Q1 January – March 2016 SA Books


January – March 2016 : New SA Titles 

Prices, cover images and publication dates subject to change

Jacket images are added as they become available from the publishers


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Adekeye Adebajo | Thabo Mbeki – Pocket Biography | Jacana 9781431423309 | pbk | R140 | March

Co-published with Ohio University Press in the US and UK

This is a fresh and concise reappraisal of Thabo Mbeki, South Africa’s second democratic president
in succession to Nelson Mandela. Though his term of office was controversial in many respects – e.g.
his ‘dissenting’ position on AIDS and his ‘quiet diplomacy’ with Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe – and
ended in a spectacular palace coup at the ANC’s Polokwane Conference in 2007, his reputation has
been gradually undergoing rehabilitation since then, particularly because of widespread disillusion with
his successor as president, Jacob Zuma.

While the economy stalled and then went into decline under Zuma, during Mbeki’s time in office it grew at
an average rate of 4.5% a year. Mbeki attracted the bulk of Africa’s foreign direct investment and made
South Africa the focal point of African growth. He championed an African Renaissance and was the
architect of NEPAD, whose aim was to develop an integrated development framework for Africa.
Mbeki also mediated in difficult and complex issues on the African continent, including Sudan,
Burundi, the DRC and Côte d’Ivoire. Indeed, it is his African perspectives and initiatives that this short
introduction seeks to give due prominence to.

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Carl Alberts | Chopper Down! | 30º South 978192821178-5 | R295 | February

After twenty years of armed conflict in Angola and political instability in coup-ridden Sierra Leone going back to 1991, private corporate financial interests became the catalyst that spawned the creation of possibly the most successful private military corporation to date: Executive Outcomes (EO). With its initial task of securing Angolan government control in the Soyo oil-producing region, prompted by private oil interests, EO subsequently became involved in the war against UNITA throughout the country. With little more that 100 of its own combat personnel on the ground in both the wars in Angola and Sierra Leone, the outstanding success that EO achieved was in no small part due to the force-multiplying effect and support given by its helicopter and jet pilots of the Air Wing.

This is the true story of the frustrations, personal sacrifices and too often the extreme risks that the aircrews took while flying in support of the ground offensives. Most of this was achieved with outdated equipment and aircraft that were seldom airworthy. Living under harsh conditions with the ever-present threat of enemy attack, as well as great risk from their ill-disciplined allies, the contribution these aircrews made to the overall success of the war effort was extensive.
Although EO costs were but a small fraction of the replacement United Nations forces, which were generally unsuccessful, international pressure to leave prematurely, led to renewed regional conflict with great loss of life. The author describes the realities of ‘postwar syndrome’, his subsequent failed business venture in Liberia
and his involvement in the conflict in the Ivory Coast that brought about his arrest in South Africa for mercenary-related activities.

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Chris Ash | Matabele – The war of 1893 and the 1896 Rebellions | 30º South 9781928211891 | R295 | February

Sandwiched between the glamour and heroism of the Zulu War, and the controversy and bitterness of the Boer War, the Matabele Wars of the 1890s have long been southern Africa’s forgotten colonial wars. There is no denying that the Matabele Wars are a lot less romantic and photogenic than the Zulu War. The wonky, unreliable Gatlings and ludicrous rocket batteries of the Zulu War had given way to the highly effective Maxim guns that were seeing major action for the first time. Nevertheless, the Matabele warriors showed every bit as much heroism, determination and élan as had their kinsmen in the Zulu War.  With oft-claimed links to the infamous Jameson Raid, the origins of the second Matabele War are as fascinating and controversial as those of the first, and it was a dirty, hard-fought guerrilla war, more akin to the African bush wars of the 1960s and ’70s than those waged at the height of the colonial period. The brutal murders of women and children committed by the insurgents and the widespread use of dynamite to entomb rebels in their subterranean hiding places both sparked fury and condemnation at the time, but aside from the butchery, actions such as the Mazoe Patrol were as heroic as anything of the age.

This is the first history which covers both wars in a single volume, allowing the reader to see how they flowed seamlessly into one another and how they impacted on the southern Africa. Written in Ash’s typical no-holds-barred style, the book thunders along rather than tiptoeing round modern political niceties. Special attention is given to the many outlandish characters of the period: old-school savage tyrant Chief Lobengula, the ambitious and ever-scheming Cecil Rhodes, and the rascally Dr Jameson, of course … but also men like Captain Lendy, one of very few men in history to have died from putting a shot, Frederick Selous, the archetypal great white hunter, Kagubi the infamous witchdoctor who whipped up so much trouble during the rebellion, not to mention the likes of Plumer, Forbes, Wilson, Colenbrander, Burnham, Baden-
Powell, Gifford and the extraordinary ‘Maori’ Hamilton-Browne. Indeed, the cast is probably the most fascinating part of the tale: adventurous young Anglo-Saxons from every corner of the empire and a few old Indian fighters from the American West, who all found themselves thousands of miles from home facing a valiant and terrifying enemy.

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Eeben Barlow | Composite Warfare | 30º South 9781928211761 | R350 | February

Composite Warfare presents African soldiers and scholars with a true African ‘Art of War’ As a continent, Africa presents her armies with a vast, dynamic and multi-dimensional operating environment. It has numerous complex and diverse ethnic, religious, cultural and tribal interests and loyalties, along with many multifaceted threat-drivers coupled to varied and infrastructure-poor terrain plus vast climatic variations. The continent is, furthermore, characterized by numerous half-won conflicts and wars fought by incorrectly structured, inadequately trained and ill-equipped armies. For many reasons, these forces have difficulty adapting to the complex, demanding and rapidly changing environments they do
battle in. Similarly, the armies have difficulty in decisively defeating the various threats they face. Many of these problems stem from the fact that numerous modern-day African armies are merely clones of the armies established by their once-colonial masters, their Cold War allies or their new international allies. Many of the principles and tactics, techniques and procedures they were – and still are – being taught relate to fighting in Europe and not in Africa. Some of these concepts are not even relevant to Africa.

This book is intended as a guide and textbook for African soldiers and scholars who wish to understand the development of hostilities, strategy, operational design, doctrine and tactics. It also illustrates the importance of non-partisanship and the mission and role of the armed forces. Officers, NCOs and their subordinates need to, furthermore, understand
their role in defending and protecting the government and the people they serve. They additionally need to know how to successfully accomplish their numerous missions with aggression, audacity, boldness, speed and surprise. The book provides the reader with valuable information relating to conventional and unconventional manoeuvre. It also discusses how African armies can, with structured and balanced forces, achieve strategic, operational and tactical success. It covers the role of government along with operations related to war, operations other than war and intelligence operations and how these operations, operating in a coordinated and unified manner, can secure and strengthen a government.
Composite Warfare draws on the author’s experiences and lessons in Central, Southern, East, West and North Africa where he has served numerous African governments as a politico-military strategist, division commander, division adviser, battalion commander and special operations commander.

Robin Binckes | What a Boykie – The John Berks Story | 30º South 9781928211846 | R295 | February

A story of determination and guts of a boy ‘born with a wooden spoon’ in his mouth, who managed through perseverance and sheer will power to turn that into one of silver. Born the third child of hardworking, honest Jewish parents in Krugersdorp in 1941, a nervy, hypochondriac who broke into a nervous rash whenever he felt uncomfortable or stressed, the boy was a total disaster, academically promoted to higher classes only because of his age. From an early age John would listen to the radio at any opportunity that presented itself, spending hours perfecting the mimicking of great commentators, holding a tablespoon up to his mouth as he spoke, setting his mind on a career in radio. Through a series of coincidences his lucky break finally came and he was employed by the fledgling commercial station LM Radio in Lourenco Marques (Maputo). From a stammering, stuttering insecure young announcer, he quickly blossomed and began to make his mark on the station.

Sent to Australia by the legendary David Davies to study commercial radio John brought back the secret and pattern of success of commercial radio in Australia, which became the blueprint for broadcasting in South Africa. His radio career spanned 40 years, included working on LM Radio, SABC, Springbok Radio, Radio 5, Capitol Radio, Swazi Music Radio and 702 is legendary. Pioneering modern radio in South Africa, he broke new ground in radio broadcasting through his hilarious parodies of situations, phone calls to unsuspecting victims, his ‘characters’ such as ‘Jan Sweetpak’ and others, his humour and development of talk shows and techniques used by many today. He developed ‘Theatre of the Mind’ and took it to new heights, with a vision to push for talk radio at a time others said it would fail and changed the face of
broadcasting in South Africa. On any morning, his talent and effect was measurable, one only had to look at other drivers in Johannesburg’s rush hour traffic to see the smiling faces as he brightened the day with his machine gun fire wit and humour. A man of great humility and integrity, this book shows how much can be achieved when the odds are stacked against you and all you have is determination, passion and an unparalleled talent for communicating.

Nadia Bilchik and Lori Miller | Own Your Space – The Toolkit For the Working Woman | Pan Macmillan SA 9781770104549 | R275 | March

Own Your Space provides practica ltools and insights gleaned from workshops held around the world and from interviews with some of South Africa’s most accomplished women to provide you with tried-and-tested techniques,tips and advice to help you boost your career,enhance your confidence and truly own your space on every level.



Dorothy Black | The Dot Spot – Adventures in Love and Sex | Jacana 9781920601645 | pbk | R180 | February

The Dot Spot: Adventures in love and sex will be South Africa’s first, fun and frank ‘how-to’ guide on untangling the mysteries of sex, love and relationships. Written in Dot’s upfront, entertaining and sassy style, the book uncovers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about dating and relationships, from kink to sexual selfempowerment. All of us want to find the similarities and connections in the secrets, fantasies and desires that we have but are often too shy to talk about it. This book will spark that conversation with unbridled candour.

Continential Shift

Kevin Bloom and Richard Poplak | Continental Shift | Jonathan Ball 9781868424283 | tpb | R265 | February

AFRICA IS FAILING. AFRICA IS SUCCEEDING. Africa is betraying its citizens. Africa is a place of starvation, corruption, disease. African economies are soaring faster than any on earth. Africa is squandering its bountiful resources. Africa is a roadmap for global development. Africa is turbulent. Africa is stabilising. Africa is doomed. Africa is the future.
All of these pronouncements prove equally true and false, as South African journalists Richard Poplak and Kevin Bloom discover on their 9-year roadtrip through the paradoxical continent they call home. From pillaged mines in Zimbabwe to the creation of an economic marketplace in Ethiopia; from Namibia’s middle class to the technological challenges facing Nollywood in the 21st Century; from China’s investment in Botswana to the rush for resources in the Congo; and from the birth of Africa’s newest country, South Sudan, to the worsening conflict in CAR, here are eight adventures on the trail of a new Africa.

Part detective story, part report from this economic frontier, Continental Shift follows the money as it flows through Chinese coffers to international conglomerates, to heads of state, to ordinary African citizens, all of whom are intent on defining a metamorphosing continent.


Pocket Guide: Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa








Bill Branch | Pocket Guide: Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa | Struik 9781775841647 | pbk | R140 | February

Southern Africa is home to a diverse reptile fauna of more than 600 species. Of these, nearly 70% are endemic to the region, being found nowhere else. This compact guide features 276 of the more colourful and conspicuous species, as well as those unique to or endangered in the region. This up-to-date guide makes an ideal travelling companion on trips to the wildlife areas of southern Africa.

It features:
• authoritative text describing key identification features and symbols depicting endangered and venomous species;
• full-colour photographs of the featured species;
• distribution maps showing the range of each species;
• thumbnail outlines of each family group, enabling quick identification


Michael Bratton | Power Politics in Zimbabwe | UKZN Press 9781869143114 | pbk | R335 | January

Zimbabwe’s July 2013 election brought the country’s ‘inclusive’ power-sharing interlude to an end and installed Robert Mugabe and ZANU-PF for yet another – its seventh – term. Why? What explains the resilience of authoritarian rule in Zimbabwe?

Tracing the country’s elusive search for a legitimate political settlement across the decades, Michael Bratton offers a careful analysis of the failed power-sharing experiment, an account of its institutional origins and an explanation of its demise. In the process, he explores key challenges of political transition: constitution making, elections, security-sector reform and transitional justice.



David Coltart | The Struggle Continues – 50 Years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe | Jacana 9781431423187 | tpb | R380 | February

David Coltart is one of the most prominent political and human rights figures in Zimbabwe. Born and schooled
in Zimbabwe, he trained in law at the University of Cape Town, and has served as principal defence counsel for a
wide range of Zimbabwean politicians who have fallen afoul of Robert Mugabe’s regime. Coltart also served as
the first legal secretary to the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Zimbabwe’s primary opposition party.
In 2000, he was elected to Parliament and, following the creation of a ‘coalition’ government in September 2008,
he was appointed Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, a position he held until August 2013.

Over the years, Coltart has been threatened, detained, spuriously prosecuted and has survived several direct
attempts on his life. As a young man, Coltart was urged by Robert Mugabe to return to Zimbabwe from South
Africa, but he would become one of Mugabe’s favourite targets of vilification, branded a traitor to the state and
worthy of remaining in the country only as a resident of one of its prisons.

For three decades, Coltart has kept detailed notes and records of all his work, including a meticulous diary of
Cabinet dealings, the source material for much of his book. It is set to be the most authoritative book to date
of the last sixty years of Zimbabwe’s history: from the obstinate racism of Ian Smith that provoked Rhodesia’s
Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1965, to the civil war of the 1970s, the Gukurahundi
genocide of the 1980s, Robert Mugabe’s war on white landowners, and the struggles waged by the MDC. A
key theme throughout the book is the role of political extremists who have consistently subverted Zimbabwe’s
chances of realising its true potential.

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Alan Cowell | Permanent Removal | Jacana 9781431423439 | tpb | R225 | March

‘‘They will use the flashing patrol light to force the sky-blue Honda to pull over – an old trick, but
it often worked. They will manacle their captives and switch license plates. They will drive the four
men back toward the dunes. In the first instance, there will be knives and bludgeons. Then gasoline
to incinerate the bodies and the Honda. Dirty work, but someone had to do it’.

Permanent Removal is a beautifully written political thriller focusing on the nature of justice,
truth, betrayal, socio-political and ethical quandaries, complicity and moral agency. The
novel introduces readers to a cast of players whose destinies intertwine in a particularly
gruesome murder.

The novel is set in apartheid South Africa and fictionalises the events leading up to the
assassination of the Cradock Four. South African security forces set up a roadblock to
intercept a car near the city of Port Elizabeth. Two of the four anti-apartheid activists in the
car were secretly targeted for assassination. The police abducted the four and murdered them in
cold blood. Their burnt bodies were found later near the Port Elizabeth suburb of Bluewater Bay.
These murders are one of apartheid’s murkiest episodes.

On the day of the funeral of the Cradock Four, President PW Botha declared a State of
Emergency. It was the beginning of the end.


William Dicey | Mongrel: Essays | Umuzi 9781415206881 | pbk | R230 | February

Dicey’s essays freewheel across an open terrain of interests. Dicey is curious and inventive, weaving strands of essay, journalism, fiction and self-reportage into something uniquely his own.

Mongrel investigates a range of topics – radical environmentalism, the fault lines between farmer and farm worker, the joys and sorrows of reading – yet drifts of concern and sensibility draw the collection together. Several essays touch on how books can move, and sometimes maul, their readers.

Mongrel is idiosyncratic, witty, potent.


Khaya Dlanga | To Quote Myself | Pan Macmillan SA 9781770104716 | R180 | February
Khaya Dlanga has established himself as one of the most influential individuals in South African media, particularly social media, a platform he uses to promote discussion on topics that range from the frivolous to the profound.
In To Quote Myself, Khaya recounts entertaining and moving stories about his roots and upbringing in rural Transkei, how he made his mark at school as well as his time spent studying advertising and as a stand-up comedian.
He also shares his political views, how he overcame homelessness to become one of the most influential marketers in South Africa and he gives the reader a dose of the truly weird and wonderful that is routinely a part of his life.
‘It is in Khaya’s nature to be a storyteller; To Quote Myself shows just how much he has nurtured his craft over the years. This book is like my favourite thing: crisp white linen. Yes, the bed is freshly made but the fun is getting into in and finding your own space. I found my space so many times in this book.
Mark Eardley and Charlie Stewart | Business-to-Business Marketing | Zebra Press 9781776090129 | R220 | January
The way businesses buy from one another has changed profoundly in recent years. Markets have evolved, disruptive technologies have sprung up and buyers’ expectations have changed.
But despite this, the fundamentals of business-to-business marketing have remained constant: today’s corporate decision-makers still need to know who you are, what you do and why you matter to them.
In Business-to-Business Marketing, Mark Eardley and Charlie Stewart review the basic rules of B2B marketing. They offer guidance on how to:
  • motivate your markets to buy from you,
  • how to differentiate yourself from your competitors and
  • explain which tactics to use to reach your customers with the right messages at the right time.
Their step-by-step guide will help your marketing effort deliver three critical results –
  • increased sales,
  • rising market share and
  • rock-solid margins.
Written in straightforward, punchy language with simple, practical take outs at the end of each chapter, this is a must-have book for anyone involved – in any way at all – with attracting and retaining profitable customers.
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Maj Gen Philip Efiong | The Caged Bird sang No More | 30º South 9781928211808 | R295 | February

This is Philip Efiong’s account of the Nigeria–Biafra Civil War (1967–70). He was a key player during the event and second-in-command to the Biafran leader, General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. The story begins with the coup d’états of January and July 1966, and recounts ensuing ethnic and regional conflicts. After the first coup, Efiong is posted to State House as Principal Staff Officer and then to Kaduna as Acting Commander of the First Brigade. But the second
coup is executed shortly after and he is forced to escape from Kaduna following a failed attempt on his life. He makes his way back to the East where he also relocates his family after officers have been directed by the new military government to return to their regions of origin.

Efiong is in Enugu when talks break down between the new military head of state, then Lieutenant Colonel Yakubu Gowon and the Governor of the Eastern Region, Lieutenant Colonel Ojukwu. The result is a declaration of secession by the Eastern Region (Biafra), which leads to the outbreak of war in July 1967. In Biafra, after holding a number of positions, Efiong ends up as Chief of General Staff and second-in-command to the Biafran leader. With each incursion and onslaught by the enemy, the author moves his family to a new town or village until they arrive in Owerri, their last place
of refuge before Biafra’s collapse. Ojukwu then flees and hands over power to Efiong who performs the final task of leading a delegation to Lagos to negotiate peace and deliver Biafra’s surrender. The war formally comes to an end on 15 January 1970, after which former Biafran officers, including Efiong, receive punishments ranging from dismissal to imprisonment.

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Nicky Falkof | The End of Whiteness – Satanism and Family Murder in South Africa | Jacana 9781431423279 | March
‘This book is haunted by a double ghost: first the ghoulish Satanist, black-clad, draped in knives and
symbols, pockets dripping foreign pornography and drugs; and second, the white Afrikaans family
murderer, his hollow eyes tracking the movements of his children across the kitchen and plotting ways to
save them from the corruption of the modern world. These were figures that stalked my adolescence. They
are harder to find these days, but their traces remain: in the pages of books, newspapers, pamphlets and
magazines, and slumbering in the backs of libraries’. – Nicky Falkof
Towards the end of apartheid, white South Africans found themselves in the middle of new social and
political change that showed itself in some strangely morbid ‘symptoms’. This book discusses two of the
primary symptoms that appeared in the media and in popular literature at the time – an apparent
threat from a cult of white Satanists and a so-called epidemic of white family murder. These two ‘moral
panics’ reveal important truths about the attitudes of white culture at that time, revealing both a social
response to fear of change and the effects that apartheid may hahave had on those who benefited
from it the most.
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Mike Gardner, Peter Norton and Clive Walker | River of Gold – Narratives and Exploration of the Great Limpopo | Jacana  9781431423385 | pbk | R280 | March
River of Gold is the story of South Africa’s most iconic river, described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘great, grey,
green, greasy Limpopo all set about with fever trees’. Here for the first time is the only full account of this
river’s history, its ancient past, wildlife, landscapes, early kingdoms and their people, warfare, trade, slaves,
19th-century hunting, travel and adventures and the conservation efforts of four national parks of which the
renowned Kruger National Park is one. The book (and the river) encompasses two world heritage sites, two
Transfrontier conservation areas, private game reserves, some of the richest rock art sites in southern Africa
with the river’s ‘source’ centred at the site of the world’s richest gold deposits ever discovered, Johannesburg.
After 1750 km, this amazing river, which to early travellers had neither a beginning nor an end, sharing a
border with four southern Africa countries, enters the Indian Ocean 50 km southeast of the town of Xai Xai in
Mozambique, first recorded by Vincent Erskine in 1869. Two of the authors, Clive Walker and Peter Norton, in
their quest to unearth its secrets have travelled the length of the river from its source to the sea. Not in one journey
but several over a number of years while at the same time photographing its unique landscapes, wildlife and people.
Only two works have ever been published about the river. The first by Carl Birkby in 1939, Limpopo Journey,
a journalist and war correspondent, and the artist Walter Battiss in 1965, simply titled Limpopo. Both accounts
concentrated on the author’s impressions and journeys along sections of the river.
River of Gold is to be published by Jacana Media, in full colour with some 200 images, numerous sketches, maps
and an Afterword by Dr John Ledger.
Pocket Guide: Insects of South Africa








Charles Griffiths and Mike Picker | Pocket Guide: Insects of South Africa | Struik 9781775841951 | pbk | R150 | January

This new pocket guide covers both common and interesting insects from South Africa, making it possible to identify a wide range of local species.

Some 431 insects are featured, many of which we may have spotted in our houses and gardens. Each is described with its key identification features, a colour photograph and distribution map.

An illustrated quick reference guide on the inside front and back covers makes it quick and easy to navigate to the right insect group.

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Grizelda Grootboom | Exit! | Jacana 9781928337201 | pbk | R195 | March
Exit! is the story of Grizelda Grootboom life of prostitution and her ultimate escape from it all.
Grizelda’s life was dramatically changed when she was gang raped at the age of nine by teenagers in her township. Her story starts there. It is a story about the cycle of poverty, family abandonment, dislocation, and survival in the streets of Cape Town. She reveals the seedy and often demonised life of a prostitute; she describes the clubs and beds of the prostitution and drug industry over a twelve year period.She moves to Johannesburg at the age of 18 in an attempt to start a new life, but instead she is trafficked on arrival in Yeoville, tied in a room for two weeks and forced to work as a sex slave.What would follow is a life of living hand-tomouth, from one street corner to another, being pimped, being taught how to strip, to acquiring and using a variety of drugs – from buttons, ecstasy and cannabis, to cocaine – to sustain herself. She speaks of how her prostitution gains momentum in city strip clubs and the sometimes tragic pregnancies that would follow.Grizelda’s harrowing tale ends with reconciliation with her family, while raising her six-year-old son. In writing this story she hopes to open a window on the hidden and often misunderstood world of prostitution, thereby raising better awareness and understanding about its harms and the horrors of trafficking and prostitution of women and children, and drug abuse. She hopes to heal and to set an example for others to follow.


how to invest like Warren Buffett

Alec Hogg | How to Invest Like Warren Buffett | Jonathan Ball 9781868427154 | pbk | R140 | January


Learn how Warren Buffett’s philosophy and investment strategy can be applied.

This is the South African guide on investing like Buffett by award-winning financial publisher Alec Hogg.

Learn how the investment genius of Warren Buffett can be applied to South African investing. This book is packed with invaluable lessons and insights from the world’s greatest wealth creator.

Useful charts and graphics are included in the book to provide more details about concepts and shares.

Packed inside the book you’ll find:

  • What $10 000 invested in Berkshire in 1965 looks like today
  • Buffett’s Top 4 Companies
  • Stock charts of important South African companies

The Best Pocket Guide Ever for Family Finances







Jillian Howard | The Best Pocket Guide Ever for Family Finances | Zebra Press 9781770229501 | pbk | R110 | January

Do you know what practical steps to take to ensure that you and your family thrive financially? If not, this book is for you…

It is much easier to control your finances and plan your investments when you are single. But once a partner comes along and financial decisions are shared, planning can become more complicated, as different people often have different ideas about how to spend and invest money. Without some guidance on dual finances, a marriage or partnership can easily become a statistic – a major cause for break-ups is financial stress. Add children to the mix, and the financial pressure increases.

But it is possible to achieve a financially successful life for your family despite the huge costs involved, and this book will show you how. It covers all aspects of family life – funding the wedding, children, lifestyle and education, as well as divorce, retirement, and the death of a spouse or partner.

Comprehensive yet easily accessible, this is your guide to financial planning throughout all stages of normal family life. A must-read for anyone who is married, is planning to get married or is cohabiting in a long-term relationship.


JU Jacobs | Diaspora and Identity in South African Fiction | UKZN 9781869143015 | pbk | R385 | January

South African identities, as they are represented in the contemporary South African novel, are not homogeneous but fractured and often conflicted: African, Afrikaner, ‘coloured’, English, and Indian – none can be regarded as rooted or pure, whatever essentialist claims members of these various ethnic and cultural communities might want to make for them.

All of them, this book argues, are deeply divided and have arisen, directly or indirectly, out of the experience of diasporic displacement, migration and relocation, from the colonial, African and Indian diasporas to present-day migrations into and out of South Africa and diasporic dislocations within Africa.

This study of twenty works by twelve contemporary South African novelists – Breyten Breytenbach, J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Aziz Hassim, Michiel Heyns, Elsa Joubert, Zakes Mda, Njabulo S. Ndebele, Karel Schoeman, Patricia Schonstein Pinnock, Ivan Vladislaviç and Zoë Wicomb – shows how diaspora is a dominant theme in contemporary South African fiction, and the diasporic subject its most recognisable figure.

Fynbos Fairies
Antjie Krog and Fiona Moodie | Fynbos Fairies | Umuzi 9781415209035 | pbk | R160 | February

It is for its fynbos – fine-leaved, shrub-like vegetation – that the southwestern and southern Cape has been named one of the world’s six plant kingdoms: the Cape Floral Kingdom. At less than 90 000 square kilometres,it is the smallest floral kingdom on earth. Yet it is home to 8 600 plant species, some 5 000 of which occur nowhere else in the world.

Fynbos is a mixture of four plant types: protea shrubs, heath-like ericas, reed-like restios and different bubous plants. The Cape Floral Kingdom contains 69 of the world’s 112 proteas, 526 of its 740 ericas and, among bubous plants, 96 of the world’s 160 gladiolus species. Table Mountain alone boasts almost 1 500 fynbos species.

With Fynbos Fairies, Antjie Krog and Fiona Moodie, both of whom regularly walk on the slopes of Table Mountain, pay homage to one of the natural wonders of the world. Inspired by Cicely Mary Barker’s A World of Flower Fairies, Antjie began the process by writing poems that each featured a plant and at least one imaginary little being.

Fiona meticulously researched the features of each plant, insect and little animal depicted in these pages. The fairies and other imaginary beings in these pages are her own creations, but the flowers and creatures she copied from nature.

Family Walks in Cape Town







Tim Lundy | Family Walks in Cape Town | Struik 9781928213147 | pbk | R160 | March

For families who enjoy the outdoors and who relish the beauty of the Cape Town environment, this book details 30 short walks in the Peninsula, grouped into five broad areas: Central Cape Town, Atlantic Seaboard, South Peninsula, Southern Suburbs and Northern Suburbs. Richly illustrated with photographs, it offers for each route:

– Clear, colourful, engaging route map and detailed route description

– Directions to the start and approximate time and distance

– Effort required; whether the route is pram-, wheelchair- or dog-friendly

– Points of interest and ideas for fun and relaxing activities

Accessible, informative and ideal for families of all sizes and ages, from the very young to the very old, this book will be valued by Cape Town residents and visitors alike.

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Hugh Macmillan | Jack Simons – Teacher, Scholar and Comrade – Pocket Biography | Jacana 9781431423347 | pbk | R140 | March 

Co-published with Ohio University Press in the US and UK

Jack Simons (1907–1995) was one of the leading left-wing intellectuals – and one of the greatest teachers – in 20th-century South Africa. As a lecturer in African Studies at the University of Cape Town from 1937 until he was prevented from teaching by the government in 1964, and thereafter through his lectures and writings in exile, he had a profound effect on the thinking of generations of white and black students and on the liberation movement as a whole.

Banned and jailed at home for his association with the Communist Party and ANC politics, he went into exile in 1965. During this time he was able to publish a pioneering work on the legal status of African women, and, with his wife Ray Alexander, the classic (and banned) book Class and Colour in South Africa, the story of the making of the resistance movement in South Africa.

Then, after a short stay at Manchester University, and many years lecturing as Professor at the University of Zambia, Simons began a series of lectures in the ANC military camps in Angola. Here he had a deep influence in shaping the minds of the fiery young Black Consciousness generation, who had left South Africa after the uprising of 1976.

As Albie Sachs wrote in an obituary in The Guardian, Jack Simons’s contribution lay not just in the way he influenced so
many individuals. It was the impact he had on the culture of a whole people. “The new South African Constitution requires that the values of an open and democratic society should be nurtured. Simons fought all his life both for openness and democracy. His intellectual rigour, the honesty of his person, the sweep of his information, the humanity of his vision and the vitality of his ideas, imprinted themselves on the generation that fought hardest for liberty and made the most direct contribution to achieving the new constitutional order.”


Grace Maina and Erik Melander (eds) | Peace Agreements and Durable Peace in Africa | UKZN Press 9781869143060 | pbk | R330 | January

Peace agreements have become necessary and legitimate tools for resolving conflicts and bringing about durable peace. This book adds to the already existing knowledge of peace agreements by carefully analysing African experiences of peace processes to identify how these can be enhanced in order to ensure positive and sustainable peace in strife-ridden areas. Case studies in eight African countries provide readers with a unique opportunity to study conflicts on the continent and to understand the factors that promote or undermine the success of peace agreements.

The agreements under study in this volume include those of Angola, Burundi, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda. The selection is based on the fact that they were finalised prior to 2005 and therefore allow for a richer analysis of their successes and shortfalls.

The eight case studies by both academics and practitioners – Osita Agbu, Kasaija Phillip Apuuli, Lesley Connolly, Gregory Mthembu-Salter, Charles Nyuykonge, Justin Pearce, Anyway Sithole, Germain Ngoie Tshibambe and Siphamandla Zondi – offer in-depth insight on peacemaking in order to identify lessons and inform better practice in articulating and implementing peace agreements in Africa.

Greg Marinovich | Murder at the Small Koppie | Penguin SA 9781770226098 | pbk | R250 | January

On 16 August 2012, a contingent of the South African Police Service opened fire with R5 assault rifles on a group of striking miners on and around Wonderkop near the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa’s North West province. By the time the dust settled, 34 miners were dead and 78 more were wounded. Footage of the massacre travelled around the globe, causing public outrage.
The news footage, however, captured only a dozen or so of the dead. A number of those who died were killed beyond the view of cameras at a nondescript collection of boulders known as Small Koppie, some 300 metres behind Wonderkop. Many of these men had been shot incold blood at close range.
In Murder at Small Koppie, renowned photojournalist Greg Marinovich explores the truth behind the Marikana massacre, looking specifically at the largely untold slaughter at Small Koppie. Drawing on his own meticulous investigations, eyewitness accounts and the findings of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry set up by President Jacob Zuma following the massacre, Marinovich accurately reconstructs that fateful day as well as the events leading up to the strike,and looks at the subsequent denials, obfuscation and buck-passing that characterised Lonmin’s, the SAPS’ and the government’s response.
This is the definitive account of the Marikana massacre from the journalist whose award-winning investigation into the tragedy was called the most important piece of South African journalism post apartheid.

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Martin Meredith | Fischer’s Choice | Jonathan Ball 978186842718 | tpb | R200 | March

Bram Fischer was born into an aristocratic Afrikaans family but became one of South Africa’s leading revolutionaries. Regarded in his youth as having a brilliant career ahead of him, he rebelled not only against the apartheid system but also against his own Afrikaner people. As a defense lawyer, Fischer managed to save Mandela from the death penalty demanded by state prosecutors for his sabotage activities. He played a remarkable role in the underground movement aimed at overthrowing the government. To the very last, even when all the other conspirators had been arrested or fled into exile, Fischer held out, sought for months by the security police. His single-handed efforts ended inevitably in failure. Sentenced to life imprisonment, he was cast into solitary confinement, the government continued to regard him as a potentially dangerous influence even when he was dying of cancer, refusing all appeals to release him until the last few weeks of his life. Set against the dramatic background of two massive historical struggles, one by the Afrikaans, the other by the Africans, Fischer’s life contains all the ingredients of a political thriller.

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Niq Mhlongo | Affluenza | Kwela 9780795706967 | pbk | R240 | March

Niq Mhlongo returns with a collection of short stories that cover the span of our democracy and the madness of the last twenty years: crime, xenophobia, racism, homophobia, the new black elite, land redistribution. The stories have been published to critical acclaim in Europe and the USA but remain largely unknown in South Africa.

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S’Thembiso Msomi | Mmusi Maimane – Prophet or Puppet? | Jonathan Ball 9781868427086 | tpb | R200 | March

In the afternoon of May 10, 2015, Mmusi Maimane was announced as the new leader of the Democratic Alliance, beating his opponent by a huge margin. It was an historic event because it marked the completion of the DA’s transformation from a ‘white’ political party to one whose new leader shared similar experiences to those of the majority of voters.

Thus a highly intelligent and charismatic young man is thrust onto centre stage. But who is the real Mmusi Maimane? Experienced political reporter S’Thembiso Msomi goes behind the scenes to examine how and why Maimane rose to head up the opposition. He delves into Maimane’s formative years, his time at the pulpit in the church, and his family, to bring substance to the man.

Finally, the author attempts to answer these burning questions: is Maimane his own man, and can he deliver the electorate that the DA so fervently desires?

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Richard Peirce | Giant Steps | Struik 9781775843306 | pbk | R160 | February

Elephants have long been targeted by humans: not only are they killed for their ivory, but their extraordinary strength, intelligence and charisma have seen some of them captured, chained and effectively jailed for life.

Bully and Induna are two African elephants, both orphaned in organised culling operations and destined for lives in captivity. Growing up far apart and quite differently, Bully (a former animal film star) and the less fortunate Induna were both driven to react to their circumstances – Induna even killed one of his carers. Their individual situations reached a point where both were considered to be dangerous animals and were under threat of being put down.

This is the true story of their lives. Conservationist Richard Peirce presents their individual narratives and the twists and turns of their fortunes: the exploitation of these majestic but sensitive animals, how they each came to be trapped in unsuitable ‘employment’ and shunted about from one venue to the next, before finding one another – free at last – on a farm in southern Africa. It’s a gripping story, full of drama, danger, sadness and ultimate rescue.

Don Pinnock | Gang Town | Tafelberg 9780624067894 | pbk | R225 | March

Gangsters, lured by wealth, crime and drugs, are holding Cape Town to ransom. In gang-ridden areas, desperate poverty has destroyed families, a too-often corrupt police force is unable to curb the violence and government seems paralysed in the face of this scourge. In Gang Town, top-selling author Don Pinnock engages gangsters and their families for first-person accounts of why young people are drawn to gang culture.

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Richard Pithouse | Writing the Decline | Jacana 9781431423170 | tpb | R240 | March

There is a growing sense that the promise of democracy in South Africa has not been adequately redeemed and
that the ruling party is turning towards increasingly authoritarian means of containing escalating protest
and disaffection.

This book tracks the steady decay of the democratic promise in recent years. Written from an understanding
that democracy should be for everyone, rather than merely a contest between elites, it explores the growing
authoritarianism of the state, the deepening social crisis, and avenues of hope and possibility. Drawing on
the author’s twenty years of academic research, as well as participation in popular politics, the essays collected
here illuminate aspects of life and struggle that are seldom examined with much seriousness in the elite
public sphere.

Read together, they offer an unflinching examination of our condition, and an argument for a resolution of the
morass into which we are descending – one that resists authoritarian temptations and favours the expansion of
the sphere of public reason and debate. In a moment when old certainties are breaking down, and new ideas
and social forces are taking the stage, this book offers a compelling invitation to take democracy seriously.

Claire Robertson | The Magistrate of Gower | Umuzi 9781415209325 | R180 | January

‘In the end, you could choose to say no more than this: that in the high summer of 1938, in a courtroom in the town of Gower in the Union of South Africa, a case of arson came to an abrupt and irregular end, confounding those who had followed the matter and prompting speculation that approached, but did not quite deliver, scandal …’
When an illicit affair in British Ceylon comes to light in 1902, seventeen-year-old Boer prisoner-of-war Henry Vos is disgraced. Months before, a short film made his face widely recognisable, but now he is shunned by Boer and Brit alike.
Three decades later, Henry is the magistrate of Gower, a small inland town in the Union of South Africa, where he makes friends with young newcomer Adaira van Brugge. Adaira’s story will start to echo Henry’s when she takes a secret lover: Ira Gevint, a Jew who fled Europe only to wind up in a town ready to experiment with its own kind of persecution.
As events threaten to unravel the careful life Henry has created for himself, desire surfaces alongside nationalist fervour in Claire Roberston’s arresting new novel about the courage to choose love over fear.
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Olive Schreiner | From Man to Man or Perhaps Only | UCT Press 978 1 77582 070 3 | R410 | January

I love my new book so, a hundred times better than I ever loved An African Farm.’

So wrote Olive Schreiner, the first South African-born novelist. Though she is best known for her youthful The Story of an African Farm, the ‘new book’ of her adult years may well be her greatest achievement. Written and rewritten over many years, it remained unfinished on her death in 1920. Her husband published it in 1926, adding a final chapter in the form he said Schreiner had recounted to him.

The story is about two white women, Rebekah and Bertie, sisters born into the racist and sexist society of mid-nineteenth-century South Africa. One sister remains in the Cape, marries and has children, the other becomes a kept woman and then a prostitute in London’s East End. But, the novel asks, how far are marriage and prostitution really apart in a world where women are valued mainly for their bodies? From exploring white women’s confinement to domesticity, the novel expands its gaze to include black women and girls, whose presence gradually informs Rebekah’s struggle to re-create herself and educate her children (including her black foster-child) so that they may pursue a more humane and fulfilled destiny than was open to her generation.

This new edition of From Man to Man, edited by Dorothy Driver, corrects the editorial and proofreading errors that marred previous editions. It also provides another ending, in Schreiner’s own words, as told in a letter to a friend. This edition includes the editor’s introduction; the alternative endings; historical, literary and linguistic annotations, and extracts from Schreiner’s letters and journals. Driver’s additions all cast light on the genesis, composition, context and significance of an extraordinary novel which, through the power of its story-telling and the vibrancy of its language, envisions a future society no longer subject to inhuman racial and gender restrictions.

Thula Simpson | Umkhonto we Sizwe – The ANC’s Armed Struggle | Penguin SA 9781770228412 | hbk | R350 | February

The armed struggle waged by the ANC’s military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), was the longest sustained insurgency in South African history. This book offers the first full account of the rebellion in its entirety, from its early days in the 1950s to the inauguration of Nelson Mandela asSouth African president in 1994.
Vast in scope, this story traverses every corner of South Africa and extends throughout southern Africa, where MK’s largest campaigns and heaviest engagements occurred, as well as to the solidarity networks that the rebellion mobilised around the world.
Drawing principally from previously unpublished writings and testimonies by the men and women who fought the armed struggle, this book recreates the drama, heroism and tragedy of their experiences. It tells the story of leaders like Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Joe Slovo and Chris Hani, whose reputations were forged in the crucible of the armed struggle, but it is also a tale of martyrs such as Looksmart Ngudle, Ashley Kriel and Phila Ndwandwe, as well as of MK cadres such as Leonard Nkosi and Glory Sedibe, who would ultimately turn against the ANC and collaborate with the state in hunting down their former comrades.
Written in a fresh, immediate style, Umkhonto we Sizwe is an honest account of the armed struggle and a fascinating chronicle of events that changed South African history.


Roger Southall | The New Black Middle Class in South Africa | Jacana 9781431423163 | tpb | R250 | February

US and UK rights, James Currey

Despite the fact that the ‘rise of the black middle class’ is one of the most visible aspects of post-apartheid society
and a major actor in the reshaping of South African society, analysis of it has been lacking. Rather, the image
presented by the media has been of ‘black diamonds’, that is, above all, as consumers of the products of advanced
industrial society, and of corrupt ‘tenderpreneurs’ who use their political connections to obtain contracts which
they would otherwise be denied. At the same time, the restrictions upon black professional and entrepreneurial
activity in the apartheid era stunted the development of black capitalism and the black middle class, while
the growth of a substantial black working class which became the class vanguard of the political liberation of
South Africa, pushed the role of the middle class into the shadows.

This book presents a new way of looking at the Black Middle Class which seeks to complicate that picture,
an analysis that reveals its impactful role in the recent history of South Africa. It provides a careful account
of its historical development in colonial society prior to 1994 before examining the size, shape and structure
of the middle class in contemporary South Africa, class formation under the ANC, education and black upward
social mobility, the black middle class at work, the social life of the black middle class, and its political role in the
shaping of a democratic society in the post-apartheid era. The trajectory of the black middle class in South
Africa is related to that of its counterparts in the Global South. While the book offers the most comprehensive
account of the black middle class since Leo Kuper wrote on the subject in the early 1960s, it also seeks to make a
major contribution to the burgeoning debate about the middle class globally.

The Sword and the Pen by Allister Sparks

Allister Sparks | The Sword and the Pen | Jonathan Ball 9781868425594 | tpb | R300 | March

Allister Sparks joined his first newspaper at age 17 and was pitched headlong into the vortex of South Africa’s stormy politics. This is the story of how as a journalist he watched and chronicled and participated in his country’s unfolding drama for more than 60 years, covering events from the premiership of Daniel Malan to the presidency of Jacob Zuma; witnessing at close range the rise and fall of apartheid and the rise and crisis of the new South Africa.

In trenchant prose, Sparks has written a remarkable account of both a life lived to its fullest capacity as well as the surrounding narrative of South Africa from the birth of apartheid, the rise of political opposition, the dawn of democracy, right through to the crisis we are experiencing today.

British Settlers in Natal 1824 – 1857 : A Biographical Register Vol 8, Haigh – Hogshaw | UKZN 978 1 86914 307 7 | R345 | February 

Since 1963 Shelagh O’Byrne Spencer has been engaged in a massive research project to identify the emigrants who came to Natal from Britain before 1858, and to collect biographical material on them and their children. Although the work focuses on emigrants who came to settle in Natal, its interest and usefulness are not confined to this province.


For some of the new Natalians, and many of the next generation, moved on to the inland republics, to the Cape Colony or to Australia. Each of the entries contains biographical information, a list of the settler’s children and a list of sources. The biographies range in length from a few lines to several pages; the list of children includes the dates of their births and deaths and details of their marriages.

Volume 1 Abbot – Ayres ISBN 978 0 86980 267
Volume 2 Babbs – Bolton ISBN 978 0 86980 315 6
Volume 3 Bond – Byrne ISBN 978 0 86980 430 8
Volume 4 Cadle – Coventry ISBN 978 0 86980 543 5
Volume 5 Coward – Dykes ISBN 978 0 86980 700 2
Volumes 6 Eagle – Fyvie ISBN 978 0 86980 819 1
Volume 7 Gadney – Guy ISBN 978 0 86980 969 3
Volume 8 Haigh – Hogshaw ISBN 978 1 86914 307 7
Series ISBN 978 0 86980 266 3

Jen Thorpe | The Peculiars | Penguin SA 9781485903406 | pbk | R220 | January

Phobias abound at the Centre for Improved Living, where Nazma goes for help. She’s crazy about baking and desperately wants to become a pastry chef, but her fear of driving keeps her stuck working in a train-station kiosk, where she sells stale food to commuters while dreaming of butter croissants and fresh strudel.
The Centre is also a lifeline for Sam, who is scared to death of being robbed and spends his days in his pyjamas in front of his computer, his house alarm always armed.
Like the rest of the patients, Nazma and Sam want to face their fears, but will four weeks at the Centre be enough to change their lives? And will the two allow their budding romance to bloom without letting their phobias get in the way?
Meanwhile, the Centre risks losing its funding, a fear that Ruby, the Centre’s eccentric director, must face while she tries to manage the patients’ fears.
Set in a Cape Town as peculiar as its characters, The Peculiars is Jen Thorpe’s heart-warming and humorous debut.




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Ebben van Zyl | Leadership in the African Context | Juata 9781485111788 | R499 | March

Most of the research into what constitutes effective leadership emanates from the United States and is not very useful in an African context. Africa is a continent of extraordinary cultural, geographic, economic and political diversity, featuring largely emerging economies and rapid political economic and social development.

This book seeks to set leadership theory in the African context. It takes into account typical African circumstances, values and beliefs, designed for the development of leaders’ skills and provides practical, real-life examples, exercises and case studies.

As well as an overview of the extensive research literature about leadership, the book provides practical, real-life examples, exercises and case studies, so it can be used in a range of management development courses and/or leadership course or workshops.

The detailed insights into, and information about, how leadership can be effectively applied in the contemporary African context should help to enhance readers’ leadership skills.








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