From HSRC Press

State of the Nation 2016

    Who is in Charge? Mandates, accountability and contestations in South Africa

Volume editors:
    Daniel Plaatjies; Charles Hongoro; Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu; Thenjiwe Meyiwa; Muxe Nkondo; Francis Nyamnjoh

Published month and year:
    March 2016

ISBN (Soft cover):     978-0-7969-2513-8

    HSRC Press

Format:     240mm x 168mm


    World rights

About the book

State of the Nation 2016 analyses South Africa and how power impacts on mandates, accountability and contestations in the South African state by asking: Who is in charge? Is the state indeed in charge of the country’s economy and development and to what extent is the government able to effectively drive its publicly pronounced developmental state agenda? When does ‘leading’ become ‘controlling’? What are the roles of the private sector and civil society in development? To whom is the state accountable and how is it held accountable? What are the definitive signs that the South African state has been hollowed out in the interests of a market-led economy rather than functioning as a developmental or capable state? From the state’s point of view, which external role players, forces and powers are preventing the state administration and agencies from fully achieving its goals?


‘It seems to me that the State of the Nation series has done for South Africa what Antony Sampson did for Britain in Who Runs this Place? The Anatomy of Britain in the 21st Century: anatomising the body politic, measuring change, identifying progress, diagnosing weaknesses and issuing policy prescriptions.’

Colin Bundy, South African historian and former Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford.

Price R320,00

Teaching the 'Native'

  The Foundations of ‘Native’ Education Policy in South Africa, 1900-1936

Author:     Joseph Daniel Reilly

Published month and year:     February 2015

ISBN (Soft cover):     978-0-7969-2514-5

Format:     198mm x 148mm (Truncated A5)

Extent:     308

About the book

South Africa is a young democracy, and the fires of dissatisfaction and demands for non-racial, democratic change in its education system remain strong. Veteran anti-apartheid activist Joseph Daniel Reilly argues that the only way forward is a fundamental reform of the very way in which history is taught in South Africa from kindergarten through graduate school, from teacher training and curriculum design to national policies and local bodies implementing education policies. Ultimately, the reform of South African education must be a national project, done with the same missionary zeal of those committed racists from the British Empire and the United States ‘Jim Crow’ system who worked tirelessly to obliterate any possibility of Africans gaining access to legitimate, equitable education.


Teaching the ‘Native’ is an essential read in the on-going discourse about education in South Africa.

Zine Magubane, Associate Professor of Sociology, Boston College.


Year of Fire, Year of Ash

    The Soweto Revolt: Roots of a Revolution

    Baruch Hirson

Published month and year:
    June 2016

ISBN (Soft cover):




About the book

Some thirty-five years after its original publication, but never previously available in South Africa, Year of Fire, Year of Ash still stands as one of the leading accounts of the 1976-77 Soweto Revolt, one of the most significant acts of resistance in the history of the anti-apartheid movement. Authored by a South African activist and scholar who was intimately involved in the movement, Year of Fire, Year of Ash provides an unparalleled insight into the origins and events of the uprising, from its antecedents in the early 1970s to its role in galvanising the global struggle against apartheid.

This commemorative edition, published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the start of the Soweto Uprising on 15 June 1976, includes a Foreword by Shula Marks and the South African edition also includes an abridged transcription of an interview with Billy Masetlha.

Price R290,00