ISBN 9781928466130
Pages 194
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2019
Publisher Cover2Cover Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

Wanted Dead and Alive

The Case for South Africa's Cattle

by Gregory Mthembu-Salter

Given what we know about climate change, should we still be raising and eating cattle? And how do we weigh the cultural and economic value of cattle against their environmental impact? This engaging book brings history, science, economics and popular culture together in a timely discussion about whether current practices can be justified in a period of rapid climate change.

Journalist Gregory Mthembu-Salter first encountered South Africa’s love of cattle during his own lobola negotiations. The book traces his personal journey through kraals, rangelands and feedlots across South Africa to find out more about the national hunger for cattle. He takes a broad sweep – drawing on such diverse sources as politicians involved in land reform, history, braai-side interviews with cattle farmers and abattoir owners, conversations with his mother-in-law, and analysis of cutting-edge science.

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‘Passionately and colourfully, Gregory Mthembu-Salter walks us through history and causes us to look at our future differently, perching us uncomfortably on the horns of multiple dilemmas.’

President Cyril Ramaphosa

‘An intelligent, lovely read – with well-researched historical background.’

Mphuthumi Ntabeni, author of The Broken River Tent

‘This eye-opening book takes the discussion back to first principles … and it suggests a possible route to satisfying both human and climate justice.’

Mandi Smallhorne, President, South African Science Journalists’ Association

About the Author

Gregory Mthembu-Salter

Gregory Mthembu-Salter is a journalist, researcher and writer, specialising in Africa's political economy. He moved from the UK to South Africa in the mid-1990s and lives in Scarborough on the Cape peninsula. As a journalist, he has written for the Mail & Guardian, The Africa Report and specialist African politics and economics publications. He has served as a member of the United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo, appointed by the UN Security Council, and has conducted research there and in South Africa for numerous organisations, including the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the UK government, non-governmental organisations, and research institutes. He is a research associate of the South African Institute for International Affairs. In the UK, he established and DJ'd at a club in Bristol for several years and continues to DJ from time to time. He is married with three alarmingly grown-up sons. 

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