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The Story of Sol T Plaatje, a New, Accessible Biography by Sabata-mpho Mokae

The Story of Sol T. PlaatjeJournalist and poet Sabata-mpho Mokae has written a new book on the life of Sol Plaatje, famous South African politician and intellectual. The book, titled The Story of Sol T. Plaatje, is intended as an “accessible” biography of Plaatje, who was a pioneering South African activist and writer. Mokae’s biography intends to fill a “gap in the market” by providing a popular account of Sol Plaatje’s for younger readers, reaching into a wider audience.

The foreword is written by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who says of the book, “[In] sum, Sabata-mpho Mokae has made a timely intervention in terms of recording a life well-lived. Most of us concerned with the preservation of our history will find this book a treasure, and posterity will be the richer for it!”

From the blurb:

It is aimed at the general-interest reader and can be a good starting point for anybody who is interested in the history of South African journalism, politics an literature.

The book is written in ‘easy’ and accessible English, with short
sentences and more that 30 images. It has also been stripped of some
details that would make it uneasy for the broader readership to

One wonders just which details have been “stripped” – hopefully nothing too important!

The book retails for R110 and is for sale at Xarra Books in Newtown, Johannesburg. It can also be ordered from the Sol Plaatje Museum at 053 833 2526.

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