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The Historical Overberg - Traces Of The Past In South Africa's Southernmost Region (Hardcover): Chris Schoeman The Historical Overberg - Traces Of The Past In South Africa's Southernmost Region (Hardcover)
Chris Schoeman 1
R290 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R50 (17%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Situated between the Hottentots Holland Mountains and the Breede River, the Overberg is an important agricultural region and a popular holiday destination for tourists and nature lovers who delight in the beauty of its mountainous landscape, abundant plant species and long sandy beaches.

But this area also has a rich history going back thousands of years, when the indigenous Khoi people originally thrived there, before the first European settlers arrived to leave their own indelible imprint on the culture, architecture and character of the region. This book provides a detailed account of this past by pointing out the many places, buildings, events and personalities that have made the Overberg the diverse and unique place that it is today.

The Overberg has been a home or point of interest for explorers, innovators, artists and writers, for figures as varied as Bartholomew Diaz, Olof Bergh, Hendrik Verwoerd, Gregoire Boonzaier, Audrey Blignault and Breyten Breytenbach. Some of South Africa’s oldest towns, houses and missionary stations can be found here, and its treacherous coastline has been the cause of hundreds of shipwrecks for centuries.

Enlivened by historical and current photographs and informative side panels, this book is a collector’s item.

Africa - Diversity and Development (Paperback, New): Tony Binns, Alan Dixon, Etienne Nel Africa - Diversity and Development (Paperback, New)
Tony Binns, Alan Dixon, Etienne Nel
R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 In stock

For many, Africa is regarded as a place of mystery and negative images, where reports of natural disasters and civil strife dominate media attention, with relatively little publicity given to any of the continent's more positive attributes. Africa has at last begun to receive the depth of interest it has long deserved, in the shape of debates about trade, aid and debt, the `Make Poverty History' campaign, and the UK's `Commission on Africa'. But, behind the superficial media facade, Africa is a diverse, complex and dynamic place, with a rich history and a colonial engagement that, although short-lived, was fundamental in determining the long-term future of the continent. At the start of the second decade of the twenty-first century, when the world is engulfed in a major financial crisis, Africa has the dubious distinction of being the world's poorest continent. This book introduces and de-mystifies Africa's diversity and dynamism, and considers how its peoples and environments have interacted through time and space. The background and diversity of Africa's social, cultural, economic, political and environmental systems is examined, as well as key development issues which have affected Africa in the past and are likely to be significant in shaping the future of the continent. These include: the impact of HIV/AIDS; sources of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction; the state and governance; the nature of African economies in a global context and future development trajectories. Africa: Diversity and Development is a refreshing interdisciplinary text which enhances understanding of the background to Africa's current position and clarifies possible future scenarios. It is richly illustrated throughout with diagrams and plates, and contains a wealth of detailed case studies and current data.

The Global Casino, Fifth Edition - An Introduction to Environmental Issues (Paperback, 5th New edition): Nick Middleton The Global Casino, Fifth Edition - An Introduction to Environmental Issues (Paperback, 5th New edition)
Nick Middleton 3
R435 R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Save R22 (5%) Within 4 - 8 working days

The Global Casino is an introduction to environmental issues which deals both with the workings of the physical environment and the political, economic and social frameworks in which the issues occur. Using examples from all over the world, the book highlights the underlying causes behind environmental problems, the human actions which have made them issues, and the hopes for solutions. It is a book about the human impact on the environment and the ways in which the natural environment impacts human society. The fifth edition has been fully revised and updated throughout, with new case studies, figures, and online resources such as downloadable figures and tables from the text and multiple choice questions for students, accessible at: www.routledge.com/cw/middleton. New topics covered in extended boxed case studies include payment for environmental services, ocean acidification, biofuels in Brazil, waste reduction through industrial symbiosis, and the long-term impact of natural disasters on vulnerable groups. Other approaches and concepts covered for the first time in this new edition include traditional ecological knowledge, environmental justice, the `resource curse', and urban biodiversity. Eighteen chapters on key issues follow three initial chapters which outline the background contexts of the physical and human environments and the concept of sustainable development. Each chapter provides historical context for key issues, outlines why they have arisen, and highlights areas of controversy and uncertainty to appraise how issues can be resolved both technically and in political and economic frameworks. Each chapter also contains an updated critical guide to further reading and websites, as well as discussion points and essay questions. The text can be read in its entirety or individual chapters adopted as standalone reading. The Global Casino is an essential resource for students of the environment, geography, earth sciences and development studies. It provides comprehensive and inspirational coverage of all the major global environmental issues of the day in a style that is clear and critical.

Introduction To Contemporary Geography (Paperback): Introduction To Contemporary Geography (Paperback)
5
R777 R647 Discovery Miles 6 470 Save R130 (17%) In stock

Introduction To Contemporary Geography is a compilation of all the core content required for UNISA students taking GGH1501 and XGH1501.

A-Z Place Names Of South Africa - Name Origins, History, Attractions (Paperback): A-Z Place Names Of South Africa - Name Origins, History, Attractions (Paperback)
R250 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R35 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

This book contains alphabetically listed names of South African cities and towns, as well as most villages and certain settlements and townships where information was available.

More than 900 places are included in what is an informative and educational look at place names, including the year they were established, origins, previous names and alternative names. Also included are interesting historical facts and reasons to visit, as well as contact details (website or phone number).

The book is a wonderful journey through South Africa. Ann Gadd particularly enjoyed researching the smaller villages and places. There is a wide variety of attractions across the places, covering sporting interests, places to eat, historical interest, scenic spots, the longest, the tallest, the coldest and much more. Ann connected with local inhabitants or officials to get their take on the naming of their town or historical interests. All this wonderful (and sometimes whacky) information is condensed to give you a book that sums up the very core of each place.

Information includes:

  • Province
  • Year established
  • Year of municipal / borough status
  • Origin of town name
  • Previous name
  • Preferred name
  • Alternative name
  • Town theme (type of industry)
  • Historic facts (important events or interesting feature of the town)
  • Contact details (website or phone)
Environmental Transformations - A Geography of the Anthropocene (Paperback): Mark Whitehead Environmental Transformations - A Geography of the Anthropocene (Paperback)
Mark Whitehead 1
R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 In stock

From the depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of the atmosphere, the human impact on the environment is significant and undeniable. These forms of global and local environmental change collectively appear to signal the arrival of a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. This is a geological era defined not by natural environmental fluctuations or meteorite impacts, but by collective actions of humanity. Environmental Transformations offers a concise and accessible introduction to the human practices and systems that sustain the Anthropocene. It combines accounts of the carbon cycle, global heat balances, entropy, hydrology, forest ecology and pedology, with theories of demography, war, industrial capitalism, urban development, state theory and behavioural psychology. This book charts the particular role of geography and geographers in studying environmental change and its human drivers. It provides a review of critical theories that can help to uncover the socio-economic and political factors that influence environmental change. It also explores key issues in contemporary environmental studies, such as resource use, water scarcity, climate change, industrial pollution and deforestation. These issues are `mapped' through a series of geographical case studies to illustrate the particular value of geographical notions of space, place and scale, in uncovering the complex nature of environmental change in different socio-economic, political and cultural contexts. Finally, the book considers the different ways in which nations, communities and individuals around the world are adapting to environmental change in the twenty-first century. Particular attention is given throughout to the uneven geographical opportunities that different communities have to adapt to environmental change and to the questions of social justice this situation raises. This book encourages students to engage in the scientific uncertainties that surround the study of environmental change, while also discussing both pessimistic and more optimistic views on the ability of humanity to address the environmental challenges of our current era.

Things Ewe Never Knewe About South African Place Names (Paperback): Ann Gadd Things Ewe Never Knewe About South African Place Names (Paperback)
Ann Gadd 1
R120 R103 Discovery Miles 1 030 Save R17 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

A humorous look at the place names of South Africa, written and illustrated by Ann Gadd.

Origins, mysteries & folklore surrounding the sometimes odd names that appear on the South African landscape.

Almost Human - The Astonishing Tale Of Homo Naledi (Paperback): Lee Berger, John Hawks Almost Human - The Astonishing Tale Of Homo Naledi (Paperback)
Lee Berger, John Hawks 5
R295 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R50 (17%) In stock

Almost Human is the personal story of a charismatic and visionary palaeontologist, a rich and readable narrative about science, exploration, and what it means to be human.

In 2013, Wits University reasearch professor Lee Berger caught wind of a cache of bones in a hard-to-reach underground cave near Johannesburg. He put out a call around the world for collaborators – men and women small and adventurous enough to be able to squeeze through 8-inch tunnels to reach a sunless cave 40 feet underground. With this team of ‘underground astronauts’, Berger made the discovery of a lifetime: hundreds of prehistoric bones, including entire skeletons of at least 15 individuals, all perhaps two million years old. Their features combined those of known pre-hominids with those more human than anything ever before seen in prehistoric remains. Berger's team had discovered an all new species: Homo naledi.

The cave proved to be the richest pre-hominid site ever discovered, full of implications that challenge how we define ourselves as human. Did these ancestors of ours bury their dead? If so, they must have had an awareness of death, a level of self-knowledge: the very characteristic we used to define ourselves as human. Did an equally advanced species inhabit Earth with us, or before us?

Addressing these questions, Berger counters the arguments of those colleagues who have questioned his controversial interpretations and astounding finds.

2019 Road Atlas - Reg (Paperback): Rand McNally 2019 Road Atlas - Reg (Paperback)
Rand McNally
R239 R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 Save R52 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days
2019 Road Atlas Large Scale - Lsra (Paperback): Rand McNally 2019 Road Atlas Large Scale - Lsra (Paperback)
Rand McNally
R309 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R70 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
2019 Road Atlas Midsize Easy Finder - Spiral - DRAM (Paperback): Rand McNally 2019 Road Atlas Midsize Easy Finder - Spiral - DRAM (Paperback)
Rand McNally
R168 R135 Discovery Miles 1 350 Save R33 (20%) Within 8 - 13 working days
2019 Road Atlas Midsize - Rdms (Paperback): Rand McNally 2019 Road Atlas Midsize - Rdms (Paperback)
Rand McNally
R140 R114 Discovery Miles 1 140 Save R26 (19%) Within 8 - 13 working days
Sad Topographies (Hardcover): Damien Rudd Sad Topographies (Hardcover)
Damien Rudd 1
R438 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R77 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Sad Topographies is an illustrated guide for the melancholic among us. Dispirited travellers rejoice as Damien Rudd journeys across continents in search of the world's most joyless place names and their fascinating etymologies. Behind each lugubrious place name exists a story, a richly interwoven narrative of mythology, history, landscape, misadventure and tragedy. From Disappointment Island in the Southern Ocean to Misery in Germany, across to Lonely Island in Russia, or, if you're feeling more intrepid, pay a visit to Mount Hopeless in Australia - all from the comfort of your armchair. With hand drawn maps by illustrator Kateryna Didyk, Sad Topographies will steer you along paths that lead to strange and obscure places, navigating the terrains of historical fact and imaginative fiction. At turns poetic and dark-humoured, this is a travel guide quite like no other. Damien Rudd is the founder of the hugely popular Instagram account @sadtopographies.

2019 Road Atlas W/ Vinyl Protective Cover - Gift (Paperback): Rand McNally 2019 Road Atlas W/ Vinyl Protective Cover - Gift (Paperback)
Rand McNally
R281 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R62 (22%) Within 8 - 13 working days
Beyond the Map - Unruly Enclaves, Ghostly Places, Emerging Lands and Our Search for New Utopias (Hardcover): Alastair Bonnett Beyond the Map - Unruly Enclaves, Ghostly Places, Emerging Lands and Our Search for New Utopias (Hardcover)
Alastair Bonnett
R383 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R89 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Rocket Men - The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon (Hardcover):... Rocket Men - The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon (Hardcover)
Robert Kurson
R433 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R102 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Risingtidefallingstar - In Search of the Soul of the Sea (Paperback): Philip Hoare Risingtidefallingstar - In Search of the Soul of the Sea (Paperback)
Philip Hoare
R313 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R69 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days
2019 Compact Road Atlas - Racm (Paperback): Rand McNally 2019 Compact Road Atlas - Racm (Paperback)
Rand McNally
R154 R125 Discovery Miles 1 250 Save R29 (19%) Within 8 - 13 working days
Winnie-the-Pooh's 50 things to do before you're 5 3/4 (Paperback): A.A. Milne Winnie-the-Pooh's 50 things to do before you're 5 3/4 (Paperback)
A.A. Milne; Illustrated by E.H. Shepard 1
R209 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R23 (11%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Have you ever made mud pies? Or a secret den? Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and their friends have come up with 50 outdoor activities they think everyone should enjoy before their 6th birthday.

With helpful hints and spaces for your records and photographs, this book is the perfect introduction to the wonders of the outdoors and a helpful guide for parents. It's packed with ideas to keep little ones busy at weekends and during school holidays.

Activities range from spotting animal babies to making your own tree monster so that, whatever the weather, children can enjoy the magic of playing outdoors.

Explorer's Map - For the Incurably Curious (Sheet map, flat): Piotr Wilkowiecki Explorer's Map - For the Incurably Curious (Sheet map, flat)
Piotr Wilkowiecki
R456 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R71 (16%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Discover the most intriguing, fascinating and extraordinary facts about the world in this lavishly illustrated, large format map. Feed your imagination and go on an adventure with this unusual map which is illustrated with a wealth of quirky facts and curiosities from around the world. Uncover hidden secrets from world cultures to history, the economy to nature, geography to sporting events and following the trails of great explorers. Be inspired and surprised by carefully selected and composed text, with icons, graphics and routes that will make you see the world through different eyes. Plan your next adventure, or revisit where you have been already - Explorer's map has been created for travellers, map lovers and adventurers of any age.

History of Britain in Maps - Over 90 Maps of Our Nation Through Time (Hardcover): Philip Parker History of Britain in Maps - Over 90 Maps of Our Nation Through Time (Hardcover)
Philip Parker 1
R549 R447 Discovery Miles 4 470 Save R102 (19%) Within 7 - 11 working days

From Mappa Mundi to modern election maps, the United Kingdom has evolved rapidly, along with the ways in which it has been mapped. In this time, cartography has not only kept pace with these changes, but has often driven them. In this beautiful book, more than 90 maps give a visual representation of the history of Britain. Every map tells a story and this book tells the incredible history of Britain through maps, and includes many famous examples of cartography, along with some that deserve to be better known. See the establishment of Great Britain, the British Empire expand, the impact of World Wars and the latest statistical mapping. Maps include * Rudge Cup (schematic map of western forts on Hadrian's Wall), 2nd century AD * Matthew Paris map of the Anglian Heptarchy (Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms), c. 1250 * Gough map of Britain, 1360 * Cambriae Typus, first published map of Wales, 1573 * Raven maps of the Ulster Plantations, 1622 * Enclosure map (eg of Norfolk, c. 1800) * Booth Poverty Map of London, 1886 * Map of Beeching cuts to Britain's railways, 1963 * Map of EU Referendum voting patterns, 2016

Oak and Ash and Thorn - The Ancient Woods and New Forests of Britain (Paperback): Peter Fiennes Oak and Ash and Thorn - The Ancient Woods and New Forests of Britain (Paperback)
Peter Fiennes 1
R210 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R35 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days

A Guardian Best Nature Book of the Year

The magic and mystery of the woods are embedded in culture, from ancient folklore to modern literature. They offer us refuge: a place to play, a place to think. They are the generous providers of timber and energy. They let us dream of other ways of living. Yet we now face a future where taking a walk in the woods is consigned to the tales we tell our children.

Immersing himself in the beauty of woodland Britain, Peter Fiennes explores our long relationship with the woods and the sad and violent story of how so many have been lost. Just as we need them, our woods need us too. But who, if anyone, is looking out for them?

Explorer's Atlas - For the Incurably Curious (Hardcover): Piotr Wilkowiecki Explorer's Atlas - For the Incurably Curious (Hardcover)
Piotr Wilkowiecki; As told to Michal Gaszynski 1
R455 R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Save R76 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Discover the most intriguing, fascinating and extraordinary facts about the world in this lavishly illustrated, large format atlas. Feed your imagination and go on an adventure with this unusual atlas which is illustrated with a wealth of quirky facts and curiosities from around the world. Uncover hidden secrets on every page - from world cultures to history, the economy to nature, geography to sporting events and following the trails of great explorers. Be inspired and surprised by carefully selected and composed text, with icons, graphics and routes that will make you see the world through different eyes. Plan your next adventure, or revisit where you have been already - Explorer's Atlas has been created for travellers, map lovers and adventurers of any age.

Systap Onder Die Juk (Afrikaans, Paperback): Dot Serfontein Systap Onder Die Juk (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Dot Serfontein
R158 Discovery Miles 1 580 Within 10 - 15 working days

Met haar innemende en boeiende vertelstyl teken Dot Serfontein in Systap onder die juk verhale oor die lewens van ’n versameling merkwaardige mense op.

Die leser leer ken ’n groep Noord-Vrystaters wat aan dié wêreld sy sonderlinge geskiedenis en karakter verleen het. Dit is ’n distrik “lankal reeds bewoon deur verantwoordelike, stoere mense wat hulle deur niemand laat voorsê nie”, soos dit in die titelverhaal gestel word.

Van hierdie stoere mense is byvoorbeeld die unieke tant Hannie Wolmarans. Die staaltjies oor haar het vir die skryfster as kind so onwaarskynlik geklink dat hulle in dieselfde klas as sprokies geval het. Daar is byvoorbeeld ook oom Lood, wat selfs in die eienaardige Serfontein-familie, hom kon onderskei as ’n eienaardige mens. Die luimige aard van die vertellings word ook in hierdie bundel deurweef met waardering en deernis, veral vir haar ma Boeta en pa Oupats.

200 Amazing Places - And How to Do Them (Hardcover): Sunday Times Travel Magazine 200 Amazing Places - And How to Do Them (Hardcover)
Sunday Times Travel Magazine 1
R553 R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Save R101 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days

The most incredible destinations, the most gorgeous photography, the most insightful advice: this is the book every traveller needs. From mythic mountain peaks to paradise private islands, the editors of The Sunday Times Travel Magazine have selected their 200 most amazing places on the planet - along with the inside-track info that will get you there too. Highlights include * Bazaruto, Mozambique - the secret islands more beautiful than the Maldives* Empire State Building, New York - and why you need to stay up to see it at 2am* Rio Carnival - don't just watch; you can samba your way in too!* Taj Mahal, India - when to see the world wonder with just 49 other people* Whitsunday Islands, Australia - which season you're guaranteed to see humpback whales* and many more

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