• Dr Abdullah Abdurahman: South Africa’s First Elected Black Politician

    Martin Plaut, Dr Abdullah Abdurahman: South Africa’s First Elected Black Politician (Johannesburg: Jacana, 2020) HIS funeral in Cape Town in February 1940 attracted a massive multiracial crowd. He had been a dedicated Cape Town city […]

     
  • Jwara!: Induna’s Daughter

    Joyce Piliso-Seroke, Jwara!: Induna’s Daughter (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2020) THE AUTHOR of Jwara!, a clan name, was born in 1933 into her father’s second house, part of the Eastern Cape African Christian bourgeoisie. Her father, […]

     
  • The Unlikely Mr Rogue: A Life with Ivan Pillay

    Evelyn Groenink, The Unlikely Mr Rogue: A Life with Ivan Pillay (Johannesburg: Jacana, 2020) TITLE and sub-title are well chosen: this is both biography and autobiography. Evelyn Groenink is an accomplished journalist and writer who […]

     
  • Escape from Lubumbashi: A Refugee’s Journey on Foot to Reunite her Family

    Estelle Neethling, Escape from Lubumbashi: A Refugee’s Journey on Foot to Reunite her Family (Pretoria: Unisa Press, 2021) PROLONGED conflict in the DRC produced Africa’s Great War. Casualties are hard to pin down, or comprehend: […]

     
  • These are not Gentle People: A True Story

    Andrew Harding, These are not Gentle People: A True Story (Johannesburg: Picador Africa, 2020) AN OLD man is attacked on a farm near Parys in the northern Free State in January 2016 by two or […]

     
  • The Man Behind the Beard: Deneys Schreiner, a South African Liberal Life

    Graham Dominy, The Man Behind the Beard: Deneys Schreiner, a South African Liberal Life (Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2020) COURTESY of Covid-19 and lockdown of the UKZN Press, I collected my review copy of […]

     
  • The Blackridge House: A Memoir

    Julia Martin, The Blackridge House: A Memoir (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2019) AN OLD woman of 92 lies bedridden in a Cape Town nursing home watching squirrels and birds in the branches of a syringa tree. […]

     
  • Women in Solitary: Inside the Female Resistance to Apartheid

    Shanthini Naidoo, Women in Solitary: Inside the Female Resistance to Apartheid (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2020) APARTHEID was based on complex legislation, increasingly distanced from the rule of law. Before the National Party regime resorted to […]

     
  • Making Sense of Research

    Keyan G. Tomaselli (ed.), Making Sense of Research (Pretoria: Van Schaik, 2018) THE ESSENTIAL purpose of universities is easy enough to define: training and practice in the acquisition, refinement and dissemination of new knowledge – […]

     
  • Slabbert: Man on a Mission

    Albert Grundlingh, Slabbert: Man on a Mission (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2021) AN INDEPENDENT thinker and individualist, a believer in the persuasive power of rational thought and logical argument, and possessed of missionary tendencies: Frederik van […]