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Book launch: Tribing and Untribing the Archive: Volumes 1 and 2

University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and the Public Affairs Research Institute invite you to the launch of Tribing and Untribing the Archive: volumes one and two. Both volumes will be sold as a single set during the launch.

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Afrikaans is one of the fastest growing languages in South Africa: Linguist Kerry Jones explains

Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture DictionaryKerry Jones, co-author of the award-winning Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary, spoke to News24 recently, dispelling the notion that Afrikaans is an endangered language.

When asked, “Would you consider Afrikaans an endangered language?”, Jones has a firm answer at the ready:

Absolutely not. Absolutely not. If you look at the national census data you will will see that Afrikaans is one of the fastest growing languages in South Africa. It is one of our youngest, it’s around 300 years old, but it is one of the fastest growing languages. Not only as a mother tongue, but as an additional language. People are speaking Afrikaans as a lingua franca; it is used as a second, third and fourth language; it’s a language of employment; it’s a language of education; it’s also a language of media and literacy.

So it is by no stretch of the imagination disappearing and it spreads well beyond our borders. There are even large Afrikaans-speaking communities in Argentina and New Zeeland, so it’s definitely not only a South African flavour.

Jones, a linguistics specialist from African Tongue Professional Linguistic Consultancy, which specialises in minority African languages – especially Khoe and San – is currently working on a PHD in intergenerational language transfer. Watch the interview to see how she became interested in this topic and how she came to write Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary:

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Kerry Jones Shares the Story of Her Award Winning Book, Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary

Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture DictionaryKerry Jones, co-author of Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary, was recently interviewed about the book by Ilse Salzwedel on RSG.

Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary recently won a 2015 ATKV-Woordveertjie for best dictionary.

Jones tells the story of how she came to write this book. She is trained as a linguist, and started learning the Ju|’hoan language when she shadowed a anthropologist who is fluent in the language, because she wanted to learn how to appropriately interact with people in minority groups.

As a linguist, Jones couldn’t help herself and soon started making a word list of the interesting language of the people she was living with. Because she is not Afrikaans, finding a lingua franca in order to translate the words was difficult, so the people showed her by means of pictures. “It became obvious” she said “that the book needed to include images”.

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Video: Learn How to Say “Hello” and Use a Number of Greetings in Ju|’hoan, a !Xun Language of Namibia

Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture DictionaryThe Endangered Languages Project has shared a video by Kerry Jones, co-author of Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary, of greetings in Ju|’hoan.

Ju|’hoan is a variety of the !Xun language that is spoken by around 10 000 people who live in the area of Tsumkwe in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia.

The website has more resources for learning the language, as well as a number of activities and information about the Ju|’hoan language.

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Join Tsemkgao Fanie Cwi and Kerry Jones for the Launch of Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary in Kimberley

Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture DictionaryUKZN Press invites you to the launch of Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary by Tsemkgao Fanie Cwi and Kerry Jones.

The launch will take place at the McGregor Museum in the Lady Oppenheimer Hall on Friday, 10 October, at 6:30 PM. Jones will give a presentation on the creation of the dictionary and give copies of Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary to the local library.

Then on Saturday, 11 October, the writers will launch their book at the Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre on the outskirts of Kimberley at 10 AM.

Don’t miss it!

McGregor Museum

  • Date: Friday, 10 October 2014
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Venue: McGregor Museum,
    Lady Oppenheimer Hall,
    Egerton Road,
    Kimberley | Map

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UKZN Invites You to the Launches of Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary in Namibia, Yzerfontein and Johannesburg

Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture DictionaryUKZN Press invite you to the launches of Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary by Tsemkgao Fanie Cwi and Kerry Jones.

The events will take place in Namibia, Yzerfontein and Johannesburg.

Don’t miss it!

Tsumkwe Launch

  • Date: Wednesday, 25 and Thursday, 26 June 2014
  • Venue: Tsumkwe Lodge,
    Namibia | Map
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Windhoek Launch

  • Date: Tuesday, 1 July 2014
  • Venue: TUCSIN House
    The University Centre for Studies in Namibia (TUCSIN)
    16 Mont-Blanc Street,
    Namibia | Map
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Yzerfontein Launch

Johannesburg Launch

  • Date: Wednesday, 16 July 2014
  • Venue: Wits Origins Centre
    Jorissen Street,
    Johannesburg | Map
  • RSVP:, 033 260 5226

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New: Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary by Tsemkgao Fanie Cwi and Kerry Jones

Ju|â��hoan Childrenâ��s Picture DictionaryThe Ju|’hoan Children’s Picture Dictionary is a collaborative project between the Namibian Ju|’hoan from the Tsumkwe region and academics from various fields. The primary aim of this dictionary is to provide Ju|’hoan children with a piece of mother-tongue literature that is locally inspired and that can also be shared with those from the outside world.

Entries in this thematic dictionary are in the Ju|’hoan Tsumkwe dialect, Afrikaans and English. All the illustrations and artwork were created by Ju|’hoan people from the Tsumkwe region, who share their knowledge and insight into different facets of Ju|’hoan daily life. Great care has gone into the making of this dictionary, with members of the Ju|’hoan community leading the way in the selection of themes, lexical entries, design and layout to make this publication a community-driven project that highlights Ju|’hoan culture. The categories selected show entries gives rare and fascinating insight into the staple artefacts and traditions of San life.

Included is an interactive CD with a pronunciation guide for each entry provided by Ju|’hoan speakers, as well as a photo and video gallery, short biographies of contributors, interesting information about the Ju|’hoan people and a fun, printable language game. By buying this Dictionary you are helping to spread awareness about the Ju|’hoan language and culture, to stop this endangered language from disappearing forever.

This unique and special project/book is a must for anyone with an interest in San life, the San people and their communities.

About the authors

Tsemkgao Fanie Cwi is an author and illustrator for Ju|’hoan Transcription Group in Tsumkwe Village, Grootfontein, Namibia.

Kerry Jones is a linguistics specialist from African Tongue Professional Linguistic Consultancy.

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South Africa from Origins to Present in Krista Johnson and Sean Jacobs’ Encyclopedia of South Africa

Encyclopedia of South AfricaEdited by Krista Johnson and Sean Jacobs, the Encyclopedia of South Africa is an authoritative, comprehensive reference work which covers South Africa’s history, government and politics, law, society and culture, economy and infrastructure, demography, environment, and more, from the era of human origins to the present.

Nearly 300 alphabetically arranged entries provide information in a concise yet thorough way. In addition, a series of appendixes present a wealth of data, including: a chronology of key events, major racial and apartheid legislation since 1856, heads of state (with party affiliation) since 1910, provinces and major cities, government structures, and current political parties and representation in parliament. Photographs enhance the text.

Members of the encyclopedia’s International Advisory Board are R Hunt Davis, Jr, Sandra Klopper, Shula Marks, Dominique Malaquais, Barney Pityana, Zine Magubane, and Peter Limb.

“Contributors present concise and pertinent information needed to understand and study a country that has undergone tremendous changes from its struggles with colonization, apartheid, independence, and post-independence…Highly recommended.” – Choice

“The Encyclopedia of South Africa offers a well-rounded overview of the country – its history and politics, as well as social and cultural phenomena – in all of its diversity and complexity…It is a strong contribution to the field.” – Marion Frank-Wilson, Herman B Wells Library, Indiana University

About the editors

Krista Johnson started her studies in South Africa and now holds a PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. She currently holds the post of assistant professor of African studies at Howard University.

Sean Jacobs, originally from Cape Town, South Africa, holds a PhD in Politics from the University of London and a MA in Political Science from Northwestern University. He is currently assistant professor of international affairs at The New School. He is co-editor of Thabo Mbeki’s World (Co-published by UKZN Press and Zed Books, 2002).

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Brush Up on Your Climate Change Lingo with UCT’s COP17 Glossary

Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil SocietyPolitics of Climate JusticeThe University of Cape Town‘s Monday Paper has put together an unofficial glossary of climate change terms for those uninitiated and confused by COP17 (that’s short for the “17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change”), which is currently taking place in Durban.

So, get acquainted with AOSIS, BAP, SIDS, G77 and G-8 (not, “like a G6″) with this helpful list.

For more on the implications of climate change, take a look at Politics of Climate Justice and Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society by Patrick Bond.

CDM – Clean Development Mechanism. A project-based emissions trading system under the Kyoto Protocol that allows industrialised countries to use emission reduction credits from projects in developing countries that both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable development.

COP – Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention. The supreme body of the Convention. Currently it meets once a year to review the Convention’s progress. The word ‘conference’ is not used here in the sense of ‘meeting’ but rather of ‘association’, which explains the seemingly redundant expression “fourth session of the Conference of the Parties”.

DC – Developing country.

EIT – Economy in transition. EITs typically include the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (eg Poland), the former Soviet Union (eg Russia), and Central Asian Republics (eg Kazakhstan).

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UKZN Press Marks World AIDS Day with Discount on HIV/AIDS Related Titles in December

World AIDS Day: UKZN Press offers 20% discount on HIV/AIDS related titles throughout December

Today is World AIDS Day and to mark this important day on the international calendar, UKZN Press is offering a 20% discount on a selection of HIV/AIDS related titles throughout December. Find the full list of titles below.

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Religion and HIV and AIDSReligion and HIV and AIDS: Charting the Terrain by Beverley Haddad

This book explores the interface between HIV, AIDS and religion and makes a significant contribution to a growing body of scholarship that recognises the importance of religious engagement with the reality of HIV and AIDS. In many communities, the spiritual narrative is far more compelling than its bio-medical equivalent, making interdisciplinary collaboration crucial. The project that gave birth to this book brought together scholars from the fields of religion and theology and activists from local communities. Its content captures the collaborative character of the book and each chapter is accompanied by a practitioner response. Existing scholarly literature was analysed and interrogated in the context of local community knowledge. The task was to understand what work has been done; and to discern what remains to be done. The book has a strong African focus with local forms of Christianity and Islam featuring prominently.

Love in the Time of AIDSLove in the Time of AIDS: Inequality, Gender, and Rights in South Africa by Mark Hunter

In some parts of South Africa, more than one in three people are HIV positive. Love in the Time of AIDS explores transformations in notions of gender and intimacy to try to understand the roots of this virulent epidemic. By living in an informal settlement and collecting love letters, cell phone text messages, oral histories, and archival materials, Mark Hunter details the everyday social inequalities that have resulted in untimely deaths. Hunter shows how first apartheid and then chronic unemployment have become entangled with ideas about femininity, masculinity, love, and sex and have created an economy of exchange that perpetuates the transmission of HIV/AIDS. This sobering ethnography challenges conventional understandings of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Towards Gender EqualityTowards Gender Equality: South African Schools during the HIV and AIDS Epidemic edited by Robert Morrell, Debbie Epstein, Elaine Unterhalter, Deevia Bhana, Relebohile Moletsane

Since the democratic elections in 1994, there have been concerted efforts to redress race and gender inequalities in South Africa. Learners and teachers have responded in their own ways to change and this nuanced analysis reveals their struggles to realise gender equality by living gender differently. In distinguishing short-term interventions to change behaviour from institutional approaches, which seek to transform school structures, this book offers a new framework for understanding gender-equality initiatives.

HIV/AIDS and Society in South AfricaHIV/AIDS and Society in South Africa edited by Angela Ndinga-Muvumba, Robyn Pharoah

We have not yet unravelled how HIV/AIDS is changing South Africa’s social fabric, despite the fact that over 5 million South Africans are living with the virus. Do we know how HIV/AIDS may affect different sectors of society, possibly altering the course set for development? Is it possible that the way in which the epidemic is being fought – through health and human rights activism – is adjusting our expectations of justice and equality? This title is a multidisciplinary overview of the discourse on HIV/AIDS and explores the concept of human security and the global development agenda. Contributions are drawn from a diverse group of academics and activists who examine how the epidemic intersects with politics, society, culture and the economy in South Africa, addressing human rights, gender inequality, prisons, the military, the education sector, rural livelihoods and the orphan crisis.

Mortal CombatMortal Combat: AIDS Denialism and the Struggle for Antiretrovirals in South Africa by Nicoli Nattrass

The AIDS pandemic and denialism is an international issue and South Africa is a flash point case study. Mortal Combat is a history of AIDS policy in South Africa. It exposes the strategy and tactics of AIDS denialists and focuses on the struggle for antiretrovirals to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to extend the lives of people living with AIDS.

Children of AIDSChildren of AIDS: Africa’s Orphan Crisis by Emma Guest

This new, fully updated edition of Emma Guest’s acclaimed book explores how the AIDS crisis has devastated the world’s poorest continent, and shows how families, charities and governments are responding to the next wave of the crisis – millions of orphans.

Based on extensive interviews, Guest lets people tell their own stories. The result is a moving and disturbing account of the experiences of orphans, street children, grandparents, charity and social workers and foreign donors across South Africa, Zambia and Uganda.

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