Professor, University of Oxford
William Beinart, born in Cape Town, is a historian and Africanist. He was educated at the University of Cape Town and School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where he achieved his PhD. He taught at the University of Bristol from 1983 to 1997, and is now a professor of race relations and director of graduate studies at the African Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. His focuses are South Africa and the developments of racism.
It was a drug produced in Nottingham in the United Kingdom that led us on a journey to South Africa to visit muthi markets, archives, herbariums and nature reserves. We spoke with traders, healers, scholars and...