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Marikana: A Moment in Time
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.
Sunnyside Nightwalk, by Dr Raphael d’Abdon
d’Abdon seems to be that increasingly rare poet who engages fully with his world and also with himself. He seems eager to have transformative conversation with the reader, and wants dialogue, the back and forth. The poet bleeds then takes off his shirt and shows you the scars. I can’t stress how much I love this collection, this book takes you everywhere: it was such an incredible journey! As a writer, a South African, a mother, a lover, a woman, my heart was full: I felt sung to, made love to, hushed, aroused, empowered, called to act… all of it.
- Kagiso wa Molope, writer, author of The Mending Season