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Post-school education and the labour market in South Africa

Volume editor:    Michael Rogan
Pub month and year:     December 2018
ISBN soft cover:     978-0-7969-2463-6
ISBN (pdf):     978-0-7969-2460-5
Format:     240mm x 168mm
Extent:     272
Rights:    World Rights

About the book
South Africa has one of the highest rates of youth unemployment and is renowned for being one of the most unequal societies in the world. In this context, training and education play critical roles in helping young people escape poverty and unemployment.

Post-school education offers insights into the way in which young people in South Africa navigate their way through a host of post-school training and education options. The topics include access to, and labour market transitions from, vocational education, adult education, universities, and workplace-based training. The individual chapters offer up-to-date analyses, identify some of the challenges that young people face when accessing training and education and point to gaps between education and the labour market.

The contributors are all experts in their respective components but write with a holistic view of the post-school education system, using an unashamedly empirical lens. Post-school education will be of interest to all researchers and policymakers concerned with the transformative role of further education and training in society.


City of broken dreams - Myth-making, nationalism and the university in an African city

Author:      Leslie J. Bank
Pub month and year:     January 2019
ISBN soft cover:     978-0-7969-2454-4
ISBN (PDF):     978-0-7969-2451-3
Format:    235mm x 168mm
Extent:    352
Rights:     World Rights (excluding US territories)
About the book
City of Broken Dreams brings the global debate about the urban university to bear on the realities of South African rust-belt cities, through a detailed case study of the Eastern Cape motor city of East London, a site of significant industrial job losses over the past two decades.

Since the end of the Second World War, universities have become increasingly urbanised, resulting in widespread concerns about the autonomy of universities as places of critical thinking and learning. Simultaneously, there is increased debate about the role universities can play in building urban economies, creating jobs and reshaping the politics and identities of cities.

The cultural power of the car and its associations with the endless possibilities of modernity lie at the heart of the refusal of many rust-belt motor cities to seek alternative development paths that could move them away from racially inscribed, automotive capitalism and cultures. This is no less true in East London than it is in the motor cities of Flint and Detroit in the US.

In City of Broken Dreams, author Leslie Bank embeds the reader’s understanding of the university within a history of industrialisation, place-making and city building.


Black Academic Voices - The South African Experience

Edited by:     Grace Khunou, Edith Phaswana, Katijah Khoza-Shangase, and Hugo Canham
Pub month and year:     April 2019
ISBN soft cover:     978-0-7969-2459-9
Format:     NC (240x168mm)
Extent:     232
Rights:    World Rights

About the book
As students and as members of faculties in historically white universities, black academics have faced both subtle and overt forms of exclusion that perpetuate the negative experiences and precarious state of black people in many South African institutions, including the academy. Some black academics leave the academic world for other pursuits. While many scholars have had the opportunity to explore the challenges of higher education transformation since 1994, very few black academics have had the chance to tell their stories in biographical form. This book seeks to fill this gap with the aim of defining what it means to be black in the South African academy post-1994, exploring personal, real-life experiences against a plethora of structural and relational challenges within academic institutions.

Black Academic Voices captures the personal accounts of the lived experiences of black academics at South African universities in the context of the ongoing debate for transformation and decolonisation of higher education. Taken together, the accounts explore the heterogeneous black experience in the academy, various strategies for negotiating and upholding difference, and the affirmation of self through empowerment and inspiration of the other.

Despite everyday experiences of exclusion, the emerging consensus among all contributors is that engaging with and transforming the South African academy is a worthwhile endeavour. The insights presented through these personal accounts raise possibilities for deconstructing hierarchies of racist, sexist, patriarchal and colonial authoritarianism and embracing difference, diversity and humanity as a whole.


Principle and Pragmatism in the Liberation Struggle - A political biography of Selby Msimang

Author:      Sibongiseni M. Mkhize
Pub month and year:     March 2019
ISBN soft cover:     978-1-928246-25-1
Publisher:    BestRed
Format:     138 x 216 (Demy)
Extent:     328
Rights:    World Rights

About the book
Henry Selby Msimang was one of the great South Africans of the twentieth century. Born in 1886 in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, he was: a founding member, interpreter and assistant to the secretary general of the African National Congress in 1912; a president of the pioneering Industrial and Commercial Workers Union in the 1920s and 1930s; general secretary of the All African Convention in the 1930s; a member of the Natives Representative Council;  provincial secretary of the Natal ANC in the 1940s and early 1950s; a prominent member of the Liberal Party in the 1950s and 1960s; and thereafter a founder and executive member of the Inkatha Yenkululeko Yesizwe in the 1970s. Msimang was also an intellectual figure of remarkable talent – a prolific author and writer, journalist and public debater – and a man, who despite great trials and tribulations, did not compromise his principles and fundamental values, his commitment to the struggle for freedom, justice and human rights.

This book examines his political choices and movements, including his class consciousness, non-racialism and changing allegiances during his 70-year-long journey in politics. It helps us to understand Msimang as the embodiment of a longstanding but often ignored tendency towards political pragmatism in the South African struggle for liberation. As South Africans engage in the process of forging a new identity and a reinterpretation of the freedom struggle, Msimang’s life offers inspiration, guidance and hope.