MPUMALANGA was created after the democratic transition in 1994, but the region it encompasses has a very rich history. This book rediscovers and celebrates the province’s past, and makes it accessible to a broader public.
The text has been written by Prof Peter Delius of the University of the Witwatersrand, who is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s leading historians; and Michelle Hay, a prize-winning student in history at Wits University, currently studying for a master’s degree at Oxford University.
The book is based on MPUMALANGA: HISTORY and HERITAGE (2007), a longer and more scholarly review of the province’s past, written by a team of academics headed by Prof Delius. In its end of year literature review, the Mail & Guardian named this volume the most important non-fiction book of 2007.
The full-length history was richly illustrated. Additional image research has been done for this volume, adding stunning photographs and other images — some of which have never been published – to an already lavish collection.
Publication of the book has been facilitated by the Mpumalanga Provincial Government.
’Powerful text and unforgettable images … opens up a fascinating region to a broader public.’ – Philip Bonner, professor of history, Wits University
‘A treasure trove for tourists, educators, scholars, and interested members of the public.’ – Thabang Makwetla, former Premier, Mpumalanga