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EXTRACT: Verwoerd - My Journey through Family Betrayals

2019-05-20 08:39

My faith and commitment to inclusive humanisation means I cannot give up on my blood family. I cannot stop trying to understand and accept them more deeply, writes Wilhelm Verwoerd.

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.

Why nonfiction books dominate bestseller lists in South Africa

2019-04-25 09:54

Books in South Africa don’t often make headline news. But a controversial subject, protests and disruptions at a book launch, and threats of book burning are sufficient to get South Africans talking about the place of books in society once again.

President's Keepers publisher shortlisted for upholding 'freedom to publish' award

2019-04-16 21:19

South Africa's NB Publishers has been shortlisted for the International Publishers Association Prix Voltaire for 2019, which acknowledges "exemplary courage" in upholding the freedom to publish.

 
WAR:

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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BOOK EXTRACT: Gangster State - Jacob Zuma's R2m 'thank-you fee'

2019-05-02 17:39

As poor communities are left without homes, journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh is being sued over revelations in his book, Gangster State, that corruption may have played a role in building of homes being delayed for years

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Lawfare: Why blaming the Constitution for SA's problems is not the answer

2019-04-16 10:09

In addition to the consequences of the deepening phenomenon of lawfare, another set of challenges to the constitutional project has emerged, namely the fact the Constitution itself has become an object of criticism.

BOOK EXTRACT: The Messiah's Dream Machine

2019-04-14 10:00

We sit together on the top step of the old house on Avondson and watch the sun set. On the horizon, fine lines of fire and gold rise into the flaring sky. Behind the cypress trees, the hills on Boesmansfontein glow across the veld.

Is an IMF bailout for SA imminent post May 8?

2019-04-09 12:45

Given that May 8 election is unlikely to change the South African social and economic reality, spelling out IMF involvement becomes a post-election imperative, writes Denis Worrall.

How the apartheid regime burnt books in their tens of thousands

2018-10-25 19:00

The fact that books were burnt underscored the state’s desire to make sure the printed word was utterly destroyed. The practice also revealed a darker side of the library profession which connived in the book burning.

SOE clean-up doomed to fail as opportunities for corruption are simply too great

2019-03-28 05:00

It is unimaginable that South Africa can continue to exist behind the fence of its own peculiar job-reservation laws when everywhere else in that global market such restrictions do not exist.

Hlumelo Biko: On Black Panther and the continuous struggle for self-determination

2019-04-15 16:00

In 2018 I took my son to watch the film Black Panther, thinking that I would be exposing him to something that would make him more (as the kids say these days) 'woke'. But I was the one whose eyes were opened.

EXTRACT: Gunship over Angola - 'I felt stripped bare of my self-belief'

2019-04-11 08:49

I realised that something was terribly wrong, and at the last possible moment hoofed the right rudder pedal as hard as I could to prevent the Alo's imminent impact with the wall.

BOOK REVIEW: The anatomy of capture and corruption in King Ace's world

2019-04-05 06:00

Gangster State is a meticulous examination of Ace Magashule's world in which Pieter-Louis Myburgh combines documentary evidence with first-person accounts of the former Free State premier's networks and confidantes.

BOOK EXTRACT: Gangster State – The ANC's asbestos benefits

2019-03-31 04:00

One of the most enduring allegations against Ace Magashule is that he ran a bona fide shakedown operation in the Free State. He knew exactly when most companies were due to receive money from his government, and he would very quickly collect his share.

'Suffering can be a mysterious kind of gift'- author of The Blackridge House

2019-03-27 14:22

Elizabeth Madeline Martin spends her days in a retirement home in Cape Town. Bedridden, her memory fading, she can recall her early childhood spent in a small wood-and-iron house in Blackridge on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg.

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