30 Degrees South Publishers
30° South Publishers was formed in South Africa in 2005, with the express purpose of publishing African history and military history with a particular focus on Southern Africa. The topics are presented in a wide variety of formats, from personal memoirs to regimental histories and academic treatises, all accessible and all educational and entertaining
Footprints Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780994656117
Pub Date: 29 Feb 2016
Illustrations: 80 b/w illustrations, 1 map
“This book is a story of success, of the triumph of man over a wilderness; of the triumph of science over disease; of the conversion of a Valley of Death into a paradise. It tells of the shaping of one of the cornerstones of South Africa from a stone which the earlier builders not only rejected, but found an almost insurmountable obstacle. It tells of men and women of all races, principally Boer, Briton and Hollander, toiling against great odds, some for sheer love of adventure, some for wealth or personal advantage, some with a true desire for the common weal; of some who came and shortly went their ways elsewhere; of many who closed their lives here in a twilight of apparently hopeless failure; of some few who lived through the later stages of travail and of hardship to see at last, ‘The stubborn thistle bursting into glossy purples, richer than the most voluptuous garden roses’.
Mzee Ali Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781928211631
Pub Date: 29 Feb 2016
Illustrations: 2 x b/w photos, 2 x maps
‘Mzee’ is the Swahili word for an ‘old timer’, a respected elder. Mzee Ali Kalikilima was born near the present-day town of Tabora in western Tanzania, probably in the 1870s—there is mention of ‘The Doctor’, Dr David Livingstone—to black Muslim parents of noble birth. Aged 14, Ali led his first slaving safari to the shores of Lake Tanganyika and thence, with his caravan of captured slaves and ivory, through the malaria-, tsetse fly- and lion-infested wilds, to the Arab markets of Dar es Salaam, some 1,200 kilometres away on the Indian Ocean.
Return to Morogoro Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781928211747
Pub Date: 06 Jan 2015
Illustrations: 80 b/w photos, 5 maps
The past is brought to life in this historical epic about a South African family whose lives collided with the biggest event in history: the First World War. The central theme is the largely forgotten East Africa campaign, but by definition a world war has a wide reach. Five members of one family with deep roots in all four corners of the country, served in three different theatres of war.
The Greatest Safari Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781928211518
Pub Date: 15 Oct 2014
Illustrations: 32 pages of colour photos
Why does the zebra have stripes and the elephant a long trunk? How did the giraffe acquire a long neck and why does a hippopotamus lie in muddy water all day? How does an acacia tree kill grazing wild?
The Chronicle of Jeremiah Goldswain Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9781928211242
Pub Date: 15 Jul 2014
Illustrations: 25 b/w photos; 2 maps
This is the story of the 1820 Settler, Jeremiah Goldswain, in his own words. After thirty-eight years on the eastern boundary of the Cape Colony, he sat down to write his memoirs. It is a close-up view of four decades during a period when the British Empire was expanding in southern Africa, with the borders being pushed ever farther into the hinterland by successive governors.
Tucker's Deadline Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781920143978
Pub Date: 01 Apr 2014
Illustrations: 30 colour photos
This is the true story of Irving Tucker, who married an English girl, Yvonne, and left South Africa in 1976 to farm sheep on the Welsh border, growing their own organic vegetables and living a healthy life style. They returned to South Africa every year on holiday. The couple was childlessThe book deals with Irving’s complex personality and his love of practical jokes, and traces the relationship between him and the writer over the period 1961–2011.
Stories from the Field Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781920143770
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2014
Illustrations: 200 colour images; Includes maps
The benefit of teaching life skills is that I also changed. If I can make a difference in the life of just one child, I will be happy’ When we think about Africa, we often recall pictures of a wild countryside, rivers, forests, deserts, buzzing markets and media stories of poverty, devastation and hunger – a prime continent where branches of human justice are still thin and often absent. Those of us who have made Africa our destination are witness to a different experience as we meet people who charter a life of resilience and construct a social world of their own.
I Won't Be Home Next Summer Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781920143947
Pub Date: 01 Mar 2014
Illustrations: 200 b/w illustrations
Ronnie Selley, a South African from rural Natal, joined the RAF on a short-service commission in 1937, considered the Golden Age of aviation. During these glory years of Howard Hughes and Amelia Earhart few guessed at the brewing storm and dark days to come. After completing his training on antiquated First World War aircraft, Selley was posted to 220 Squadron Coastal Command, the RAF’s under-staffed and under-equipped poor relation to the more prestigious Fighter and Bomber Commands.
The Battle of Vaalkrans Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 40
ISBN: 9781928211433
Pub Date: 10 Jan 2014
Series: Battles of the Anglo-Boer War
Illustrations: 25 b/w photos, maps
Battles of the Anglo-Boer War series provides an accessible guide to some of the major campaigns, battles and battlefields of this historic conflict in KwaZulu-Natal. The books are written for the general reader as well as for historians seeking fresh insights into the events leading up to, during and after the battles. The text is supported by contemporary accounts and photographs, some of which have never previously been published.
The Baronet and the Savage King Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 136
ISBN: 9780620559041
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2013
Illustrations: 145 b/w illustrations
"Gold mined at Tati was identified with the dynasty of the Queen of Sheba and the ancient rulers of biblical Ophir. David’s book records how this notion, mentioned in Milton’s Paradise Lost, was discarded as being romantic fiction. But romance there is here a-plenty.
Come Back To Portofino Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9781920143565
Pub Date: 01 Apr 2011
Illustrations: 60 b/w photos, maps
Using archival sources and private documents recently unearthed, Come Back to Portofino chronicles the journey taken by volunteers in the 6th South African Armoured Division. From training camps in Egypt through to the blissful summer of 1945 the ‘Div’ left its mark on towns and villages across Italy. From Monte Cassino to the outskirts of Venice and the River Po, the campaign lasted exactly twelve months.
Troepie Snapshots Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781920143466
Pub Date: 01 Mar 2011
Illustrations: 2,000 colour & b/w photos, sketches, maps
This pictorial is a compilation of images obtained by the author while working on his first book, an oral history of pre-1994 South African Defence Force national service. It was illegal to take photos; however, there were inevitably those conscripts who ignored the rules, aiming their cheap, disposable cameras at whatever they could, but usually among comrades or when it was considered safe to do so. Inevitably certain images are poor in quality, often blurred and off-centre, but that is the reality; hastily-taken amateur snapshots.
Cheetah Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9781920143626
Pub Date: 01 Feb 2011
Illustrations: 150 colour & b/w photos, sketches
The Cheetah is the regimental association magazine for the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI). It was last published in hard-copy format in 1980 at the disbandment of the RLI following the cessation of the bush war in the embryonic republic of Zimbabwe. Prior to this, the magazine, renowned for its witty and informed content, was a much sought-after and eagerly-awaited publication for civilians and servicemen alike, being sold commercially through the Southern African book trade.
So Far and No Further Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 540
ISBN: 9780958489027
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2005
Illustrations: 9 x b/w photos, 2 x maps
“Once in a lifetime comes a book which must force a total shift in the thinking person’s perception of an epoch, and of all the prominent characters who featured in it… This is the best informed book that has yet been produced on Zimbabwe.”— Michael Hartnack, SpectatorGiven the headlong rush of the Macmillan government in Britain in 1959 to be rid of its colonies, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) should have been the first African colony in line for independence. Rhodesia was self-governing, and possessed most powers, including the right of self-defence.