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Legendary Mike Mzileni captured South Africa’s history and also its musical stars

Legendary Mike Mzileni captured South Africa’s history and also its musical stars

SOPHIE MGCINA, composer, educationist and performer, gazes out from the page, uncompromising and direct. She’s just swung around from the piano to face us; behind her, a score sits open. It’s 1993, and she’s been telling journalist Z.B. Molefe, “I had to work like 10 black women to get where I am today.” But if she hadn’t said it, photographer Mike Ndumiso Mzileni’s accompanying image would have stated it loud and clear. Author GWEN ANSELL, Associate of the Gordon Institute for Business Science, University of Pretoria Respected elder statesman of press photographers Mzileni has died at the age of 80,…
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New book on South Africa’s history puts black people at the centre, for a change

New book on South Africa’s history puts black people at the centre, for a change

THULA Simpson’s new book, History of South Africa from 1902 to the Present, is an event-packed narrative history. It is reminiscent of the style of Eric Walker’s History of Southern Africa eight decades ago – a very influential book, prescribed for many university history classes – except this time black South Africans are central to the story, not confined to its margins. Author KEITH GOTTSCHALK, Political Scientist, University of the Western Cape The author, an associate professor at the University of Pretoria, most recently published the book, Umkhonto we Sizwe: The ANC’s Armed Struggle, in 2016. This was also written…
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