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Archive for November, 2018

Ontmoet vir Pieter-Dirk Uys! (26 November)

Pieter-Dirk Uys is poeierloos, persoonlik en op papier!

Geïnspireer deur sy onlangse suksesvolle verhoog-memoir, sal Pieter-Dirk Uys persoonlik die Tafelberg uitgawes van Weerklink van ‘n wanklank, asook die Engelse weergawe The Echo of a Noise by die Drostdyteater voorstel.

Hy sal ook hoogtepunte uit sy opvoering aanbied.

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Bekendstelling: Die Tronkgesprekke deur Willie Esterhuyse & Gerhard van Niekerk (24 November)

Dié boek onthul dat PW Botha reeds in 1984, te midde van die Totale Aanslag, in die geheim opdrag sou gee dat sy minister van justisie, Kobie Coetsee, gesprekke met Nelson Mandela in die tronk voer.

Mandela se aanhouding was toenemend ’n tameletjie vir die NP-regering. Wat as dié ikoon in die tronk sou sterf? Die land sou ontplof. Botha was desperaat.

Wedersydse respek ontwikkel mettertyd tussen Coetsee en Mandela, en die prisonier begin selfs sy eie vrylatingsproses grootliks bestuur.

Alles is hoogsgeheim.

PW Botha moes dit kon ontken as dit sou uitlek. Maar agter die skerms bou vertroue tussen die leiers van partye wat in die openbaar geswore vyande is.

Bekende skrywer en akademikus Willie Esterhuyse, self ten nouste betrokke by geheime onderhandelinge tussen die ANC en die NP-regering, vertel met medeskrywer Gerhard van Niekerk die verhaal van Coetsee en Mandela se “voorpunt”-diplomasie, waarsonder die 1994-oorgang nie moontlik sou gewees het nie.
 
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Launch: To Survive and Succeed by Khusta Jack (20 November)

Until then, I had thought that where we lived and where my mother worked in the fields was our land. I had no idea that there was a white owner ­– a boss of our lives.

Mkhuseli ‘Khusta’ Jack was born on a white-owned farm in the Eastern Cape. Evicted from their home, his family was split up, wandering between different relatives, with nowhere to live legally. The young Khusta had a fierce yearning to go to school. Meeting obstacles at every turn, he never gave up. Reaching high school in Port Elizabeth, against all the odds, his drive finds a new focus: freedom for his people.

Through fiery years of activism, his resolve never wavered. Khusta Jack became a respected leader in the democratic movement. Today, as a successful businessman, he is as outspoken as always.

A true story of sacrifice, courage and triumph.

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Bekendstelling: Die Ongelooflike Onskuld van Dirkie Verwey deur Charl-Pierre Naudé (13 November)

Op ’n dag in die vroeë sewentigs bemerk ’n afgeleë Noord-Kaapse gemeenskap ’n gebou in hul midde waar voorheen net ’n stuk braakgrond was. Drie weke later verdwyn die gebou . . .

Lees ook oor die vreemde werklikheid van mense wat meer as een maal lewe, oor die jong man wat so skaam is dat hy nie op foto’s kan vertoon nie, en oor die intense liefdesverhouding van ’n paartjie wie se lewenspaaie net vir ’n paar sekondes gekruis het.

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Cape Town launch: I Beg to Differ by Peter Storey (14 November)

‘Let me say to Mr Botha: apartheid is doomed! It has been condemned in the Councils of God, rejected by every nation on the planet and is no longer believed in by the people who gave it birth. Apartheid is the god that has failed … let not one more sacred life be offered on its blood-stained altar…’

This is what Bishop Peter Storey preached in 1986. Challenging apartheid wherever he could, he led the Methodist Church of Southern Africa into what many white congregants saw as uncomfortable ‘political’ territory.

Join him in his inspiring journey from sailor-turned-minister to the South African Council of Churches leadership in its darkest hour, from tending to Robert Sobukwe and Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, through the forced removals of District Six and to the storm surrounding Stompie Seipei’s murder. I Beg to Differ spans a humble parish minister’s sorrows and joys, his founding of Life Line SA, the bombing of Khotso House, a close shave with death with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In his own words, Storey shares his convictions that inspired him to speak out and minister fearlessly amid the teargas, violence and intimidation of the apartheid regime.

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Rob Rose’s Steinheist exposes the greed, plunder and betrayal behind the Steinhoff crash

The Steinhoff crash wiped more than R200bn off the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, erased more than half the wealth of tycoon Christo Wiese and knocked the pension funds of millions of ordinary South Africans.

When this investors’ darling was exposed as a house of cards, tales of fraudulent accounting, a lavish lifestyle involving multimillion-rand racehorses and ructions in the ‘Stellenbosch mafia’ made headlines around the world.

As regulators tally up the cost, Financial Mail editor Rob Rose reveals the real inside story behind Steinhoff. Based on dozens of interviews with key players in South Africa, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands – and documents not yet public – Steinheist reveals:

• How Bruno Steinhoff formed the company by doing business in the Communist bloc and apartheid South Africa;
• How the ‘Markus myth’ started in the dusty streets of Ga-Rankuwa and grew thanks to a ‘bit of luck’ in a 1998 takeover;
• How Jooste insiders shifted nasty liabilities off Steinhoff’s balance sheet to secretive companies overseas in order to present a false picture of the profits;
• How Wiese was lucky to lose only R59bn and how Shoprite narrowly escaped getting caught in Steinhoff’s web; and
• What happened behind closed boardroom doors in the frantic week before Jooste resigned.

‘An astonishing piece of investigative journalism, exposing greed, plunder and betrayal on a grand scale.’ Jacques Pauw

‘The driving narrative is vintage Rose. That’s because he knows what he’s talking about. Markus Jooste will absolutely hate this book.’ Peter Bruce

‘Reads like a fast-paced manuscript to the movie which must be made.’ Bruce Whitfield

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Award-winning journalist Rob Rose is editor of the Financial Mail. He has worked for Business Day and at the Sunday Times as an investigative journalist and as Business Times editor. His first book was The Grand Scam: How Barry Tannenbaum Conned South Africa’s Business Elite.

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Launch: The Echo of a Noise by Pieter-Dirk Uys (13 November)

‘This is Pieter-Dirk Uys unpowdered. No props, no false eyelashes, no high heels …’

South African icon Pieter-Dirk Uys has been on stage over 7 000 times. In this funny and tender memoir, Uys reveals the person behind the persona. We meet his forbidding, musically driven Afrikaner father, his brilliant but troubled mother, and Sannie Abader, his Cape Flats ma who raised him in Pinelands, Cape Town.

Filled with photographs from the family album and 40 years of satire, The Echo of a Noise also features Pieter’s Paarlse ouma, his strudel-baking German Oma, his devotion to Sophia Loren, the invention of Evita Bezuidenhout, and the joys and sorrows of a remarkable life.

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Giveaway! Win a copy of the magical and original Mzansi fairy tale, The Blacksmith and the Dragonfly

A magical and original fairy tale – perfect for bedtime reading. With the hype around movies like Black Panther and the call for inclusive storytelling, this book is perfect for the current market. It features lovely illustrations and the strong female protagonist will delight and inspire young readers.

About the book

Ndiliswa dreams of becoming a warrior and the commander of the king’s army. But she is the daughter of a poor blacksmith, who makes spears just to get by. Prince Siyabulela has never been a soldier like his younger brother and his father fears that he won’t be a good king. When Siyabulela is transformed into a dragonfly by a wicked spell, it is up to Ndiliswa to defeat their enemies to save the prince.

Riana Louw was born and raised in Bellville. She is currently living and working in Germany as a Software Engineer. She is passionate about equality in gender roles and racial representation in stories and toys for children. She enjoys managing the illustration projects for her short stories in her free time.

Charles Siboto studied at the University of Johannesburg. He worked as an editor for children’s and youth literature for four years. He recently relocated to Germany with his wife, where he is teaching English and working as a freelance editor, proofreader and writer.

Christelle Lambrechts is a background artist and creature designer for a mobile gaming company. She studied at Prestige Academy and got her diploma in 3D Design and Digital Animation. She worked at Exclusive Books in Tygervalley for five years and loved being surrounded by books. In her spare time, she enjoys working on illustrations for children’s books.

NB Publishers are giving away THREE copies of this magical book! To enter, simply tell us the name of the female protagonist in The Blacksmith and the Dragonfly. Email your answer to our editor, Mila de Villiers: mila@book.co.za before Tuesday, 13 November.

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Launch – I Beg to Differ: Ministry Amid the Teargas by Peter Storey (8 November)

‘Let me say to Mr Botha: apartheid is doomed! It has been condemned in the Councils of God, rejected by every nation on the planet and is no longer believed in by the people who gave it birth. Apartheid is the god that has failed … let not one more sacred life be offered on its blood-stained altar…’

This is what Bishop Peter Storey preached in 1986. Challenging apartheid wherever he could, he led the Methodist Church of Southern Africa into what many white congregants saw as uncomfortable ‘political’ territory.

Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki will be in conversation with Peter Storey as he launches I Beg to Differ on Thursday, 8 November at Love Books.

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  • Date: Thursday, 08 November 2018
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Rd, Melville | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki
  • RSVP: kate@lovebooks.co.za
     

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