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An essential guide for those dealing with the Cape Water Crisis and for general water saving in South and southern Africa, a notoriously water-scarce region.
Three provinces in South Africa have been declared national disaster zones because of drought. The way we think about water needs to change, and fast. This is especially true for those of us who have running water and flush sanitation piped into our homes. For millions of South Africans, water is already a precious resource that costs toil to collect and fuel to heat. Our middle-class expectations that water will gush steaming from our dozens of indoor taps 24/7 are going to look as bizarre to future generations as the spectacle of Cleopatra bathing in asses’ milk. Our Roman-orgy relationship with water is over.
This book will hopefully help to alleviate water panic and distress. A “can-do” compendium, it’s meant to be a guide, not prescriptive – not all solutions or tips are one-size-fits-all. Think of it as an ally in your fight to save water and part of your survival kit, along with the first-aid box; Valium for water-worriers.
An essential guide for every person on earth to help save our planet.
How do we live more gently on our planet? Can we put a stop to the environmental disasters that loom larger every day? These burning questions are on everyone’s mind. Wise About Waste addresses these urgent issues by providing a practical guide to reducing the waste we generate. Well-known author, academic and activist Helen Moffett looks at how we can all create less waste, and use resources more wisely. She tackles plastic waste, energy waste, food waste, manufacturing waste and much more – from homes to businesses, from immediate actions to long-term plans, there’s a strategy for everyone.
With over 150 practical tips and ideas, from the tiny and the quirky to the big and the dramatic, Wise About Waste can help us work towards waste-wise lifestyles. While there are tough questions and even tougher answers, these go hand-in-hand with reasons for hope and a good dash of humour.
It's the stuff of cliche to describe South Africa as a land of infinite landscapes and dramatic contrasts. It's even harder to capture those landscapes in words. This title showcases scenes of "the beloved country" as described by South Africa's most brilliant writers, making for a fresh, colourful collection that is both timeless and contemporary. Ranging right through history, from the firelight tales of the first storytellers to modern voices on the web, this title encompasses the brilliant kaleidoscope of our local scribes - from drama to poetry, from revered names to controversial voices, from hard-hitting journalism to lyrical meditations. Take a trip round the country, exploring world-famous landmarks and forgotten corners - jive in Sophiatown, shelter from the scorching Karoo sun on the stoep of Schreiner's African farm, listen to the wind (and ghosts) in the grass of old battlefields, watch fishermen bring their catch into Kalk Bay harbour or paddle down the Orange River with desert on both sides. Above all, it's the people who live in these landscapes, and their complex and often tragic history, that add dynamism and poignancy to these extracts. This glimpse of rural, urban, outer and inner landscapes makes for a fascinating introduction to local writing, as well as a treat for those who love armchair travel.
Where do unfinished poems go – the early buds, the offcuts, all of the blooms that can’t be bunched together?
In this beguiling bouquet of travel poetry, diary fragments, letters, works-in-progress and retrospection, Helen Moffett offers us a rare look into the workings, misfirings and triumphs of a literary mind.
A collection of tentative moments and emotions, rendered in fleeting and experimental forms.
African Identities are too often defined for us and not by us. The call for this anthology asked writers from the continent and the diaspora for "innovative short fiction that explores identity, especially (but not limited to) the themes of gender identity and sexuality; that looks beyond the boundaries of expectation, into the truest definitions of ourselves." This powerful collection is the result. It showcases the multiple ways in which African writers see themselves and their communities, and the depth, variety and innovation of their interpretations. From Benin to Ethiopia, from Morocco to South Africa, the stories here reveal uncomfortable and fascinating truths about who we are. In a world of rising nationalism and factionalism, of increasingly crude and reductive notions of identity, these stories insist on the complexity, intimacy and interconnectedness of African identities. Prepare to be amazed, challenged and enchanted. SSDA is one of the most successful short story organizations on the continent with all of its previous anthologies receiving significant critical acclaim. SSDA celebrates the diversity of Africa's voices and 'tell you who we really are; what we love; love to eat, read, write about. We want to bring you the scents on our street corners, the gossip from our neighbours, let you listen to strains of the music we dance to.' Authentic African stories offering alternative short stories, stepping away from 'the single story, a distorted, one-dimensional view of Africa that sees the continent only through a prism of war, disease, poverty, starvation and corruption.' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Danger of the Single Story.
Short Story Day Africa brings together writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, teachers, and schoolchildren to write, submit, read, workshop, and discuss stories which explore true and alternative African culture. Their fourth annual competition and anthology is on the theme of migration. Featuring an ever-widening range of writers from across the continent these are fresh, urgent perspectives on one of our most profound phenomena. It includes shortlisted stories by Sibongile Fisher (South Africa), Mirette Bahgat Eskaros (Egypt), Blaize Kaye (South Africa), Megan Ross (South Africa), Stacy Hardy (South Africa), TJ Benson (Nigeria), and fifteen other up-and-coming writers.
Strange Fruit is a courageous debut with a remarkable range in theme and tone, from the nostalgic to the comedic to the bawdy, and to the angry, the melancholic and the steadfast and comforting. It will delight, shock, anger, induce laughter, shock more, delight more. And make you blush. It's a full range. There are poems of brutally honest self-scrutiny - the heart of the collection being a series of poems on the ageing body, loss of love and infertility - and there are poems that capture landscapes with imagist skill and the botanist's detail.
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