Book review: Indians in Africa, Impact and Legacy by Olof G Tandberg

30 January 2015

LSE’s Joy Ndubai calls Indians in Africa: Impact and Legacy by Olof G Tandberg an insightful quick read that delves into the economic, political and social impact of Indians in East and Southern Africa. From the 19th century trade with merchants on the shores of East Africa, Mau Mau resistance in Kenya, trading in Nyerere’s Tanzania, to Uganda under Idi Amin and apartheid South Africa, Tandberg offers a historical account of the experiences of prosperity, marginalisation and expulsion of Indians from the pre-colonial to post-colonial era.

Sharing a toilet with Tutu – that's a first by Cheryl Carolus

3 February 2015

The unbanning of political parties caught people unawares, but most can recall where they were.

“I was on a toilet with Archbishop Tutu.” That was my response to the question from an American visitor, who had asked: “Where were you on that day?”

I hastened to clarify; I did not want to create the wrong impression about the Arch.

We were trying to address a large crowd at the annual protest march to the opening of Parliament. We were standing on a public toilet in Greenmarket Square in Cape Town.

Radio Freedom: A History of South African Underground Radio by Chris A. Smith, 20 December 2013

26 January 2015

At seven p.m. sharp, seven nights a week, during the darkest days of apartheid, an incendiary radio broadcast beamed out from Lusaka, Zambia. It began with the clack of machine-gun fire, followed by a familiar call-and-response: Amandla Ngawethu! “Power to the People!” The shooting faded in and out, waxing and waning with the chant.

Gisela Albrecht: Beyers Naudé [1915-2004] by Ben Khumalo-Seegelken, 17 January 2015, South Africa

26 January 2015

In a contribution that Gisela Albrecht has published * 2004 on the person and work of the South African theologian Beyers Naudé, I am presenting here excerpts in revised form, it records the history of the respected admonisher and Signpost Beyers Naudé by former supporters and beneficiaries apartheid to a reputed and consistent opponent and freedom apostles after that set as a witness and co-designer accents even and especially in the "new" South Africa and created new perspectives, according to:

Apartheid Inc. – Profile of a racist corporation, June 9, 2010

22 January 2015

In 1914 J.B.M. Hertzog forms the National Party. The following year Nasionale Pers i.e Naspers is formed by the same man, along with a daily newspaper, De Burger, later known as Die Burger.

D F Malan, a former minister in the conservative Dutch Reformed Church is persuaded to become editor and is the main supporter of Hertzog’s National Party.

In 1916 Naspers publishes its first magazine Die Huisgenoot.

In 1918 the company takes a further step towards expansion when its book publishing operations is founded as Die Burger Boekhandel.