOR RESEARCH ETHICS COMMITTEES
By M Kruger; P Ndebele & L Horn. ISBN 9781920689308. Publisher: Sun Media.
The aim of this book is to provide research ethics committee members with a resource that
focuses on research ethics issues in Africa. The authors are currently active in various aspects of
research ethics in Africa and the majority have been trained in the past by either the Fogarty
International Center or Europe and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP)
sponsored bioethics training programmes.
BENEATH THE BLACK SUN OF CABINDA. A NOVEL BY VIRGINIE MOUANDA KIBINDE.
Translated from the French. Introduction & Translator's Foreword by Vanessa Everson. ISBN 9781920689872. Publisher: Sun Media.
The story opens at a time when Cabinda – a small African enclave surrounded by the Congo and
the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and separated from Angola by the Congo River – is
plunged into bloody war. Deep in the heart of Cabinda is the Mayombe rainforest, home to a group
of guerrilla fighters whose very existence is to liberate their land from the terrors perpetrated by
the Angolan army. Against that backdrop of massacres and deforestation and written with
crusading fervour, this novel is much more than a political tract. It is a powerful story of impossible
love: the poignant love of the principled, young doctor Albino for the country lass Maria; the
redemptory love which his ailing, ruthless grandfather Santos is surprised to feel as death
approaches; and the love of a dispossessed people for the land of their birth. Recommended
reading, then, for lovers of African literature, as well as for scholars and adepts of colonial and
CASE STUDIES OF EMERGING FARMERS AND AGRIBUSINESSES IN SOUTH AFRICA
Editors: E Mabaya; K Tihanyi; M Karaan & J van Rooyen. ISBN 9781920338657. Publisher: Sun Media
“Emerging” (or “black”) farmers are often considered a homogenous group. While individual
emerging farmers and agribusinesses in South Africa share a common history, the case studies in
this book show that in fact significant differences exist among them that are often hidden beneath
the averaging and aggregation typical of most analytical research. Presenting fifteen case studies
of emerging agribusinesses in South Africa, this book has three main objectives: (1) to capture the
human stories behind the emerging farms and agribusinesses in South Africa in order to showcase
their rich diversity, historical backgrounds, current context, and future directions; (2) to highlight the
best practices, opportunities, and challenges facing South Africa’s emerging farmers and
agribusinesses; and (3) to create a new set of instructional materials for academics and
development practitioners, or as a point of reference for other entrepreneurs, members of
government, and other practitioners engaged in agriculture and agribusiness. The case study
format, a relatively new tool in the field of agribusiness management, allows for a close-up view of
the entrepreneurs at the heart of the businesses, providing an ideal lens through which to take a
snapshot of the agribusiness landscape of South Africa today.
WEATHER INDEX INSURANCE FOR SMALLHOLDER FARMERS IN AFRICA: LESSONS LEARNT & GOALS FOR THE FUTURE (CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS)
Editor: E Makaudze. ISBN 9781919985459. Publisher: Sun Media.
The international conference on ‘Weather index insurance in Africa: lessons learnt and goals for
the future’ was organised by the Department of Economics, University of the Western Cape, in
collaboration with its international partners. The conference attracted over 40 participants drawn
from academic and research institutions, insurance practitioners, reinsurers, government policy
makers, bankers, agricultural producers, and representatives of non-governmental organisations.
The presenters highlighted experiences, challenges and opportunities based on current pilot
projects on weather index insurance in many parts of Africa.
WINELANDS OF THE WORLD / WYNLANDE VAN DIE WÈRELD (Student Edition)
By C Theron. ISBN 9781920338190. Publisher: Sun Media.
The student, wine lover, wine master and people involved in the production or marketing of wine
will all benefit from this factual book. Top wine regions are covered in respect of area under
production, yield, classification system, best known wines and cultivars, as well as the wine
ON THE WAY TO THE BEST POSSIBLE SCIENCE
By APJ Roux & CS de Beer. ISBN 9781928355007. Publisher: Sun Media. Date: 2016.
The road to the best possible science runs along all kinds of ondulary paths of peer evaluation with
the preferences, assumptions, prejudices and convictions of the evaluating readers. It runs over
he bumpy roads of ideological preferences and obstinacies that are mostly negatively affected
(muddled) by the urge for power and money of institutional and political botching, so that any pure
outcome will be difficult to achieve. There are also all sorts of detours and side tracks, inspired by
the obsession with instant solutions, reductionistic and absolutising oversimplifications of the full
multiple reality, and the complex knowledge world, but above all by the intriguing fickleness of
impulsive and ever-present fallible human beings. Against this background, the extremes of hidden
unexpectedness can in surprising ways occur at any time. The best intentions can lead to the
greatest catastrophes; the most innocent unintended inventions can come up with surprising and
unexpected wholesome influences. With this in mind, the best possible science, as emphasised in
this publication, can never be defined in any final sense, nor can it ever without any doubt be
achieved, although this remains our firm ideal. For this same reason we ought to be on the road
and stay on the road to the best possible science, filled with hope and expectation and with
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