Sixty-Five Years of Friendship tells the heartrending story of a remarkable friendship between two remarkable men: world-renowned human-rights lawyer George Bizos, and Nelson Mandela. George and Madiba met as students at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1948.
An asteroid the size of Table Mountain crashed into what was to become South Africa over 2 billion years ago, marking the spot. The country’s history since then has always been robust and full of energy.
This book tells the story of Sekhukhune, of whom The London Times wrote on 30 August 1882: “… We hear this morning from Durban of the death of one of the bravest of our former enemies, the Chief Sekhukhune.
In this, the final book in a series of three, an aged Moshoeshoe begins to lose control of his headstrong sons and chiefs. Towards the end of his life, Moshesh’s health started crumbling and the confidence that had always served to fortify him in times of crisis, drifted away.
The first part of Mzilikazi’s story ended with his departure from KwaZulu-Natal. This second book sees the roving conqueror moving yet further away from the influence of Shaka Zulu and sowing chaos among the Sotho clans to the north. He finally settles in his great kraal at the Crocodile River near present-day Tshwane.
A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820 explores the strong links between the histories of Africa, Europe, and North and South America. John K. Thornton provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the Atlantic Basin before 1830 by describing the political, social and cultural interactions between the continents' inhabitants.
In the words of the author, "this book addresses an era that has since gone by, yet, in my humble view, it remains relevant to those who are interested in the recent history of the position of the institution of traditional leadership, especially at the time of transition from apartheid to democracy".
The one thing that looms largest in South Africa's future is South Africa's past – most especially the nearly five decades of division and conflict at the heart of one of the twentieth century's most infamous social experiments.