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Restitution Foundation conversation between Lukhanyo Calato and Wilhelm Verwoerd (2 September)

My Father Died for This

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My Father Died for This by Lukhanyo Calata, Abigail Calata
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Bloedbande

Bloedbande by Wilhelm Verwoerd
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Launch: Vusi – Business & Life Lessons From a Black Dragon by Vusi Thembekwayo (22 August)

Maverick. Leadership genius. Self-made millionaire. Dragon. The rock star of public speaking. Vusi Thembekwayo has been called many things.

Join him in his inspiring journey from the township to the top echelons of South African business, to becoming one of the youngest directors of a listed company and CEO of a boutique investment firm. As a Dragons’ Den judge and a sought- after public speaker across the globe, Vusi doesn’t just talk business – he lives it.

Now you can learn the secret of his success and how to shape your own destiny.

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“The pitiful cries of the lost boys of Bird Island have haunted me for the past 31 years. At last their story is out. Chrissy, don’t give up now.” Read Mark Minnie’s ‘last piece of writing’ to Chris Steyn

The Lost Boys of Bird Island

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The Lost Boys of Bird Island: A shocking exposé from within the heart of the NP government by Mark Minnie, Chris Steyn
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Bekendstelling: Asof geen berge ooit hier gewoon het nie deur Pieter Odendaal (22 Augustus)

Asof geen berge ooit hier gewoon het nie is ’n opwindende en verweefde debuut uit ’n jong digter se pen.

Met ’n eietydse en aktuele aanslag skryf Odendaal oor die politiek van verskil in ’n multikulturele samelewing, die natuur en ons ekologiese voetspoor, verganklikheid, menswees, die liefde, asook die onlangse studentepolitiek.

Ten einde vra hy: Re mang? Wie is ons? En wie is hulle?

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As speculation around Mark Minnie’s death continues and the contents of the book remains a talking point, there are several unanswered questions, writes Jessica Levitt

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By Jessica Levitt

The apparent suicide of co-author of controversial book The Lost Boys of Bird Island, Mark Minnie, has resulted in suspicion around the circumstances around his death. The book, which was released on 5 August, details an alleged paedophilia ring that operated during apartheid.

Authors Mark Minnie and Chris Steyn named high-profile National Party ministers in that period including John Wiley, Magnus Malan, an unnamed minister and controversial Port Elizabeth businessman Dave Allen as being involved in the operation which allegedly raped and molested young coloured boys.

Minnie was found dead at a friend’s farm on August 13 and despite police saying a suicide note and gun was found next to his body, several unnamed friends have expressed their shock at his suicide, with one person telling HeraldLIVE “I do not believe he would have taken his own life.”

As speculation around Minnie’s death continues and the contents of the book remains a talking point, there are several unanswered questions.

What happened to the boys of Bird Island?

On the final page of The Lost Boys of Bird Island, Mark Minnie appeals to victims of the alleged paedophilia ring to come forward. “Any victims who suffered at the hands of Dave Allen and company, let your voices be heard. Do not remain silent any longer.”

Minnie was a former police officer during apartheid when he was asked by his brigadier to contact a woman who was part of his (the brigadiers) church. The woman claimed her son had “some info.”

Minnie followed up and the woman and her son led him to her older son who was in hospital. The boy had allegedly been raped and a “foreign object forced up him.” Records of the boy’s stay at hospital were destroyed.

Minnie meets a second boy, who he refers to as William Hart in the book. William Hart is a pseudonym used by the author to protect the identity of the boy. Hart was an informant for the police and was also allegedly a victim of the paedophilia ring and was the person who identified Dave Allen, John Allen, an unnamed minister and “Ore” the name the boys used to refer to Magnus Malan.

After months of investigation, the docket with all of the information about the case that Minnie had gathered went missing from his office.

“Looking around, I quickly discover that the Allen case docket is gone. The entire file has disappeared without my knowledge or approval.”

Nobody knows what came of the two boys and the others who were alleged victims of rape and molestation at the hands of ministers.

The mystery matron & 10k

Minnie was sent by his brigadier to speak to a woman her son about “information.” He later discovered and interviewed a young boy who had been raped. He had a nurse who was a contact at the hospital and she detailed an incident that happened when she was on night shift.

She said a helicopter had landed, a patient was wheeled into the private ward by three men dressed in grey suits and only the matron was allowed to tend to him. The nurse told Minnie she had peeked into the room and there was a young coloured boy being treated. There was, however, no record of the boy nor of him being in hospital. The matron who had helped the boy mysteriously disappeared, but Minnie tracked her down and she said she had been given R10,000.

“I haven’t spent a cent, not a penny, Sergeant Max. All of the money is still here. I always knew it was trouble. It’s dirty money. And now God has seen fit to punish me for my sins. Oh God, please forgive me.”

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RIP Mark Minnie, co-author of The Lost Boys of Bird Island

 

The Lost Boys of Bird Island

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Die kykNET-Rapport Boekpryse 2018 kortlyste is hier!

Die 2018-benoemdes vir die kykNET-Rapportpryse, wat die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys vir nuwe werk insluit, is pas bekend gemaak. Dit is die grootste en rykste jaarlikse boekpryse in Afrikaans.

Met sy tweede roman, Die derde spoel, bevind die skrywer SJ Naudé hom op die kortlys vir twee pryse – die kykNET-Rapportprys vir romans sowel as die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys vir ’n debuut- of tweede fiksiewerk (romans, novelles en kortverhale).

Die prysgeld is vanjaar verhoog en beloop nou R250 000 elk vir die kykNET-Rapportprys vir romans en niefiksie, R125 000 vir die kykNET-Rapport-filmprys, en R125 000 vir die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys.

“Die verhoogde prysgeld gee welverdiende erkenning aan skrywers in Afrikaans wat die pols van die tydvak meet, dit registreer, en die leser die woorde gee om eie ervarings daaraan te meet en te verstaan,” sê die sameroeper van die kykNET-Rapportpryse, Hettie Scholtz.

Die kortlyste vir 2018 is, in alfabetiese volgorde:

KYKNET-RAPPORTPRYS: FIKSIE (ROMANS)
Die derde spoel, SJ Naudé (Umuzi)
Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng, Etienne van Heerden (Tafelberg)
Groen soos die hemel daarbo, Eben Venter (Tafelberg)

KYKNET-RAPPORTPRYS: NIEFIKSIE
Spertyd, Elsa Joubert (Tafelberg)
Geloof alleen, André Pretorius (Naledi)
Op pad: ’n Reisjoernaal, Dana Snyman (Tafelberg)

KYKNET-RAPPORTPRYS: FILM
Blou is nie ’n kleur nie, Carin Krahtz (Tafelberg)
Die laksman se dogter, Gerda Taljaard (Penguin)
Kamikaze, Rudie van Rensburg (Queillerie)

JAN RABIE-RAPPORTPRYS: ROMANS, NOVELLES EN KORTVERHALE
As in die mond, Nicole Jaekel Strauss (Queillerie)
Die derde spoel, SJ Naudé (Umuzi)
Rooi haring, Schalk Schoombie (Human & Rousseau)

Die kortlyste vir die kykNET-Rapportpryse vir die beste Afrikaanse resensie oor Afrikaanse fiksie en niefiksie word binnekort uitgereik.

Die pryswenners word op Saterdagaand 22 September 2018 in Kaapstad bekend gemaak.

KOMMENTAAR OOR INSKRYWINGS
Inskrywings vir die kykNET-Rapportprys vir romans het getuig van waagmoed, beleë vakmanskap en besondere kreatiwiteit, sê Hettie Scholtz.

“Die genre van misdaadfiksie groei eksponensieel en is in menige geval geskryf met groot flair, soos Chris Karsten se Koms van die motman, Die laksman se dogter en Rooi haring, en ’n aansienlike mate van tekstuur.

Twee eksperimente met genre het opgeval – Carina Stander se fantasiewêreld in Die bergengel, wat raakpunte met die kontemporêre realiteit vertoon, en Francois Loots se roman Die diepblou see waarin die realistiese verhaal van die geniale Jan Hofmeyr vermeng word met mitologiese elemente. Kleinboer verras op sy beurt met ’n byna hipnotiese vertelling van sy lotto-speletjie met die lewe in Hierdie huis, terwyl Dolf van Niekerk met Kroniek van turf en Cas Wepener met Johanna nader beweeg aan meer aktuele temas soos grondeise en seksuele geweld teen vroue.”

Die niefiksie-inskrywings bevat oorwegend die name van gevestigde skrywers met die uitsondering van Hemelbesem (Simon Witbooi), wat verras met die toevoeging van “’n heerlike proesel Afrikaaps” in sy debuut, God praat Afrikaans, sê Scholtz.

“Wat tendense betref, is dit opvallend dat reis sentraal staan met die fisieke reis wat dikwels die aanloop vorm tot ’n reis na binne. ’n Beduidende aantal skrywers loop die stroewe onderwerp van ouderdom en dood trompop.

“Elsa Joubert doen dit delikaat in Spertyd, Karel Schoeman ontstellend in Die slot van die dag, Kobus Anthonissen christelik in Dansend met die lewe, Anton van Niekerk filosofies in Die dood en die sin van die lewe, en Cas Wepener doen dit na aanleiding van Karel Schoeman se kreatiewe werk in Die reis gaan inwaarts.

Daar is steeds twee skote uit die Boereoorlog – Jan Smuts: Van boerseun tot wêreldverhoog met Kobus du Pisani as hoofredakteur en die Oorlogsmuseum van die Boererepublieke se Die Anglo-Boereoorlog in 100 objekte – wat vermelding verdien, asook samesteller Heilna du Plooy se waardevolle brieweboek Gespreksgenoot, en Oorkant jou, die onderhoudende “verhale uit die binnekamer” deur die gewilde skrywer en psigoterapeut Juliana Coetzer.

Die besonder uiteenlopende aard van dié inskrywings het die keurders te staan gebring voor die uitdaging om ’n balans te vind tussen leesbaarheid én indringendheid, aktualiteit én durendheid, vakmanskap én kreatiewe vindingrykheid, sê Scholtz. “Dit was geen maklike taak nie!”

Soos gewoonlik het die keurders van die filmprys ’n ryk keuse gehad met besonder sterk temas en sprankelende dialoog wat die inskrywings nogeens opgelewer het.

Die inskrywings vir die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys vir debuut- en tweede fiksiewerke was ewe wydlopend en uitdagend, sê keurder Kerneels Breytenbach.

“Benewens die titels op die kortlys het die inskrywings ’n werk ingesluit wat Frans Marx al in 1993 tydens Wits se Winterforum belowe het: Spieëlbeeld. Aan die uitdagende kant was daar Naomi Meyer se indrukwekkende spanningsroman Web oor ’n egpaar met huweliksprobleme, wat dan gekonfronteer word met die probleem van ’n kind wat wegraak.

“Ewe indrukwekkend was Pelgrimshoop, die roman waarmee Ronel Nel ’n opwindende nuwe skrywerskap aangekondig het. Sommige van die skrywers is meer bekend, soos Cas Wepener (Johanna) en Carina Stander (Die bergengel), maar die beoordelaars het ook kennis gemaak met nuwe name en hul werke, waardeur die groeikrag van die Afrikaanse letterkunde beklemtoon word: Rika Cloete, Lloyd Zandberg, Juanita Aggenbag en Coreen Erasmus-Bezuidenhout.”

KEURDERS
Die keurders vir die kykNET-Rapportprys vir fiksie was prof. Louise Viljoen van die US, die rolprentvervaardiger Gerrit Schoonhoven, die joernalis en koördineerder van die US Woordfees se boekeprogram Elmari Rautenbach en prof. Steward van Wyk (UWK). By niefiksie het prof. Andries Bezuidenhout (Universiteit van Fort Hare), die skrywer Valda Jansen, prof. Herman Wasserman (UK) en die rolprentvervaardiger Hermann Binge die stiplees gedoen en Tina Kruger van kykNET het die geledere van filmkeurders Gerrit Schoonhoven en Herman Binge versterk. Die keurders vir die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys was die ouduitgewer en skrywer Kerneels Breytenbach, dr. Marni Bonthuys van UWK en Marius Swart van die US.

Die derde spoel

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Die derde spoel deur SJ Naudé
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Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng

Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng deur Etienne van Heerden
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Groen soos die hemel daarbo

Groen soos die hemel daarbo deur Eben Venter
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Spertyd

Spertyd deur Elsa Joubert
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Geloof alleen

Geloof alleen deur André Pretorius
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Op pad

Op pad deur Dana Snyman
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Blou is nie 'n kleur nie

Blou is nie ‘n kleur nie deur Carin Krahtz
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Die laksman se dogter

Die laksman se dogter deur Gerda Taljaard
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Kamikaze

Kamikaze deur Rudie van Rensburg
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As in die Mond

As in die Mond deur Nicole Jaekel Strauss
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Rooi Haring

Rooi Haring deur Schalk Schoombie
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Launch: Called to Song by Kharnita Mohamed (15 August)

Qabila’s marriage is falling apart – it has been for years. If she had not fallen pregnant she and Rashid might not have married in the first place. After all, he was seeing Thandi at the time. And now Qabila wonders if he ever stopped seeing her. Does that explain why Qabila has never felt the full measure of his love? At least he is not abusive, her mother would say, unlike Qabila’s father.

But with her mother’s passing, Qabila’s world is coming undone. She is dreaming of strange songs and making lists to stay sane. When she finds out Rashid is living a double life, she demands a divorce. Why does he still resist? Why not go to Thandi?

As she tries to pick up the pieces of her life, Qabila rails against the persistent legacy of discrimination in South Africa. Not least of which is the racism in her own community towards fellow black people. But she also rediscovers the joy of family, and her Muslim faith, and meets a group of musicians who might be the answer to her puzzling dreams.

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The Lost Boys of Bird Island: a shocking story of criminality, cover-ups and official complicity in the rape and possible murder of children

It is the late 1980s.

Serious allegations surface against three prominent National Party cabinet ministers, one of them the second‐most powerful man in the land.

They are, it is said, regularly abusing young boys on an island just off the coast of Port Elizabeth. From opposite ends of South Africa, a brave cop and a driven journalist investigate. Mark Minnie and Chris Steyn independently uncover evidence of a dark secret. But the case only surfaces briefly before it disappears completely.

Thirty years later, the two finally connect the dots to expose this shocking story of criminality, cover‐ups and official complicity in the rape and possible murder of children, most of them vulnerable and black.

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