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NEWS | Review of Traditional fishing methods of Africa | POSTED 25 November 2016

 

Review of Traditional fishing methods of Africa, Mike Bruton, Cambridge University Press, 2016

Every now and then, I come upon a book that I just want to eat, it’s so delicious and offers such unusual delights.  Traditional fishing methods of Africa is perhaps an unlikely title for achieving this level of enjoyment, but Mike Bruton, a gifted scientist and public educator who has specialized in ichthyology in Africa for decades, has managed to take one of the more arcane areas of world knowledge and make it essential reading.  Reading the book, I found myself identifying closely with the story about fishing in Africa.  I revelled in learning about the wide and inventive variety of fishing equipment and practice used by peoples from many regions of the vast continent of Africa.  I was happy to try out some of the sidebar quizzes and I committed to memory lists of plants used for fishing traps and poisons derived from plants, scorpions and snakes.  The ecological discussion was rich and refreshingly unconventional.  I learned that fish populations are protected not only by taboos but also by the mere presence of crocodiles and hippopotamus.  Illustrated with excellent photos and beautifully designed, this is a book for all ages and all levels of education.  Student learners, teachers, parents and children, and government policy leaders – I recommend this book to everyone.

Hooley McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
Retired, Vice President of Science Experience
& Chief Science Officer
at the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada

 

About the book

Traditional fishing methods of Africa
Series: Indigenous Knowledge Library
Paperback ISBN: 9781107561878
Order it here


NEWS | Nickelodeon Genius | POSTED 15 November 2016

Nickelodeon Genius competition:

Congratulations to all the winners from each region who participated in the Nickelodeon Genius competition!
The top two finalists of each region received R10.000 worth of books from Cambridge University Press for their school 


 Gauteng South: 

  • Hyde Park high school 
  • I.R. Griffith Primary School 

Free State

  • Bethlehem Voortrekker Hoerskool
  • St Andrew's School

KwaZulu-Natal

  • Northdene Preparatory School
  • Durban Girls' High School

Western Cape

  • Curro Durbanville High School
  • Glenwood House Preparatory School

Eastern Cape 

  • Malherbe High School 
  • Grey Junior School

 


 
NEWS | Book Launch | POSTED 14 October 2016

Book Launch: The Emergence of the South African Metropolis
by Vivian Bickford-Smith

Cambridge University Press in association with The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of our new African Edition: The Emergence of the South African Metropolis on 20 October 2016
 

About the book:
Focusing on South Africa’s three main cities - Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban - this book explores South African urban history from the late nineteenth century onwards. In particular, it examines the metropolitan perceptions and experiences of both black and white South Africans, as well as those of visitors, especially visitors from Britain and North America. Drawing on a rich array of city histories, travel writing, novels, films, newspapers, radio and television programs, and oral histories, Vivian Bickford-Smith focuses on the consequences of the depictions of the South African metropolis and the ‘slums’ they contained, and especially on how senses of urban belonging and geography helped create and reinforce South African ethnicities and nationalisms. This ambitious and pioneering account, spanning more than a century, will be welcomed by scholars and students of African history, urban history, and historical geography.

 

 Date: Thursday, 20 October 2016
 Time: 18:00 for 18:30
 Venue: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
 Speakers: John Maytham of Cape Talk Radio will be in conversation with Vivian Bickford-Smith

 RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com or 021 462 2425

 

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NEWS | Posted 16 September 2016 | International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
 

Can hamburgers cause global warming?

An extract from  the Rainbow Reading fact book by Tali Bruk
 

Do you know that what people do in their own country can affect someone right on the other side of the world? What people do now can also change the way their grandchildren will live.

The United States of America (USA) is the largest country in North America. Do you think that people eating hamburgers in the USA will have an impact on global warming? Maybe.

Did you know that, on average, people in the USA eat about three hamburgers a week? There are over 300 million people living in the USA. That means 900 million hamburgers are being eaten every week, and 46 800 million hamburgers are being eaten every year.

A hamburger is made from beef. In the USA,most of the red meat is imported from South America. The farming of red meat uses a lot of land. Farmland in South America is scarce because much of South America is covered in rainforests. So,many of these forests are cut and burned to make way for cattle farms.

Forests are important for maintaining the Earth’s atmosphere as the trees release oxygen into the atmosphere and absorb carbon dioxide. They also reduce the temperature.Cattle, on the other hand, release carbon dioxide out their mouths when they breathe, and methane gas comes out of the other end!

Both carbon dioxide and methane are greenhouse gases. Cattle-farming is responsible for about a fifth of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions. More than you get from cars!

So the farming of cattle is likely to make the world hotter. Do you think that means people should eat fewer hamburgers?

About the book: Can hamburgers cause global warming?

9780521744836Can Hamburgers Cause Global Warming? is about the environmental crisis currently facing the world. The book explores how human activities are causing large amounts of greenhouse gases to be emitted into the earth's atmosphere. This is resulting in global warming, which affects the earth's weather patterns. Can hamburgers cause global warming? shows how our actions are interconnected and affect everyone around the planet.

Title: Can hamburgers cause global warming?
Series: RAINBOW READING LEVEL 7 Energy and change (Readers)
ISBN: 9780521744836
Author: Tali Bruk
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Level: Level 7 Violet Box C
Theme: Energy and Change
Type: Read alone 
Applicable Grades/Level: 6,7
Publication Language: English
Format: Paperback
Type: Reader

Order this title here

 
 
ANNOUNCEMENT | Wonder Thabo Chabalala | POSTED 28 November 2016

Wonder Thabo Chabalala

It is with a tremendous sense of shock and sadness that we report the tragic and sudden passing of our dear colleague Wonder Thabo Chabalala, Retail Services Manager at the African Branch of Cambridge University Press.

We have been informed that Wonder was involved in a fatal water-related accident on Elgin Dam, near Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday 27 November 2016. Not all of the details are yet known, but we have been advised that his family have been informed.

Our solemn thoughts and prayers go out to Wonder’s family and many friends who, like us, are still grief-stricken by this most devastating news.

Alan Vesty
Market Development Manager

 


NEWS | Book Launch | POSTED 21 September 2015

Book Launch: Political Identity and Conflict in Central Angola, 1975–2002

Justin Pearce's new book was successfully launched at WISER, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on 6 September 2015. Justin's thought-provoking overview was followed by commentaries from Angolan experts Rafael Marques and Claudia Gastrow as well as an open  discussion with the audience that drew out key themes from the book.

Cape Town Launch: We are delighted to announce that a launch will take place in Cape Town at Clarke's Bookshop on Tuesday 29 September at 18h00. For further information, contact Marche Cowling, Academic Sales and Marketing on 021 412 7800 or email us at cambridge@cup.co.za .

 ‘This book is exceptional because of the hundreds of interviews Justin Pearce conducted with peasants loyal to both warring parties. Moreover, he is unique because he does not show a scintilla of preference between the MPLA and UNITA. Furthermore, he covers an interesting interregnum between the end of the war in 2002 and today.’ – Gerald Bender, Associate Professor Emeritus of International Relations, University of Southern CaliforniaISBN: 9781107438934

About the book

Political Identity and Conflict in Central Angola, 1975–2002 examines the internal politics of the war that divided Angola for more than a quarter-century after independence. Justin Pearce’s argument is based on original interviews with farmers and town dwellers, soldiers and politicians in Central Angola. He uses these to examine the ideologies about nation and state that elites deployed in pursuit of hegemony, and traces how people responded to these efforts at politicisation. The material presented here demonstrates the power of the ideas of state and nation in shaping perceptions of self-interest and determining political loyalty. Yet the book also shows how political allegiances could and did change in response to the experience of military force. In so doing, it brings the Angolan case to the centre of debates on conflict in post-colonial Africa and poses questions about the relationship between nation, state and political formations.

About the author

Justin Pearce, a graduate of UCT (university of Cape Town), worked as a journalist for more than a decade before starting the doctoral studies that led to his new book. The idea for the book, and his interest in Lusophone Africa, can be traced back to the two years he lived in Angola as a reporter for the BBC at the end of the civil war. The interviews that he conducted during that time, with people who had a strong sense of themselves as Angolan despite having had no contact with the Angolan state, raised the questions about political and national identity that he explores his book.

Justin is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Cambridge and a visiting research associate at WISER. His current research investigates the roots and the character of political legitimacy in contemporary Angola and Mozambique.

Buy the book

‘This book is exceptional because of the hundreds of interviews Justin Pearce conducted with peasants loyal to both warring parties. Moreover, he is unique because he does not show a scintilla of preference between the MPLA and UNITA. Furthermore, he covers an interesting interregnum between the end of the war in 2002 and today.’ – Gerald Bender, Associate Professor Emeritus of International Relations, University of Southern CaliforniaISBN: 9781107438934Title: Political Identity and Conflict in Central Angola, 1975–2002 
Author: Justin Pearce
ISBN: 9781107438934
Published: August 2015
Price: 
click here
Extent: 204 pages
Table of Contents: Introduction. 1. Anti-colonial mobilisation and the Portuguese exodus. 2. UNITA, 1975–6: from the cities to the 'Long March'. 3. The MPLA and urban state making. 4. Migration, relocation and identity . 5. UNITA in the Central Highlands, 1976–91. 6. UNITA at Jamba. 7. The war of the cities. 8. UNITA's last redoubts. 9. The Luena agreement and politics today.

 


 
NEWS | SABC EDUWEEK 2015 | POSTED 28 MAY 2015

 

Visit our stand at SABC EduWeek 2015

SABC EduWeek has moved to Gallagher Estate! Now entering its 9th year, African EduWeek 2015 will showcase over 120 local & international exhibitors, host 20 free-to-attend education seminars as well as over 70 technical workshops designed to enhance teacher training and development. Come and chat to representatives from Cambridge International Examinations and Cambridge University Press at the Cambridge Stand B3.


NEWS | BOOK LAUNCH CAPE TOWN | POSTED 8 MAY 2015

Cape Town: launch of The Politics of Heritage in Africa a resounding success

On Wednesday 6 May 2015, Clarke’s Bookstore in Cape Town was packed to capacity by academics and students alike, there in droves to attend our South African launch of The Politics of Heritage in Africa: Economies, Histories, and Infrastructures.

Editors Ciraj Rassool (University of the Western Cape) and Kodzo Gavua (University of Ghana), along with contributor Mbongiseni Buthelezi (University of Cape Town) spoke of the significance and complexity of heritage in Africa, drawing on recent and continuing tensions around heritage and redress at the University of Cape Town, along with the wider spate of xenophobic violence tempering South Africa. In addition to Rassool and Guava, the book is co-edited by Derek Peterson (University of Michigan), who was unable to attend the launch.

Multidisciplinary in scope, The Politics of Heritage in Africa links an understanding of politics and heritage in the African context, bringing together established and younger, up-and-coming African academics. Heritage practitioners, curators and museum specialists can draw insight from the study of certain pertinent sites of heritage and the application of heritage in post-Apartheid South Africa and Ghana. Scholars in History, African Studies, and Anthropology will also benefit from the perspectives in this timely publication.

The Politics of Heritage in Africa joins the list of titles in the African Editions series, which aims to bring together the best scholarship dealing with a diverse range of topics in an African context at an affordable price. 

The book will also be launched in Accra and in Paris later in the year. 

Speakers Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi (University of Cape Town), Prof. Kodzo Gavua (University of Ghana), and Prof. Ciraj Rassool (University of the Western Cape) drew an eager crowd to launch their latest work. Marché Cowling (Cambridge University Press) welcomed Prof. Kodzo Gavua (University of Ghana) who travelled from Ghana to speak at the launch. . Clarke’s Bookstore swiftly handled the queue of book-buying academics, students and practitioners.  

From left to right: (1.) Speakers Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi (University of Cape Town), Prof. Kodzo Gavua (University of Ghana), and Prof. Ciraj Rassool (University of the Western Cape) drew an eager crowd to launch their latest work. (2.) Marché Cowling (Cambridge University Press) welcomed Prof. Kodzo Gavua (University of Ghana) who travelled from Ghana to speak at the launch. (3.) Clarke’s Bookstore swiftly handled the queue of book-buying academics, students and practitioners.

About the Book

The Politics of Heritage in Africa: Economies, Histories, and Infrastructures

Edited by Derek Peterson, University of Michigan; Kodzo Gavua, University of Ghana; and Ciraj Rassool, University of the Western Cape

The Politics of Heritage in Africa Published: March 2015 Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback (also available in Hardback and e-Book formats)
ISBN: 9781107552302
Extent: 268 pages
Price: Click here 

Editors: Derek Peterson, University of Michigan; Kodzo Gavua, University of Ghana; and Ciraj Rassool, University of the Western Cape

The Politics of Heritage in Africa draws together disparate fields of study - history, archaeology, linguistics, the performing arts and cinema - to show how the lifeways of the past were made into capital, a store of authentic knowledge that political and cultural entrepreneurs could draw from. This book shows African heritage to be a mode of political organisation, a means by which the relics of the past are shored up, reconstructed and revalued as commodities, as tradition, as morality or as patrimony.

Article submitted by Kashief Gamieldien, Academic Marketing, Cambridge University Press 8 May 2015


 
NEWS | WORLD BOOK DAY 2015 | POSTED 23 APRIL 2015

Moving from thought to book

Celebrate World Book Day with us!

For a limited time, you can read a free version of From Thought to Book, a Level 7 Rainbow Reading title written by Reviva Schermbrucker. Using a mixture of text, illustrations and photographs, this book explains the process involved in writing and publishing a book, from the first time a writer has an idea, to the finished, printed book on the shelf.


Alternative Google Drive® version, click here

 

About Rainbow Reading

Rainbow Reading is a graded reading series for primary schools. It provides a wealth of original stories and factual texts, which will help learners to develop the reading skills and vocabulary they need to meet the requirements of the curriculum in all learning areas. All 350 titles in the series are written by South African authors. Rainbow Reading motivates young readers to become fluent readers, because it allows them to choose stories that they want to read and to read at their own level.

The Level 7 readers can be used in any grade in the Intermediate Phase, but they are best suited to learners in Grades 6 and 7, who are between 11 and 13 years old and who speak English as an additional language. Children who are learning English as an additional language, and who are learning other subjects through the medium of English, will need to consolidate their knowledge of vocabulary and language structures by reading English as often, and as much, as possible. The focus in Levels 5 to 7 is improving comprehension skills, encouraging reading for meaning, reading across the curriculum, reading for pleasure, and reading for a specific purpose - to find information. Non-fiction devices such as glossaries, indices, keys and other subject-appropriate features (such as maps) are introduced gradually with support.

This book explains the process involved in writing and publishing a book - from the first time a writer has an idea, to the finished, printed book on the shelf. Level: Level 7 Violet Box A Theme: Real Life Type: Read alone Title: From thought to book Series: RAINBOW READING LEVEL 7 Real life (Readers) ISBN: 9780521759601 Author: Reviva Schermbrucker Publisher: Cambridge University Press Applicable Grades/Level: 6,7 Publication Language: English Format: Paperback Type: ReaderTitle: From thought to book
Series: Rainbow Reading 
Paperback ISBN: 9780521759601
Author: Reviva Schermbrucker
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Current price: click here

NEWS | BOOK LAUNCH: THE POLITICS OF HERITAGE IN AFRICA | POSTED 1 MAY 2015

Book Launch: Cape Town 6 May 2015

Cambridge University Press in association with Clarke's Bookshop invites you to the launch of our new African Edition:

The Politics of Heritage in Africa: Economies, Histories, and Infrastructures

Edited by Derek Peterson, University of Michigan; Kodzo Gavua, University of Ghana; and Ciraj Rassool, University of the Western Cape

The Politics of Heritage in Africa draws together disparate fields of study - history, archaeology, linguistics, the performing arts and cinema - to show how the lifeways of the past were made into capital, a store of authentic knowledge that political and cultural entrepreneurs could draw from. This book shows African heritage to be a mode of political organisation, a means by which the relics of the past are shored up, reconstructed and revalued as commodities, as tradition, as morality or as patrimony.

Date: Wednesday, 6th May 2015
Time: 17:30 for 18:00
Venue: Clarke's Bookshop, 199 Long Street, Cape Town
Speakers: Ciraj Rassool, Professor of History and Director of the African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies, University of the Western Cape; Kodzo Gavua, Associate Professor of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana; and Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi, Senior Researcher, Centre for Law and Society, University of Cape Town

Light refreshments will be served.

 

RSVP: Kashief Gamieldien on 021 412 7829 or email cambridge@cup.co.za

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NEWS | BOOK SALE 2015 CAPE TOWN | POSTED 03 MARCH 2015

Cambridge Book Sale (Cape Town)

Cambridge Book SaleBOOK SALE! The Cape Town office of Cambridge University Press is holding a book sale on selected academic, ELT and education titles. The sale starts at 8am on Monday 9 March, and ends at 5pm on Friday 13 March. Come and browse through all the interesting titles on sale between 8am and 4:30pm at our offices in Granger Bay, very near to the V&A Waterfront. Click here for our address details.

 

 


 

NEWS | WORLD AIDS DAY 2014 | POSTED 1 DECEMBER 2014

 

World AIDS Day 2014

UNAIDS reports that the number of new HIV infections among children in the 21 priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa dropped to under 200 000 in 2013.

This is a 43% decline in the number of new HIV infections among children in these 21 countries since 2009. Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS cautions “Now we have five years to break it for good or risk the epidemic rebounding out of control.” Read more


NEWS | OXFORD-CAMBRIDGE PADDLE TO READ DRAGON BOAT RACE 2014 | POSTED 18 NOVEMBER 2014

Why we need to Paddle to Read

The aim of the annual Oxford-Cambridge Paddle to Read Dragon Boat Race is to raise funds and awareness for literacy and language enrichment projects in South Africa.

According to the 2012 General Household Survey compiled by Statistics South Africa, the national adult literacy rate is comparatively high at 92,9%. On the other hand, the Annual National Assessments of learners undertaken by the Department of Basic Education paint a very different picture of the state of literacy in the country. In the 2013 ANA results, the average literacy score amongst Grade Six children was 46% for first additional language, and 59% for home language.

These are children who are on the verge of leaving primary school and who are still not fully able to ‘read to learn’. The Shine Centre, a non-profit organisation that provides support in literacy and language enrichment to children in Grades 2 and 3 states: “Research shows that children who have not mastered age appropriate language and literacy skills by the end of their Grade Four year are placed at an extreme disadvantage, as there is little or no support for this at schools in the higher grades. This has a negative ‘knock-on’ effect on learning in all subjects, and often leads to children leaving school at the end of Grade Nine, functionally illiterate, unemployable, and only able to make a limited contribution in their communities and in society at large.”

For the past four years, staff from the South African offices of Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press have gone paddle-to-paddle in a dragon boat race that evokes the traditions and rivalry associated with the Boat Race held by their parent universities on the Thames River. The 2014 Paddle to Read event takes place on 29 November at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. See the below link for further details.

Buy a Paddle to Read raffle ticket – help us to inspire a rainbow nation of readers!

No matter which paddling team you plan to support on 29 November, the real winners of the Oxford-Cambridge Paddle to Read Dragon Boat Race are all the additional young children from disadvantaged communities that The Shine Centre will be able to reach out to as a result of funds raised through corporate sponsorships of the event and the sale of raffle tickets by the staff of both Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press.

First Prize: Apple iPad Mini
Second Prize: R1000 V&A Waterfront gift voucher
Third Prize: R500 meal voucher for two from Den Anker Restaurant.

Visit our Oxford-Cambridge Paddle to Read feature page for more information.

 


NEWS | BOOK LAUNCH | POSTED 25 SEPTEMBER 2014

Book Launch: Fossils for Africa

Cambridge University Press and Iziko Museums of South Africa cordially invite you to attend the launch of the latest title in our Indigenous Knowledge Library series, Fossils for Africa by Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan.

Date: Saturday, 11 October 2014
Time: 14:30 – 16:30
Venue: Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town.
Map: Click here to view map
RSVP: Judith Yeko at 021 412 7821 or jyeko@cambridge.org by Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Free entry with printed invitation only. (Click here to download and print the invite)

Fossils for Africa explores Africa’s incredibly rich fossil heritage and shows the importance of these fossils in unraveling the history of life on Earth. Right here in Africa we have evidence of the earliest traces of life, dating to about 3.8 billion years, when life on Earth was still single-celled and microbial. [ Read more - get free sample content ]

 

 


NEWS | GUEST ARTICLE | POSTED 5 SEPTEMBER 2014

Children's Author Lesley Beake: "What’s your favourite book?"

What’s your favourite book? It’s one of the security questions asked when you want to log on to a secure website and it gives me so much trouble that I had to write the answer down somewhere (safe) because it changes all the time. It is an interesting question, particularly in the context of what children enjoy reading. What works for one won’t interest the child in at the next desk; what fascinates a Grade 4 does nothing for a Grade 3 of similar reading ability.

The secret of getting children to read is so damn obvious but it appears to have remained a secret from many so-called educational experts. Give children bright, colourful, well-written, exciting books – and give them a choice. Give them the opportunity to say: ‘I don’t like that one – I prefer this one.’ Just like adults do. Give them age-appropriate books with careful vocabulary (but careful also to challenge and stimulate language abilities). Give them, above all, BOOKS!

We have plenty of books in South Africa. Mysteriously, we don’t have so many in our schools. Answering the question: ‘Why not?’ would take more than the scope of this article, but the fact is that many, if not most, of our children are starved of reading that makes any sense to them, hungry for stories that interest them and thirsty for books they can read and actually enjoy, for fun.

Children’s Book Network makes extensive use of the Cambridge Rainbow Readers because they tick all the above boxes, but mostly because they pull their weight in a workshop setting.  Partly, they work because they are so well filed and organised. Recent workshops on Music and Books made use of titles on topics as different as an audition for a musical, creating a band and a non-fiction book about recording and sound - all Rainbow Readers. They were easy to source. The system of subject-related boxes of books makes it easy to select a book for any topic (no matter how spontaneously it arises) and reinforce that message with other Rainbow books that are different in every way, but which keep on delivering the message that reading is fun, reading is good – and reading is something we should all be doing more.

We have now introduced a section in workshops – after the practical and excitingly hands-on bits, when the participants are a bit tired and relaxed – when everybody just takes a book and finds a place – and reads. Some read to each other (reading aloud is surprisingly popular amongst children who don’t read much) and some cuddle up with a facilitator to enjoy a story. For ten minutes, maybe longer, there is peace – and peace is something we don’t associate with CBN workshops, which are quite exhilarating. It is also a quiet time for the exhausted facilitators to lean against a handy wall and reflect that this was, actually, what we came for.

Lesley Beake 13 August 2014

From the CBN team: It has to be said that Lesley Beake, author of this article, wrote several of the books in the Rainbow Reading series and we do use some of those too. But that has nothing to do with her general approval of the series as a whole. This is an excellent series that deserves to be much better known. We particularly like them in a workshop situation because they are the right length – a story can be read as a whole within the sometimes short attention span of the listeners.

 

Explore the Rainbow Reading series

Rainbow Reading is a graded reading series for primary schools. It provides a wealth of original stories and factual texts, which will help learners to develop the reading skills and vocabulary they need to meet the requirements of the curriculum in all learning areas.

All 350 titles in the series are written by South African authors. Rainbow Reading motivates young readers to become fluent readers, because it allows them to choose stories that they want to read and to read at their own level.

In each of the seven levels, the titles are clustered into themes that match key learning areas found in primary school curricula. In each of the seven levels of the Rainbow Reading series, there are 10 titles with language and literacy themes, 10 with mathematics themes, 10 with life, earth or physical science themes, 10 with social science themes and 10 readers with arts and culture themes.

>>Find out more<<


NEWS | DIGITAL PUBLISHING | POSTED 11 AUGUST 2014

Cambridge partners with Worldreader to bring books to mobile phones in Africa

The Press’s African Branch has recently partnered with the non-governmental organization (NGO) Worldreader to make 390 e-Books freely available to readers in countries across Africa.

Worldreader, an international NGO with offices in San Francisco, Barcelona and across Africa, aims to use technology to increase literacy. They do this through an e-reading app, hosted on biNu which can be accessed by anyone with a mobile phone. biNu is an app that gives basic mobile feature phones fast, cheap and easy access to the internet as well as apps.

From August 2014, readers in the developing world will have access to the Cambridge African Language Library through Worldreader, using a device they already own and without the need of an e-reader, tablet or smart phone. Worldreader makes thousands of books and stories available in a wide variety of genres and languages as well as providing potentially life-saving information on HIV/AIDS, malaria and other important health issues.

In 2013 an average of 330,000 monthly active users completed 650,000 books on Worldreader Mobile. biNu is a cloud-based application that provides smartphone capabilities and access to Web 2.0 services on feature phones, which is a basic phone that can access a browser and run Java applications. Feature phones are the largest segment of the global mobile market, with 60 per cent market share and over 5 billion mobile subscribers.

Literacy has the power to transform people’s lives by increasing earning potential, decreasing inequality, improving health outcomes and breaking the cycle of poverty. Yet there are 740 million illiterate people in the world and 250 million children of primary school age who lack basic reading and writing skills.

A recent report by UNESCO, Reading in the mobile era: A study of mobile reading in developing countries, highlights the importance of using mobile devices to encourage a culture of reading by providing access to books to people who previously had none. Mobile reading is opening up ‘new pathways to literacy for marginalized groups, particularly women and girls, and others who may not have access to paper books’. An encouraging trend, identified in the report, is that many mobile readers are actually reading to children from their phones.

The Cambridge African Language Library is a primary reading series that aims to promote literacy in the mother tongue. Titles are available in over 30 indigenous African languages from countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Cameroon and Zimbabwe. These titles have been converted to ePub and are freely available to readers through the Worldreader app.

Funding was received through Worldreader to facilitate this access, for a set time period. Congratulations to the team at the Press involved in making this important project happen.

Niall McNulty
Digital Publisher
Cambridge University Press South Africa

 

 


VACANCIES | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER | POSTED 08 AUGUST 2014

Vacancy: Business Development Manager (Cape Town)

Cambridge University Press, one of the world's leading book publishers with an outstanding reputation for excellence in educational publishing, has a position for a Business Development Manager available at its African Branch in Cape Town.

Reporting to the Sales and Marketing Director, this position involves managing the Marketing Department and identifying new business opportunities in southern Africa.

The successful candidate should:

  • be able to develop and sustain systems and procedures to ensure the optimal efficient running of the Marketing Department.
  • communicate effectively within the Marketing Department and engage with other related departments within the company
  • have the appropriate research skills necessary to identify new markets
  • be able to leverage corporate and NGO budgets through effective negotiation to ensure that sales targets are met.
  • be able to manage projects within budget and to deadline

Requirements for this position include:

  • Sales and Marketing experience (preferably in Education Publishing)
  • a suitable tertiary qualification
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • a valid driver’s licence and the ability to do extensive travelling within the southern African region

A knowledge of the southern African Education markets would be advantageous

Please fax or email your CV together with a letter of application, motivating your suitability for the advertised position to Judith Yeko at 021 419 0594 or jyeko@cambridge.org  by Friday, 15 August 2014.


 
VACANCIES | RECEPTIONIST | POSTED 07 AUGUST 2014

Vacancy: Receptionist (Cape Town)

Cambridge University Press, one of the world's leading book publishers with an outstanding reputation for excellence in educational publishing, has a position for a Receptionist available at its African Branch in Cape Town.

Reporting to the Customer Services Manager, the incumbent would be responsible for providing a professional, efficient and effective frontline service that will enhance the image of the organisation.

Key responsibilities include:

• receiving visitors, suppliers and customers
• operating the switchboard
• managing and directing enquiries to the necessary departments
• managing courier traffic
• handling bookings for meeting rooms
• handling petty cash
• compiling telephone and access control reports
• managing internal maintenance issues
• ordering stationery
• assisting with administrative duties as required.

Requirements for this position include:

• a Senior Certificate with at least two years relevant experience in an office or customer service environment
• excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
• excellent interpersonal skills
• a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office
• strong organisational and administrative skills
• a professional appearance and clear speaking voice
• a valid driving licence (advantageous).

Please fax or email your CV together with a letter of application, motivating your suitability for the advertised position to Anthea Williams at 021 419 0594 or ajwilliams@cambridge.org by Wednesday, 20 August 2014.


 
VACANCIES | DIGITAL MARKETING ASSISTANT | POSTED 30 JULY 2014

Vacancy: Digital Marketing Assistant (Cape Town)

Cambridge University Press, one of the world's leading book publishers with an outstanding reputation for excellence in educational publishing, has a position for a Digital Marketing Assistant available at its African Branch in Cape Town.

Reporting to the Digital Marketing Manager, this position involves the administration of the digital marketing assets and campaigns of the African Branch of Cambridge University Press.

Key responsibilities:

  • Website administration
  • Planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation of integrated digital campaigns
  • Database development, information and digital asset management
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Market and consumer research
  • Analytics, reporting and general marketing administration
  • Digital sales support and training
  • Drafting of marketing communications

Requirements for this position include:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • High level of computer literacy and proficiency in MS Office software
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • A tertiary marketing qualification
  • A valid South African Driver’s Licence

Prior experience and/or recognised certifications in digital marketing theory and application would be advantageous.

Please fax or email your CV together with a letter of application, motivating your suitability for the advertised position to Judith Yeko at 021 419 0594 or jyeko@cambridge.org  by Friday, 15 August 2014.


 
EVENT | BOOK LAUNCH | POSTED 04 JULY 2014

Book Launch: Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa - Symbols or Substance?

Professor Vinodh Jaichand, Head of the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg cordially invites you to the launch of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa - Symbols or Substance?

Guest Speaker: Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Constitutional Court of South Africa

Date: Thursday 31 July 2014
Time: 18h00 for 18h30
Venue: Chalsty Auditorium, Chalsty Teaching and Conference Centre, School of Law, West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg
RSVP: Contact Asma Ooni at Wits on 011 717 8437 by latest 28 July 2014.

About the Book

Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa - Symbols or Substance?

Published: January 2014 Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
ISBN 9781107021143 (also available as an e-Book)
Extent: 485 pages

Editors: Malcolm Langford, Universitetet i Oslo; Ben Cousins, University of the Western Cape, South Africa; Jackie Dugard, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Tshepo Madlingozi, University of Pretoria

The embrace of socio-economic rights in South Africa has featured prominently in scholarship on constitution making, legal jurisprudence and social mobilisation. But the development has attracted critics who claim that this turn to rights has not generated social transformation in practice.

This book sets out to assess one part of the puzzle and asks what has been the role and impact of socio-economic strategies used by civil society actors. Focusing on a range of socio-economic rights and national trends in law and political economy, the book's authors show how socio-economic rights have influenced the development of civil society discourse and action.

The evidence suggests that some strategies have achieved material and political impact but this is conditional on the nature of the claim, degree of mobilisation and alliance building, and underlying constraints.

Contributors: Malcolm Langford, Stuart Wilson, Jackie Dugard, Sandra Liebenberg, Tshepo Madlingozi, Adam Habib, Ben Cousins, Ruth Hall, Peris Jones, Nyasha Chingore, Beth Goldblatt, Solange Rosa, Rachel Wynberg, David Fig, Kristina Bentley, Richard Calland, Liesl Gerntholtz, Jennifer MacLeod, Tara Polzer Ngwato, Zaheera Jinnah

 


COMPETITION | CAMBRIDGE CROSSWORD CHALLENGE | POSTED 10 JUNE 2014

Test your knowledge of books and publishing - try our Cambridge Crossword Challenge!

Share a photo of the completed crossword on our Facebook page and stand a chance to win a Cambridge Dictionary - see below for more details.

Download a PDF version of this crossword (ideal for A4 printing)

Across
1.
a book that has a stiff cover
4. an alphabetical list, such as one printed at the back of a book
7. to make information available to people, especially in a book, magazine or newspaper
8. a person who reads a lot (informal)
9. a machine that is used for printing: a printing _______
11. a person whose job is to check text before it is printed or put online
14. a person who corrects or changes pieces of text or film before they are printed or shown
16. the legal right to control the production and selling of a book, play, film, photograph, or piece of music
17. a book with a cover made of thin card

Down
2.
a book that contains a list of words in alphabetical order and that explains their meanings
3. the original copy of a book or article before it is published
4. a person who draws pictures, especially for books
5. a building, room or organization that has a collection, especially of books
6. a written text that can be published in print or electronic form
10. a person or company that sells books
12. the writer of a book, article, play etc.
13. the narrow strip where the cover of a book is joined to the pages
15. a payment made to writers every time their books are bought

The solution will be posted on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/CUPAfricanBranch on 17 June 2014.

WIN A CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY!


Share a photo of your completed crossword on our Facebook page
and stand a chance to win a Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary with CD-ROM!
  • Winners will be announced daily on our Facebook Page.
  • Competition ends 16 June 2014.

The clues to this crossword puzzle are taken from the clear definitions found in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. With over 140,000 words, phrases, meanings and examples, plus hundreds of pictures and illustrations, this dictionary is perfect as a reference tool and as a study companion. The CD-ROM contains the complete dictionary and recordings in British and American English.

Now also available - the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary Fourth Edition

 

 


FEATURE | RAINBOW READING | POSTED 05 JUNE 2014

World Environment Day 5 June 2014

Did you know that our Rainbow Reading series for primary schools contains ten graded readers based on the theme Rubbish?

Rubbish ( Level 4 Rainbow Reading boxed set of ten stories and a Teacher's Guide)Rainbow Reading Level 4 Box E: Rubbish
Suitable for Grade 3 to 4 learners

Level 4 Rainbow Reading books are either 16 or 24 pages long and are based on familiar objects and actions. Many stories feature children the same age as the readers. The non-fiction (fact and information) books at this level provide a rich source of subject vocabulary around different themes, and introduce devices such as glossaries, indexes, keys and other subject-appropriate features.

The five boxed sets in Level 4 also contain comprehensive teacher's guides which provides support for teaching reading and book skills at this level, as well as guidance for each book, including key vocabulary, text features, phonics, sentence types and suggested activities.

 

Rummage through the books in the Rainbow Reading Rubbish Box:

Art From Rubbish A boy narrates this simple story about a bottle that he finds. He takes it home, cleans it up and stores his marbles in it, and then his money. One day he decides to play music on it, along with other bottles and jars in his mother's collection. But he breaks all the jars with his
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