Londisizwe Book Project

The Londisizwe Book Project aims to digitise works by Southern African authors in the public domain, making them available for free download.

This project is a part-time labour of love, so I am primarily focusing on one author: Sol Plaatje - a linguistic genius, one of the founders of the ANC, and widely regarded as South Africa's first black novelist.

I have digitised two of his books so far:

Mhudi was digitised from a copy available at the JS Gericke Library at Stellenbosch University. Sechuana Proverbs was digitised from a copy at the National Library of South Africa - Cape Town.  I located A Sechuana Reader at the SOAS Library, University of London.

I am still trying to source first editions of the following titles:

  • Native Life in South Africa
  • Bantu Folk-Tales and Poems
  • Dikhontsho tsa bo-Juliuse Kesara (translation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar)
  • Diphosho-phosho (translation of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors)

I would also love to digitise the poetry by Nontsizi Mgqwetho - a female isiXhosa poet.

Digitisation in progress:

  • Entire book:   A Bill of Rights for A New South Africa, A Working Document by the ANC Constitutional Committee (1990) (status: done)
  • Entire book:   English-Xhosa Dictionary for Nurses, by Neil MacVicar (status: scanned & being digitised)
  • Images only:  The Ama-Xosa, Life and Customs, by John Henderson Soga (status: scanned)
  • Images only:  Specimens of Bushmen Folklore, by Bleek & Lloyd (status: scanned)
  • Entire book:   A Sechuana Reader, by Sol Plaatje (status: scanned)

Authors

Solomon T. Plaatje

Solomon T. Plaatje

Born 1876, died 1932.
Linguistic genius. Founding member of the ANC. South Africa's first black novelist. Feminist.


Mhudi

Mhudi

Fiction

by Sol Plaatje

Sechuana Proverbs

Sechuana Proverbs

Non-Fiction

by Sol Plaatje


A Bill of Rights for a New South Africa

A Bill of Rights for a New South Africa

Non-Fiction

A Working Document by the ANC Constitutional Committee


Coming Soon

The Ama-Xosa: Life and Customs
English-Xhosa Dictionary for Nurses
Specimens of Bushmen Folklore

Author: Frances Gillis-Webber. Last updated: 1 May 2016