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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'. READ MORE

A fresh take on an old place

But the Bo-Kaap is changing. As long established families move out of the area and new faces move in, tradition meets modernity. Mix It! is written especially for young adults and captures the diverse voices of the people of the area. It provides fascinating inisight into what growing up in the Bo-Kaap was like in days gone by, contrasted with present popular culture, and foregrounds the hopes and fears of the new generation.

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


Bo-Kaap: The Colourful Heart of Cape Town
-Published 2006

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