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  • Money from Nothing by Deborah James

    South Africa’s national project of financial inclusion aims to extend credit to black South Africans as a critical aspect of abolishing apartheid’s legacy. Money from Nothing explores the contradictory dynamics inherent in this project, and captures the lived experience of indebtedness for many millions who attempt to improve their positions (or merely sustain existing livelihoods) in this com ...

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    With her earliest work, Penny Siopis established herself as one of the most talented and challenging visual artists in and beyond South Africa. Penny Siopis: Time and Again engages in a variety of ways with her work of the past thirty-fi ve years. A conversation between the artist and the editor, Gerrit Olivier, unfolds throughout the book, giving the reader fascinating insights into her working m ...

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  • ImpossibleMourning_HR

    Impossible Mourning argues that while the HIV/AIDS epidemic has occupied an important place in public discourse in South Africa over the last ten years, particularly in debates about governance and constitutional rights post-apartheid, the experiences of people living with HIV for the most part remain invisible and the multiple losses due to AIDS have gone publicly unmourned. This book engages wit ...

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  • Forgotten World

    The Mpumalanga Escarpment, stretching from Ohrigstad in the north via Lydenburg and Machadodorp to Carolina in the south, saw massive changes in precolonial times. Still visible today is a vast expanse of man-made stone walling which connects over 10 000 square kilometres of land into a complex web of circular homesteads, towns, terraced fields and linking roads, stretching for 150 kilometres in a ...

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  • CSCC caselining.indd

    This richly illustrated study offers detailed empirical analyses of changes in the city’s physical space, as well as a host of chapters on the character of specific neighbourhoods and the social identities being forged within them. Informing all of these is a consideration of underlying economic, social and political processes shaping the wider Gauteng region. ...

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  • LandChiefsMining_LR

    Land, Chiefs, Mining explores aspects of the experience of the Batswana in the thornveld and bushveld regions of the North-West Province, shedding light on defining issues, moments and individuals in this lesser known region of South Africa. ...

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  • Suspended Revolution Covers - Translations

    Buka ena ke setlamo ho maAfrika Borwa ohle a batlang ditharollo tse lebahaneng le demokrasi ya rona. Adam Habib o fana ka manollo ya sethato ya diphetoho tsa sepolotiki le tsa moruo nakong ena e ka mora kgethollo ka ho pepesa ditsitsipano tsa puso le matla a ka mahlakoreng ohle a teng sedikadikweng sa dipolotiki sa Afrika Borwa. ...

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  • Suspended Revolution Covers - Translations

    Lena yincwadi okumele ifundwe nakanjani yizakhamuzi zaseNingizimu Afrika ezifuna ukuthola izisombululo zezinkinga eziqondene nombuso wentando yeningi wethu. U-Adam Habib lapha uhlaziya ukuguqukela kokusha kokuphathelene nezombusazwe kanye nezomnotho enkathini yangemva kobandlululo ngokuveza izingqinamba ezikhungweni kanye nokudonsisana ngamandla okukhona kwezombusazwe eNingizimu Afrika. ...

    More about: Inguqukombuso YeNingizimu Afrika Eyabondwa Yashiywa
  • Rewolusie op Ys

    Met hierdie boek bied Adam Habib ’n oorspronklike analise van die politieke en ekonomiese oorgang in die postapartheidera deur die institusionele beperkinge en die magsbalanse wat ’n rol speel in die Suid-Afrikaanse politieke arena, bloot te lê. ...

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  • LongWayHome

    A Long Way Home is an extraordinarily rich guide to the history and material artefacts emanating from migrant life in South Africa. Spanning a three-hundred-year history, the book captures the humanity, agency and creative modes of self-expression of the millions of workers who left their rural homesteads to cross frontiers – whether by foot, carriage or otherwise – to new towns and cities, al ...

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A meaningful contribution to migrant studies – review of Migrant Women of Johannesburg—Life in an In-between city.

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Caroline Wanjiku Kihato’s  book Migrant Women of Johannesburg—Life in an In-between city, has been reviewed in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Review by Polo Moji of Univ of Pretoria ”Caroline Wanjiku Kihato’s use of selfphotography as a visual narrative is a gamble that more than pays off. It enables her to give fresh conclusions on materiality, […]

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Making South Africa’s Muslims creatively visible – Review of Gabeba Baderoon’s Regarding Muslims

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Regarding Muslims by Gabeba Baderoon has been reviewed in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde  in a lovely long review article by Muhammed Haron.  He has interesting criticisms and makes great commendations. “Baderoon has undoubtedly produced a fascinating and interesting project that has enriched our insights into and understanding of this  (Muslim) community.” “Baderoon’s text is an informative, […]

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Renewed interest in Mahatma Gandhi’s life in Johannesburg

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

There is renewed interest in the life of Mahatma Gandhi when he was living in South Africa. Look out for Wits Press’ Gandhi publication: Gandhi’s Johannesburg: Birthplace of Satyagraha by Eric Itzkin. We are reprinting this classic book and it will be available from April 2015 from Wits University Press.…/academics-mark-100-yrs-of-gan… Academics mark 100 yrs […]

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