Revive an African classic

Books by many of South Africa's most famous writers have disappeared. Some were banned during apartheid's censorship, others went out of print and now live only in libraries or museums. Even there, only a handful of copies sometimes exist. We call these "ghost books", because you hear about them, but you never actually see them.

That means that some of South Africa's earliest indigenous-language literature is impossible to find. When the books aren't available, they fade from memory.

We're working to bring these books back to life. We're identifying classic South African books that have entered the public domain, and working with publishers on reprints of more recent books.

 

Right now we're working on finding the works of John Dube, and creating new digital and print editions.

Help us find his writings and get them into libraries where everyone can read them.

It costs about R20,000 to get complete the whole process. 

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