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How Olive Schreiner’s husband ‘carelessly’ edited her lesser known novel From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only

From Man to Man, or Perhaps OnlyWatch Dorothy Driver’s Great Texts/Big Questions lecture on Olive Schreiner’s unfinished novel From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only.

The lecture was given in 2013. Driver, Professor of English at the University of Adelaide, is the editor of a new edition From Man to Man, which will be launched this evening (2 February) at Kalk Bay Books.

Schreiner herself said of the novel: “I love my new book so, a hundred times better than I ever loved An African Farm” – however, it remained unfinished when she died in 1920.

Driver says Schreiner’s husband, Samuel Cron Cronwright-Schreiner, edited the book after her death, “sometimes carelessly”, and added the subtitle “Or Perhaps Only”, possibly to hint at the its unfinished nature. The book was then published in 1926, with a final chapter added by Cronwright-Schreiner, which he said his wife had recounted to him.

The talk is part of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts’ Great Texts public lecture series:

Olive Schreiner’s various writings, both fictional and non-fictional, made an extraordinary contribution to late 19th and early 20th century feminism, not least in her increasing and groundbreaking interest in the social intersections of gender, race and class. Schreiner’s early reading in evolutionary biology, sociology and the Romantic tradition, coupled with her knowledge and observation of the South African past and present, gave a unique flavour to her fictional treatment of the condition of women, as well as her vision of a more productive, racially equitable and harmonious world unfettered by gender difference.

Watch the video:

GT/BQ 2013- Dorothy Driver from GIPCA@UCT on Vimeo.

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Presenting Growing the Next Generation of Researchers: A Handbook for Emerging Researchers and Their Mentors

Growing the Next Generation of ResearchersUCT Press is proud to present Growing the Next Generation of Researchers: A Handbook for Emerging Researchers and Their Mentors, edited by Lyn Holness:

This book arises out of the work of the Emerging Researcher Programme at the University of Cape Town and builds on the publication entitled The emerging researcher: Nurturing passion, developing skills, producing output, co-authored by John W de Gruchy and Lyn Holness (UCT Press: 2007).

Designed as a tool for emerging researchers and their mentors, this new volume provides strategies for research growth in areas such as understanding the relationship between teaching and research; obtaining higher degrees; producing peer-reviewed research output; generating and managing research funding; effective research planning; engaging in interdisciplinary research; and postgraduate supervision.

The book addresses three primary readerships. It speaks first to institutions, and the imperative for institutional support in promoting research among junior staff members, sometimes requiring a shift in mindset and a prioritising of resources in order to be competitive as higher education institutions on the national and global platform. Second, it addresses those responsible for the task of mentoring new, young or inexperienced academics in developing their research capacity and igniting enthusiasm. Third, it is directed to emerging researchers themselves, identifying the skills required to produce sustained, quality research, and discussing strategies to do so.

The book will have relevance for those across the spectrum denoted by the term “emerging” – from those new to academia to those whose development as researchers has for some reason been thwarted, and those who are approaching the stage of being recognised as established researchers. In response to the demand for the first book from researchers in the broader African context, the new book takes into account topics and challenges that are relevant across the sub-Saharan continent.

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Join Finuala Dowling and Dorothy Driver for the launch of From Man to Man by Olive Schreiner in Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay launch of From Man to Man

From Man to Man, or Perhaps OnlyKalk Bay Books takes great pleasure in inviting you to a discussion around Olive Schreiner’s compelling book, From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only.

From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only was Schreiner’s “greatest achievement” which she loved “a hundred times better” than the book she is best known for, The Story of an African Farm. She is celebrated as the first South African-born novelist.

Read: Presenting a new edition of Olive Schreiner’s From Man to Man – her “greatest achievement”

Poet and novelist Finuala Dowling will be chatting to Dorothy Driver, editor of this new edition, on Tuesday, 2 February at 5:30 for 6 PM.

See you there!

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  • Date: Tuesday, 2 February 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6 PM
  • Venue: Kalk Bay Books
    124 Main Road
    Kalk Bay | Map
  • Speakers: Dorothy Driver and Finuala Dowling
  • Refreshments: Wine and juices will be served
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If you can’t make it to this event, consider attending the launch at Clarke’s Bookshop in Cape Town on Wednesday, 27 January

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Join Dorothy Driver for the launch of From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only by Olive Schreiner in Cape Town

Clarke's launch of From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only

From Man to Man, or Perhaps OnlyUCT Press and Clarke’s Bookshop cordially invite you to the launch of From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only by Olive Schreiner.

Desirée Lewis will be talking to Dorothy Driver, editor of this new edition of Schreiner’s “greatest achievement”. She was the first South African-born novelist and is best known for The Story of an African Farm.

Read: Presenting a new edition of Olive Schreiner’s From Man to Man – her ‘greatest achievement’

The launch takes place on Wednesday, 27 January at 5:30 for 6 PM at Clarke’s in the Cape Town city centre.

See you there!

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Presenting a new edition of Olive Schreiner’s From Man to Man – her “greatest achievement”

From Man to Man, or Perhaps OnlyUCT Press is proud to announce the republication of Olive Schreiner’s novel From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only:

I love my new book so, a hundred times better than I ever loved An African Farm.

- Olive Schreiner on From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only

Schreiner, the first South African-born novelist, is best known for her youthful The Story of an African Farm, but the “new book” of her adult years may well be her greatest achievement. It is arguably more important and relevant, not only because it is a more mature study of early racial and imperial relations but also because of its more modern characterisation.

Written and rewritten over many years, From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only remained unfinished on her death in 1920. Schreiner’s husband published it in 1926, adding a final chapter in the form he said she had recounted to him.

The story is about two white women, Rebekah and Bertie, sisters born into the racist and sexist society of mid-19-century South Africa. One sister remains in the Cape, marries and has children, the other becomes a kept woman and then a prostitute in London’s East End. But, the novel asks, how far are marriage and prostitution really apart in a world where women are valued mainly for their bodies? From exploring white women’s confinement to domesticity, the novel expands its gaze to include black women and girls, whose presence gradually informs Rebekah’s struggle to recreate herself and educate her children (including her black foster-child) so that they may pursue a more humane and fulfilled destiny than was open to her generation.

This new edition of From Man to Man, edited by Dorothy Driver, corrects the editorial and proofreading errors that marred previous editions. It also provides another ending, in Schreiner’s own words, as told in a letter to a friend. This edition includes the editor’s introduction; the alternative endings; historical, literary and linguistic annotations, and extracts from Schreiner’s letters and journals. Driver’s additions all cast light on the genesis, composition, context and significance of an extraordinary novel which, through the power of its storytelling and the vibrancy of its language, envisions a future society no longer subject to inhuman racial and gender restrictions.

Table of contents

List of abbreviations
Introduction to the new edition (2015)
A note on the text
Introduction to the first edition by S.C. Cronwright-Schreiner (1926)


From Man to Man or, Perhaps Only
… in 14 chapters

Prelude: The Child’s Day
The Book: The Woman’s Day


Appendix 1: The two projected endings
Olive Schreiner’s letter to Karl Pearson (1886)
Olive Schreiner’s account to Samuel Cronwright-Schreiner (1926)

Appendix 2: Genesis and composition of the novel
Extracts from diaries and letters
Recipients of letters


Works cited

About the editor

Dorothy Driver is Professor of English at The University of Adelaide, Australia. Until 2005 she held professorship in the English Department at University of Cape Town, where she continues to have adjunct honorary status. She has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Chicago and Stanford University in the United States.

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Africa’s prospects for 2016 – Adekeye Adebajo interprets the bones

The EU and AfricaAdekeye Adebajo, executive director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town and co-author of The EU and Africa: From Eurafrique to Afro-Europa, kicked off 2016 with an overview of Africa’s prospects for the year, with a special nod to the “traditional healers and diviners who intercede with the ancestors on behalf of their communities”.

In the article, Adebajo casts his net wide as he looks from the southern to the northern tips of the continent, predicting an overall sense of instability. On the home front he sees an interesting year ahead, with the looming local government elections to shake things up quite a bit.

“The local government elections in May will be hotly contested, with the ANC desperately trying to hang on to Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay. Any losses could further weaken a vulnerable President Jacob Zuma, whose recent bungling of the appointment of a finance minister inflicted potentially irreparable political damage,” the academic writes.

Read the article to see what else Adebajo predicts for Africa in 2016:

Sangomas are traditional healers and diviners who intercede with the ancestors on behalf of their communities. In assessing Africa’s prospects for this year, it is important to interpret the bones of the sangoma.

Starting in Southern Africa, SA accounts for 60% of the subregion’s economy, but the “rainbow nation” is no longer at ease. The rand continues to plummet and growth is anaemic, and there are sporadic power cuts, service-delivery and student protests, as well as labour unrest.

Adebajo discussed his article during an interview with Victor Kgomoeswana for PowerFM’s Power Hour, clarifying certain aspects and expanding on others.

Listen to podcast:


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Fires keep raging in the Cape Peninsula, task team set up to investigate

Fires once again raged in the Cape Peninsula earlier this week, and right through the festive period, reminding us of the devastation caused when the Deep South burned last March:

Daily Maverick‘s Marelise van der Merwe reports that a special task team has been established to investigate the high number of fires in the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. According to a report in the Cape Argus yesterday, “the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service has responded to 495 fire calls since Thursday”. These range from shack, train and electrical fires to veld and mountain fires.

“Does the formation of a task team represent a turning point in the management of the Cape’s annual fire season? It’s hard to tell. Statistics are not yet available to compare the damage of this summer’s fires to the same period last year,” Van der Merwe writes.

Read the article:

As it was announced that a task team had been set up to investigate the many fires that had ravaged the Cape over the summer, police remained tight-lipped about the process underway. For those affected, the long wait is just beginning.

Visit Eyewitness News to read their comprehensive coverage of the recent fires, including striking photos and video footage:


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Burning Table MountainBurning Table Mountain: An Environmental History of Fire on the Cape Peninsula by Simon Pooley is an in-depth study of the social, environmental and economic impact of fires in the Cape Town region.

Fire is Not Only Bad News: Simon Pooley’s Burning Table Mountain Launched at Kalk Bay Books

“We Need Fire”: Watch Simon Pooley’s Discussion of Burning Table Mountain

Popular Misconceptions About Fire in Cape Town (Excerpt from Burning Table Mountain)


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The Right to Food – Presenting Food Security in South Africa: Human Rights and Entitlements Perspectives

Food Security in South AfricaNew from UCT Press, Food Security in South Africa: Human Rights and Entitlements Perspectives, edited by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Viviene Taylor:

The right to food is guaranteed in South Africa’s Constitution as it is in international law. Yet food insecurity remains widespread and persistent, at levels much higher than in countries with similar levels of per capita GDP and development, such as Brazil.

In this book, leading local and international researchers on food security and related policy work have come together to create the first systematic and trans-disciplinary analysis of food security and its multiple dimensions in South Africa and the southern African region. Drawing on Amartya Sen’s entitlement theory to identify the key drivers of hunger, they see food insecurity as a chronic, structurally based condition rather than only resulting from natural environmental disasters, temporary economic shocks and household vulnerabilities. The authors focus on a range of policy options and choices to provide short-term and longer-term solutions to the systemic causes of unemployment, failing rural livelihoods and traditional subsistence production. They also emphasise the linkages between the social and economic dimensions of food insecurity and use an integrative, interdisciplinary approach to analyse the reasons why these conditions persist and what can be done to address them.

Importantly the book brings together work undertaken at local and national levels in new ways so that policy-makers, researchers, human rights advocates and social and economic scholars are better able to make the links between macro- and micro-processes of development.


ForewordOlivier de Schutter, University of Louvain, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food 2008-2014


Chapter 1 – Towards New Directions in Economic and Social Policy – Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, The New School, USA and Viviene Taylor, University of Cape Town


Chapter 2 – Right to Food in the international perspective – Susan Randolph and Shareen Hertel, University of Connecticut, USA

Chapter 3 – Is The Right to Food Really Necessary? – David Bilchitz, University of Johannesburg and South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law


Chapter 4 – Review of data and trends – Johannes John-Langba, University of Cape Town

Chapter 5 – Changes in food security in South Africa since the end of apartheid: Evidence using child malnourishment – Julian May, University of the Western Cape

Chapter 6 – Food insecurity amongst urban households – Jane Battersby, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town


Chapter 7 – Social Policies and Food Security in South Africa: Between Relief and the Right to Food: Some Challenges for Transformation – Viviene Taylor, University of Cape Town

Chapter 8 – The gender dimensions of food security: women’s experiences of entitlement and deprivation in South Africa – Chance Chagunda and Viviene Taylor, University of Cape Town

Chapter 9 – Social Relief of Distress Grant and social policy – Jackie Dugard, University of Witwatersrand

Chapter 10 – The politics of the right to campaigns in India: Possibilities, Limitations and Lessons Learned – Shareen Hertel, University of Connecticut

Chapter 11 – Aligning Policies to Address Food Insecurity: Institutional Challenges and Political Will in South Africa – Scott Drimie, Stellenbosch University

About the editors:

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr is Professor of International Affairs at The New School, New York. She is a well-known development economist, known particularly for her UNDP Human Development reports from 1995 to 2004. She has published numerous articles and papers, and several edited volumes. Her most recent publication is Human Rights and the Capabilities Approach: An interdisciplinary conversation (Routledge, 2011).

Viviene Taylor is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Social Development at the University of Cape Town. She was principal author and researcher of South Africa’s first two UNDP Human Development Reports, has published widely in the field of development, and was appointed in 2010 to serve on South Africa’s first National Planning Commission as a Commissioner.

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Recovery and Rehabilitation: Hykie Berg and Mobi Dixon Share Their Stories on Afternoon Express (Video)

Substance Use and Abuse in South AfricaThe SABC 3 lifestyle programme Afternoon Express recently tackled a very serious, important issue on their show: drug addiction and rehabilitation.

Well-known actor and Survivor South Africa: Maldives winner Hykie Berg and hit-maker and soul producer Mobi Dixon shared their personal stories of overcoming the struggle of addiction.

Berg sat down with Bonnie Mbuli to talk her through his story, which started innocently, sniffing thinners as a tween, and resulted in him starting The Hope In ACTion Group, an organisation aimed at bringing hope, support and restoration to people and families struggling with or affected by substance abuse, alcoholism and other social calamities. At the age of 21, Berg found himself in a rehabilitation centre for heroine addiction and decided there that he would become an actor. He has now been clean for eight years.

Dixon chatted to Danilo Acquisto, sharing his story of recovery and rehabilitation. For him addiction also started small and casually, experimenting with marijuana in high school. “You don’t realise at the time how dangerous the substance is,” Dixon says. He has been clean now for four years. Finding his purpose in life helped him get out of addiction and he went on to establish his music career drug free.

For more on issues related to recovery and rehabilitation in the South African context read Substance Use and Abuse in South Africa: Brain Behaviour and Other Perspectives edited by George Ellis, Ernesta Meintjes, Kevin Thomas and Dan Stein.

Watch the Afternoon Express episode for Berg and Dixon’s stories:

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“There is a Reason Why We are Furious” – Khoi and San Council’s Gripe with Government

Myth and Meaning“There is a reason why we are furious, and that is because government is not doing anything for us,” says John van Rooyen, chairperson of the Gauteng Khoi and San council.

In an article for News24 Jeanette Chabalala outlined the main thrust of the Khoi and San communities’ frustration and anger at government’s apparent indifference to their needs.

Van Rooyen believes that indigenous groups should be more fairly represented in the constitution, and have need for focused and strategic poverty reduction.

Read the article:

Chairperson of the Gauteng Khoi and San council John van Rooyen said on Wednesday government had neglected their communities.

He bemoaned what he called a “violation of human rights” for the community, saying that after 21 years into democracy they have still not been included in the Constitution.

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