Books

EXTRACT | Red alert: Should we fear Malema?

2019-12-03 08:48

He is charismatic, interesting, vocal, intelligent . . . and in some circles the most feared and despised politician in South Africa. He leads the men and women in red overalls, the party which achieved the strongest growth in 2019: the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

EXTRACT | They call me the black boerseun

2019-11-24 07:28

Our mother, Nozuko, is a farmer in the truest sense of the word, even though we only started farming five years ago. Where others saw dirt, she always saw potential.

EXTRACT | Lured to Cape Town by Rive's District Six novel

2019-11-18 10:30

After living in Cape Town for 20 years, Henry Trotter explores the unique character of the city while illuminating some of the hidden historical, political and cultural forces that shape its social life in his new book Cape Town: A Place Between.

EXTRACT | Arthur Chaskalson: A Life Dedicated to Justice for All – 'Rivonia trial had profound impact on him'

2019-11-14 09:51

The Rivonia trial was the most important South African trial of the 1960s and probably of the last three decades of apartheid. That Bram Fischer had asked him to argue reflects the confidence that Bram and his other colleagues had in Arthur Chaskalson.

 

 

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EXTRACT | Saving the last rhinos: The life of a frontline conservationist

2019-11-22 13:00

A goat to both Zulu and Xhosa tribes is more than just a sturdy animal uniquely adapted to the harshness of this continent. It is a mystical creature used in rituals and ceremonies.

REVIEW | The uncomfortable truth about 'Siya Kolisi: Against All Odds'

2019-11-20 07:02

People who came into contact with Kolisi were always willing to take a chance on him, support him and invest in him, almost as though they were squinting into the future where they saw the man not only play for the Boks, but also captain them.

EXTRACT | Balance of Power: The day Ramaphosa confronted Moyane

2019-11-17 08:54

Ramaphosa was determined to show Moyane what he was really capable of, and decided to discipline him, building the case that he had lost confidence in him. The president was clear; Moyane had to go if Sars had any chance of recovery.

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Help your child make sense of rands and cents with these fun books

2019-11-11 07:47

It's never too early to teach kids how to be financially savvy. See which local children’s books Ethnikids' Khumo Tapfumaneyi recommends for equipping children to deal with money matters from a young age.

EXTRACT | Blessed by Bosasa: Inside Gavin Watson's 'cult rituals'

2019-10-20 06:30

The Bosasa way was to seal the tender boxes, take them to the prayer meeting on the morning of the submission, anoint them with oil and pray over them. All of this was part of the Bosasa cult ritual.

EXTRACT: Radical politics, yes, but with civility and humanity

2019-11-02 07:00

In recent years, South African politics has been characterised by a distinct lack of civility and accountability. Racism and violent threats have become the norm and civilised, democratic politics is being replaced by the political mob.

EXTRACT | Robert McBride: The struggle continues

2019-10-28 20:00

The news of Gordon's escape was on all the early Monday morning radio bulletins. One newspaper said the wounded guerrilla had been rescued by seven men in white coats.

Book Extract: ‘I sold my company to the ANC’

2019-10-22 01:11

Taking centre stage at the Zondo commission, the wheelings and dealings of late Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson gripped the nation. In this extract from Adriaan Basson’s new book, Fanie van Zijl recalls how his business landed in the hands of Watson.

EXTRACT | A House Divided: 'De Lille wanted things done, even if she had to bend the rules'

2019-10-15 08:53

De Lille's lead­ership style and her efforts to centralise power in her office sowed unhappiness and growing concern. 'It didn't matter what you said, you weren't going to convince her. In the end, her stubborn­ness counted against her.'

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