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


South Africans stuck in China are desperate to escape coronavirus ‘prison’

But the department of international relations and co-operation claims they are comfortable and taken care of 

SA’s quarantine plan for coronavirus

A small Free State dorp and 14 days of isolation — this is the plan for citizens returning from China, to prevent a potential outbreak of the disease

No legal sales in new cannabis Bill

Draft regulations do not allow for commercial cultivation or sale, but policy could change this

Press Releases

Dr Mathew Moyo’s journey to academic victory

The NWU's chief director for library and information services was appointed as a board member of the National Council for Library and Information Services.

UKZN pays tribute to Joseph Shabalala, Doctor of Music (honoris causa)

The university joins the global community in mourning the passing of legendary musician and founding member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dr Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala.

South Africa to be almost R 14-billion wealthier when SAB Zenzele BB-BBEE scheme winds down in April 2020

It’s the biggest BB-BEE FMCG payout in South Africa’s history, with a new scheme to be launched

UKZN vice-chancellor calls for perspective and creative engagement on the way forward

In addition to overcoming the deadlock between UKZN and students, a way must be found to reconcile the university's financial obligations and students' long-term needs.

Survey shows South Africans’ approval of president but not of political parties

According to the survey, 62% of South Africans think Cyril Ramaphosa is doing his job well, while 39% say no political party represents their views.

Andrew Makenete joins Africa Agri Tech as an event ambassador

Makenete has a wealth of experience in the agricultural sector

Is your company prepared for the coronavirus?

Companies should consider the direct and indirect impacts of the pandemic when evaluating whether they are prepared for the coronavirus, says ContinuitySA.

Explaining the distribution of pension funds

Section 37C of the Pension Funds Act puts the ultimate decision-making responsibility in trustees' hands, says Fedgroup.