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Recent books we have published:

MIX IT! Voices of the Bo-Kaap
-Published May 2008

Nestled near to the centre of Cape Town is a dynamic, vibrant, colourful community, which is often overlooked. The Bo-Kaap (Upper Cape), is one of South Africa's historical and cultural gems - walking through the district, it feels as if you are going back in time and you get some sense of what the city must have been like when the Dutch East India Company first brought slaves from Java and Indonesia to work in the newly-established Cape Colony during the 18th and early 19th centuries. The area is also home to the oldest Mosque in South Africa, as well as the oldest Muslim graveyard, the Tana Baru or 'New Ground'.
But the Bo-Kaap is changing... READ MORE

Click here to watch the author speaking at the launch of the book.

 

Bo-Kaap: The Colourful Heart of Cape Town
-Newly published

During the 18th and 19th century over 60,000 slaves were brought to the Cape, from Africa, India, Malaysia and the East Indies. Along with them many political exiles, captured by the Dutch East India Company, were forced to start a new life in Cape Town... READ MORE


Africa Speaking with Earth & Sky
-Publisher's Choice Exclusive Books 2005

In Africa Speaking with Earth & Sky, author Michael Hutchinson draws from material gathered during the making of several documentary films by Damon and Craig Foster. Working in close conjunction with the brothers, Michael insightfully elaborates on African cultures and traditions, which have been practiced for thousands of years... READ MORE

Click here to watch a Morning Live interview with the author. Please be patient, as it takes several seconds to download.


Educator's Guide to the UNESCO General History of Africa for the FET Curriculum

Taken from Introduction to Educator's Guide to the UNESCO General History of Africa for the FET Curriculum

"Chapter 8 written by Michael Hutchinson [et al] is a most exciting addition to the UNESCO African History Project... The notion of indigenous knowledge systems is explored as this relates to knowledge about astronomy in Africa, and other related areas of spirituality and forms of knowledge. READ MORE *** It makes the point that the medium of film has often presented the [African] continent as 'dark', 'savage' and 'uncivilized'. In this regard, [this chapter makes] a significant contribution to the African Renaissance in dispelling this myth to the world. This chapter also provides teachers with a basis for interrogating film as text in the history classroom."

"As Minister of Education for South Africa I am profoundly aware of the great honour and privilege of being associated with the UNESCO General History of Africa Volumes. Historical research demands the highest standards of integrity in the use of evidence; it requires skill in the critical analysis of sources and their interpretation: it depends upon a talent for making connections and developing explanations that will enable us to make sense out of events and processes of the past."
Professor Kader Asmal. Minister of Education South Africa, March 2OO4 ***