While working on the UNESCO Slave Route project in the early 2000s, Bothlale Tema discovered the extraordinary fact that her highly educated family from the farm Welgeval in the Pilanesberg had originated with two young men who had been child slaves in the mid-nineteenth century. She pieced togethe the fragments of information from relatives and community members, and scoured the archives to produce this book.
Land of my Ancestors, previously published as The People of Welgeval, tells the story of the two young men and their descendants, as they build a life for themselves on Welgeval. As they raise their families and take in people who have dispossessed, we follow the births, deaths, adventures and joys of the farm's inhabitants in their struggle to build a new community.
Set against the backdrop of slavery, colonialism, the Anglo-Boer War and the rise of apartheid, this is a fascinating and insightful retelling of history. It is an inspiring story about friendship and family, landownership and learning, and about how people transform themselves from victims to victors.
A new prologue and epilogue give more historical context to the narrative and tell the story of the successful land claim involving the farm, which happened after the book's original publication.
Contributors to this publication, many of whom were born, raised and educated in exile, are now each writing a letter to Uncle O.R Tambo in memory of his centenary. At times praising, at times questioning, other times lamenting present circumstances and, almost all of them asking in exasperation, 'where are you now when we need you most, Uncle Comrade President Tambo'?
Great speeches have the power to bring about political change, and South Africa lays claim to some of the world's most skilled orators, from Nelson Mandela, whose courageous statement from the dock inspired the liberation struggle, to Desmond Tutu, whose 'Rainbow People of God' speech prepared the country for a new era. On the other side of the political spectrum, who can forget P.W Botha's infamous Rubicon speech, an oratorical flop which took the country backwards during the 1980s, or F.W de Klerk's unbanning of the ANC IN 1990, which took it forward again?
Speeches that Shaped South Africa is the first collection of these historic utterances, featuring key speeches from the beginning of apartheid to the present. It includes Harold Macmillan's 'Winds of Change', Thabo Mbeki's 'I am an African' and Mmusi Maimane's 'Broken Man' speech. Also featured are Bram Fischer, Helen Suzman, Steve Biko, Winnie Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Julius Malema, Barbara Hogan and many others. The book covers past and present shenanigans in Parliament, clandestine broadcasts on Radio Freedom, moving eulogies that celebrate our political giants, and the informal rhetoric of populist crowd pleasers.
Accompanying each speech is a commentary that places it in a historical context and explores its effects. Accessible and engaging, this analysis is based on original research and offers fresh insights into events. This is a fascinating journey through South African history over the past seventy years.
Nelson Mandela revealed nothing about his personal religious beliefs in his writings or in his public pronouncements. But those who were close to him know that he held Christian views, and, at his request, the final part of his funeral followed the Methodist service.
This book traces the spiritual aspect of Mandela's life, from his youth in a traditional Thembu village, to his education at Wesleyan and Methodist mission schools, to his time as an activist, his period on Robben Island and the years thereafter. It explores the way that he balanced Christianity with traditional African beliefs, and with his political views, and how he reconciled his own beliefs with the fact that religion had often been used as a tool to oppress his people.
Based on interviews with some of Mandela's close colleagues, such as Ahmed Kathrada, as well as priests and other religious figures with whom he interacted, this book unearths an unknown dimension of recent history's most famous man.
WTF is renowned cartoonist Zapiro's account of the Zuma years in 400 brilliant cartoons and the stories behind them.
Zapiro;s showerhead - first drawn on Jacob Zuma in 2006 - has become an iconic symbol. Zuma served Zapiro with two lawsuits, totalling R22m, claiming the cartoons had invaded his dignity. And there were many other occasions when Zapiri not only drew the story, he became the story.
Zapiro is uniquely positioned to reflect the serious craziness and the crazy seriousness of this bewildering time in our history.
The Guptas rose to national infamy when a commercial airliner packed with guests for a family wedding was allowed to land at Air Force Base Waterkloof in 2013, sparkling an onslaught of public outrage. Since then, they have become embroiled in allegations of state capture, of dishing out cabinet posts to officials who would do their bidding, and of benefiting from lucrative state contracts and dubious loans.
The Republic of Gupta investigates what the Gupta brothers were up to during Thabo Mbeki's presidency and how they got into the inner circle of President Jacob Zuma. It shines new light on their controversial ventures in computers, cricket, newspapers and TV news, and coal and uranium mining. And it explores their exposure by public protector Thuli Madonsela, their conflict with finance minister Pravin Gordhan, and the real reasons behind the cabinet reshuffle of March 2017.
Pieter-Loius Myburgh delves deeper than ever before into the Guptas' business dealings and their links to prominent South African politicians, and explains how one family managed to transform an entire country into the Republic of Gupta.