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JAN'S BOOK

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tory of how Jan Symon's, a school teacher in the old Natal, ends up writing a book which explores the nature of elite white private education and the institution of boarding schools in apartheid South Africa and the potential  impact the system might have in the ‘New’ South Africa and spells out the effects on boys and girls, men and women who go to such schools – as well as to their parents, mothers in particular...MORE





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GREAT ZIMBABWE: WHO BUILT IT AND WHY

by Cosmas Nyamutswa

Was Great Zimbabwe built by non-Africans? Ian Smith’s Rhodesian government decreed it was. Or was it built by Africans? The political and academic establishment in independent Zimbabwe likewise decreed it was. 

Nyamutswa breaks the deadlock and comes up with a third possibility. He contends that in order to determine who built Great Zimbabwe and why it has to be demonstrated how the features of the site and in particular the artefacts found at the site corroborate the theory. He believes that this is precisely what he has done in Great Zimbabwe: A Radical Re-think.

Is this really the explanation at last? Does this book at long last dispel the mystery of centuries? Does it finally reveal...

WHO REALLY BUILT ZIMBABWE AND WHY.

RECENT: A CONTENDED SPACE: THE THEATRE OF GIBSON MTUTUZELI KENTE and MAKING THEATRE

Mangothobane: A Soweto Nobody launched recently in Johannesbuirg and Soweto. Description.]

For a long time my life has been devoted to cultural and educational activism and the only writing I have done has been what Gramsci might have called 'organic' - in other words writing that responded to the needs of that activism and grew out of it (previous publications). I intend to continue with this writing.

But for a long time too I have yearned for the opportunity to write my own stuff and now I have that 
opportunity, there is a lot I want to do. Some things I wrote in past oases of time to myself when for 
one reason or another I was not practically and actively involved in something. The oldest of these
dates back over forty years. I never really finished them and things have changed a lot since then.
Unfortunately in 2010 my computer was stolen along with the back-up hard 
drive. All my writing that was not recorded in hard copy, was lost.

But I am determined to forge ahead. First there are the works already written and these need to be re-examined and refreshed or re-thought. Then there are the new ideas. 

It is not easy. It has been a struggle to move from the creativity of making plays or writing 'organic' non-fiction to quite different genres for quite different audiences. Writing blogs has helped me a lot. Though I feel there is still a long way to go, I can feel it coming, slowly - a growing ability to ride new energies and explore different forms, go different places. I have lots of fresh ideas and at last the time to pay attention to them - and what's more, I am now implementing them. 

Two years back we founded a family publishing house called Themba Books, in memory of my late wife, Thembani Ndiya Nene. It is dedicated to independent African publishing. In addition to publishing African authors, we provide an editing service to assist those who have a book to write but are not sure how to write it.   

RECENT PUBLICATIONS


RECENT EDITS

Footprints in Stone: Women and the Zenzele Movement in South Africa - Mango Tshabangu [published]
This Land Is My Witness: poems on the state of the nation - Maishe Maponya [published]
A Chalice of Knives: The Last Days of Lorca - Walter Saunders [in progress]
Great Zimbabwe: A Radical Re-think - Cosmas Nyamutswa [in progress]


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