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Podcast: Babongile Zulu Chats About the New Picador Africa Classics Series

Babongile Zulu spoke to Power FM about the new Picador Africa Classics series, which celebrates 10 years of publishing local and African literature in South Africa as well as honouring Phaswane Mpe in the 10th anniversary of his passing.

When a Man CriesI Speak to the SilentWellcome to Our HillbrowSmall ThingsBrooding Clouds

The 13 titles selected to be released as ebooks are time-honoured African works that are not readily available in print or in digital form.

Zulu, assistant editor of Picador Africa Classics, spoke about the motivation for the project and the specific titles that were selected, which include Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow and The Brooding Clouds.

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Picador Africa Classics: Celebrating Time-honoured and Exceptional Titles

Picador Africa Classics

This year, Picador Africa, an imprint of Pan Macmillan SA, celebrates 10 years of publishing local and African literature in South Africa. In celebration of this milestone and in honouring Phaswane Mpe in the 10th anniversary of his passing, we will be publishing 13 time-honored titles as ebooks this year.

Picador Africa Classics aims to build a catalogue of exceptional titles that may be out of print or lack presence in digital form. It builds on the historical concept of something like the African Writers Series as well as a publisher such as Ravan Press, which showcased works of excellence by African writers. The focus of the series is initially on South African fiction titles but adding specific ‘classic’ works of non-fiction is a future possibility. This important digital archive also serves to highlight great work that receives little or no attention. We are honoured to have Mpe’s work feature in this selection of great South African writing.

When a Man CriesWhen a Man Cries by Siphiwo Mahala

When a Man Cries is an uncompromising and engrossing novel from Siphiwo Mahala about the challenges of manhood in contemporary South Africa. It interrogates the dynamics of township life and the human and socioeconomic realities of the most impoverished communities in post-apartheid South Africa.

ISBN: 9781770104075

I Speak to the SilentI Speak to the Silent by Mtutuzeli Nyoka

Walter Hambile Kondile is the typical ‘good native’ of his generation, poorly educated and subservient, brought up to know his place and believe that ‘it was God’s design for the white man to rule over me’. Then Kondile’s beloved daughter, Sindiswa, a young struggle activist, goes missing in exile. Kondile’s search leads him to Lesotho and grim discoveries of betrayal that shatter forever his own ‘complicity of silence’, committing him to an irrevocable path of no return.

This is a compelling and beautifully written novel by Mtutuzeli Nyoka, a powerful storyteller who shares history as he sees it.

ISBN: 9781770103658

Wellcome to Our HillbrowWelcome to Our Hillbrow by Phaswane Mpe

Welcome to Our Hillbrow is an exhilarating and disturbing ride through the chaotic and hyperreal zone of Hillbrow – microcosm of all that is contradictory, alluring and painful in the South African psyche.

ISBN: 9781770104051
Small ThingsSmall Things by Nthikeng Mohlele

Through his protagonist, the trumpet-playing philosopher poet, Nthikeng Mohlele weaves his unique magic with words, posing powerful questions in his inimitably individualistic and evocative style.

Small Things is the story of a dreamer, an average man, singled out by fate for an uncertain life. Jailed for 18 years under apartheid for unspecified sins, he emerges into a world that has no place for him. His fluctuating fortunes land him on the unpredictable, bitter-winter streets of Johannesburg, where ‘harmlessness’ is an ‘unfortunate trait’ but the tempestuous skylines offer space to breathe.

ISBN: 9781770104044

Brooding CloudsThe Brooding Clouds by Phaswane Mpe

The Brooding Clouds collection is a gem of creative achievement that stands as a poignant tribute to the tremendous talent of a writer cut down much
too soon.

The Brooding Clouds is a posthumous collection of short stories and poems that were written as a prequel to Phaswane Mpe’s acclaimed bestseller, Welcome to Our Hillbrow.

ISBN: 9781770104068

And coming soon:

A Man Who is Not a Man by Thando Mgqolozana

The controversial topic of botched traditional circumcision is a steady constant in the South African news and the focus of much debate. This powerful first novel recounts the personal trauma of a young Xhosa initiate after one such circumcision gone wrong.

With frankness and courage Thando Mgqolozana details the pain and life-long shame that is experienced as a result of not only the physical trauma, but the social ostracism of being labelled ‘a failed man’.

ISBN: 9781770104013

JoziJozi by Perfect Hlongwane

This absorbing novel by debut author Perfect Hlongwane offers a biting portrait of inner-city Jo’burg, ‘a place where dreams come to die’.

ISBN: 9781770103986
A Daughter's LegacyA Daughter’s Legacy by Pamphilia Hlapa

A Daughter’s Legacy is the story of Kedibone’s journey from childhood to parenthood, from the dusty streets of her home village to the
modern worlds of university and working life.

Determination and resilience battle with fear and insecurity in Kedibone’s searing engagement with relationships and personal growth. This novel is a bold and necessary statement that exposes the taboos and abuse that a male-dominated culture allows, if not engenders. It breaks the silence and
connivance in a way that is seldom done.

ISBN: 9781770103993

Our Story MagicOur Story Magic by Gcina Mhlophe

Our Story Magic is a collection of enchanting and compelling tales written by Gcina Mhlophe, South Africa’s most popular performance storyteller.

The illustrations are by artists from Mhlophe’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal. Read and share these 11 stories with the love that went into
creating them.

ISBN: 9781770104020

Stories of AfricaStories of Africa by Gcina Mhlophe

Stories of Africa is a folklore story collection that offers a feast of enjoyment for young South African readers, with 10 enchanting tales, steeped in the imaginative richness of African oral tradition.

Told with inimitable aplomb by Gcina Mhlophe, South Africa’s most popular performance storyteller, and illustrated by a lively selection of
KwaZulu-Natal artistic talent, Stories of Africa is a classic to delight readers of all ages and cultures.

ISBN: 9781770104037

Fanie Fourie's LobolaFanie Fourie’s Lobola by Nape ’a Motana

Fanie Fourie’s Lobola is filled with naughty humour and ironic reversals of stereotype. With a deft and humorous pen, Nape ’a Motana evokes the colliding worlds of traditional and contemporary culture in a South Africa still struggling to renegotiate roles and relationships and shake off the complexes and prejudices of the past.

This novel was turned into an acclaimed comedic film. It demonstrates how far we have come in that we can now write with piercing humour about what used to be life-and-death issues – specifically ‘love across the colour bar’.

ISBN: 9781770104006

To Every Birth Its Blood by Mongane Wally Serote

The Rediscovery of the Ordinary: Essays on South African Literature and Culture by Njabulo Ndebele

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Bruce Dennill Speaks to Dion Chang About New Urban Tribes of South Africa

New Urban Tribes of South AfricaDion Chang’s New Urban Tribes of South Africa shows how trends analysis is a useful tool in determining how consumers push the marketing agenda, or aspire to acquire certain goods and services.

Bruce Dennill of The Citizen observed Dion Chang’s analysis, and asked him a few questions about how to spot trends and tribes, and which “boxes” to tick. New Urban Tribes of South Africa is available as an eBook from Pan Macmillan.

Dion Chang’s new e-book New Urban Tribes is, not at all sur-prisingly, inspiring some strong reactions from observers.

“The biggest reaction I get,” grins Chang, “is from people who can’t find themselves on the list.

“But I reiterate: these are new tribes; groupings that are just popping their heads above the parapet. That reaction says that people want to be boxed.”

The “boxes” determined by Chang and his team in New Urban Tribes are as follows:

Diamond Chips: brand-conscious kids of the original Black Diamonds.

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Forthcoming: Dion Chang’s New Urban Tribes of South Africa

New Urban Tribes of South AfricaYears on from the birth of the Rainbow Nation, South Africans can no longer simply be categorised as black, white, coloured or Indian. Old stereotypes have been replaced by a new cast of colourful characters that approach life, love and brands from very different perspectives.

Influenced by both global cosmopolitan culture and traditional belief systems, contemporary South Africans are complex, three-dimensional people that cannot be accurately described by traditional demographic segmentation models. This presents a challenge to brands: who are they selling to, and what do their prospects want?

New Urban Tribes of South Africa identifies and brings to life in vivid detail twelve distinct new urban tribes contributing to South Africa’s economy.

In New Urban Tribes of South Africa you will discover:

  • How to identify each of South Africa’s twelve tribes – how they dress, where they live and what they buy;
  • What each of these new tribes want – what drives, motivates and fulfills them; and
  • How brands and marketers can connect with each of the new tribes on a deep, meaningful level.

New Urban Tribes of South Africa will be available as an eBook only, through, and

About the author

Dion Chang is an innovator, creative thinker and visionary. He is a sought-after trend analyst, and while his feet remain firmly planted on African soil, he uses a global perspective to source new ideas, gauge the zeitgeist and identify cutting edge trends. He is the author of The State We’re In: The 2010 Flux Trend Review, published by Pan Macmillan South Africa in 2010.

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