The Van Riebeeck Society
was founded in 1918 with the purpose of making primary sources available in a readable and enjoyable form to
anyone interested in Southern African history. Since then a volume
has been published every year, with very rare exceptions. The
Society depends for its survival on its members, whose fees finance
the publications; and its editors, who have selected and edited the
volumes. Society publications have achieved a high academic standard
and out-of-print volumes have become valuable
We apologise to all members, new and old as well as
to those non-members who have ordered from us, for not sending
ordered books to you, but, as you no doubt have heard, we are
suffering from a postal strike. My own post office has warned me NOT
to bring my book parcels to them, but to keep them until the strike
is resolved. So all the parcels are sitting in my office waiting. As
soon as the strike is over, I shall post them and notify you via
email and send you the parcels’ tracking numbers. Sorry about that!
Stop Press – 2014 volume – Launches
The Cape Town launch was held in the Kalk Bay Community Centre, 26 Main Road, St James at 15h30 on
Saturday, 9th August 2014 (Women's Day). And very suitable too,
since Olive Schreiner was a fiery protagonist of women's rights.
The book, The World's Great Question: Olive Schreiner's South
African Letters 1889–1920, was introduced by editors Liz
Stanley. The launch was preceded by the AGM of
our Society at 14.15. See our
Activities page for more
detail about this and the Eastern Cape launches.
Book Fair 2014
Have a look at our
page for a
Visit to PaarlMedia
Again, have a look on our
page for some lovely pictures!
out prizes to best student bloggers at UWC
The award of Prizes for the best blog
on the Atlantic slave trade to a group of HIS231 (second
were thrilled with their copies of Trials of Slavery. Thank
you to the VRS and to Tanya Barben who donated the books
rates for 2014
increased our local SA members' subs by 10% to R165 per annum.
Student members will now pay R120 for their first two years of
membership and SADC country members will pay R200 per annum. The
foreign memberships will remain at £25, US$45 and €35.
New office hours
From February 10th 2014, the VRS Office in the Centre for the Book
will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (not
Fridays) from 9.30 to 13.30. Sandra Commerford will be on duty on
Mondays and Cora Ovens will be in the office on Wednesdays and
designed a gift token (to be used for either gift memberships or
volumes) a couple of years back. Exco decided it should be available
on the web - and here it is! With Christmas coming soon, what could
be a better gift than a membership or a favourite volume of one of
our books? Simply download the
gift token, complete it
and send to us with your payment (R150 for membership; consult us
about prices for books). We'll stamp it and forward it to the lucky
Standard Bank branch at Adderley Street has closed down (without
warning us). Our new banking details are: Standard Bank, current
account, Thibault Square, Branch code 02 0909, Account no 07 051
are happy to announce to our foreign members ONLY that we now have Paypal.
To pay your subs (of $45), simply click on the Subscribe button.
South African members pay, as usual, by cheque or direct bank
We're now on Facebook! Click on
to add your views and comments
on this innovation
for members only – rock-bottom prices!
In order to clear
some space in our store room, we have decided to make a special
offer to members only: you may order any of the back volumes
on the list at a price of R50 post
free (within South Africa) – as many copies as you like and as long as stocks last!
Contact Cora Ovens to place your orders
or 021 423 8424 (Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 9.30 to 13.30
or leave a message when no one is in the office).