In the third book on Moshoeshoe, we find out how this great statesman consolidates the Basotho nation. This did not always go smoothly and he encountered many obstacles along the way. In this extract, we read about the beginning of the end for the Basotho as the Boers invade their country, and about an extraordinary Read more about Week #20 Moshoeshoe 3: Peacemaker[…]
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[…]
The third book of four about Mzilikazi tells how the Great Bull Elephant settles into his new Great Kraal where Pretoria North is today. He was not going to be able to rest there for too long, for other groups of people began to move across the land. In this extract read about the visit Read more about Week #18 Mzilikazi 3: The Great Bull Elephant[…]
In the second book of four, we find out that Mzilikazi built three large military kraals where Pretoria North is now. Read more about this great feat, and where he got the labour that he needed to do the hard work. Buy the City Press each Sunday for an extract from the Our Story series. Read more about Week #17 Mzilikazi 2: The Roving Conqueror[…]
The first nine extracts from the Our Story series in City Press was so well received that it was extended by another six weeks. Then we decided to include an extract from a forthcoming publication, making sixteen weeks of extracts from sixteen books. The stories are so popular that, together with City Press, the extracts Read more about Celebrating SA’s heritage[…]
After a bitterly cold night, something other than the cold slipped down the mountains and into the village of the sleeping Batlokwa. Mpangazitha and the Ngwane attacked at dawn, and the rising sun was soon blood red in the smoke of burning huts. Part 1 of the story of Manthatisi and Sekonyela will be published Read more about Week #16 Manthatisi and Sekonyela[…]
Mhlontlo, son of Prince Matiwane of the amaMpondomise, was said to have inherited the magical powers of his grandfather. He survived the burning of an iphempe, a temporary shelter, when everybody was certain that he had been burnt to death. Much later, Mhlontlo was implicated in the death of Magistrate Hope. Buy the City Press Read more about Week #15 Hope’s War[…]
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[…]
The young Henry Francis Fynn, an intrepid adventurer, travels to meet the great King Shaka. When he was still a boy, Nandi (Shaka’s mother) was exiled from the Zulu tribe and went to live with the eLangeni tribe. As a man, Shaka never forgot those who had injured his mother and himself, and he was Read more about Week #13 Meeting Shaka[…]
Nghunghunyani was sent into exile together with other political prisoners. His children, Godide, Buyisonto and Mulungo were sent with him to the Azores islands. Waiting for deportation under a tree outside the fort in Maputo, the prisoners were heckled by people passing by. Buy the City Press each Sunday for an extract from the Our Read more about Week #12 Nghunghunyani[…]
As he grew older, Muzila’s father, Soshangana, became suspicious of diviners and began to persecute them. Buy the City Press each Sunday for an extract from the Our Story series. See the link below for the Muzila the Survivor extract which was published on 9 October 2016.
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[…]
The black stadt of Mahikeng was also badly affected during the siege of Mafeking. Refugees poured in from the mines near Johannesburg, as well as from the neighbouring farms. It was well known that the Boers didn’t like Mafeking or the Barolong. At first, Baden-Powell did not include the stadt when he prepared the town’s Read more about Week #9 Siege of Mafeking[…]
The story of Dimbanyika and the Vhavenda goes back hundreds and hundreds of years, tied up in stories told by the elders. The legend of Ngoma Lungundu tells of an illness that ravaged an ancient city and that people fled in all directions to escape the epidemic. We do not know if that city was Read more about Week #8 Dimbanyika: First Vhavenda King[…]
Kgosi Maleboho was so distraught at being captured by the British that he threw himself into the fire. He was pulled out by his captors, but had to be tied up after he tried to do it a second time. So it was that the prisoners, Maleboho and the men with him, were taken to Read more about Week #7 Siege of Leboho[…]
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[…]
Even though he was destined to be chief, the young Maqoma herded cattle along with the other boys of his village. He proved to be an excellent hunter, and when he wore the leopard skin of a chief, it was that of one that he had hunted himself. His leadership skills became apparent when he Read more about Week #5 Maqoma- Founder of the AmaJingqi[…]
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[…]
Once a trusted general, Mzilikazi forced Shaka’s hand by defying him. Not able to withstand ongoing conflict with the great Shaka, Mzilikazi is forced to embark on what is now called his ‘Great Road’. Buy the City Press each Sunday for an extract from the Our Story series. See the link below for the Mzilikazi Read more about Week #3 Mzilikazi 1: A Khumalo Prince[…]
Shoshangana (also spelt as Soshangana) applied the scorched earth policy – a tactic he had learnt from Dingane and Shaka – between KwaZuu-Natal and the southern part of Mozambique. The pursuing Zulu were badly affected as they crossed the dead and barren land. Burnt crops and dead cattle offered no food, and some starving warriors Read more about Week #2 Shoshangana[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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.
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[…]
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. Click here to watch the interview.
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[…]
The Battle of Mhlatuze River – The Battle of Mhlatuze River was one which had a significant impact that rippled far beyond the land of the Zulu, where it took place. This battle had consequences which are evident to this day.
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[…]