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Extract: Africa First! Igniting a Growth Revolution

2020-03-17 14:00

Africa’s forests could actually be a game-changer in terms of tackling climate change. Approximately 2.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide, one third of the CO2 released from burning fossil fuels, is absorbed by forests each year.

In conversation with Damian Barr, award-winning author and a Woordfees 2020 featured guest

2020-03-06 16:35

I preface the book with a quote from Rian Malan about every inch of the country being contested because it is - the contemporary story led me to the past and to the Boer War and a history that is hidden to many because we were never taught it at school.

EXTRACT | The ANC Spy Bible: Surviving across enemy lines

2020-03-02 10:42

I was comfortable in the ‘grey’ where nothing was fixed, and everything was changeable. It showed in the way we had survived detention. He was the defiant oak tree that absorbed the full force of the storm.

EXTRACT | The SADF and Cuito Cuanavale: a tactical and strategic analysis

2020-02-19 16:19

If you can prove that the SADF had its heart set on taking Cuito Cuanavale, you may credibly argue that the South Africans wanted to use it as a springboard for an advance on Luanda.

EXTRACT | Eb Koybie: A memoir of shenanigans between Durban and Bombay

2020-02-12 16:27

We rummaged through drums containing tons of smelly garbage, broken plastic and glass bangles, and other discarded jewellery and junk from India; which collectively seemed destined to stay here forever.

Renowned novelist Deon Meyer targets Zuma in latest book

2020-02-05 14:21

"I have survived several attempts to kill me," former South African president Jacob Zuma had claimed in one of many his rants against the corruption allegations which forced him to resign in 2018.

 

 

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EXTRACT: The Native Commissioner

2020-02-25 13:55

She had known already then that age, poor health and the life she had lived were rubbing their hands; that she would soon begin the modern middle-class downward death journey from small townhouse to retirement village, to frail care centre, to a bed somewhere not home from which one day she would not stir.

EXTRACT: Too Black to Wear Whites

2020-02-10 10:39

A resolution was passed that would form the notorious Bye-law 10. It meant Hendricks was immediately excluded from playing in the championship by virtue of his being a coloured cricketer.

EXTRACT | Dream of a Lifetime: Crossing Antarctica

2020-02-03 15:54

Large dark clouds cast shadows over the mountain. It was 10:00 in the morning, but it looked like night-time. I was forced to use my headlamp for the first time to make out anything inside the tent. It was 20 January. Winter had arrived.

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EXTRACT | Winging It: On tour with the Boks

2020-01-22 11:56

There was a row with distinct racial undertones between the locks in his preliminary squad, Geo Cronjé and Quinton Davids, not to mention how by then the naked truth was emerging back home of his infamous pre- tournament boot camp, Kamp Staaldraad.

Six key reads from 2019 to prep you for the year ahead in SA

2020-01-03 06:00

Here are six reads that got our attention during 2019 - and the content will prove relevant to South Africans in the year 2020, writes Khulekani Magubane.

IAN MANN REVIEWS: The top 3 principles that built Amazon

2019-12-25 16:31

In July 1994, 30-year old Jeff Bezos left his job on Wall Street to start a little online bookstore called Amazon.com. The rest is history, says Ian Mann.

REVIEW: Winging it with one of SA's top rugby scribes

2020-01-22 11:56

The easy-reading but insightful vignettes include a one-Test front row forward who made the rookie mistake of getting parted from his passport, two players swept out to sea on surfboards and Del Carme getting kicked out of a taxi in Wales after arguing with the driver about the route the cabbie was taking.

EXTRACT | Mandela, Mbeki and Beyond

2020-01-13 12:52

In the broader context, more encouragingly, we live in a demonstrably free society, a gradually deepening democracy in a world where freedoms are, paradoxically, under new attack from narrow nationalism, chauvinism and political hooliganism.

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