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Author Interviews
 
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21 Jul 2016
 
 
 
 
Students Must Rise – Youth Struggle in South Africa Before and Beyond Soweto ‘76
AUTHOR INTERVIEW
The Soweto Student Uprising of 1976 was a decisive moment in the struggle against apartheid. It marked the expansion of political activism to a new generation of young activists, but beyond that it...
 
 
11 Jul 2016
 
 
 
Blue Eland Foxtrot
AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Blue Eland Foxtrot is a political satire wrapped in an adventure story. With wit and irony it tracks a group of students battling their way through 1970s South Africa and the anti-apartheid...
 
 
28 Jun 2016
 
 
 
 
 
The Big Fix – How South Africa Stole the 2010 World Cup
AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Between June and July 2010, 64 games of football determined that Spain was the world’s best team at the World Cup in South Africa. South Africans – and the world – celebrated a brilliantly hosted...
 
 
27 Jun 2016
 
 
 
 
 
Promise and Despair – The first struggle for a non-racial South Africa
AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Most people believe that black South Africans obtained the vote for the first time in 1994. In fact, for almost a century suitably qualified black people had enjoyed the vote in the Cape and Natal,...
 
 
20 Jun 2016
 
 
 
Sigh, the Beloved Country
AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Sigh, the Beloved Country is a saucy stew of literary performance that showcases essays, memoirs, the interview as an art form, profile as a form of theatrical set-piece, travelogues, political...
 
 
17 Jun 2016
 
 
 
 
 
Cold Case Confession
AUTHOR INTERVIEW
‘… if you are reading this then I am dead.’ This is the opening line of a letter hidden under a carpet for a decade. The chilling words are followed by a confession to a murder committed nearly 13...
 
 
09 Jun 2016
 
 
 
Sarie – A novel
AUTHOR INTERVIEW
A Khoikhoi assassin, a blackmailed premier, a suicidal academic and a girl fleeing violence centuries deep ... Four lives in crisis. On the same day. In the same hotel.
 
 
25 May 2016
 
 
 
Always Anastacia – A Transgender Life in South Africa
AUTHOR INTERVIEW
“I stand in front of the mirror as I remind myself that I don’t have to wear the uniform anymore. I don’t have to dress myself in men’s attire. I can grow out my nails, and paint them with polish....
 
 
09 May 2016
 
 
 
Gang Town
AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Cape Town is two cities. One is beautiful beyond imagining, known since its beginning as the 'fairest cape' in the world. Here tourists come to lounge on beaches, scale misty peaks and dine in fine...
 
 
04 Apr 2016
 
 
 
558 Days – A True Story
AUTHOR INTERVIEW
558 days of hell. Two souls united in body and spirit. One Almighty God. This is the story of Yolande and Pierre Korkie, who were kidnapped by Al Qaeda, as told by Yolande. Pierre never survived to...
 
 
07 Mar 2016
 
 
 
The Struggle Continues
AUTHOR INTERVIEW
The Struggle Continues is a “searing, heartfelt, brutally honest account of the turbulent modern history of Zimbabwe” (Douglas Rogers author of The Last Resort). This autobiographical political...
 
 
04 Mar 2016
 
 
 
John Matisonn – God, Spies and Lies
AUTHOR INTERVIEW
“For a couple of months in the near perfect summer of 1990/1991, Jacob Zuma came to stay in my house in Norwood, Johannesburg… Twenty five years later, my former house guest has all but morally...
 
 
03 Mar 2016
 
 
 
KasiNomics: African Informal Economies and the People Who Inhabit Them
AUTHOR INTERVIEW
‘Kasinomics is a book as eclectic, mysterious and colourful as the places and people it explores.’
 
 
26 Feb 2016
 
 
 
Deliberate Concealment
AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Mtutuzeli Nyoka grew up loving and playing the game of cricket. In 2008, he was appointed as the president of Cricket South Africa (CSA), a position he held until October 2011 when, after a...
 
 
05 Feb 2016
 
 
 
Herman Mashaba on politics, mayorship candidacy
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
Polity's Sane Dhlamini speaks to Black Like Me founder Herman Mashaba about politics and his candidacy for the City of Johannesburg mayorship.
 
 
 
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