2012 Summer Books

The A to Z of local writing

A new and comprehensive history and a guide contain everything a scholar needs to know

Fabulous account of odd family

The mysterious uncle Cedric could be anyone's relative and therein lies Rupert Thomson's genius.

Ambitious tomes offer grand, unrivalled sweep of history

Handsome, rigorous and reasonably priced, these admirable books on South Africa's past surpass many of the others on the market

Valuable addition to local archives

Adam Haupt summarizes all the questions his book raises

Jazzing up a historical record

The new edition of Chris Ballantine's Marabi Nights is more than a description of the creation of a South African jazz; it is sociology set to music

‘Soiled with a secret shame’

Zuma Exposed gets to the heart of the paranoia and power play central to the ANC under his leadership

Thrilling Bond-like read, but with more depth

This reads like a South African James Bond novel, but is more elegantly written and rather more serious.

Finding facts to suit arguments

Ivo Vegter says environmentalists exaggerate problems, but his book committs the same sins.

Celebrating a great son of Africa

A new book on Samora Machel takes an unusual approach to its subject.

Feisty professor ‘took life on the chin’

Craig MacKenzie Margaret Lenta, born September 2 1936, died November 5 2012

Harrowing story of an African farm

South African literature has a long tradition of farm novels digging deep into the lives of people on these farms.

Throw the book at books

Insightful and controversial, Coovadia's essays are a cracking read -- even if they are in book form


NGOs ask ConCourt to order that shops can sell baby clothes during lockdown

The organisations say lockdown regulations are unconstitutional because they do not protect the best interests of children

Slice of life: Recycling for our lives

This lockdown will hurt my family in the stomach. We will suffer for this whole period. I don’t even know what I will do when my wife gives birth in the next two weeks

Mbalula defends changing taxi operating times

Regulations for taxis have been relaxed over the last few days of the lockdown prompting criticism. Transport minister Fikile Mbalula however, has defended the decision

Press Releases

Everyone’s talking about it. Even Kentucky

Earlier this year South African fried chicken fast-food chain, Chicken Licken®, launched a campaign for their wallet-friendly EasyBucks® meals, based on the idea of ‘Everyone’s talking about it.’

New energy mix on the cards

REI4P already has and will continue to yield thousands of employment opportunities

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world