PRESS RELEASE: Marikana special edition book released by an independent publisher

Marikana. A Moment in Time, Raphael d’Abdon (ed.) , Geko, Johannesburg, 2013.

JOHANNESBURG – Marikana. A Moment in Time (Geko, 2013) is a collection of essays, articles, poems and photos by South African and international writers, activists and artists. The book is edited by Dr Raphael d’Abdon (Postdoctoral Fellow at UNISA) and published by the young and independent publisher Geko Publishing. All the proceeds from this book will be donated to the school of Marikana.

“We want to help the community of Marikana” says Phehello Mofokeng, Chief Bookworm at Geko Publishing. “For us the point is not to make empty noise and promises to that community, it’s all hands on deck for us. What we do best is books and we can only add our contribution this way” Mofokeng continues. The book premiere / launch comes hot in the heels of Pitika Ntuli’s sculptural exhibition at Constitution Hill called Marikana Hill to Constitution Hill.

The volume includes a foreword by Makhosazana Xaba and the writings of Prof Njabulo N Ndebele, Simphiwe Dana,  Ari Sitas, Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, Napo Masheane, Pitika Ntuli, Prof Pietro Basso, Philo Ikonya, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, Afurakan, Lance Henson and Abdul Milazi, to name a few. It captures the mood, the opinions, the commentaries of renowned South African and international scholars, activists and artists in essays, articles, poems and images. Some photos were taken by Mandy de Waal and her son Kyle, while others came from Yazeed Kamaldien. September National Imbizo (SNI) also contributed an opinion piece. Philo Ikonya is a Kenyan poet who now lives in exile in Norway. Ikonya was in South Africa in 2012 during Poetry Africa, and she contributed with a poem titled “Evening Falls”.

In her Foreword, Makhosana Xaba says that this book is a blessing and a “dressing on the wound of South Africa”. She reminds us that “the brutal rule of power remains with us. And it kills”, and that “in the name of human dignity, the struggle must continue”. Indeed, she adds, this book “is an offering of solidarity”.

The collection is endorsed by some of the most respected scholars in South Africa, such as Prof Njabulo S Ndebele, Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, Ari Sitas and Pitika Ntuli. Ndebele says that he supports this project for its noble intentions of assisting the Marikana community.

The events of August 14, 2012 at Marikana have reverberated throughout the world – with intense anger, disappointment and disbelief. The shooting and killing of miners on that day indicated how our society still places profit before its people.

Marikana. A Moment in Time (Geko, 2013) will be launched at Constitution Hill, on the 4th April 2013, at 18h00 for 18h30.


  • Lance Henson
  • Napo Masheane
  • Ari Sitas
  • Dr Barbara Boswell
  • Pina Piccolo
  • Allan Kolski Horwitz
  • Tinyiko Sam Maluleke
  • Abdul Milazi
  • Lorenzo Mari
  • Simphiwe Dana
  • Jeannie McKeown
  • Gillian Schutte
  • Mapule Maema
  • Suzanne Leighton
  • Philo Ikonya
  • SNI (September National Imbizo)
  • Sarah Godsell
  • David wa Maahlamela
  • Mandy de Waal
  • Prof Njabulo Ndebele
  • Afurakan T Mohare
  • Dr Raphael d’Abdon
  • Prof Pietro Basso
  • Dr Andrea Piccinelli
  • Heidi Henning
  • Phillippa Yaa de Villiers
  • Prof Pitika Ntuli
  • Moemise Motsepe


PRESS RELEASE: the launch of local author Tuelo Gabonewe’s latest novel, “Sarcophagus”


16 September 2016

Geko Publishing announces the launch of local author Tuelo Gabonewe’s latest fiction novel, Sarcophagus

Geko Publishing announced today the publication of Sarcophagus, a passionately-written novella by Tuelo Gabonewe. The release of the book is set for September and October 2016.

Gabonewe said: “Sarcophagus is a picaresque novella that follows the trials and tribulations of a young family that finds itself boxing some distance above their weight in a world that’s nowhere near as gentle as it should be. There aren’t any clever rogues in this book, just a pack of hard-bitten battlers stumbling through an infinite gauntlet with their chins held as high as possible.”

The book will be launched first at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) in Kimberley on September 29th while the second launch – to be held in Johannesburg – will be announced due course.

Sarcophagus is Greek for stone coffin. In the context of this novella, Sarcophagus is a metaphor for the village which is the setting for the story, but also a metaphor for the whole country, and possibly the whole world, seen through the eyes of most poor people. It is a world which eats you alive, essentially. Continue