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Don Pinnock Wins the City Press Non-fiction Award 2013

Alert! Don Pinnock, travel writer and former editor of Getaway, was announced as the winner of the City Press Non-fiction Award 2013 on Sunday at the Open Book Festival. Pinnock will receive R60 000 to fund the research and writing of a book exploring the underbelly of the gang culture in the Cape. The book will be published by Tafelberg in 2015.

Don Pinnock and Erika Oosthuysen

Pinnock said that the award “will give me the time and space to pull together 30 years of research into the causes of crime and violence among youth in Cape Town and to work on solutions. I am deeply grateful to City Press and Tafelberg for having the confidence in me to do this.” Tafelberg’s non-fiction publisher Erika Oosthuysen said that Pinnock “is among South Africa’s top experts on the pervasive scourge of gangsterism. Having grappled with this tough, often heartbreaking reality for decades, he is well placed to examine one of the most challenging social problems in Cape Town.”

Entries for the City Press Non-fiction Award 2015 are now open, see below for details.


Don Pinnock, Ferial Haffajee and Maria Phalime, winner of the City Press Nonfiction Award 2012

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Press release:

Press Release by Tafelberg Publishers, an imprint of NB Publishers

9 September 2013


Winner of City Press Non-fiction Award 2013 announced at Cape Town’s Open Book Festival

Popular travel writer and former editor of Getaway, Don Pinnock, is the winner of the City Press Non-fiction Award 2013. Ferial Haffajee, editor-in-chief of City Press, made the announcement on Sunday, 8 September, at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town. On the shortlist with Pinnock were Kagisho Montshabatho and Christelle Terreblanche.

Pinnock received a prize of R60 000 to fund the research and writing of his book that will be published by Tafelberg in 2015. In his book Pinnock will explore the underbelly of the Cape’s gang culture. He will look at how apartheid social engineering destroyed extended families, how poverty damaged nuclear families and how corruption unzipped the police. Central to this investigation is how and why young people, left to themselves and lured by wealth through crime and drugs, are holding one of the world’s most beautiful cities to ransom.

An ecstatic Pinnock said: “The award is a wonderful boost to my work with young people at risk. It will give me the time and space to pull together 30 years of research into the causes of crime and violence among youth in Cape Town and to work on solutions. I am deeply grateful to City Press and Tafelberg for having the confidence in me to do this. The kids are in crisis, their support systems are broken and they get the blame when they lash out. It’s an injustice this beautiful, wealthy city needs to acknowledge…and fix.”

Erika Oosthuysen, non-fiction publisher at Tafelberg, is delighted that the award went to Pinnock. “He is among South Africa’s top experts on the pervasive scourge of gangsterism. Having grappled with this tough, often heartbreaking reality for decades, he is well placed to examine one of the most challenging social problems in Cape Town.”

The award of R60 000 is made annually. The winner of last year’s inaugural award, Maria Phalime, is currently completing her book that deals with the crisis of the shrinking workforce in the medical profession. Phalime’s book, Postmortem: The Doctor Who Walked Away, will be published early in 2014.

Submissions for 2015

Submissions for the 2015 prize are now open, with the closing date on 30 April 2014.

Criteria for the City Press Non-fiction Award

  • Relevance: The book should add to our understanding of South African society, history and politics
  • Independence: It should be unafraid to investigate uncomfortable or difficult issues
  • Credibility: The quality of the research and information should be impeccable
  • Readability: The book should be accessible with good quality writing

Applications by authors should include:

  • A one page motivation of why the topic of the proposed book is relevant or significant to the South African context;
  • Draft table of contents;
  • At least one chapter;
  • Author CV;
  • The entry form can be downloaded from the Tafelberg website: www.tafelberg.com;
  • Submissions must be received by 30 April 2014

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