Book Reviews

Prosaic – until Hani’s assassins

The stories of children of apartheid activists are similar but Lindiwe Hani’s prose about a meeting with her father’s killers comes into its own.

Fantasy fails to enchant

“A mage’s name is better hidden than a herring in the sea, better guarded than a dragon’s den.” — Ursula K le Guin: A Wizard of Earthsea

Step out of the grooves of those who robbed you

New and welcome is McKinley’s meticulous marshalling of evidence to prove the point.

Moms in a park is a mother of a story

In her new novel, The Park (Macmillan), Gail Schimmel looks at motherhood. We asked her about the book and her writing world.

Creative nonfiction’s firm legs in Africa

In a new collection, the continent is written anew by inventive nonfiction writers telling complex stories.

​Phiyega’s war on Booysen led to an unlikely – and surprising – alliance with McBride

Initially suspicious, the major general discovered another side to the tenacious IPID director — which in turn would lead to McBride’s suspension

A century of voter struggles told beautifully through people’s promise and despair

​Martin Plaut’s book on the disenfranchisement of black voters in 1909 suggests comparison with today’s inflammatory party-list system.

A new generation writes what it likes, but we still need careful stewardship

Yolisa Qunta has put together a host of young voices to express their views of post-apartheid SA, but something is missing.

Sigh, the beloved Madondo

Mercurial jester? Tragic hero? Compulsive and relentless obfuscator? His latest book shows that Bongani Madondo is all of the above.

Biblical myths in the time of Mammon

The religious underpinnings of South African fiction have been eroded by the secularisation of our society since 1994, with one striking exception.

Madness at the launch of a book about … madness

The Durban unveiling of Mishka Hoosen’s first novel was a cacophony of meandering threads, yet there was something oddly appealing about it.

Frankly, the book’s letters lost their bite

Readers of business magazines will be disappointed that there aren't too many economic issues dealt with in the current volume by Tabane.

Latest

Focus on FW de Klerk distracted attention from the troubling state of the nation

Some political analysts say President Cyril Ramaphosa is taking too long to mend the country, others says it is the ANC itself that must be fixed

Eastern Cape MEC orders graft investigation after two workers killed at troubled district municipality

The killing of two council workers at the Amathole district municipality appears to be linked to tender fraud and corruption

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 

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it