Media freedom remains fragile in South Africa

Franz Krüger, University of the Witwatersrand Four decades after the Black Wednesday crackdown on the media and the black consciousness movement, South Africa is a different country. Freedom of expression is guaranteed in the constitution and a slew of institutions and laws support the guarantee. At the same time, powerful groups continue to seek ways …

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Under the influence of … the Black Consciousness novel ‘Amandla’

Barbara Boswell, University of the Witwatersrand This is the third in a weekly arts and culture series called “Under the influence”, in which we ask experts to share what they believe are the most influential works in their field. Here, Barbara Boswell, from South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand, introduces Miriam Tlali’s novel “Amandla”. South …

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Book Review: ‘Reader’s Digest Illustrated History of South Africa’

(This book review was originally published in the New York City Tribune on Wednesday, August 2, 1989, before the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the legalization of anti-apartheid political groups such as the ANC, and five years before South Africa’s first multiracial, democratic elections.) RICHARD SINCERE An Outstanding Work Condemned to Obsolescence by …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 8 March 2015

Politics of Trade Negotiations Between Africa and the European Economic Community: The Weak Confronts the Strong, by I. William Zartman Release Date: March 8, 2015 Publisher: Princeton University Press How do the weak negotiate with the strong and win some benefits in spite of their lack of power? This book covers all the complex trade …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 11 February 2015

Cubans in Angola: South-South Cooperation and Transfer of Knowledge, 1976–1991, by Christine Hatzky Release Date: February 11, 2015 Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press Angola, a former Portuguese colony in southern central Africa, gained independence in 1975 and almost immediately plunged into more than two decades of conflict and crisis. Fidel Castro sent Cuban military troops …

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