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The remarkable story of the people and events in South Africa

The series tells the earliest recorded stories of the ancestors of all South Africans

The people, clans & events that Shaped Southern Africa

For the first time a series collects and retells, with equal importance and emphasis, the story of the ancestors of all South Africans.

Discover the stories of our ancestors

Securing the future of our past.

Nearly forgotten even by those living in the provinces in which the events occurred

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The remarkable story of the people and events in South Africa

Heritage Publishers was launched to tell the previously unpublished stories of all South Africans before these are lost to us.

Through the Our Story series, Heritage Publishers hopes to preserve the future of our past. We hope that the Our Story series will generate new interest in the remarkable story of the people and events in South Africa.
For the first time a series collects and retells the story of the ancestors of all South Africans. Many are nearly forgotten even by those living in the provinces in which the events occurred. Our Story provides an opportunity for all South African learners to discover the stories of their own ancestors and those of their fellow citizens.

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A Note From The Publisher

“For the past thirty years I have had the extraordinary good fortune to travel frequently through rural southern Africa and South Africa in particular. During this time I have formed close friendships with South Africans of all backgrounds, learning a little of each of our languages and a great deal about the past of our people.

Our Story was born in the garden of the house of a friend, Konanani Mathivha, when we acknowledged how little is known about the exploits of our ancestors. My friend turned to me and said, “You know a little of each South African language. You understand the challenges faced by educators in our schools. You appreciate the culture and past of all our people. And you have extensive publishing experience, why don’t you do something about it?”

I hope that this series excites the reader and that they find as much pleasure as I have in discovering the stories of our ancestors along with a new respect for them and the challenges they faced.”

~Terence Ball

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The people, clans & events that Shaped Southern Africa

For the first time a series collects and retells, with equal importance and emphasis, the story of the ancestors of all South Africans. Most of these stories have their bi-centenary this century. Many are nearly forgotten even by those living in the provinces in which the events occurred. >Written in English for the First Additional Language learner, Our Story provides an opportunity for all South African learners to discover the stories of their own ancestors and those of their fellow citizens.

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The next few years will see the 200th anniversary of several key events in our country’s past. The murder of Dingiswayo by Zwide ka Langa, the rapid response of Shaka, supported by Mzilikazi ka Mashobane’s Khumalo, in leading the Mthethwa army against the AmaNdwandwe...

SABC Digital News

Far too often, Africans have many of their stories told for them by others, but the team at Heritage Publishers is changing all that, they recently launched a book series that explores events that shaped our country. The first title in the series tells the...

SABC Digital News: Terence Ball on the latest titles in “Our Story Heritage Series”

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Tonight with Tim Modise | Terence Ball, Publisher –SA Heritage Publishers

Many use the opportunity to draw on the history of the country’s diverse and rich traditional and cultural history, but apart from the odd stories passed on from generation to generation and the little that is taught of that history in our schools, how...

SABC 2 Morning Live Interview

An interview on SABC 2 Morning Live with Terence Ball, discussing the latest seven titles released in the Our Story series adding to the current fourteen titles, which have been approved by the Department of Education for grades 4-9.
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SABC News Interview with Terence Ball

As we celebrate heritage this month, SABC's bookslot focuses on South African Heritage Publishers 'Our story' series in an interview with publisher Terence Ball.