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Steering by the Stars | Current Affairs & Issues

Mamphela Ramphele

Sixteen teenagers grew up in New Crossroads, Cape Town, in the 1990s. A decade later, they find themselves in markedly different circumstances. Bulelwa, for instance, has a successful career in town and Bulelani is completing a tertiary education. But Phalo has been killed in a gang fight. What has made the difference?

As someone who herself rose above grave beginnings to achieve great success, Dr Mamphela Ramphele has a passionate interest in the risks our young people face and the strategies they choose to overcome them. In Steering by the Stars, she lets the youngsters speak for themselves. What emerges is the raw truth about South Africa.

In the light of the young people’s stories, the author critically examines the vital institutions in our society: the family, the school and the community, providing startling insights into the challenges facing urban African society in the aftermath of apartheid. She does not shy away from awkward issues like corporal punishment, jealousy and resentment towards those more successful, harmful traditional customs, sexual abuse and the new class boundaries in black society.

Deeply touching and thought provoking, Steering by the Stars gives voice to the young of our townships as never before.

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Steering by the Stars | Current Affairs & Issues


Author: Mamphela Ramphele
Category: Current Affairs & Issues
ISBN: 9780624040965
Date Released: 02 October 2002
Price (incl. VAT): R 285.00
Format: Softcover, 176 pp + 8 pp full colour photo section

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Mamphela Ramphele


Dr Mamphela Ramphele is a medical doctor and anthropologist who first rose to prominence as a student, when she was a vocal member of the Black Consciousness...