Load Shedding: Writing on and Over the Edge of South Africa

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Liz McGregor, Sarah Nuttall
Jonathan Ball, 2009 - Social Science - 250 pages
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South Africa is not an easy place in which to live. Soaring crime levels, xenophobia, rampant corruption, and the rise to power of the controversial Jacob Zuma all signal the end of the dream years. A new personal resilience is needed to cope with a new political uncertainty. "Load Shedding", successor to "At Risk", is a collection of non-fiction stories by some of South Africa's pre-eminent authors, journalists and commentators that reveal how we live under pressure. They cover subjects as diverse as love and family, death and dying, ethnic panic, war envy, sexual abuse and being Zulu in the time of Zuma. Written during the nation's period of load shedding, both electrical and psychological, these personal accounts shine new light on our contemporary South African World.

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About the author (2009)

Liz McGregor is a veteran author and journalist who started off her career on leading South African newspapers including the Sunday Times and the Rand Daily Mail. Her other books are Touch, Pause, Engage! Exploring the Heart of South African Rugby, Khabzela: The Life and Times of a South African and she is the co-editor of At Risk: Writing On and Over the Edge of South Africa and Load Shedding.

Sarah Nuttall is a senior researcher at WISER.

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