Mandela and the New Republic - insights from the 2nd volume of his memoir

2018-01-12 10:47

Why is it that Mandela seemed to give so little attention to driving change in South Africa while he was president? Was he a sell-out or a coward as some contend, asks Alan Hirsch.

100 women who changed the world

2017-12-17 06:12

Here is the must-have book of the year, perfect for all would-be pioneering rebels out there, write Gayle Edmunds and daughter Frances (8).

Lest we forget SS Mendi

2017-12-10 06:09

An often-forgotten tragedy of human rights violations and loss of life by over 600 black South African Soldiers. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela reflects in this foreword.

Zola 7 and Black Consciousness

2017-12-10 06:09

An expansive new book on Black Consciousness offers a history of the movement and explores how Steve Biko’s beliefs have been steadily reframed by each generation through developments such as kwaito and Fallism.


HOW TO STEAL A CITY:  Crispian Olver gives an insider account of corruption in Nelson Mandela Bay (Publisher: Jonathan Ball)

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Book review: Teetering on the precipice

2017-12-10 06:09

Unlike what the blurb suggests about this political thriller being about the transient nature of dreams, Bare Ground is about the hard reality of Johannesburg. It is about the death of the old order and South Africa’s decline into kleptocracy, writes Thomas Hartleb.

PART 3: First heart transplant - 'It's going to work!'

2017-12-04 07:52

The theatre sisters and surgeons from Theatre B were seated in the gallery, waiting, some with balled fists, filled with tension at the proceedings in front of them. It was the moment of truth, writes James-Brent Styan.

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PART 3: First heart transplant - 'It's going to work!'

2017-12-04 07:52

The theatre sisters and surgeons from Theatre B were seated in the gallery, waiting, some with balled fists, filled with tension at the proceedings in front of them. It was the moment of truth, writes James-Brent Styan.

PART 2: First heart transplant - 'Denise never saw the motor vehicle coming'

2017-12-03 17:54

Denise Darvall and her mother Myrtle never saw the motor vehicle coming. Just after 3.30pm, on Saturday 2 December, Prins hit the two Darvalls as they were crossing the road. Events had been set in motion, writes James-Brent Styan.

Book Extract: Ramaphosa and the massacre at Marikana

2017-11-26 06:13

In this extract from his new book on Cyril Ramaphosa, journalist and editor Ray Hartley examines the deputy president’s role in the slaughter of striking mine workersat Marikana in August 2012, an event that heavilyaffected his reputation and image.

Book extract: The politics behind the politics

2017-11-19 05:52

In her second book, novelist Rehana Rossouw, herself a seasoned journalist, tells the story of Aaliyah ‘Ali’ Adams, a hard-nosed political reporter from the Bo-Kaap who will follow a trail of corruption during the second year of the Mandela presidency, uncovering a shocking scoop.

Book review: 'Good men and women do not always survive'

2017-11-14 10:22

Enemy of the People shows how Zuma and his circle of rogue protectors broke not only the country's spirit and moral fibre, but also our hearts, writes Judith February.

Enemy of the People: 9/12, the day everything changed

2017-11-10 13:20

In the newly released book, Enemy of the People, former National Treasury director general Lungisa Fuzile recalls the confusion, disruption and the poor taste in which Des van Rooyen and his advisers tried to capture South Africa’s fiscal purse.

Two books that tell the unsettling tale of SA's descent

2017-11-09 09:17

South Africa has produced two must-read thrillers in the past weeks. They are non-fiction, yet are as gripping and readable as any page-turner, writes Anton Harber.

Big love for black books

2017-12-03 06:01

The second annual Abantu Book Festival is about to get under way in Soweto. Charl Blignaut called up acclaimed novelist, and the founder and director of the festival, Thando Mgqolozana, to talk through the highlights of the programme that celebrates.

PART 1: First heart transplant - 'Washy could always look after himself'

2017-12-01 16:36

Louis Washkansky was nearing the end and there was still no certainty about when a donor heart might become available. Roughly 1 km down the road, a catalytic event was about to transpire, writes James-Brent Styan.

Book extract: Ramaphosa and 'the big deal'

2017-11-21 10:54

While formal Codesa talks in the public spotlight had been called off, behind the scenes Ramaphosa and Roelf Meyer remained in close contact, writes Ray Hartley.

Book review: Be inspired

2017-11-19 05:52

Who would have thought a memoir with this sort of title would be so riveting and so beautifully written?

Book extract: Comrades and corruption

2017-11-12 06:04

Holomisa’s expulsion from the ANC did not bother him so much as the fact that Mandela had played what seemed like a leading role in the whole process, writes Eric Naki.

EXTRACT: Enemy of the People - 'The axe has fallen'

2017-11-10 06:51

Lungisa Fuzile, Treasury director general since May 2011, got a text message from Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. It simply said: 'The axe has fallen.' Nene had been fired, writes Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit.

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