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  • In Tin Bucket Drum, Neil Coppen achieves a small miracle. Through his lyrical script and the creative use of lighting and sound, one woman, the Narrator, succeeds in evoking a host of characters as this allegorical tale of oppression and liberation plays itself out. It is a story that offers a host of lessons for many places and many times. ...

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  • This stirring collection of essays and talks by activist and former judge Albie Sachs is the culmination of more than 25 years of thought about constitution-making and non-racialism. Following the Constitutional Court’s landmark Nkandla ruling in March 2016, it serves as a powerful reminder of the tenets of the Constitution, the rule of law and the continuous struggle to uphold democratic rights ...

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  • Although widely known as the Afrikaner Communist who saved Nelson Mandela from the gallows, very little is known about Bram Fischer the man. Fischer was a respected Senior Advocate at the Johannesburg Bar who chose to side with the oppressed and went underground to join the armed struggle. The many facets of this remarkable man are refl ected in The Bram Fischer Waltz, Harry Kalmer’s lyrical tri ...

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  • Hoewel hy algemeen bekend is as die Afrikaner-Kommunis wat vir Nelson Mandela van die galg gered het, is bitter min bekend oor Bram Fischer die man. Fischer was ’n gerespekteerde senior advokaat by die Johannesburgse Balie, wat gekies het om hom by die onderdruktes te skaar en wat ondergronds gegaan het om by die gewapende stryd aan te sluit. Hy is op 5 November 1965 in hegtenis geneem nadat hy ...

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  • In Losing the Plot, well-known scholar and writer Leon de Kock offers a lively and wide-ranging analysis of postapartheid South African writing which, he contends, has morphed into a far more flexible and multifaceted entity than its predecessor. ...

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  • Brian Willan has assembled and edited this fascinating collection from a variety of disparate and often obscure sources, making a comprehensive selection of Plaatje’s writings available to a wider audience. ...

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  • The aim of this multi-authored volume is to shed new light on how and why Native Life came into being at a critical historical juncture, and to reflect on how it can be read in relation to South Africa’s heightened challenges today. ...

    More about: Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa
  • This book maps the contours of student discontent a year after the start of the #FeesMustFall revolt. Student voices dissect coloniality, improper compromises by the founders of democratic South Africa, feminism, worker rights and meaningful education. ...

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  • What does friendship have to do with racial difference, settler colonialism and post-apartheid South Africa? While histories of apartheid and colonialism in South Africa have often focused on the ideologies of segregation and white supremacy, Ties that Bind explores how the intimacies of friendship create vital spaces for practices of power and resistance. ...

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  • Craig Higginson’s first three plays for adult audiences – collected here in one volume – represent one of the strongest debuts in contemporary South African theatre. ...

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Two Wits University Press publications are shortlisted for the ASAUK THE FAGE AND OLIVER PRIZE

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Wits University Press is pleased to announce that two of our publications have made it ti the shortlist for the inaugural award of the ASAUK Fage & Oliver Prize. The prize is awarded biennially to the author of an outstanding original scholarly work published on Africa during the preceding two years. The books are: Maxim […]

Wits University Press authors at the Vrystaat Literary Festival 11-16 July 2016 in Bloemfontein

Monday, July 4th, 2016

   Wits University Press is proud to announce the seven authors and scholars who will participate in the programme of the Vrystaat Literary Festival 11-16 July 2016 in Bloemfontein. They are:  Achille Mbembe (On the Postcolony) Tshepo Moloi, (Place of Thorns: Black political protest in Kroonstad since 1976) Bob & Mary Scholes (Climate change: Briefings […]


Wits University Press now a member of the American Association of University Presses (AAUP)

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Wits University Press is pleased to announce its membership of the American Association of University Presses (AAUP). The AAUP is an association of more than 130 international nonprofit publishers, which strives to advance scholarship to members. The Association’s mission is to assist its members through professional education, cooperative services, and public advocacy. It educates by […]

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