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Voices of Resilience provides a rich history of Durban's Kenneth Gardens through the oral stories of its residents

Kenneth Gardens is Durban’s largest low-income municipal housing estate.

Initially built for ‘poor whites’, Kenneth Gardens today is arguably one of the most socially diverse living spaces in the city. While the estate is significant in terms of its size, history and social make-up, very little has been written about it. This book provides a history of Kenneth Gardens through the oral history stories of its residents.

It is a rich tapestry of narratives as told by people who resided in Kenneth Gardens during apartheid, those that moved into the estate when the Group Areas Act began to be defunct, as well as stories from residents who have more recently moved into the estate.

Although this book is about Kenneth Gardens itself, it is also about the history of social housing, identity formation and change, urban planning, and state regulation. Many of the story tellers reveal intimate moments of struggle in their lives. But what emerges more strongly than vulnerability and hardship is embedded resilience and adaptability.

Through the narratives we come to understand how a subsidised rental apartment becomes home, and how relative strangers can form a neighbourhood based on shared circumstances, proximity and an urban planning design that fosters familiarity and belonging. The narratives are accompanied by a unique photo essay created by acclaimed photographer Cedric Nunn.

The authors invite readers to dwell in the everyday lives and memories of the people of Kenneth Gardens, and in so doing unravel the complexities of social housing, local government, regulation, urban identity politics and human agency.

Monique Marks is head of the newly established Urban Futures Centre at the Durban University of Technology. She has published widely in the areas of youth social movements, ethnographic research methods, police labour relations, police organisational change and street-level drug use.

Kira Erwin is a sociologist and senior researcher at the Urban Futures Centre at the Durban University of Technology. She is currently leading a number of research projects that address issues of migration and inclusion, high school children’s ideas of race and the future in Durban, and how recipients of state delivered housing construct narratives of home and belonging.

Tamlynn Fleetwood is an independent research and evaluation specialist across a wide range of areas in the social sciences, namely education, urban and environmental issues, housing, and the informal economy.

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  • Voices of Resilience: A Living History of the Kenneth Gardens Municipal Housing Estate in Durban by Monique Marks, Kira Erwin, Tamlynn Fleetwood
    EAN: 9781869143985
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Mpho Dagada shares his story of triumph and failure in his memoir, Mr Bitcoin: How I became a millionaire at 21

It is 2018 and we find ourselves in a world where it is possible and seemingly not uncommon to become a self-made millionaire at a very early age.

Most of the time, the road to riches is a closely guarded secret, until now. Jacana Media presents Mpho Dagada, one such young, self-made millionaire who in his memoir, Mr Bitcoin: How I became a millionaire at 21, shares his story of triumph and failure. He tells his story from the beginning: being brought up by business-minded and accomplished grandparents who planted in him the seeds of what it means to be successful in business.

This book is both motivational and practical, examining the errors and pitfalls that Dagada had to go through in his business pursuits.

These included falling for Ponzi schemes like Kipi and losing his money on more than one occasion.

Through these many lows were lessons of great value which ultimately led to the endless possibilities that Bitcoin presents for those interested in creating wealth through trading cryptocurrencies and running a successful business.
Dagada is confident in the viability of Bitcoin and ascertains that ‘we will never understand the money of the future without learning how money came about in the first place. Blockchain and Bitcoin are now pioneering a new online financial world. Cryptocurrencies will replace fiat money in the end, as they are faster, better and more convenient than all the earlier forms of currency.

About the author
Mpho Dagada’s interest in Bitcoin was ignited when he was in his first year at the University of Johannesburg in 2013 after opening his own laundry and cleaning service company. He invested his profits from this company in Bitcoin. He currently owns a logistics company, a chain of fast food restaurants and is in the process of developing the first black-owned cryptocurrency exchange platform.

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Submissions for Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology open

An award and anthology on the topics of gender, human rights and sexuality, for writers and photographers across Africa.


Gerald Kraak (1956–2014) was a passionate champion of social justice, an anti-apartheid activist and the head of the Atlantic Philanthropies’ Reconciliation and Human Rights Programme in South Africa. He authored the European Union Literary Award-winning Ice in the Lungs (Jacana, 2005), which explores South African politics, and directed a documentary on gay conscripts in the apartheid army. He is remembered for being kind and generous, delightfully irreverent and deeply committed to realising an equal and just society for all.

Created in honour of his extraordinary legacy, this new annual award is made possible in partnership with The Other Foundation, and will advance Gerald’s contribution to building a society that is safe and welcoming to all. The unique and vital anthology will feature English language writing and photography from and about Africa. Exceptional works which explore, interrogate and celebrate the topics of gender, sexuality and human rights will be longlisted and published in a Granta-like anthology. The overall winner is awarded a cash prize.

Rather than general discussions of these subjects, the judging panel will select pieces which engage with gender and sexuality in ways that promote new insights into human rights matters on our continent.

Only the very best work submitted will be shortlisted and published in an anthology, with the winners to be announced at a 2018 award ceremony, hosted by The Other Foundation and attended by the authors of the top three submissions. The overall winner will receive a cash prize of R25 000.

Our aim is to ensure that the anthology and information about the award will be disseminated as widely as possible throughout the African continent. To this end, Africa World Press (Ethiopia), Amalion (Senegal), FEMRITE (Uganda), Kwani (Kenya), Weaver Press (Zimbabwe) and Wordweaver (Namibia) will be associated with the project.

About The Other Foundation: The Other Foundation is an African Trust that gathers support for those who are working to protect and advance the rights, wellbeing and social inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities –and gives support in a smart way that helps groups to work better for lasting change. To learn more, please visit

About The Jacana Literary Foundation: The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is a not-for-profit organisation which seeks to promote and foster writing excellence from Africa through a number of initiatives. By securing funding for key projects, the JLF aims to publish literature that might not otherwise see publication for purely commercial reasons. This allows the JLF’s publishing partner, Jacana Media, to produce literature which supports the concept of bibliodiversity. We believe that it is through the reading and writing of local creative works that the truths of our lives are best told.



Open to:

· fiction,
· non-fiction,
· poetry
· photography
· journalism / magazine reporting
· scholarly articles in academic journals and book chapters / extracts
· social media / blog writings and contributions (Which deal with the topics of gender, sexuality and/or human rights.)

Submissions must be in English and from Africa.

The winner is awarded R 25,000 and publication by Jacana Media and its publishing partners.

The project is funded by The Other Foundation, and administered by the Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF).


Submissions will be open from 24 May 2018 to 25 June 2018.

The subject matter of the work must relate to gender, human rights and/or sexuality in Africa.

Works which fall within one of the following categories are accepted:

• fiction
• non-fiction
• poetry
• photography / photographic essays
• journalism / magazine reporting
• scholarly articles in academic journals and book chapters / extracts
• social media / blog writings and contributions

Entries must have been created by a citizen of an African country. Written submissions must be in English.

Up to three entries are permitted per author, across categories. Each entry must be submitted on a separate electronic entry form.

Please number your pages, use a font size of 12, Times New Roman and 1.5 spacing (avoid unnecessary formatting, such as borders).

Materials must not exceed 15 000 words or 8 images.

Images must be 300 dpi high resolution.

Images will be published in an image section on matte art paper and not in the body of the text.

We are looking for work which tells a story or illustrates an idea. If one photograph achieves this, then we welcome the submission of that single image. It is, however, more likely to be accomplished through a collection of photographs or a photographic essay.

We accept unpublished as well as previously published works.

No handwritten or hard copy entries can be considered. Submissions must be made via the online portal.

Entrants’ name should not be included on the manuscript being submitted, as the award is judged blind and the author remains anonymous until the shortlist has been selected.

There is an opportunity to use a pseudonym should one be required.

Intertextuality and references must be appropriately attributed and permissions from copyright holders obtained. This includes poems; song lyrics; quotes and excerpts from books, newspapers, magazines, journals; and reproductions of artwork, photographs or other forms.

Submissions are considered to implicitly indicate the entrant’s permission for their work to be published in the anthology, if shortlisted, for no payment or royalty.

Die versmorende effek van die huishoudelike alledaagse is die hoofbron van konflik in Elsa Hamersma se domestic noir roman, Die Mense Langsaan

Die Mense LangsaanChristine wil van Frikkie, haar man, ontslae raak. Moord maak meer sin as egskeiding, veral nadat hy baie geld op die Lotto wen wat hy nie met haar deel nie, maar dan trek daar ’n geskeide man met ’n volwasse dogter langs haar in. Wanneer Frikkie op ’n onverklaarbare wyse by die trap in die huis afval, is die speurders en Christine suspisieus oor haar nuwe buurman. Christine, nou die ryk weduwee, trou gou weer en trek saam met haar nuwe man na ’n veiligheidslandgoed.

’n Eertydse kollega van Christine, Zebith, is haar nuwe buurvrou. Mettertyd kom Christine agter dat die huis waarin sy en haar nuwe man bly, ’n bloedige geskiedenis het. Zebith ken die geskiedenis en was betrokke by die inwoners. Sy ly aan postraumatiese stres en wroeg omdat sy skuldig voel oor wat in die huis langs hare gebeur het. Saam met die skuldgevoel moet sy ook die pyn van haar gebroke hart hanteer.

Die twee buurvroue het albei die mans saam met wie hulle gewoon het, verloor en albei het skouers geskuur met gewelddadige dood. Daar kan tog nie nog onvoorsiene tragedies vir hulle voorlê nie?


Domestic noir: Elders het boeke soos The girl on the train, wat as domestic noir bekendstaan, opslae gemaak. Hamersma val ook in die kategorie. Die versmorende effek van die huishoudelike alledaagse is die hoofbron van konflik. Hamersma se boek het egter ’n unieke storie, reg vir die Suid-Afrikaanse mark.

Chanette Paul, LAPA Uitgewers se manuskripontwikkelaar, sê: “Dis altyd verblydend wanneer skrywers nuwe genres in Afrikaans aanpak. Die noir-genres, en spesifiek domestic noir, is deesdae baie gewild. Ek is dus bly Elsa het hierdie tendens op die proef gestel.”

Jeanette Ferreira, teksredakteur, sê: “Dit is die beste van Elsa se romans wat ek ooit gelees het. Die bisarheid, die droefheid, die sameloop van omstandighede het my so geboei dat ek nie die teks wou neersit nie. Well done!”


You Make Me Possible, the love letters between Karina M. Sczcurek and André Brink, to be published in spring by Protea Boekhuis

Novelist André Brink married Karina Szczurek when he was 71 and she was 29. They were together for 10 years before he died on a plane, beside her, high above Africa in February 2015.

Selected and edited by Karina M. Szczurek, the love letters between herself and the writer André Brink included in You Make Me Possible tell in detail the story of how they met in Austria in December 2004, fell in love, and decided to forge a future together.

The intense correspondence which followed in the weeks after their fateful encounter recounts their courtship in words, revealing their initially unacknowledged attraction, their fears and longings, and writing a new world of recognition and togetherness into being.

The letters chronicle the time between their first meeting and Karina’s decision to relocate to South Africa to be with André in 2005 – a relationship which lasted until his death in 2015.
Karina was born in Jelenia Góra, Poland, and lived in Austria, the United States and Wales, before finding a home in South Africa. Her doctoral thesis was published as Truer than Fiction: Nadine Gordimer Writing Post-Apartheid South Africa (2008).

She is the editor of Touch: Stories of Contact (2009), Encounters with André Brink (2010), and Contrary: Critical Responses to the Novels of André Brink (with Willie Burger, 2013). Her play for young adults A Change of Mind won the MML Literature Award in the Category English Drama in 2012. She also writes short stories, book reviews, essays, and poetry. She lives in Cape Town with her three cats. Invisible Others was her first novel. It was longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

Her memoir The Fifth Mrs Brink was published in 2017.

Dié tienerboek oor skape, die stil agterpaaie van die Karoo en selfontdekking uit die pen van Jaco Jacobs sal jou anders laat kyk na die lewe, of jy nou 11 of 111 is

Hier is iets wat Luan van skape geleer het: Glo my, as jy op die ingewing van die oomblik ’n skaap by ’n kerkbasaar steel, sal jou lewe nooit weer dieselfde wees nie…

As straf moet Luan op ’n road trip gaan saam met sy eksentrieke fotograaf-ouma wat ’n fotoboek oor windpompe wil publiseer. Straf? Ja, maar jy wil nie weet nie.

Op pad deur die Karoo ontmoet hy vir Lana, wie se pa al die pad van Bloemfontein na Kaapstad met sy fiets ry om geld vir kankernavorsing in te samel. Lana eet nie vleis nie en sy mal is oor boeke. Lana is ook mal oor Luan. So, sonder dat sy dit weet, oortuig Lana vir Luan om ’n skaap te bevry van die kerkbasaar se veiling. Dis net, wel, hy betaal nie vir die skaap nie.

Dinge ruk hand uit: Die skaap raak bekend, die polisie kry snuf in die neus en… Lees maar self wat als op die Karoo se stil agterpaaie kan gebeur.

Danksy al dié drama, leer ken Luan vir die eerste keer sy ouma – daardie hardekwas-predikantsvrou wat al jare lank ’n baie diep geheim saam met haar ronddra.

Hy leer oor ook vir Lana beter ken. Sommer BAIE beter. Maar die belangrikste van als: Hy leer homself ken. Kort voor lank verander ’n vervelige rit deur die Karoo in ’n onvergeetlike avontuur.

Dié tienerboek uit die pen van Jaco Jacobs sal jou anders laat kyk na die lewe, of jy nou elf of 111 is.

Word dadelik deel van Depro Skaap se lewe!

Sy is ook op Instagram: @deproskaap