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Decolonise Plan S, South African academics hear

Scientists warned against ‘apartheidisation’ of research and spiralling costs Plan S—the controversial open-access publishing plan that has…

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Dr Abdullah Abdurahman: South Africa’s First Elected Black Politician

Martin Plaut, Dr Abdullah Abdurahman: South Africa’s First Elected Black Politician (Johannesburg: Jacana, 2020) HIS funeral in Cape Town…

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A Lawyer’s Odyssey: Apartheid, Mandela and Beyond

Henry Brown, A Lawyer’s Odyssey: Apartheid, Mandela and Beyond (Pietermaritzburg: Otterley Press, 2020) THE APARTHEID era produced a stream…

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Bloody Sunday: The Nun, the Defiance Campaign and South Africa’s Secret Massacre

Mignonne Breier, Bloody Sunday: The Nun, the Defiance Campaign and South Africa’s Secret Massacre (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2021) THE…

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In memory of Colin Smuts who passed away on 20 May 2021

Colin Smuts was a longstanding member of ANFASA, also serving on the ANFASA board from 2015 to…

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Jwara!: Induna’s Daughter

Joyce Piliso-Seroke, Jwara!: Induna’s Daughter (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2020) THE AUTHOR of Jwara!, a clan name, was born in 1933…

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Publishing should be for social and disciplinary impact

“Plan S is a grand plan, but the devil is in the detail,” says Professor Robin Crewe…

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The rise and fall of South African cultural policy: The lessons we learnt from Australia (and then forgot)

Read all about it: How to Steal a City, War Party, The President’s Keepers, The Shadow State, The…

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The first, rough draft of history: How journalism has helped not just report, but shape the course of South Africa

Journalists report the first draft of history in newspapers and magazines. Some then write the detailed backstory…

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Audiblegate Campaign: Fair Deal for Rights Holders

In October 2020, a reporting error on the Amazon’s audiobook self-publishing platform ACX revealed some worrying indications…

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