Mzilikazi’s cruel great-grandmother met a gruesome fate.

Mzilikazi – A Khumalo Prince (Book 1 of 4)

Mzilikazi – A Khumalo Prince (Book 1 of 4) The story of Mzilikazi is told over four titles in this exciting series. In this extract from the first book, we meet Mzilikazi after he fought against his own grandfather, Zwide, at the Battle of Mhlatuzi River. After that battle Mzilikazi’s cruel great-grandmother met her end Read more about Mzilikazi – A Khumalo Prince (Book 1 of 4)[…]

The headman, Zeko, and six of his unarmed men were killed in cold blood.

Maqoma Book 2: Final Resistance

Maqoma: Final Resistance In this, the second book of three on Maqoma, an age-old dispute over the chieftainship arises. As the regent for external affairs, Maqoma (who was also known as Jongumsobomvu) becomes concerned with the actions of the British and the Eastern Cape farmers. When King Ngqika died in November 1829 after a chest Read more about Maqoma Book 2: Final Resistance[…]

Makgoba escaped by digging a hole under the wall of his cell.

Makgoba: Kgoshi Mamphoku Makgoba

Makgoba Kgoshi Mamphoku Makgoba came into conflict with the government of the South African Republic when he stood up against what he thought was not right, even if it meant being arrested. Read about how Commandant Swart Barend Vorster (who we met during the Siege of Leboho) enters the picture, what happens when Makgoba resists Read more about Makgoba: Kgoshi Mamphoku Makgoba[…]

The howling of jackals came from the dancers wearing headgear made of the skins of jackals.

Makhado: Defender of the Vhavenda

Makhado In a previous extract, we read something about Dimbanyika, the first Vhavenda King south of the Limpopo. Generations later, we encounter Makhado and learn of his struggles to defend the Venda people and keep them united. Under threat from the Portuguese and the Boers, he also faced division from within. After assuming the kingship, Read more about Makhado: Defender of the Vhavenda[…]

A lucky hunter could bring home fat rock rabbits for the pot.

Dimbanyika: First Vhavenda King South of the Limpopo

Dimbanyika Much of the story of Dimbanyika has been lost, but those that remain agree that he is the one who began the unification of the Venda clans, becoming the first Venda king. Dimbanyika is one in a long line of disappearing kings, and stories of his death are the stuff of legends. Tied up Read more about Dimbanyika: First Vhavenda King South of the Limpopo[…]

Moshesh was presented with his first horse by Lipholo, Moorosi’s dignitary.

Moshoeshoe Book 2: Chief and Statesman

Moshoeshoe Book 2 From the second book of three about Moshoeshoe(Moshesh), we read about this great statesman’s attempts to make ThabaBosiu a place of peace. Not everyone agreed with his decisions, though, and the Koranna were a disturbing force in the area at that time. By the summer of 1829, about five thousand people were Read more about Moshoeshoe Book 2: Chief and Statesman[…]

A herd boy came across the body of a slain warrior.

Moshoeshoe Book 1: Forging the BaSotho Nation

Moshoeshoe Book 1 We meet Moshoeshoe(Moshesh) at a time when news of his settlement on ThabaBosiu had spread. People came from far and wide, refugees looking for food and shelter. Not all people came in peace, however, and Moshoeshoe and his people were threatened on more than one occasion. Matiwane had survived the time of Read more about Moshoeshoe Book 1: Forging the BaSotho Nation[…]

Nghunghunyani sent two enormous elephant tusks to the British Governor of Pietermaritzburg.

Nghunghunyani: Exiled King and Freedom Fighter

Nghunghunyani: Exiled King and Freedom Fighter Nghunghunyani, son of Muzila, was determined to defend his military and diplomatic independence at all costs. In this extract, see how he attempts to keep his multi-ethnic and multi-cultural kingdom intact. He could not predict that wooing the British would not prevent the Portuguese from ultimately imprisoning him and Read more about Nghunghunyani: Exiled King and Freedom Fighter[…]

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Week #19 Moshoeshoe 2: Chief and Statesman

From the second book of three about Moshoeshoe, we read about this great statesman’s attempts to make ThabaBosiu a place of peace. Not everyone agreed with his decisions, though, and the Koranna were a disturbing force in the area at that time. Buy the City Press each Sunday for an extract from the Our Story Read more about Week #19 Moshoeshoe 2: Chief and Statesman[…]

Week #14 Kgoshi Mamphoku Makgoba

At the time that Commandant Swart Barend Vorster was the leader of the commando units in the greater Soutspansberg district, the biggest cause of friction between the boers and the BaTlou, BaLobedu and other tribes was the land issue. Makgoba was a strong-minded man, and resisted the Boers. This meant that he and his tribe Read more about Week #14 Kgoshi Mamphoku Makgoba[…]

Makhado initiation circumcised

Week #10 Makhado: Defender of the Vhavenda

Makhado was the first Singo prince to be circumcised, but not the first Muvenda. When he returned from the circumcision lodge, he was rejected by his brothers and felt excluded. Buy the City Press each Sunday for an extract from the Our Story series. Here is the link for the Makhado: Defender of the Vhavenda extract which Read more about Week #10 Makhado: Defender of the Vhavenda[…]

Week #6 Sekhukhune: Greatest of the Pedi Kings

The brave resistance of Sekhukhune ended in a bloody battle which the British would not have won without the help of the Swazis. Under the light of a full moon, the Swazis gathered with hardly a sound, forming an eerie, cloud-like mass of shifting shadow with the waving plumes on their heads.   Buy the Read more about Week #6 Sekhukhune: Greatest of the Pedi Kings[…]

Week #4 Moshoeshoe blesses the cannibals bellies

When the cannibals that had eaten Old Peete were brought to Moshoeshoe, he would not have them killed. He had a duty to honour Old Peete, and he did this by arranging a burial ceremony over the bellies of the cannibals. Moshoeshoe and Mobe, the medicine man, took turns blessing the stomachs of the cannibals Read more about Week #4 Moshoeshoe blesses the cannibals bellies[…]

Week #1 campaign: Battle of Mhlatuze River

These stories have it all: intrigue, drama and magic. In The Battle of Mhlatuze River, read how Zwide sends ‘… his sister, the beautiful Ntombazana, as his ambassador to Dingiswayo, accompanied by an attractive cousin. She was to win the love of Dingiswayo and, secretly, she was to obtain some item he was wearing for Read more about Week #1 campaign: Battle of Mhlatuze River[…]

Muzila The Survivor: Son of Shoshangana

Muzila The Survivor

Info: ISBN: 9780992228873 Price: 105.00 (ZAR) Muzila The Survivor – Son of Shoshangana This book tells of Muzila, the son of Shoshangana, and the father of Nghunghunyani. After the death of Shoshangana, Muzila was determined to take control of the Gaza-Nguni kingdom from his brother, Mawewe. After a bitter struggle, and many battles, Muzila assumed Read more about Muzila The Survivor[…]

Kgoshi Mamphoku Makgoba

Kgoshi Mamphoku Makgoba

Info: ISBN: 9780994660183 Price: 105.00 (ZAR) Kgoshi Mamphoku Makgoba – Towards the end of the nineteenth century the government of the South African Republic (Transvaal) introduced laws that directly affected the indigenous people of the country. This led to a number of wars between the government forces and those clans that rebelled against these laws. Read more about Kgoshi Mamphoku Makgoba[…]

7 New Our Story 2015

Seven New Titles in the Our Story Series

We start 2016 with 7 exciting new Our Story titles. The people that you will read about in these stories could not have imagined the changes that would take place in Southern Africa. Read how your ancestors were part of shaping South Africa and the peoples that we know today. Maqoma 3 – Warrior and Read more about Seven New Titles in the Our Story Series[…]

City Press Article

“Retelling our stories” An Article in the City Press

Retelling our stories by Garreth van Niekerk Heritage Publishers has released a new series of books that delves into the events that shaped our country Do you know why Chief Maqoma was forced to leave his father’s kraal? Or where Shoshangana fled to after the Battle of Mhlathuze River? What is the name of the Read more about “Retelling our stories” An Article in the City Press[…]

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The Launching of our Website

We are Happy to Announce the launching of our website during Heritage month. Read about Heritage Month and why it is important to all South Africans… “Heritage Month is celebrated annually from 1 to 30 September . Heritage Month recognises aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and intangible: creative expression such as Read more about The Launching of our Website[…]

Announcing the Release of the ‘Our Story’ Series

A Momentous Event in South African Book Publishing and Education In September 2014, South African Heritage Publishers announced that South Africa was a few weeks away from a momentous occasion in book publishing. For the first time a publisher was collecting, researching, collating and recording many of the vast number of stories that together make Read more about Announcing the Release of the ‘Our Story’ Series[…]

Shoshangana

Shoshangana

Info: ISBN: 9780992228750 Price: 105.00 (ZAR) Shoshangana – Shoshangana was one of two vassal chiefs under Zwide Ka Langa who fled in the aftermath of the Battle of Mhlatuze River. This book tells his story and the emergence of the AmaShangaan/Tsonga nation.