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South African Literature Recommendations

South Africa has a rich oral tradition. This form of expression goes back centuries and has been a device for sharing advice, remembering history and telling stories.

Most of the literature of South Africa is written in Afrikaans or English. Only recently have the black tribes begun writing down their oral stories and now about a fifth of the books published in South Africa appear in African languages.

 

Here are some book recommendations from our agency Reynolds Travel:

Spud by John van de Ruit (2005)

A comedic sometimes sad yet straight forward novel that captures the humor of life in boarding school, through the diary of John 'Spud' Milton. The book is written in the style of a diary. The story begins on the morning of Spud's first day at a private boarding school, following his year and experiences with the often eccentric characters found in the school environment. The diary also follows Spud's family life.


Jock of the Bushveld by James Percy FitzPatrick (1907)

The book tells of FitzPatrick's travels with his dog, Jock, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross,during the 1880s, when he worked as a storeman, prospector's assistant, journalist and ox-wagon transport-rider in the Bushveld region of the Transvaal (then the South African Republic).


Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (1994)

Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. he book profiles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison. Under the apartheid government, Mandela was regarded as a terrorist and jailed on the infamous Robben Island for his role as a leader of the then-outlawed ANC. He later achieved international recognition for his leadership as president in rebuilding the country's once segregated society.The last chapters of the book describe his political ascension, and his belief that the struggle still continued against apartheid in South Africa.

 

South African Movie Recommendations

Spud (2010)

The movie is based on the novel of the same name by John van de Ruit. The film stars Troye Sivan as the title character. 

The story begins on the morning of Spud's first day at a private boarding school, following his year and experiences with the often eccentric characters found in the school environment. The diary also follows Spud's family life.

 

Tsotsi (2005)

It is an adaptation of the novel Tsotsi, by Athol Fugard and is a South African/UK co-production. Set in the Alexandra slum in Johannesburg, South Africa, it stars Presley Chweneyagae as David/Tsotsi (Tsotsitaal name for "criminal"), a young street thug who steals a car only to discover a baby in the back seat. It also features Terry Pheto, Kenneth Nkosi, Jerry Mofokeng and Rapulana Seiphemo in supporting roles.

 

Invictus (2009)

The story is based on the 2008 John Carlin book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The Springboks were not expected to perform well, the team having only recently returned to high-level international competition following the dismantling of apartheid—the country was hosting the World Cup, thus earning an automatic entry. Freeman and Damon play the South African President Nelson Mandela and François Pienaar, respectively. François was the captain of the South Africa rugby union team, the Springboks.