Latest Books Donated to RU
These books are donated to Alumni House and are creating a lot of interest!
A sincere Thank You to all authors who send their books to us. As you can see, the subjects of the books are very diversified which is a true reflection on our Old Rhodians. Please note that the year date depicts the first year that the Author was at Rhodes and not the year the book was published.
Marion Baxter (1985)
You would think not much ever happens in the sleepy towns and dusty pineapple valleys of South Mrica's eastern cape, yet look deeper. On shade-dappled farmhouse porches and in the back rooms of rented settler-era cottages in Fort Beaufort, stories unfold every day. Stories of loss, love, betrayal, obsession ... and fish. In the last decades of the 2oth century, author Marion Baxter cut a solitary and eccentric figure in provincial society, whose introspection belied a pen that wouldn't stop writing about the people and places around her. An author is, above all, an observer - and Baxter's writings stand as a high definition showcase of the place and time where she lived out her latter years. Baxter passed away from advanced breast cancer in july 2002, leaving behind a stack of neatly filed manuscripts in her small Rhodes University office. This volume of stories was on the top.
Published by Footprints Press, South Africa
Errol Knott Moorcroft (1957)
The Wool-Classer, The Shearers and the Golden Fleece.
This book is about the experiences of a young student at an agricultural college in the Karoo who accompanies a team of sheep-shearers as part of his diploma in wool grading. The stories are heart-warming, amusing, sometimes tearful. He encounters farmers who are eccentric, weird, progressive and other-worldly. He bonds with his team, sharing the sometimes harsh working conditions.
He enhances his skills of wool-grading under the most challenging circumstances. And he learns some valuable lessons that will shape his future life. There is something reminiscent of Herman Charles Bosman in this writing.
"...I can honestly say that I seldom shore sheep more pleasantly than there, in the dappled shade of those old pepper-trees. Tant Maria kept us supplied with a selection of her delectable koeksusters and melktert, and Oom Kaalvoet rushed around busily amongst the sheep. It appeared as though he knew every sheep individually, so great was his love of them..."
Published by Footprints Press, South Africa
David Hilton-Barber (1953)
Robert Hart: The first English-speaking settler in South Africa
The life of Robert Hart was contemporaneous with the whole history of the Cape Colony under British rule, and to write a complete history of his life would be to write, in a, great measure, a history of the colony. Had he kept a diary, it might not only have been interesting and instructive, but could have been taken as a text book to the history of the Colony, as he came to the Cape in the year 1795 with the British troops under Sir Home Popham, and was at the first taking of the Cape.
(John Bond (They Were South Africans, Oxford University Press, 1956): The name of Robert Hart is almost unknown. That is strange because Hart, as far as I can discover, was the first English-speaking South African. He came to South Africa in its darkest period when the Dutch East India Company’s rule was breaking down completely. His whole life, from the day he landed in 1795, was devoted one way or another to shoring up the shaky structure of the Cape.)
Published by Footprints Press, South Africa
Milton Toubkin (1953)
Without Walls is Milton's Toubkin's unique memoir, which begins with an impoverished, but generally happy, early childhood in South Africa and ends with Milton s retirement. Like most people, Milton faced many difficulties throughout his life, ranging from the divorce of his parents, his mother s suicide attempt and the death of his daughter at the age of just nineteen. But Without Walls also records the happiest moments of the author s life, including meeting and marrying his wife Marj, becoming a father to two children and becoming a grandfather. The book also explores the huge impact that Milton had on the international educational system in London as a result of his founding Southbank International School with his colleagues. Milton describes the school s modest beginnings, surviving with little money and no external support, before growing to become an outstanding educational institution with a unique programme. The story of this school without walls forms a significant part of Milton s life story. Inspired by The School without Walls by John Bremer and Michael von Moschzisker and Peter Godwin s A White Boy in Africa, Without Walls is a unique biography that will appeal to readers interested in education, as well as those that enjoy memoirs. It will also be enjoyed by former pupils and associates of Southbank International School.
Available at Amazon.co.uk
Robin Anderson (1960)
A sumptuous feast of savoury and unsavoury delights. A menu of magical memoirs and acerbic abattoirs accompanied by a cocktail of acidic pollutants and a frank “behind the scenes” look at the so-called glamorous world of interior design. Ingredients include a pinch of Sellers (Peter); a soupçon of Price (Vincent); a whisper of Warhol (Andy); a touch of spice with a Duchess and a Headless Man; a healthy dollop of Colman’s mustard (Benedict James); a twist of Trump (Ivana); a kiss of Kismet (Dolores Gray); a French dish not quite Ooh La La!; portions of Peerage; a “sachet” of Diamond Lil; lashings of Lee (Christopher); a Browne sauce (Coral); recipes from Italy, India, Mexico and South America; a trace of Toulouse-Lautrec; a quota of queens and more: much more. An “Out of Africa” experience but with a difference.
Marc Schroeder (1997)
EAST Londoner Marc Schroeder launched his debut novel, Sleeping with Dogs: A Tale of Madness, at the Beacon Bay Country Club. The launch was met by an overwhelming response, with Schroeder’s many friends, family members and supporters flocking to the venue to catch a snippet of his story.
Reading an excerpt from his book chronicling a day of cycling along the French Riviera and an evening at an underground French club, Schroeder reflected on the deeply introspective and passionate writing process he experienced while creating this piece of literature.
The novel follows Schroeder’s life – from his childhood days attending Selborne Primary School and College and his crazy student life at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, to a seemingly fulfilled adult life as a financial analyst.
He seemed to have it all – the house, the car, the job – but behind Schroeder’s perceived successful veneer lay a deep-seated unhappiness that he attempted to drown out with the use of drugs.
The book offers a descriptive account of Schroeder’s struggle with his toxic drug addiction.
“There is a lot in this book, but the one thing I hope people take away from it is the concept of fear and how it impacts you and your life,” said Schroeder.
“For years I was ‘locked in a dungeon’ as an undercover drug addict because I feared what people would think.I had so many doubts and fears about what I was doing with my life and drugs were my coping mechanism.”
Schroeder expresses these fears through the re-telling of his whirlwind life, sharing his travels, battle with addiction, stints in rehab, many failed attempts to sober up and finally recounting his journey to happiness.
It was only when Schroeder quit his job, gave up everything and bought a one-way ticket to India, that his healing truly began.
“The only thing that anchored me in life was my dogs. They were the single most valuable thing I had and it was really tough to give them up.
“The title of the book is inspired by them and the book is dedicated to them.”
In 2016, he found himself in the Kashmir Himalayas where he undertook a month long detox in an Indian Ayurvedic and yoga centre. This is where Schroeder began his year-long journey of writing Sleeping with Dogs.
He has since built a full and happy life for himself in Nepal, where he has launched the Kashmir Trekking Company, partnering with a local Kashmir guide, Aslam Mota.
In writing his debut novel, Schroeder has realised a childhood dream, one that had faded when he started living for success in capitalist terms. He is already busy writing his second book.
To buy the book, contact Marc at email@example.com Cell: 078 283 1676
Also available on Amazon, Smashwords and Takealot.
Dr Trudy Thomas: Honorary Graduate of Rhodes University, LLD, 2003
Healthy Outrage is an apt title for a story that describes the journey Dr Trudy Thomas travelled during the various stages of her life. Thomas was the pioneer of community health programmes in South Africa. Her work spanned more than half a century, stretching through the dark years of apartheid and into the democratic era when she was asked to run the department of health in the Eastern Cape province after the 1994 elections.
Thomas entered the public health arena at a time when health services were heavily skewed towards white people under the apartheid government. This meant that resources were disproportionately allocated by the state and the vast majority of black South Africans received poor quality and inferior services.
In 1994 the dawn of democracy brought the constitutional promise of healthcare for all. But the optimism of the time was soon to wear thin: for Thomas too. Even before the new government’s first term was up, she had begun to express her disdain at the deterioration of healthcare.
And two decades later the public health care system remains in shambles. In the Eastern Cape, the health care system has collapsed. A report released by the human rights lobby group Section 27 revealed severe doctor shortages, a lack of ambulances and hospitals without water or essential equipment. Thomas contributed to the report when it was researched.
In Healthy Outrage, she describes how many of her experiences, particularly as a doctor dealing largely with children, provoked outrage. But her response was a “healthy” and constructive one. When faced with a problem she would sum up the key issues and then to go about addressing them, often with very limited resources.
The book is well written and is a fascinating read about one of the relatively unsung South African heroes of the past half-century. One of its main messages is how, with relatively few resources, a few people with integrity, commitment and hard work can achieve so much.
CJ 'Jonty' Driver
At tea-time on the afternoon of Friday 24 July 1964 a young white South African, John Harris, put down in the main concourse of Johannesburg station…a large brown suitcase containing eight sticks of dynamite, a quantity of Cordtex, a two-gallon plastic container of petrol, a timing device adapted from a pocket-watch, an electric battery and two detonators. On the suitcase was a handwritten note saying, “Terug binne 10 minute” (back in ten minutes). At about quarter past four he telephoned the Railway Police and two newspapers. He spoke in English to the Rand Daily Mail—the reporter who took the message thought it was the voice of a black South African—and in fluent Afrikaans to Die Transvaler. He said he was speaking on behalf of the African Resistance Movement, that there was a bomb in the station, and that the station should be cleared at once. Although the newspapers passed their information to the police, in the time that elapsed apparently no action was taken.
– from The Man with the Suitcase
About the author
Trustee of the Beit Trust and friend of Rhodes University, CJ (“Jonty”) Driver was born and educated in South Africa. He was President of the anti-apartheid National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) in 1963-4, his term ending when he was detained for a period by the security police in solitary confinement, after which he moved to England. While he was a postgraduate student at Trinity College,
Oxford, his passport expired and the South African authorities at the time declined to renew it. He was stateless for five years before being granted British citizenship. All of his applications to visit South Africa were refused until 1992, when he began returning regularly. He retired as Master of Wellington College in 2000 and devoted himself to writing. He has published five novels, six books of poetry, a biography and two short memoirs, and has been honorary senior lecturer in the School of Literature and Creative Writing of the University of East Anglia since 2007. He was a judge for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2007 and 2008. He has held fellowships at Bogliasco (Italy), the McDowell Colony (USA) and in the Hawthornden Castle Writers Retreat (Scotland).
Tony Peake (1969)
After graduating, Tony moved to London, where he worked under Charles Marowitz and Thelma Holt as production manager at the Open Space Theatre. A spell on Ibiza, teaching English, History and Drama and helping run a stall in the Hippie Market, was followed by a return to London and jobs in modelling, acting and film distribution. For the last thirty years he has been a literary agent. As a short story writer, he has contributed to four volumes of Winter’s Tales, The Penguin Book of Contemporary South African Short Stories, The Mammoth Book of Gay Short Stories, The Gay Times Book of Short Stories, New Writing 13 and Seduction, a themed anthology which he also edited (1994). He is the author of three novels, A Summer Tide (1993) and Son to the Father (1995), and North Facing (2017), and a biography of Derek Jarman (1999).
More information at: www.tonypeake.com
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Book on the history of Rhodes University published
Professor Paul Maylam’s book, Rhodes University, 1904-2016: An Intellectual, Political and Cultural History, was launched at the university in September. The product of over four years of research and writing, the book provides a critical account of Rhodes’ 113-year history. While the author holds the view that there is much in the university’s history that is worthy of celebration, he also maintains that there are aspects of this past that reflect poorly on the institution. Some critics of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission of the late 1990s have pointed to the failure of the university sector to make any submissions to the commission. This book represents a small attempt to rectify this omission, while drawing out both the positive and negative aspects of the university’s history.
A number of themes are covered in the book: the university’s founding as an imperial university; academic life in the early years and beyond; the infrastructural development of the campus; the changing patterns of student life and culture; the politics of the university, with a particular focus on its sometimes undistinguished role during the segregation and apartheid eras; the roles played by anti-apartheid staff and student activists; sporting achievements over the years; and the ways in which the university has addressed the challenges of transformation in the post-apartheid era.
The book carries portrayals of some of the most prominent academics and students who have worked and studied at Rhodes. It recounts some of the key episodes in the university’s history; and it highlights some of the major trends and shifts that have occurred over time.
There are soft-cover (R220) and hard-cover (R295) versions of the book, which can be purchased at Van Schaik Bookstore in Grahamstown, and at Fogarty’s Bookshop in Port Elizabeth. For online orders please contact Bulelani Mothlabane (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Njabulo James Nkosi (2010)
Success begins internally before it can be manifested externally. Anybody can be successful but many people fail to achieve success because of perceived challenges and lack of understanding and direction.
The simple and dynamic book is based on real life experiences, as well as thorough seminars and conversations with too achievers across different industries and walks of life. It details the following models to provide direction for reaching greater heights of achievement:
1. Understand Success - C.R.A.V.E Success Model
2. Practice Holistic Wellness - A.S.P.I.R.E Wellness Model
3. Realise You Are a Leader - S.I.M.P.L.E Leadership Model
4. Have a Wealth Creation System - B.L.I.S.S.F.U.L Wealth Model
5. Find Your Voice - C.H.A.M.P.I.O.N.S Communication Model
Njabulo James Nkosi is a business consultant and coach and speaker with Toastmasters International. He was born and raised in Benoni and graduated from Rhodes University. He lives with his two roommates (Mom and Dad) and is passionate about self-improvement, both for himself and others.
The only way to become successful is to be inspired by doing that which is aligned with your highest values. This inspirational book guides the reader to understand success by using pain to define your purpose in order to achieve success; to learn to live holistically; to work to realise leadership potential; to become financially aware; and to find your voice through effective communication.
Buy the Book at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/735801
Cecile (Scholtz) Yazbek (1971)
Cecile Yasbek’s novel Voices on the Wind is a poignant story of Australian Eva’s search for her unknown Lebanese ancestors. Cecile’s evocative recreations of the lives of Eva’s relatives fills in a blank past for Eva and gives the reader a rich insight into the Lebanese community of early nineteenth century South Africa. The novel enters the world of the Lebanese diaspora, a community with more than a century’s presence in this country. Voices on the Wind pays homage to our forebears who left Mount Lebanon and split themselves between continents. We read of their need to forge local relationships in the new land, dramas of legislation and national events beyond their control, dislocation and culture shock, and at the centre of it all…the women, often with nothing but their strength of character and will, holding us together down the generations.
Cecile has previously written a memoir of her life growing up as a Lebanese girl in South Africa, Olive Trees Around My Table, and an extremely popular and acclaimed vegetarian cookbook, Mezze to Milk Tart.
Buy the Book Online: http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/by/cecile%20yazbek
Mark Norrish (1971)
“There are five pillars in my life philosophy. Each of these pillars is represented by a finger on my hand (which makes them difficult to forget): family, myself, sport, wine and business.”
Having learnt so much from his own experiences as a family man, friend, sportsman and wine retailer, Mark Norrish shares his stories and favourite sayings in this quirky book.
25% of the profits of this book will be donated to the Make A Difference (MAD) Leadership Foundation which develops talented young scholars with leadership potential into future leaders of South Africa.
Mark Norrish is considered by many as a “great mind in international wine retail”. His retail career has spanned 40 years and he has made his mark working for the likes of Pick n Pay, Game Discount World, Checkers, Shoprite Checkers and Engen. He currently heads up the family-owned national liquor chain, Ultra Liquors, as the National Wine General Manager.
Godwell Nhamo (2003)
Sustainability, Climate Change and the Green Economy
Written by 18 authors, this book on Sustainability, Climate Change and the Green Economy brings together insights at the nexus of the four key concepts embedded in its title. The book is unpacked in six parts. Part 1 is a single chapter that covers the context of the topic. Part 2 looks at the green economy and green jobs, and addresses the challenges of government coordination and socio-economic development, with emphasis on skills and immigration regimes. Part 3 reflects on sustainable development, with a focus on relearning our wants and needs, and provides critical reflection on engineering for sustainable development. Management of natural resources and wetlands makes up Part 4, which teases out issues on timber harvesting, as well as challenges and opportunities in addressing environment-economic development and growth conflicts. A critique of climate change coverage in news media, mainstreaming climate change into wildlife policies, and tourism, are matters covered in Part 5. The last part (Part 6) is another single chapter, which articulates emerging issues from the whole book and presents some policy and take-home messages. Given the growing literature in the field of sustainability, climate change and the green economy, this piece will prove a must-read for policy makers, academics, industry and civil society.
Godwell Nhamo is a Programme Manager for the Chair in Business and Climate Change hosted by the Institute for Corporate Citizenship (ICC) at the University of South Africa (Unisa), which is sponsored by Exxaro Resources Ltd. He holds a PhD from Rhodes University and did his postdoctoral work with the University of Witwatersrand. Dr Nhamo has great interests in business and climate change as well as environmental management and policy. Some of his current responsibilities are in teaching, research and training in corporate citizenship, sustainability sciences as well as business and climate change.
244 x 170 mm
Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
David Hilton-Barber (1953)
The concession to mine gold at Tati was granted to a British baronet, Sir John Swinburne, by Lobengula, last king of the Matabele. Although called by colonial imperialists as a “savage king” and a “native despot”, Lobengula was “exceedingly well-made (in height about 6 ft 10 inches), corpulent, with a commanding presence and, when in a good temper, having a kind heart and a full appreciation of humour”.
The gold at Tati, which was discovered by the geologist Carl Mauch, was actually on the site of prehistoric diggings that had been mined there 400 years previously by the Makalanga people. Tati lay on the missionary road to the north, used by Livingstone and Moffat, and it was part of Cecil Rhodes’s dream of a continuous tract of British imperialism from Cape to Cairo. The annexation of Bechuanaland was a direct result of the conflicts between the tribes within the area and the threats from President Kruger and from Germany which had recently colonised Angra Pequena.
Gold from the early diggings here found its way to Great Zimbabwe and the famous golden rhinocerous from Mapungubwe was probably fashioned from gold mined at Tati. This forgotten corner of the subcontinent encapsulates a chapter of our history involving five countries,
powerful men, much subterfuge, a botched invasion, a rebellion, land annexation, prospectors, hunters, traders and adventurers. It is a story begging to be told.
David Hilton-Barber (1953) in collaboration with Judge Pat Tebbutt:
Judge Pat Tebbutt's memoirs as a journalist, broadcaster, barrister, businessman and judge. Judge Tebbutt has been fortunate to have lived a long life, blessed with good health and filled with interest and incident, with excitement and enjoyment, and with much happiness. It has been intertwined with the friendship and companionship of people. By and large he has tried to live by the injunction that underpins most religions: to do to others what you would wish them to do to you.
The Ultimate Companion For Birding in Southern Africa
The book normally retails at R1 476.30. There are copies available directly from Peter Ginn, selling for R1 200.00 per set, which he shall sign before sending. Unfortunately they do not have a credit card facility but payment either in cash or by EFT is acceptable. Please contact Peter & Irene Ginn at 072 279 7013 or 044 874 6372 or email Peter directly at email@example.com
Prof Laurence Wright (1969)
"The Wartime Diaries of WD Terry - A Safrican at Cambridge", edited and introduced by Laurence Wright, is a fascinating study of a young Elsie Ballot Scholar who read English at Cambridge 1938 - 1940 and who would go on to be an influential Senior Lecturer at Rhodes University from 1956 - 1965
WD (David) Terry taught in the Rhodes English Department with Guy Butler from 1956 - 1965, and will still be remembered by older members, students and former colleagues. He was the father of Pat, Chris and Peter Terry, all well known in the Grahamstown community.
Laurence Wright, formerly director of the ISEA, has edited Terry's wartime diaries and correspondence, and the result is a vivid portrait of a young South African up at Cambridge from 1938 - 1940 caught up in the turmoil of that time.
Laurence's book "The Wartime Diary of WD Terry, a "SAfrican" at Cambridge" has been published by PrintMatters Heritage (www.printmatters.co.za) and was launched at NELM, Worcester Street, on Tuesday 25 April 2017 at 17h30 for 18h00.
Margaret James (1972)
The Honey Ant Readers are a unique and innovative series of learn-to-read books with complementary resources, developed for Australian Indigenous learners, with traditional Elders, to make literacy learning relevant, meaningful, engaging and fun.
The HARs, underpinned by empirical and theoretical research, include books in Aboriginal languages, light Aboriginal English and Standard Australian English. They actively support the maintenance of Indigenous languages and culture, and the first 3 HARs are available in 7 traditional Aboriginal languages with audio CD.
Research shows that learners whose first language is not English, make faster progress in reading, and read with deeper comprehension, when the material is familiar to them, even though the language may not be. (So much of the material currently available is heavily Anglo-centric, culturally inappropriate and has little relevance for students in remote communities where little, if any, Standard English is spoken.)
The first edition of the Honey Ant Readers includes features of light Aboriginal English (AE), in the first 10 books, with the text gradually and systemically moving into colloquial Standard English (SAE) across the 10 books. This is done by following the natural order in which speakers of other languages have been shown to acquire the grammatical structures of Standard English.
Materials for very young, emergent readers include A5 pictures with matching words, card sets, board games, activity books, drawing books and songs and rhymes. All of which encourage interactive learning and prepare the young beginners for reading. The 123 colourful conversation cards are used to encourage oral and written language, as well as for counselling, role play and many other games and activities. A significant and popular adjunct to the reading materials are activities which have a focus on phonics and grammar, such as original songs and rhymes. These assist learners of English as an additional language in acquiring Standard Australian English.
The HARs teach reading by incorporating aspects of Aboriginal English into the text and building oral Standard Australian English through songs and rhymes.
We know that it is very difficult for people to learn to read and write in a language they do not speak.
We also know that once a person can read in one language, they can transfer that skill to another.
With the Honey Ant Readers, learners learn to read in the language they speak in the playground, their lingua franca, while giving that language respect. In the case of many Indigenous Australians this is a form of Aboriginal English. The learners can then transfer their reading skills to reading and writing in Standard Australian English.
At the same time the Honey Ant Readers reinforce and teach oral Standard Australian English through rhymes and songs, written specifically with Aboriginal English speakers in mind. Once Standard Australian English has been acquired orally, learning to read in that language is easier because it is meaningful.
Jen Thorpe (2003)
Steuart Pennington (1971)
SOUTH AFRICA @ 20: for Better or for Worse? The dawn of 20 years of democracy is upon us. Are we building the kind of country we want for our children? Are we celebrating achievements while also confronting challenges? Is there a clear vision for the future of South Africa? Steuart Pennington’s latest book – the 10th in the Good News series – provides thought provoking views and insightful perspectives to tough questions and real concerns about South Africa.
25 ‘True or False’ chapters confronting our daily narrative
42 Prominent South African and international contributors
The 224-page book is beautifully illustrated, with more than 200 ‘Fast Facts’, tables, graphs and images.
Our narrative is bedevilled with conventional wisdom madness. Rumours, half-truths and sensationalist reporting are very much part of the way we talk. In SOUTH AFRICA @20: for Better or for Worse?, we have selected 25 provocative topics to explore. Among them:
“Our university standards are dropping.”
“It’s not ‘if’ we will end up like Zimbabwe, it’s ‘when’.”
“Our global competitiveness is terminally in decline.”
“SA remains one of the most unequal societies in the world.”
“Our trade unions are out of control.”
“SA will run out of water.”
“Our productivity is the lowest in the world.”
“Our pay gap remains one of the worst in the world.”
“Ex-pats slag us off at every opportunity.”
We approached 42 prominent South Africans to write rebuffs. These include Pali Lehohla (Statistician General), John Robbie (702), Thulani Nzima (CEO, SA Tourism), Rowan Philp (award-winning journalist), Arno van der Merwe (Mercedes-Benz SA)and many more. They tell us the truth, show us the facts and expose the myths.
Available at Exclusive Books, some CNA stores, Kalahari.net, or directly from us at www.sagoodnews.co.za.
Presentations and interactive talks relating to the content of the book are delivered by Steuart Pennington.
Contact: Camilla@sagoodnews.co.za Cell: 083 447 6305
Marion Whitehead (1973)
Welcome to the greatest wild flower show on earth with MapStudio’s newly released Visitor’s Guide Flower Route.
Your perfect guide for planning a flower safari is a new travel book called: Visitor's Guide Flower Route, by well-known photojournalist Marion Whitehead (published by Map Studio). The book offers fantastic practical advice on viewing the best spring wild flowers, the best places to view them and where to go and what to do (with a whole lot of clever hints and tips thrown in for good measure). Her images are also pretty spectacular and the entire book is a visual treat…
Visitors Guide: Flower Route (MapStudio) by Marion Whitehead is packed with useful information, from the best scenic back roads for flower spotting to fascinating facts about our fabulous floral heritage, plus photo tips. Places of interest for each region (West Coast, Namaqualand, Cape Peninsula and Overberg) are highlighted, as well as recommended eat, stay and play options. Clear colour maps throughout make navigation simple and a selection of flower photos assist in identification. Order directly from 0860 10 5050 or from the website.
Christopher Vaughan (1972)
On the Shoulders of Oldenburg: A Biography of the Academic Rating System in South Africa. The book is an easy read, comprehensive, insightful and is brought to life by the reference to the various persons interviewed for the book. More importantly, it captures divergent views on the NRF rating system of evaluation and rating and places thes in perspective. Given the impact of the NRF rating system on South Africa's National System of Innovation (NSI), the biography assumes an even greater degree of importance.
ISBN 978-1-86868-111-2, National Research Foundation, Pretoria, 324 pages, 2015
Jean Branford (1972) and Malcolm Venter (1966)
Say again? The other side of South African English Besides recognisable characteristics of South African English, such as ‘Vrystaat’, ‘ou boet’ / ‘ou swaer’, ‘eksê’ or ‘nogal’, speakers of South African English give clear indications – even if their accent is not marked – of their being South African. Many of our South African English structures have unexpected meanings or usages which are not found in General English. South Africans are also, like their counterparts elsewhere, linguistically creative, and have coined many new English words and phrases. You may readily recognise some of these items, but there will be others which you will be surprised to learn are unique to South Africa. It is this, as much as our accent and the borrowings, which makes South African English quite as distinctive as any other World English.
Would you, for instance, recognise South African English if you came across debates about labour brokers or transformation; or if you heard of someone who was making eggs, ordering monkey gland sauce, having a cadenza, busy dying or taking their pavement special to the vet? Would you identify a fellow South African if you were told that she still told you about something, or that someone is a real Model C, or that the teachers are threatening a chalkdown? And what about the children playing doctor-doctor – are they South African?
Maybe you have been surprised when you came across an overseas visitor who was waiting impatiently because someone had promised to meet her just now but had not yet arrived ten minutes later. Maybe you confused the visitor further by replying, ‘No, I’m fine’ when she inquired after your health.
And what about the person who says she is having a boyfriend in Jo’burg, or threw the cat with a stone, or forgot her jersey at the restaurant or enjoys hot-hot chips? Or perhaps he tells someone that a situation is very, very dire and that he therefore needs an advice? These may sound strange – or even incorrect – to some, but it is still English, just a different type of English: South African English.
All of these are examples of the unique English elements of the English that has been made in South Africa. And this book aims to regale you with many examples of South African English. An understanding of these items can be useful and enlightening to South Africans themselves in our linguistically rainbowed nation, as well as to strangers in our midst, who may well wonder what on earth we are talking about.
Written in an accessible style, each chapter features words and phrases from different aspects of life – some serious and some not so serious – with actual examples of usage from written and spoken sources. All this is interspersed with pictures and illustrations that liven up the text. Book available at Pharos.
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Ralph Goldswain (1963)
id you know the term ‘roughing it’ comes from the tent city at Algoa Bay? Or that the settlers carried grain rations from Grahamstown on their backs for kilometres? One even called her new home ‘the most miserable country in the world’.
1820 descendant Ralph Goldswain retells the tale of the settlers’ dramatic first three years in South Africa in lively first-person accounts. Their letters, journals and diaries tell of the dangerous sea voyage, the dismal introduction to their new country, and establishing farms in a difficult environment plagued by drought, floods and locusts.
An engaging read with a delightful narrative touch, we journey with this resilient group of people as they battle nature, an increasingly hostile Xhosa nation and an exploitative colonial government.
Mike Bruton (1966)
Fishing is one of the most ancient forms of hunting and has spawned an astonishing variety of innovative methods and equipment used to outwit and catch fishes and other aquatic animals. Traditional fishing methods of Africa addresses a much neglected but very important part of Africa’s technological heritage: its indigenous fishing technologies.
These ancient technologies, developed and used over a period of 10 000 years, are still in use in rural Africa today to harvest aquatic resources in a sustainable way. This has ignited renewed interest in their potential to encourage long-term and sustainable use of fish stocks. Brilliantly illustrated and clearly written, this book serves as a perfect introduction to a fascinating topic that will enhance your appreciation of indigenous knowledge systems in Africa.
About the author
Mike Bruton studied zoology and social anthropology at Rhodes University and has had a lifelong interest in indigenous knowledge systems. He took a keen interest in the traditional fishing methods of the rural people of Zululand, Mozambique and Botswana while conducting research on fishes there. He has made extensive collections of traditional fishing gear and has continued to pursue this interest during his further travels in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. He was also instrumental in establishing an Angling Museum in Knysna that includes traditional fishing gear.
About the series Indigenous Knowledge Library
The breadth and scale of African indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) has been frustratingly difficult for learners and teachers to research, despite the emphasis placed on IKS in the curriculum. Cambridge’s Indigenous Knowledge Library series offers a wealth of readily available, exciting and accessible material as a resource for high school learners and teachers for researching this invaluable aspect of our heritage. Written by authorities in their fields, the series reveals the relevance and richness of African indigenous knowledge across a range of topics. The books are filled with full-colour illustrations, information boxes and activities. Helpful extras include a glossary, an index and a list of resources that will simplify the process of discovery and enhance the enjoyment of learners and teachers as they delve into their African past.
Other titles in the Indigenous Knowledge Library include: Astronomy of Timbuktu Great South African inventions, Indigenous mining and metallurgy in Africa, Traditionally useful plants of Africa, The archaeological heritage of Africa, Fossils for Africa.
Cambridge University Press, Cape Town, ISBN ISBN 978-1-107-56187-8
Woordeboek van REGS-EN HANDELSTERME
Emeritus Professor Johan Smuts (1958) and Advocate Izak Smuts (1974)
A very unique addition was written by father and son, Emeritus Professor Johan Smuts and Advocate Izak Smuts. Woordeboek van REGS-EN HANDELSTERME, written specifically to provide practical reference work in which the meaning of legal and commercial terms can be consulted, especially as when choosing the right equivalent in cases where the terms have more than one significance of distinction.
Bound for Pretoria: The Travel Writings of Henry Adams, 1878-1879
Edited by Fiona Adams (1985)
In the late 1870s a young English writer, Henry Adams, accompanied the first Anglican Bishop of Pretoria on a voyage to South Africa. This was followed by an arduous four-month trek by ox-wagon through Natal to Pretoria, against the backdrop of the lead-up to the Anglo-Zulu War. Henry Adams wrote 32 articles about the journey and their first few weeks in Pretoria, which were published in a small English newspaper under the title 'Bound for Pretoria'. His writing career ended when he became a priest shortly after arriving in South Africa. When he died in tragic circumstances 13 years later, both he and his travel writings were quickly forgotten.
The articles were rediscovered in 2015 by Rhodes alumnus Fiona Adams (B.Journ 1988), one of Henry Adams' great-granddaughters. She has now published them in a 332-page annotated collection as a way of reintroducing her ancestor to his other descendants, to whom he is completely unknown.
As a young man Henry Adams was a passionate advocate of the value of journalism in broadening people's minds. He was especially concerned with the youth of his time, for many of whom access to information was severely constrained by their socio-economic circumstances. As a man who wanted most of all to be useful in the world, the idea that his writing could serve a useful purpose long after his death would have appealed to him. With this in mind proceeds from the sale of the book (titled 'Bound for Pretoria: The travel writings of Henry Adams, 1878-1879) will be donated to the Henry Adams Memorial Textbook Fund for the benefit of students in the departments of English, History and Journalism.
Orders to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Account name: Ms FM Adams
Branch: Vincent Park, East London
Branch code: 053721
SWIFT code: SBZAZAJJ
Robin Anderson (1960)
Four Zimbabwean Adventure Tales
THE ADVENTURES OF MAISIE THE MEERKAT & BUNTI THE BUSHBABY –
THE RESCUE OF THE QUEEN OF SHEBA’S JEWELS.
A wicked plan by the even more wicked CHIEF KIMBULLI to steal THE QUEEN OF SHEBA’S JEWELS from her Jewel House in the ancient city of ZIMBABWE is not clever enough for young ARGO and his friends, MAISIE THE MEERKAT and BUNTI THE BUSHBABY. With the help of CORNELIUS the crocodile and VICTOR, a Velvet Monkey and his monkey team, the VEE VEES (the VICTORIOUS VELVETS!) CHIEF KIMBULLI’S so-called clever plan quickly ends up in disaster and the jewels safely returned.
THE ADVENTURES OF FI THE FIREFLY & MOMBASSA THE MILLIPEDE –
THE FOILING OF HIDEOUS & HEIDI THE HYENAS’ HORRIBLE PLOT.
A special concert organised to celebrate ZIM DAY and held in the presence of The Queen of Sheba, proves to be in danger due to a nasty plan organised by HIDEOUS and HEIDI the HYENAS, assisted by VICTOR THE VULTURE and his team of ugly vultures (THE VILES) to sabotage the glamorous event. Thanks to FI THE FIREFLY, MOMBASSA THE MILLIPEDE, PERCY THE PORCUPINE and other friends their nasty plan is soon put into disarray.
WARRIS THE ALBINO WARTHOG WINS THE DAY!
WARRIS the albino WARTHOG wins the day when he shows WITHERSPOON and WENDI, his brother and sister who are forever teasing him about his pale colouring (WARRIS being a pale pink as opposed to a WARTHOG’s usual muddy brown), you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover in the same way you shouldn’t judge a WARTHOG by his colour!
THE ADVENTURES OF LUCY THE BABOON & CHARLIE THE CHEETAH.
DAVID and his friend PHINEAS – on discovering they can speak Baboon Speak with LUCY, DAVID’S pet BABOON and Cheetah Speak with CHARLIE, DAVID’S pet CHEETAH – soon find themselves caught up in the rescue of both LUCY’S and CHARLIE’S relatives caught up on the many islands formed by the rising waters of the new KARIBA DAM built across the mighty ZAMBEZI RIVER.
Medicinal and Charm Plants of Pondoland
Sinegugu Zukulu, Tony Dold (2000), Tony Abbott and Domitilla Raimondo
Medicinal and Charm Plants of Pondoland describes sixty medicinal and charm plants and their uses. The information of indigenous plant use in Pondoland presented in this book will be of relevance to anyone interested in plants in the region, but it is primarily aimed at school pupils. The primary focus of this not only to support scholars in these curriculum requirements, but it also aims to reawaken indigenous cultural knowledge and encourage the youth of Pondoland to engage with their unique biodiversity to ensure a sustainable future.
Available at Kirstenbosch Branch of the Botanical Society of S.A.
Pamela Heller-Stern (1964)
Who's Knocking on my Door?
Who's Knocking on my Door? An intriguing question. Could it be Death knocking? What lies beyond the red door? Perhaps it's Stanley, an escaped prisoner-of-war in Italy. He survives World War II. And then what lies in store for him? The five siblings, Marina, Sophie, Gerald, Jeremy and Lawrence represent the family curse. Repeated five times. Famous film star, Romaine Tillney, disappears for two weeks. Why? What is going on? Finally Belinda, addict and user, commits an irretrievable act.
"Like a magician, Heller-Stern conjures up characters through the images." - Dr. Jonathan Marks, MBA Director, Gordon Institute of Business Science, Johannesburg. "Heller-Stern's unique, powerfully innovative use of language and style will take you on a journey to new possibilities within literature." - Prof. David Walwyn, University of Pretoria, PhD University of Cambridge.
Born in Cape Town. Dr. Pamela Heller-Stern obtained various degrees in English literature from the University of Cape Town, Rhodes University and the University of the Witwatersrand. She has lectured in English literature and was also involved in fine art.
Kit Vaughan (1972)
Imagining the elephant: A Biography of Allan MacLeod Cormack
Imagining the Elephant is a biography of Allan MacLeod Cormack, a physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1979 for his pioneering contributions to the development of the computer-assisted tomography (CAT) scanner, an honor he shared with Godfrey Hounsfield. A modest genius who was also a dedicated family man, the book is a celebration of Cormack s life and work. It begins with his ancestral roots in the far north of Scotland, and then chronicles his birth and early years in South Africa, his education at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Cambridge University, and his subsequent academic appointments at UCT and Tufts University in Boston, USA. It details his discovery of the problem at Cape Town in 1956, traces his scientific footsteps all the way to Stockholm in December 1979, and then extends the odyssey to his pursuits beyond the Nobel Prize.
- From John O'Groats to Jo'burg;
- On the Slopes of Table Mountain;
- Physics and Friends at Cambridge;
- Return to the Fairest Cape;
- A New Beginning in Boston;
- Finding Radon and His Transform;
- On the Road to Stockholm;
- Citizen of the World;
- At Home in Massachusetts;
- Appendices: Allan Cormack's Publications;
- Nobel Lecture;
- Presentation of Nobel Prize;
- Man and Science in the 21st Century;
- A Teenager's Odyssey.
Harriet Knight (2006)
The New Boy
“Keep this girl in,” said August nonchalantly, “she was the one who did it. What’s your name again?” he said looking over to the laminated tag on her desk, “Rosie did it Miss Knight.”
The class gasped in horror. The new boy had sealed his fate.
It's not easy standing up to bullies, especially on your first day. August surprises everyone with his plan for camp and how to get the class bully, Rosie, back.
Harriet Knight (2006)
The Substitute Teacher
Harry and his friends are surprised to find their lovely teacher Miss Knight away, and covered by a frightening substitute, Miss Eerie!
Will the boys last the day with this witch, or will they succeed in getting rid of her?
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