Tales of South Africa – past and present

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mu­sic was in­stru­men­tal in break­ing down the bar­ri­ers cre­ated by apartheid.

He quit the diplo­matic ser­vice, to em­bark on set­ting up a ra­dio sta­tion mod­elled on

Ra­dio 702.

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truths are not, in fact, so in­dis­putable.

He ar­gues that free ed­u­ca­tion is far from im­pos­si­ble, the ANC did not lib­er­ate South Africa, land re­form is not the first step to chaos, and the me­dia is not free.

In this in­ci­sive, in­formed book we find not only chal­lenges to com­monly held opin­ions, but op­ti­mism about South Africa’s fu­ture and new so­lu­tions to old prob­lems.

About the au­thor:

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh is a po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor, scholar and mu­si­cian.

He is a co-founder of the Inku­luFreeHeid Or­gan­i­sa­tion and was prom­i­nent in the Rhodes Must Fall move­ment at Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity, where he is pur­su­ing a doc­tor­ate in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

He has made videos about South African pol­i­tics, avail­able on his site (www. sizwem­po­fuwalsh.co.za) and his so­cial me­dia ac­counts. Visit the site for the com­pan­ion rap al­bum to this book.

Sizwe lives in

Jo­han­nes­burg.

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In­ter­est in Steve Biko has strongly re­vived, as the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of ac­tivists calls on his legacy and thoughts.

This com­pre­hen­sive bi­og­ra­phy, short­listed for the Alan Pa­ton award, ex­plores Biko’s life, the peo­ple and ideas that shaped him and his part in Black Con­scious­ness and the Strug­gle.

Up­dated in an af­ford­able new edi­tion, Biko: A Bi­og­ra­phy presents a new gen­er­a­tion with nu­anced in­sights into the life and

thought of a South African hero.

About the au­thor:

Xolela Mangcu is pro­fes­sor of so­ci­ol­ogy at the Uni­ver­sity of Cape Town.

He teaches so­ci­ol­ogy sec­ondyear cour­ses in so­cial the­ory and cul­ture and so­cial life in the 21st cen­tury, a course on the so­ci­ol­ogy of de­vel­op­ment at hon­ours level and a mas­ter’s level so­cial the­ory course.

His re­search in­ter­ests are in African in­tel­lec­tual his­tory and bi­og­ra­phy, com­par­a­tive race stud­ies and trans­for­ma­tion of higher ed­u­ca­tion in South Africa.

He is also an Op­pen­heimer Fel­low at the Hutchins Cen­tre for African and African Amer­i­can Re­search at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity.

He is the au­thor and co-au­thor of nine books, and more than two dozen jour­nal ar­ti­cles and book chap­ters.

He has also held fel­low­ships at the Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion, Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and the

Rock­e­feller Foun­da­tion.

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