"To most South African writers, especially novelists and dramatists, the publication of Cry, the Beloved Country was a watershed. Its combination of aesthetic craftsmanship and sociomoral seriousness and commitment established a standard that demanded respect. It was of course mainly because of the nature of the apartheid regime, but also to some extent because of the example Paton set in this novel, that for more than 40 years almost all South African writing was politically engaged." Colin Gardner, LION.
South Africa has nine provinces. They included Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West and Western Cape.