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'People are too critical of South Africa' - Deon Maas

2019-03-17 08:41

Every day is a new adventure and every day he discovers something new, whether it's a new washing detergent, type of bread or interesting German habit.

EXTRACT: Witboy in Berlin - Adventures in the First World

2019-02-26 10:40

There are people here who are not white but who are born-and-bred Europeans. My own skin may be white but there is one thing I know: I am, and remain, an African.

BOOK EXTRACT: The Rise and Demise of the Afrikaners

2019-02-17 10:34

Until the final years of the 1980s De Klerk supported the idea of retaining the pillars of apartheid. After his election as NP leader early in 1989, he singled out morality as his main motivation for ending apartheid and for seeking a settlement.

 
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WAR:  Thrust by the British into the campaign against Erwin Rommel’s German Afrika Korps in North Africa, South Africa fought a see-saw war of defeats followed by successes. South Africans versus Rommel is the story of an army committed somewhat reluctantly to a war it didn't fully support, ill-prepared for the battles it was tasked with fighting. (Delta Books)

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EXTRACT: Rebels and Rage – Reflections on #FeesMustFall

2019-03-03 06:00

The symbolism of burning books at a university was lost on these protesters for free education, as it was on some of their defenders.

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BOOK REVIEW: You can't be seen until you learn to see

2019-02-09 08:00

Marketing has become synonymous with advertising, and it is the default many turn to as the solution to attracting more buyers, says Ian Mann.

BOOK EXTRACT: South Africans versus Rommel - The untold story of the Desert War in WWII

2019-01-24 09:26

The British failure to institute combined arms warfare left the sometimes hapless South Africans to their own devices. The natural role for the highly mobile South Africans would have been integration with the British armor formations, but this proved to be a step beyond British vision and command capability.

EXTRACT: Youth Revolution

2019-01-21 09:09

I had considered my medical condition as something that was happening to me, and me alone. I didn't really take the time to think what my mother, who had given up her life to take care of us, was going through while witnessing her daughter wither away.

From au pair to master winemaker

2019-01-07 10:41

In this extract from Colour of Wine: Tasting Change, Berene Sauls takes us through her journey from a failed au pair to a master winemaker.

The claim that democracy fares better in the West than in Africa is a fallacy

2019-01-25 16:00

More people vote in some African countries than in some in the West. South Africa does more to promote women’s participation than most Western countries.

EXTRACT: Why democracy is indivisible from African development

2019-01-27 06:32

Young people who are pessimistic about their economic futures are unlikely to sit idly by waiting for change. They will demand it.

BOOK EXTRACT: Class Action - The flames stir like beckoning hands

2019-01-22 06:01

The year 1985 was to me what 1976 was to those who participated in the student uprising. It brought thousands of us onto the streets armed only with stones and tyres, writes Charles Abrahams.

BOOK REVIEW: Books paint contrasting pictures of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

2019-01-21 08:12

Writings on South African liberation struggle icon Winnie Mandela almost all fall into one of two categories – either hagiography or demonology, writes Keith Gottschalk.

Best history books of 2018: looking back, moving forward

2019-01-04 13:12

Do you remember that just three decades ago, South Africa was still gripped by a cold-hearted security state that spared nothing in its bid to maintain power and enforce white minority privilege?

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