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A Chief Justice Who Doesn’t Write Appointed by a President Who Doesn’t Read

Book Excerpt: Richard Calland’s recently published book, The Zuma Years – South Africa’s Changing Face of Power (Zebra Press, 2013), X-rays South Africa’s body politic: from the cabinet to the ANC to civil society. In Chapter 11, entitled The Judges, Calland focuses on the power play and politics within, and surrounding, the judiciary. He also asks pertinent […]

Rethinking the South African Crisis

An excerpt from Gillian Hart’s recently published work, Rethinking the South African Crisis: Nationalism, Populism, Hegemony In Disabling Globalization: Places of Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa (2002a) I argued that local government was emerging as a key site of contractions in the first phase of post-apartheid restructuring (1994–2000). Over the decade of the 2000s, I […]

In a World of Their Own – A History of South African Women’s Education

  Founded in 1869 outside of Durban as the first high school for southern African women, Inanda Seminary remained an independent, prestigious school through apartheid. Generations of path-breaking black professional women came of age in its classrooms: teachers and health workers, activists and intellectuals, artists and entrepreneurs. In A World of Their Own: A History […]

Nthikeng Mohlele’s Small Things

Nthikeng Mohlele has been working on his second novel for the last couple of years. After a series of misfortunes, including electronically losing most of the manuscript, he has a second offering, Small Things (UKZN Press). In this extract that shows Mohlele’s clipped, controlled style that he deployed in his first novel The Scent of Bliss, […]