Altered Landscapes – A South African Journey through Time and Mind

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Preamble
There’s no doubt that South Africa’s future continues to be shaped by the trauma of its past. It’s a past that guides thinking and creates perceptions, and it’s filled with dozens of “what ifs” and “if onlys”. DOUGIE OAKES set off on a journey through South Africa to revisit some of the sites of some of the country’s most epic events – and some that were less epic, but fascinating all the same. He spoke to some of the people who made history and to others who were touched by it – or to their relatives or ancestors.

The Concept
A travel book retracking some of the great – or fascinating – events of South Africa’s past. It will retell the events in racy style, focusing wherever possible on the insights of real people. In the Sandra Laing story, for instance, which deals with race reclassification, Laing herself will be interviewed. The aim will be to weave the experiences of real people into the psyche – past and present – of the region being written about.

Provisional chapters

  • Beginnings…
  • The Cape Flats: Slave Roots – “Ons bruin mense”. The New Arrivals.
  • District Six: At a Church staring out at a Police Station
  • Paarl: Afrikaans – Reinventing the Hotnotstaal
  • Kakamas: The Great Depression. Digging trenches in Kakamas
  • Calvina: Abraham Esau – The Martyr
  • Mafekeng – Siege City. The turning point on the road to a new South Africa
  • Bloemfontein – Women of Courage and Tenacity
  • Orania – The Last Trek
  • North West: Sol Plaatje – A Long Ride
  • Joburg ‘22 – Under the Red Flag
  • Joburg: Jiving to the Beat of Marabi
  • Joburg:Freedom Square – “South Africa Belongs To All”
  • Joburg: Regina Mundi – A Symbol of the Struggle
  • Piet Retief – The Incredible Journey of Sandra Laing
  • Bulhoek –Massacre at Midday
  • Graaff-Reinet: Robert Sobukwe – the other Great Son of South Africa
  • Qunu – Birthplace of an international Icon
  • Rorke’s Drift – Pyrrhic victory.

Specifications
Size: 254 x 196mm; Soft cover, 300gm board, matt finish; 224 pages; 115gm matt paper; single colour throughout.


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