Johannesburg Pioneer Journals 1888 – 1909 edited by Maryna Fraser, published by the Van Riebeeck Society Cape Town 1985, Second Series no 16. This is an elegant well presented volume and an excellent item of Johannesburg history. The Van Riebeeck Society was well known for its reproductions of choice Africana diaries, travel books, memoirs and biographies. This volume marked the centenary of Johannesburg and brought to light four early eye witness accounts of life in the mining town between 1888 and 1909. Charles Du Val was a theatre man, from an Irish family who settled in England. Du Val travelled through South Africa, performing, observing and writing about his experiences. His series of four articles were published in “the Weekly Irish Times” in Dublin and give his impressions of life in early Johannesburg.
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Annette van den Heever – Philobiblon issue No.10 of January 1994
The cataloguing of a private library has an aura of adventure and excitement of discovery which is missing from the cataloguing of books in the ordinary lending or University Libraries. It was, therefore, with a feeling of expectation, albeit mixed with trepidation, that I started the cataloguing of the Library of Cecil John Rhodes at Groote Schuur during 1972.
Let’s face it, among billions of very ordinary people, most of average intelligence and abilities, there is always a scattering of truly extraordinary folk, people gifted with one or more talents that tower so far above their contemporaries, that they become legends.
Justice O’Regan retired last term from the South African Constitutional Court (to which she was appointed by Nelson Mandela when it was first constituted in 1994). She will teach for the BCL/Mjur course on Socio-Economic Rights and Substantive Equality.