The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

2215  Large

An introduction to the lives and works of five exceptional African intellectuals based in the former Cape Colony in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this unique work aims to recount and preserve a part of African intellectual heritage which is not widely known. Ntsikana, Tiyo Soga, John Tengo Jabavu, Mpilo Walter Benson Rubusana and Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi were pioneers within the African community, contributing their thoughts and intellect to various fields, including literature and poetry, politics, religion and journalism.

Accounts of Cape frontier history tends to be exclusively about wars, and present the modernisation of South African society, with Africans as subjects of the process, and the settlers as the main agents of change. This modest intervention, intended to close this gap, focuses on the pioneering role played by the early African thinkers as co-architects of South African modernity.

The authors, specialists in heritage, history and literature, hope that readers will find inspiration to continue in the tradition of intellectual activity that has always been the hallmark of African communities.

Product information

Format : 210mm x 148mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 80
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2207-1
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2207-6
Publish Year : 2008
Rights : World Rights

Foreword
Acknowledgements

  1. Introduction
    Mcebisi Ndletyana
  2. Ntsikana
    Vuyani Booi
  3. Tiyo Soga
    Mcebisi Ndletyana
  4. John Tengo Jabavu
    Mcebisi Ndletyana
  5. Mpilo Walter Benson Rubusana
    Songezo Joel Ngqongqo
  6. Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi
    Mncedisi Qangule

Notes
Picture Credits
Contributors
References

Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana is a senior research specialist in the Democracy and Governance research programme at the HSRC. He has taught at various universities in the US, including the City University of New York and the State University of New York, and has worked as a researcher for the Johannesburg-based Centre for Policy Studies and the Steve Biko Foundation.

Contributors include Vuyani Booi, a heritage specialist at the National Heritage and Cultural Studies Centre at the University of Fort Hare; Songezo Ngqongqo, an historian and a co-author of the biography of W.B.M. Rubusana; and Mncedisi Qangule, a poet and writer.

Share this

You might also consider these related books

Post A  Conditions

(Post) Apartheid Conditions

The author takes as his starting point events that shock us in their extreme violence, such as the burning of the Mozambican man Ernesto Alfabeto Nhamuave and the Marikana shootings. He notes how the language of the commentary on these events evokes a complex continuation of apartheid�s historical legacy. Using both psychoanalytic and social theory, he then proceeds to craft a theoretical framework within which to trace a sustained analysis of the psychic life of power in (post)apartheid South Africa: an awareness of how social structure and psychical or affective forces jointly produce material reality. Power itself has its psychological facets and social formations may themselves exhibit patterns of psychical causality.

Product information

Format : 216mm x 138mm
Pages : 252
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2458-2
Publish Year : March 2014
Rights : Southern Africa Rights Only
Price R 270.00
2312  Large

Politics of origin in Africa
Autochthony, citizenship and conflict

In this revealing new book, Boas and Dunn explore the phenomenon of autochthony in contemporary African politics. Autochthony discourses enable the speaker to establish a direct claim to territory by the assertion of being an original inhabitant, a native literally a son of the soil

Product information

Format : 235mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 160
ISBN 10 : 978-0-7969-2437-7
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2437-7
Publish Year : August 2013
Rights : Southern Africa Rights Only
Price R 210.00
Vol Archie Mafeje

Voices of Liberation-Archie Mafeje
Archie Mafeje

Voices of Liberation: Archie Mafeje should be understood as an attempt to contextualise Mafeje’s work and thinking and adds to gripping intellectual biographies of African intellectuals by African researchers.

Product information

Format : 210mm x 148mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 312
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2564-0
Publish Year : February 2019
Rights : World Rights
Price R 280.00
Volsteve Biko

Voices of liberation
Steve Biko

This series celebrates the lives and writings of South African and African liberation activists and heroes. The human, social and literary contexts presented in this series have a critical resonance and bearing on where we come from, who we are and how we can choose to shape our destiny.

Product information

Format : 210mm x 148mm
Pages : 224
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2443-8
Publish Year : February 2014
Rights : World Rights
Price R 270.00