May Day -Workers’ Day

1 May is a public holiday to commemorate the working class – the cogs that keep the clock ticking! Also Known as International Workers’ Day the holiday is widely celebrated, with as many as 80 countries honoring the date and what it stands for.  Historically it started with a striking workers protesting in Chicago, which resulted in law officers then proceeded to fire live ammunition at a defenseless crowd of unarmed strikers (sound familiar?). This public holiday serves as a stark reminder to governments of the power of the working class, but there is little to celebrate if you take the high unemployment figures, political chaos, and criminality in mind. But change is coming, as seen by the break-up of the  tripartite alliance, new unions, and public groups joining hands in mass protests. A   promising outcome is the court ruling against the recent nuclear project. 

There is a Chinese curse which says ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not we are living in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also more open to the creative energy of men than any other time in history.

 Please see our books available that reflect this phase in history:

(Click on the title to follow the hyperlink for further viewing)

Let my People go by Albert Luthuli Autobiographylet my people go 001

Albert Luthuli, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was a great and revered leader of the ANC and this autobiography also portrays him as a Christian which had a profound effect on his activities. His political struggles also encouraged restraint, and his love for his country transcends his loyalty to any racial group. Photo. .

Collins Publishers, London, 1962 third impression, 255p.

Raka die roman deur Koos Kombuis EERSTE UITGAWEraka die roman 001

Raka – die roman ontgin die vrese van die moderne Afrikaner in hierdie oorgangstyd van die oue na die nuwe, van die lokale realisme na ’n virtuele, relatiewe werklikheid.  Die ou gode het gesterf, maar daar is nog geen nuwes om hul plek te neem nie.” Koos Kombuis.

True confessions of an Albino Terrorist by Breyten Breytenbachtrue confessions albinoterrorist 001.jpg

Breyten Breytenbach recalls his seven-year ordeal in prisons in South Africa.

London, Faber and Faber 1989 ed.396p.

 

Strange days indeed by Shaun Johnson political history South Africastrange days indeed 001

A bestseller of 1993, describing the turbulent history of South Africa from insurrection to post-election in the eighties. A hard look at politics and politicians of this era.

 

Ja!  slegs die optimiste sal oorleef! deur Phil BosmansJa slegs die optimiste sal oorleef

Besielende boodskappe, kort en kragtig vir die moderne mens wat omring is van dodelike dosisse geweld, terreur, onreg, geestelike en morele las en die krag van die liefde om te oorwin. Pragtig  geillustreer.
Christelike Uitgewersmaatskappy 1991 uitgawe, 126p.

Afdraai: Kroniek deur A H Scholtz.  Kroniek van seermaak en seerkry, van vrede en veranderingafdraai 001

‘n Roman rondom oorlog en omwentelinge in die lewe van Suid-Afrikaners, , vanaf Anglo-Boereoorlog, die instelling van apartheid, en die lief en leed van mense uitgelewer aan hul gemeenskaplike lot. Kwela Boeke Uitgewers, Eerste Uitgawe 1989, 185p.

Thabo Mbeki and the battle for the soul of the ANC by William M Gumede. FIRST EDITIONthabo mebeki 001

A few descriptions of the book, which is an insightful description of what goes on behind the scenes of the ANC fight for control: “The information Gumede provides on the ANC’s metamorphosis, some of it revealed for the first time, is invaluable to a more complete understanding of key events in South Africa over the last decade”- Cape Times

 “A bold, incisive and controversial portrait that opens avenues to robust debate. A compelling read.” Sunday Independent.

 “This book wil set the proverbial cat among the pigeons ….How President Mbeki and the ANC leadership respond to this book will be a test for our new democracy.” Rapport.

 

Rivonias children by Glenn Frankel.  Three families and cost of conscience in white South Africarvonas children 001

Frankel follows the three lives of the three families including Hilda and Rusty Bernstein, Ruth Furst and her husband Joe Slovo and AnnMarie and Harold Wolpe through their struggle, detention and trials in the apartheid era. Jacana Media 1999.

Racists guide to the People of South Africa by Simon Kilpatrickracist guide 001

A humorous look at racism in South Africa. Illustrate with comical sketches.Good Dog Publishers, 2011, 151p

 

Anatomy of South Africa who holds the Power? By Richard Callandanatomy of south Africa 001.jpg

Questions include: who are the most influential men and women in South Africa? What goes on at high-level government meetings?  Who does the president listen to? How influential are spin doctors and the media?  How political are judges? Influence of big business? Is the ANC in control of the government or is the government in control of the ANC? How has the Zuma affair affected the tripartite alliance?  Who are front-runners in the race to be the next president of South Africa?

Suid-Afrika die Oplossing deur Leon Louw en Frances Kendal (Kanton-stelsel regering uiteensetting)oplossing 001

Hersiene en bygewerkte Afrikaanse uitgawe van die nr 1.-verkoper South Africa: the Solution met n voorwoorde deur Marinus Wiechers, vertaal deur Sonia Gouws.

Geskiedkundige agtergrond met ‘n sterk beklemtoning van die Kantonstelsel van regering.

 Amagi-publikasies, eerste  Afrikaanse druk, 1986, 252p.

Emerging African Leadership opportunities and challenges for peace and development

Papers presented at the colloquium hosted in Cape Town by the Desmond Tutu Leadership Academy in collaboration with the Leadership regional Network (Learn) and the Institute of Development Studies. Editorial team G Anderson et al.

Printed by Creda Communications, 2001, 206p.

Today we celebrate the working men and woman of South Africa and wish you a blessed Workers’ Day.

If you have any question or queries (books related) kindly let us know.

 

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