Books

Bra Hugh: How Witbank’s soil grew a global music icon
Bra Hugh: How Witbank’s soil grew a global music icon
I grew up in a small town in South Africa named Witbank, a onestreet, redneck, right-wing Afrikaner town, surrounded by coal mines and coal trains...
Six thousand years of fortitude
Six thousand years of fortitude
Gazing out over a space as elemental as this, with its stark rocky peaks and pink quartz valleys that seem to go on forever, you would be forgiven...
Stranger than fiction
Stranger than fiction
‘Nom has no choice but to fight. The gang has her surrounded.”
When we speak of London
When we speak of London
London town is an almost mythical city. Full of colliding worlds. Diasporic to the core. Ancestry in progress, to borrow shamelessly from Marie...
No ordinary reading life
No ordinary reading life
It’s a Saturday afternoon at home in 2002. The loud aroma of boerewors and pap from the kitchen competes with the sound of impending doom in Bill...
Younger poets mourn a master
Younger poets mourn a master
There are countless people in the South African poetry community whose careers have been nourished by the selfless light of the literary giant...
Snapshots of a living poem
Snapshots of a living poem
Some hours after ringing in the new year, I received a message from a friend. The poet and friend to many writers of my generation, Professor...
‘For 30 years, I kept running’
‘For 30 years, I kept running’
When the preternaturally gifted Nigerian symbolist poet Harry Garuba burst on to the literary scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s, few would have...
The people’s war updated
The people’s war updated
Charles Nqakula begins his memoir, The People’s War: Reflections of an ANC Cadre (2017), not with the usual chronological details, from...
A fitting tribute to South Africa’s heroines
A fitting tribute to South Africa’s heroines
It couldn’t have been easy to compile a list of only 26 inspiring women, but what a list it is.
Get your child in the true spirit of Christmas
Get your child in the true spirit of Christmas
If we are being honest, the festive season brings out the worst in many of our children.

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