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Six New Tafelberg Short Books by Xolela Mangcu, Susan Booysen, Hermann Giliomee and Others

NB Publishers launched the first six titles in its new series of short digital non-fiction works, Tafelberg Short Books, last month. December sees the release of a further six titles – three English and three Afrikaans ones:

The ANC’s Battle for Mangaung

 
The ANC\'s Battle for MangaungMuch of the country’s political future is determined by the ANC’s internal elections. Here political analyst Susan Booysen gives an incisive breakdown of the cutthroat elections of Polokwane in 2007 and Mangaung in 2012, which will set a course for the party and its potential for renewal for years to come – and for South Africa.

About the author

Susan Booysen is Professor in the Graduate School of Public and Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand. She specialises in South and Southern African politics.

She is the author of The African National Congress and the regeneration of political power (Johannesburg, Witwatersrand University Press, 2011) and has published more than 40 refereed journal articles, chapters in books and monographs. Booysen also does work as media commentator and analyst, and is a member of the editorial board of Politikon: The South African Journal of Political Studies and Debate. She is a contributing editor to the Johannesburg newspaper The Star.

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I Remember Steve Biko

 
I Remember Steve BikoSteve Biko made a deep impression on youngsters in his hometown, Ginsberg – including Xolela Mangcu. Mangcu delves into Biko’s own childhood: Steve as prankster at Forbes Grant school, and his lack of interest in politics – and eventual political awakening. Mangcu looks at how Biko has affected the course of his own life and at the legacy he left South Africa.

About the author

Dr Xolela Mangcu is an internationally respected analyst and commentator and often quoted in South African media.

Based at the University of Cape Town, he is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. He was Executive Director of the Human Sciences Research Council and has held fellowships at Harvard University; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Rockefeller Foundation. He also chairs the prestigious Sunday Times Alan Paton Awards.

Mangcu has written weekly columns for the Sunday Independent, Business Day and the Weekender, and is a guest analyst for the BBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera. He has authored and co-authored seven books, the latest Biko: A Biography.

The Sunday Times has called Mangcu ‘possibly the most prolific public intellectual in South Africa.’ Peter Vale, professor of humanities at the University of Johannesburg described him as ‘the most interesting, certainly the most engaging voice amongst the new generation of public intellectuals in South Africa.’

Mangcu grew up alongside Steve Biko and in writing his biography is fulfilling a life’s dream.

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Reconciliation’s Vengeful Echo

 
Reconciliation\'s Vengeful EchoReconciling old enemies is a complicated political manoeuvre: a moment of high drama in which small missteps can be catastrophic. Two very different leaders in two very different eras of South African history were called on to embark on this treacherous path. Despite the differences, a close reading of the political efforts of Louis Botha and Nelson Mandela demonstrates surprising similarities. Even more illuminating, Botha was involved in a fascinating argument with his old friend Jan Smuts in Paris in 1919 prior to the Versailles peace accord: the topic, reconciliation. Is there a secret to reconciliation? If so, do these episodes reveal anything about that secret?

The post-Apartheid era shows fascinating echoes of the era after the Boer War: Afrikaners learning that they can win by ‘losing’, the trade-off between vengeance and forbearance, and a worrying trajectory towards nationalism. Efforts to reconcile ‘the nation’ – both after the Boer War and after Apartheid – are treacherous and demand trade-offs. Tim Cohen looks at how Louis Botha and Nelson Mandela managed the transitions they were overseeing – and how both suffered the backlash. Is reconciliation even possible?

About the author

Tim Cohen is a long-time South African journalist who has spent most of his career with Business Day, although he has also worked for The Star and The Natal Witness. He was Business Day’s political correspondent, London correspondent and finance editor.

He is currently Business Day’s contributing editor, a function he performs from a vantage point at the edge of the Great Karoo. His book A Piece of the Pie: The Battle over Nationalisation has just been published.

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Die enigma van Hendrik Verwoerd

 
Die enigma van Hendrik VerwoerdDie lewe en politiek van Hendrik Verwoerd, vars beskou deur die gerekende historikus Hermann Giliomee.

Dié genuanseerde blik op iemand oor wie talle mites ontstaan het, bied stof tot nadenke. Dis ’n insiggewende en deurdagte kyk na Verwoerd se opsies en hoekom hy sekere keuses gemaak het. Anders as om bloot te veroordeel, probeer Giliomee verstaan en verklaar. Tog ontken hy nie die dikwels tragiese impak van Verwoerd se besluite nie.

Oor die outeur

Hermann Buhr Giliomee is op 4 April 1938 op Sterkstroom in die Oos-Kaap gebore. Hy gaan skool op Porterville en studeer Geskiedenis aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch.

Hy werk daarna by die Departement van Buitelandse Sake en gee ook klas aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch. Vanaf 1983 tot 1998 was hy Professor in Politieke Studies aan die Universiteit van Kaapstad. Van 1995 tot 1997 was hy president van die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut vir Rasseaangeleenthede. Hy is tans ’n Buitengewone Professor in Geskiedenis aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch.

Hermann Giliomee is die skrywer van verskeie geskiedkundige en politieke publiasies. In 2003 verskyn The Afrikaners – Biography of a people en dit is ook in Amerika en Engeland uitgegee. ’n Jaar later verskyn Die Afrikaners: ’n Biografie. Hy ontvang in 2008 die Helgaard Steyn-prys vir letterkunde vir Die Afrikaners. In 2007 het Nuwe geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika en New History of South Africa verskyn wat hy saam met met die historikus Bernard Mbenga geskryf het.

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Jonk en krapperig: Suid-Afrika se politieke puberteit

 
Jonk en krapperigPolitieke straatgevegte is aan die orde van die dag en leiers skiet klaaglik te kort. Waar staan ons land vandag, amper agtien jaar ná die demokratiese oorgang?

Jan-Jan Joubert, bekende politieke ontleder, betoog dat hoewel die land se puberteit nie sonder storm en drang is nie, alles nie net bleek lyk nie. Hy kyk indringend na sosiale euwels, ekonomiese kwessies en die lesse van Marikana in ’n deurdagte blik op die stand van die nasie.

Oor die outeur

Jan-Jan Joubert is die politieke redakteur van die Johannesburgse dagblad Beeld. Hy lewer sedert 2001 verslag uit die parlementêre persgalery in Kaapstad. Hy het ’n honneursgraad in geskiedenis (cum laude) aan die Universiteit van die Vrystaat verwerf.

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Rigtingbedonnerd: Op die spoor van die Afrikaner post-’94

 
RigtingbedonnerdDis stiller, veiliger … en verveliger? Onwillige Voortrekkers is wat Fred de Vries die 21ste eeuse Afrikaners noem wat hulle oorsee gevestig het. Hoe ervaar hulle die lewe in Perth of Melbourne? Is dit nie net sissies of verraaiers wat die hasepad kies nie?

Fred gesels o.a. met die Claassens, die De Villierse van Fremantle en Frikkie Kotzé wat Potch vir Perth verruil het. In Melbourne kuier hy by die filosoof Johann Rossouw, wat uiteindelik tog huistoe kom. Aangrypend.

Oor die outeur

Fred de Vries is ’n gerekende Nederlandse joernalis en skrywer wat al vir langer as tien jaar in Suid-Afrika woon.

Sedert hy die land in die vroeë 1990’s vir die eerste keer besoek het, was De Vries gefassineer deur Afrikaners en die wyse waarop hulle die politieke veranderinge hanteer. Hy skryf onder meer vir Rapport en Rolling Stone (Suid-Afrika), asook vir Nederlandse publikasies soos de Volkskrant en Elsevier.

In 2008 is ’n reeks van sy onderhoude met ikoniese Suid-Afrikaners gepubliseer in The Fred de Vries Interviews: From Abdullah to Zille. Ander boeke op sy kerfstok sluit in Respect: rappen in Fort Europa en Club Risik: de jaren tachtig toen en nu.

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