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  • This book is an original, systematic, and radical attempt at decolonizing critical theory, drawing on linguistic concepts from 16 languages from Asia, Africa, the Arab world, and South America. ...

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  • A collection of essays celebrating the centenaries of Peter Abrahams, Noni Jabavu, Sibusiso Nyembezi and Es’kia Mphahlele, all born in South Africa in 1919. These foundational writers produced fiction, criticism, journalism and life writing, and their oeuvres are crucial to the genealogies of modern African and diasporic black literature. ...

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  • Worrier State looks at the pervasive culture of fear in South Africa asking How do South Africans feel about living under conditions of extreme fear, which is related to gross inequality, and how does the media make us feel? ...

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  • This timeous book presents a compelling analysis of the need, conditions and possibilities for a universal basic income (UBI) in South Africa and globally. It explores the vexing questions a UBI raises about the relationship of paid work to social rights, and about the role of the state in contemporary capitalism. ...

    More about: In the Balance
  • Ukufa kukaShaka is a historical drama in isiZulu. Based on the events surrounding the assassination of Shaka, the mighty Zulu king, by his two half-brothers, Dingane and Mhlangana, aided and abetted by his paternal aunt, Mkabayi, in 1828. In the play Elliot Zondi explores the classic theme of the tragic hero’s fatal flaws. ...

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  • Senkatana is a Sesotho play based on a Basotho legend about a monster that swallowed all the people and animals except for one pregnant woman. She gave birth to a boy, Senkatana, when a young man, killed the monster. The grateful people made him their king, but soon after he was killed to settle a family score. ...

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  • In the Setswana play Motswasele II, the first historical drama written by a Botswanan author, LD Raditladi explores the concept of bogosi (chieftainship) through the characters of two powerful men. The play highlights the need for power to be dispensed judiciously and for conflicts to be resolved where they arise. ...

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  • Pelong ya ka is a volume of Sesotho essays and stories on personal themes, first published in 1962. The author, an expert on African folklore, was also regarded as a gifted exponent Southern Sesotho. The pieces in this collection are narrative in style and largely autobiographical. ...

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  • A collection of isiZulu poems by BW Vilakazi, known as the ‘father of Nguni literature’, first published in 1935. It contains superb nature poems and also reflects Vilakazi’s contact with Western modernity; he was both a traditional imbongi (bard) and forward-looking poet who fused Western poetic forms with Zulu izibongo (praise poetry). ...

    More about: Inkondlo kaZulu
  • Dintshontsho tsa bo-Juliuse Kesara is a translation into Setswana of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, by the renowned South African thinker, writer and linguist Sol T. Plaatje ...

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Happy 100th Birthday to Wits University Press!

Monday, April 11th, 2022

It is 100 years since the first book was published by the ‘University of the Witwatersrand Press’ on 10 April 1922. It is 100 years since the first book was published by the ‘University of the Witwatersrand Press’ on 10 April 1922. Called The National Resources of South Africa, it was written by RA Lehfeldt, […]


Playwright and novelist Nadia Davids’ “spell-binding” play, What Remains wins the Olive Schreiner Prize for Drama for 2020

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

Wits University Press is delighted to announce that Nadia Davids’ play, What Remains: A Play in One Act, has won the English Academy of Southern Africa’s Olive Schreiner Prize for Drama (2020). The Olive Schreiner Prize for drama forms part of a larger annual competition in creative writing of English expression, which includes prose and […]


Bhekizizwe (Bheki) Peterson, a great South African intellectual has passed

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Wits University Press is saddened to hear and share the news about the passing of Bhekizizwe (Bheki) Peterson on 16 June 2021.  Born in 1961 in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, Bheki Peterson was a great South African intellectual, Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and talented artist. He published extensively on […]

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