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Real African Publishers evolved out of a company called STE Publishers that started back in 1994.

STE stood for Science, Technology and Education, as its main focus was a newspaper called The Educators’ Voice, the South Africa Yearbook and Pocket Guide for the GCIS, and a variety of other contract publishing projects.

In 2000, The world that made Mandela – A Heritage Trail, 70 Sites of Significance was published as STE’s first title, a book that is widely considered to be the definitive  publication on the life and times of Madiba, told through the 70 places in South Africa that shaped his life.

Written by esteemed historian, Luli Callinicos, and with over 1,000 photographs, this hefty coffee table book is a collector’s item and still sells steadily.

That book attracted a lot of attention and, over time, the company was approached by a myriad authors from Miriam Makeba to Denis Goldberg, João Silva to Alhaji Yusif Ibrahim.

In 2009, Real African Publishers incorporated STE’s list and a new company with a new focus was born. Called RAP for short, our focus is solidly pan-African in scope and we specialise in cultural and political history, autobiography, biography and memoir, and academia.

Of late, we have focused on legacy projects. We are deeply committed to publishing the works of ordinary and extraordinary Africans from all over the continent who have great and inspiring stories to share with the world.

Our Titles

We publish in the following genres:

  • Academia
  • Art, Architecture and Design
  • Autobiography and Biography 
  • Children’s Books
  • Cultural and Political History
  • Documentary
  • Education
  • Fiction
  • Music
  • Poetry

Forthcoming Titles

SA Guitar Styles Vol. 1

Five Decades of Ukuvamba (1930s–1980s)


Billy Monama


Buy directly from our distributors

To order within Southern Africa, contact Blue Weaver at

For all international orders, contact The Independent Publishers Group (IPG) at
For media copies and urgent direct orders, contact Real African Publishers at