BOOK REVIEW: Albertina Sisulu memoir by Sindiwe Magona & Elinor Sisulu

“This book has instilled in me the audacity to know that even I will make a change in my community, and I will raise my voice for all the young women and girls in our country.”

Molebogeng Maake

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The need to care for others began early in Albertina’s life. At the age of 11 her father passed on and requested her to take care of her mother and siblings, adding salt to an open wound her uncles claimed the land and livestock which belonged to Albertina’s father, robbing her family of their inheritance. This hit home, as when my own father died, my father’s sisters chased my mother out of her house; she was forced to return to her homestead and start a new life for herself. It is sad that after so many years this injustice still prevails, and the high number of girl child-headed families tells a gloomy story.

Nontsikelelo later became MaSisulu, wife to Walter Sisulu - the ANC Secretary-General; a senior nurse who received lower wages than her white colleagues. She was the breadwinner of her family and used her home as a base for the African National Congress. I am amazed by how Mama Albertina coped with her workload, family and community responsibilities. The same expectations and responsibilities are still placed heavily on us as young girls. We are expected to be strong but quiet, take care of our families (siblings, parents, uncles), be “wife-material”, ensure that everyone eats and be submissive. It seems freedom (equality) and tradition are oil and water that don’t mix, even in this age of democracy? Did Bo-MaSisulu fight in vain?

What one takes from MaSisulu’s life and book as an activist, is the importance of being part of a wider community whether by location, practice or interest.

Albertina was the only woman present at the first ANCYL meeting, she was also amongst the women who organised the protest march against pass laws for women. Sadly, with the disapproval of their fellow ANC male comrades. She endured several years of continuous bans and imprisonment yet refused to give up her convictions of seeing a free South Africa for all.

What one takes from MaSisulu’s life and book as an activist, is the importance of being part of a wider community whether by location, practice or interest. Real change is achieved by mobilising like-minded people. We have to be courageous, selflessness, have a clear vision and sterling commitment to the cause. This is the framework for fighting for justice and equality. This book has instilled in me the audacity to know that even I will make a change in my community, and I will raise my voice for all the young women and girls in our country. Just like MaSisulu.



Review by Ms. Molebogeng Maake, mentor: Raising Voices of Young Women and Girls, an EU-funded project in partnership with Soul City Institute.


Albertina Sisulu: Abridged Memoir by Sindiwe Magona and Elinor Sisulu was published in 2018 by David Philip Publishers. It is available for purchase at all major bookstores throughout South Africa and online from Loot, Takealot and New Africa Books.

Nick Mulgrew's 'The First Law of Sadness' is shortlisted for the Nadine Gordimer Award 2018

David Philip Publishers is proud to announce that Nick Mulgrew’s collection of short fiction, The First Law of Sadness, has been shortlisted for the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award at the 2018 South African Literary Awards (SALAs).

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The SALAs aim to pay tribute to writers who have “distinguished themselves as groundbreaking producers and creators of literature.” Categories awarded in any year may include the First-time Published author award or the K Sello Duiker Memorial award, among others. The Nadine Gordimer Short Story award celebrates exponents of short fiction writing in South Africa. The winners of the awards will be announced in early November.

The First Law of Sadness is a collection of startling imagination and sympathy – set primarily in South Africa’s least fashionable cities and suburbs – these stories maintain a precarious balance between rich comedy and despair throughout their explorations of grief, spectacle, sex, nostalgia, and the lives of animals, both human and not. The collection includes “Robot Run”, a series of photographs by Michael Tymbios.

In 2017, a story from Mulgrew’s debut collection, Stations, received the Thomas Pringle Award for Short Stories. Stations was also shortlisted for the Nadine Gordimer award last year and longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize in the UK.

Stations and The First Law of Sadness are available for purchase directly from the publisher online.

Join the festivities at the 2018 Nozincwadi Storytelling & Book Festival

The tenth anniversary of the NOZINCWADI Storytelling & Book Festival will be held in Durban from 27 to 29 September 2018.

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This exciting literary event will feature artists from across the world including Kenya, Uganda, USA, Australia, and the UK as well as local storytellers and performers.


The festival will feature book launches, drumming performances, author panels and will culminate on Saturday 29 September with a street parade and book carnival featuring live music, outdoor dance and interactive storytelling performances.


Elinor Sisulu, author of Albertina Sisulu: Abridged Memoir, and Xolisa Guzula, author of The Adventures of Pinocchio, will be attending this celebration of all things books and storytelling.


The Nozincwadi Storytelling & Book Festival is held annually by the Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust. The event will take place at the Durban Music School, Diakonia Avenue, Durban.


Join the Facebook event here and find the programme here.

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Meet #TeamKwezi at the first ever Comic Con Africa

This weekend you can meet and greet the team behind the Kwezi comics at the inaugural Comic Con Africa.

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A three day event held at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Comic Con Africa showcases comic books, science fiction and fantasy related entertainment from South Africa and the world. 

 

Loyiso Mkize, Clyde Beech and Mohale Mashigo, the team behind South Africa's favourite superhero, Kwezi, will be at this year's event. Below is a complete guide to where they will be and when - be sure to say hello and maybe even get a copy of your book signed!


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Friday 14 September

Kwezi and Beyond – Journey of the Characters and its Creators

Content Zone 4

14:00 – 14:30

 

The Growth of African Comic Book Characters

Content Zone 3

15:30 – 16:00

 

Saturday 15 September

Sketch-Off

Content Zone 3

10:30 – 11:00

 

Sunday 16 September

African Storytelling

Content Zone 3

13:00 – 13:30

Kwezi Mohale Mashigo Comic Con Africa

Mohale Mashigo

 

Friday 14 September

State of Comics

Main Stage

11:00 – 11:30

 

The Monsters Inside

Content Zone 3

12:00 – 12:30

 

Kwezi and Beyond – Journey of the Characters and its Creators

Content Zone 4

14:00 – 14:30

 

Saturday 15 September

Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda

Content Zone 3

11:00 – 11:30

 

Sunday 16 September

Representing the Now

Content Zone 3

11:30 – 12:00

 

African Storytelling

Content Zone 3

13:00 – 13:30

Clyde Beech Kwezi Comic Con Africa

Clyde Beech

 

Friday 14 September

Kwezi and Beyond – Journey of the Characters and its Creators

Content Zone 4

14:00 – 14:30

The Growth of African Comic Book Characters

Content Zone 3

15:30 – 16:00

 

Sunday 16 September

African Storytelling

Content Zone 3

13:00 – 13:30

Mpumi's Magic Beads available in EIGHT new languages

Your favourite children's book, Mpumi's Magic Beads, has been translated into eight new languages.

Alongside the English version, you can now get your hands on this delightfully illustrated book in IsiXhosa, IsiZulu, Xitsonga, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Sepedi, Tshivenda and Setswana!

Mpumi’s Magic Beads, written by Lebohang Masango and illustrated by Masego Morulane, is an enchanting story about friendship, self-esteem, discovery and beautiful hair in the big city of Joburg. It follows the sudden adventures of Mpumi, Asante and Tshiamo as they see the world around them from new heights and realise all of the fun waiting to be discovered outside of their classroom. This story is a great read for the whole family, especially children aged between 5 – 10 years old.

Siswati and IsiNdebele versions will be available for purchase later this year.

Mpumi's Magic Beads Lebohang Masango Masego Morulane Xitsonga translation BUY ONLINE
Mpumi's Magic Beads Lebohang Masango Masego Morulane IsiZulu Zulu translation BUY ONLINE
Mpumi's Magic Beads Lebohang Masango Masego Morulane Afrikaans translation BUY ONLINE
Mpumi's Magic Beads Lebohang Masango Masego Morulane IsiXhosa Xhosa translation BUY ONLINE
Mpumi's Magic Beads Lebohang Masango Masego Morulane Sepedi translation BUY ONLINE
Mpumi's Magic Beads Lebohang Masango Masego Morulane Setswana translation BUY ONLINE