South Africa: Does South Africa Have a Foreign Policy?
[Daily Maverick] In a new book, veteran Africa correspondent Liesl Louw-Vaudran tries to explain South African foreign policy, especially as it manifests on the African continent. Her conclusion? We don't really have one. It's hard to disagree. By SIMON ALLISON.
Zimbabwe: Kutyauripo Redefines the Historical Novel
[The Herald] "What I think a novelist can teach is something very fundamental, namely to indicate to his readers, to put it crudely that we in Africa did not hear of culture for the first time from Europeans," writes Chinua Achebe in "African Writers Talking" (1972:7). Africans have always been proud of the cultural mores and values that have shaped their worldview since time immemorial; and it will be trite to think that Europeans and their Christian God brought civilisation as well as cultural etiquette to the Africa
South Africa: Holding My Breath - Facing Grief Through Writing
[The Journalist] Wordsmith Ace Moloi recently launched his second book, "Holding My Breath", at the University of the Free State (UFS). The book takes the form of a memoir, with Moloi writing a letter to his mother who died when he was just 13 years old. The author spoke to Linda Fekisi shortly after the launch about his creative process and how writing became an important step in his grieving process.