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Who Rules South Africa?: Pulling the strings in the battle for power

by Martin Plaut & Paul Holden

In this timely work, WHO RULES SOUTH AFRICA?, highly regarded authors Paul Holden and Martin Plaut analyse the political elites that battle daily for power in South Africa. They argue that power does not reside...


At The Front: A General'S Account Of South Africa'S Border War

by Jannie Geldenhuys

General Jannie Geldenhuys is widely regarded as one of the leading military commanders South Africa has produced. As Chief of the South African Defence Force from 1985 to 1990, he brought his experience to...


Man-Eaters, Mambas And Marula Madness: A Game Ranger'S Life In The Lowveld

by Mario Cesare

What started as a vision for the Olifants River Game Reserve [in South Africa] has become the story of a game ranger’s life. With a naturalist’s eye for detail as well as the bigger picture of managing...


Khabzela

by Liz Mcgregor

Liz McGregor follows the fortunes of South African Fana Khaba, a boy from a severely disadvantaged township background, a former taxi-driver, who achieves celebrity status and a cult following as the most popular...


The Hunchback Missionary

by Elsa Joubert & Michael King

At a prayer meeting on a cold Rotterdam night, the young clerk Aart Anthonij van der Lingen – a pale, sickly, hunchbacked ‘fish from the North’ – is held in the charismatic Reverend Johannes Kicherer’s...


Ragged Glory: The Rainbow Nation in Black and White: The Rainbow Nation in Black and White

by Ray Hartley

As a leading political journalist and newspaper editor, Hartley had the best seat in the house for the unfolding drama of the new South Africa, as well as privileged access to many key players, including Nelson...


People's War: New Ligth on the Struggle for South Africa

by Anthea Jeffery

Twenty years have passed since South Africans were being shot or hacked or burned to death in political conflict; and the memory of the trauma has faded. Some 20 500 people were nevertheless killed between 1984...


Coach: How South African Sports Leaders Cultivate Excellence

by Marco Botha

At 34, Heyneke Meyer was fired as head coach of a Super Rugby team for the second time. But when on 19 May 2007 his Bulls side became the first South African team to capture the Super title, the dark years at...


Clever Blacks, Jesus and Nkandla: The real Jacob Zuma in his own words

by Gareth Van Onselen

Jacob Zuma is a man who walks in two worlds. As president of South Africa, he is tasked with upholding the principles that define the Constitution and embodying the values they are designed to engender. But,...


Dragons & Butterflies: Sentenced to Die, Choosing to Live

by Shani Krebs

Shani Krebs didn’t fall in with a bad crowd – he was the bad crowd. Born to Hungarian refugees in Johannesburg, South Africa, Shani had a tough childhood. During his national service he started dabbling in...


Dear Bullet: A letter to my shooter

by Sixolile Mbalo

The village of Mpandela lies in one of the most beautiful parts of the Eastern Cape, amid soft flowing hills along which footpaths curl, cattle peacefully graze and children’s playful voices are heard.

This...


Opposite Mandela: Encounters with South Africa's Icon

by Tony Leon

Tony Leon has written a book of unique insight into an unexplored aspect of the presidency and leadership of Nelson Mandela. Opposite Mandela relates the untold stories of how South Africa's first democratic...


Die Baan-Brekers: Hoe Suid-Afrikaanse sportleiers kampioene slyp

by Marco Botha

Hoe Suid-Afrikaanse Sportleiers Kampioene Slyp. Heyneke Meyer was 34 jaar oud toe hy vir die tweede keer as die hoofafrigter van ’n Superrugby-span afgedank is. Maar toe sy Bulls-span op 19 Mei 2007 die eerste...


Digging Deep: A History of Mining in South Africa

by Jade Davenport

Before the advent of the great mineral revolution in the latter half of the 19th century, South Africa was a sleepy colonial backwater whose unpromising landscape was seemingly devoid of any economic potential....


Froome: The Ride of his life

by Michael Vlismas

From the day he joined a ramshackle Kenyan cycling club made up of orphans and street children, Chris Froome was destined for greatness.

Froome: the Ride of his Life chronicles Froome’s journey from the dusty...


Bouch: Through my eyes

by Mark Boucher & Neil Manthorp

When Mark Boucher played one of his first games of cricket for South Africa, a senior player took him aside and bluntly told him he was the worst wicketkeeper ever to play in the national side. Over a decade...


Mind your business: Advice from South Africa's top business leaders

by Theo Vorster

Mind your Business is a compilation of the success stories of prominent South African businesspeople, from entrepreneurs to chief executives of multinational business giants.

This book is the outgrowth of South...


Django: The small dog with a big heart

by Peter Comley

On safari with a small dog with a big heart. Django was named after a fictional hero of the Wild West when as a six-week-old pup he taught the local bully a lesson. After a narrow escape from the life of a pampered...


Carte Blanche: The Stories behind the Stories

by Jessica Pitchford

Carte Blanche burst onto the scene in 1988 as a genre never before seen on South African television: a trail-blazer, a blend of sociological awareness, sophistication and audacity. When pay channel M-Net came...


South African Battles

by Timothy Couzens

South African Battles describes 36 battles spread over five centuries. These are not the well-trodden battlefields of standard histories, but generally lesser-known ones. Some were of critical importance, while...