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South Africa

South Africa Book List

Cover of 'Native Life in South Africa'

Native Life in South Africa
Before and Since the European War and the Boer Rebellion
By Sol T. Plaatje
· Introduction by Brian Willan
· Foreword by Bessie Head

First published in 1916 and one of South Africa's great political books, Native Life in South Africa was first and foremost a response to the Native's Land Act of 1913, and was written by one of the most gifted and influential writers and journalists of his generation. Sol T. Plaatje provides an account of the origins of this crucially important piece of legislation and a devastating description of its immediate effects.

Cover of 'Mafeking Diary'

Mafeking Diary
A Black Man's View of a White Man's War
By Sol T. Plaatje
· Edited by John Comaroff

“Sol Plaatje's Mafeking Diary is a document of enduring importance and fascination. The product of a young black South African court interpreter, just turned 23 years old when he started writing, it opens an entirely new vista on the famous Siege of Mafeking.

Cover of 'Media and Dependency in South Africa'

Media and Dependency in South Africa
A Case Study of the Press and the Ciskei “Homeland”
By Les Switzer

Switzer looks at how South Africa’s communications industry, the largest and most powerful on the continent, promotes dependency among the subject African populations. This study of the Ciskei “Homeland”, which has long been a fountainhead of African nationalism and a zone of conflict between blacks and whites, focuses on the privately owned, commercial press and its role in helping to frame a consensus in support of the political, economic and ideological values of the ruling alliance.