5 things you need to know in SA business today and the 12 best books you'll want to read this October, according to Amazon

2019-10-04 06:55

Government is pushing coal producers to cut prices to help save Eskom.

EXTRACT: Jakkalsfontein via Cape Town to Britstown, 13 June 2017 – my 80th birthday

2019-09-30 09:43

I wasn't happy locking up my home on the wild West Coast and leaving my comfort zone at 5 on that midwinter morning. I took a deep breath of the fresh, freezing sea air, and then another, as I didn't know how long it would be before I'd smell it again.

EXTRACT | Voices from the Underground: 'No Time to Mourn'

2019-09-29 07:32

During the week that followed, Shirley and Aneez confirmed that it was our comrades who had died in the blast. It was a huge blow, but as a soldier I had to recover quickly and make peace with this awful truth, as I had after Ashley's death. There was no time to mourn.

EXTRACT | Black Tax: Burden or Ubuntu?

2019-09-04 07:38

My poor sisters spent most of their youth cooking and cleaning for the household. In between school and growing up, they were doing more work than most domestic workers could handle.

WATCH: Exorcists advise school to ban Harry Potter books because 'spells are real'

2019-09-03 12:12

Exorcists advised a Nashville school priest to ban the Harry Potter books, over fears the popular children's novels could be used to summon spirits.

EXTRACT | Tobacco Wars: 'That guy fears nobody and nothing'

2019-07-30 12:33

Yusuf Kajee was the most outspoken of a group of independent cigarette manufacturers. He was also the first person to expose the attack on me, and later on SARS, for what it was, in emails which he sent to various media houses in 2014.

One of the world's most famous historians has a crucial piece of advice on interviewing: 'Shut up!'

2019-07-15 16:04

Historian Robert Caro is one of the world's most celebrated writers. His new book focuses on his process, and there's one simple rule anyone can use.

By the Book: Q&A with Haji Mohamed Dawjee

2019-06-13 09:25

Author of Sorry, Not Sorry: Experiences of a brown woman in a white South Africa Haji Mohamed Dawjee has read Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things every year for the past ten years and thinks Charlie Brown's football is the ultimate metaphor for a bully.

EXTRACT: Cul-de-sac by Elsa Joubert: 'There and then I decide I'm done with colour'

2019-06-12 08:27

My first hip replacement was shortly after I'd been to the hairdresser. No problem; hair still looks good. But when the surgeon said I was not allowed in a car for six weeks, I had to devise a plan.

EXTRACT: The love song of André P Brink

2019-05-12 09:00

In vivid, well-constructed sentences, Brink's prose displays touches of a true storyteller. In addition, his powers of observation are such that a colossal amount of data comes to the fore.

 

Colourism, sexuality and immigration - Nicole Dennis-Benn shares how her latest book challenges societal norms

2019-10-01 02:18

The intricacy with which she weaves words into stories would have any reader believing that Nicole Dennis-Benn's career of choice has always been in the literary arts.

Going underground with the Ashley Kriel MK detachment

2019-09-29 21:00

Retired Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs has described Voices from the Underground as a "riveting account of the life and deeds of idealistic young MK operatives".

REVIEW | The Silent Patient: A fresh departure from the psychological thriller

2019-09-23 16:38

The true wealth of the novel lies in the characters themselves. The author creates excellent character dispositions and has a talent for immediately making the reader love or hate the character; despite this the reader has no idea who to trust.

EXTRACT | The Bosasa Billions: Bosasa goes to war

2019-08-18 07:00

Bosasa pulled every po­litical lever at its disposal. After the final SIU report was submitted in 2009, it took the company only a day or two to get its hands on the confidential document.

EXTRACT | So you want to build a startup? Take the leap

2019-07-27 08:00

My decision to create a moonlighting venture was my way of dipping a toe into entrepreneurship without taking on the full risk of entrepreneurship. Importantly, the venture was complementary rather than competitive with the corporate work I did.

By the Book: Q&A with Elsa Joubert

2019-07-10 08:53

A good work of literature is that which is authentic and unpretentious, says author Elsa Joubert.

By the Book: Q&A with James Brent-Styan

2019-06-12 15:56

Author of Steinhoff: Inside SA's Biggest Corporate Crash, James Brent-Styan was a voracious reader as a child and especially fond of Asterix and Obelix.

UFS postpones Free State 'Gangster State' launch indefinitely citing 'security concerns'

2019-05-16 06:34

The 'Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule's Web of Capture' author has learnt 'with shock' that his Bloemfontein leg of his book tour would be postponed due to a security threat.

EXTRACT: Two weeks in November – The story of how Mugabe was toppled

2019-05-10 13:52

The astonishing untold story of the operation that toppled Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe.

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