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  • Divided by the Word refutes the assumption that the entrenched ethnic divide between South Africa’s Zulus and Xhosas, is elemental to both societies. ...

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  • WITS: The Early Years is a history of the University up to 1939. ...

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  • First published in 1996, WITS: A University in the Apartheid Era by Mervyn Shear tells the story of how the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) adapted to the political and social developments in South Africa under apartheid. ...

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  • This book looks at the University's role in South Africa's war effort, its contribution to the education of ex-volunteers after the war, its leading role in training the professionals required by a rapidly expanding economy, and the rise of research and postgraduate study. ...

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  • Wits University at 100 tells the story of the University of the Witwatersrand from its beginnings as a mining college in Johannesburg to its current position as a vibrant university driving innovation from the global South. In the voices of its people, this full-colour, illustrated book celebrates the university’s centenary in 2022. ...

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  • Working with key concepts from theorist and human geographer Gillian Hart, this book argues for an ethnographic and geographic approach to critically engaging contemporary political-economic processes in the context of real-world struggles. ...

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  • Peppered with conversations, observations, and reflections on his personal experiences, work with men, and scholarship, Kopano Ratele meditates on love, violence and masculinity in this book at whose centre is the question of why men hurt others and themselves. ...

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  • This timely book presents a compelling analysis of the need, conditions and possibilities for a universal basic income (UBI) in South Africa and globally. It explores the vexing questions a UBI raises about the relationship of paid work to social rights, and about the role of the state in contemporary capitalism. ...

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  • This book is an original, systematic, and radical attempt at decolonizing critical theory, drawing on linguistic concepts from 16 languages from Asia, Africa, the Arab world, and South America. ...

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  • A collection of essays celebrating the centenaries of Peter Abrahams, Noni Jabavu, Sibusiso Nyembezi and Es’kia Mphahlele, all born in South Africa in 1919. These foundational writers produced fiction, criticism, journalism and life writing, and their oeuvres are crucial to the genealogies of modern African and diasporic black literature. ...

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Happy 100th Birthday to Wits University Press!

Monday, April 11th, 2022

It is 100 years since the first book was published by the ‘University of the Witwatersrand Press’ on 10 April 1922. It is 100 years since the first book was published by the ‘University of the Witwatersrand Press’ on 10 April 1922. Called The National Resources of South Africa, it was written by RA Lehfeldt, […]


Playwright and novelist Nadia Davids’ “spell-binding” play, What Remains wins the Olive Schreiner Prize for Drama for 2020

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

Wits University Press is delighted to announce that Nadia Davids’ play, What Remains: A Play in One Act, has won the English Academy of Southern Africa’s Olive Schreiner Prize for Drama (2020). The Olive Schreiner Prize for drama forms part of a larger annual competition in creative writing of English expression, which includes prose and […]


Bhekizizwe (Bheki) Peterson, a great South African intellectual has passed

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Wits University Press is saddened to hear and share the news about the passing of Bhekizizwe (Bheki) Peterson on 16 June 2021.  Born in 1961 in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, Bheki Peterson was a great South African intellectual, Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and talented artist. He published extensively on […]

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