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Archive for October, 2018

Launch – Louis Botha: A Man Apart by Richard Steyn (1 November)

In A Man Apart Richard Steyn once again brings to life a South African icon.

Louis Botha was the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, a union he did much to create in the decade after the devastation of the Anglo-Boer War.

During the war Botha was a brilliant young Boer general who through his battlefield strategy won significant victories over the British in the early stages of the war. When the weight of British arms overhelmed the Boers, Botha along with Smuts did much to encourage peace between English and Afrikaner and led the country to Union in 1910 and dominion status.

Botha was a big-hearted and generous man who showed magnanimity in his dealings with all, including former enemies.

He led the South African troops to victory and the capture of German South West Africa – prior to this he had to put down a revolt of pro-German Afrikaners. At the Peace of Versailles, representing South Africa, he pleaded unsuccessfully for magnanimity towards the Germans.

Botha was a globally respected figure – he and Smuts effectively operated as a double act in South Africa and on the international stage before Botha’s untimely death in August 1919 at only 57. In A Man Apart this tragically short life is illuminated in full.

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In The Last Hurrah, Graham Viney has written a fascinating account of a pivotal moment in South African history

From February to April 1947, South Africa welcomed King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and the princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret.

The Royal Family travelled many thousands of kilometres across the country in the specially commissioned White Train. Graham Viney’s descriptions of the tour’s highlights allow the reader to follow this royal progress.

In vivid prose, he provides a fascinating analysis of a fractious society on the threshold of momentous change. The Last Hurrah also captures the political controversy surrounding the tour.

There was resistance, initially, from black and Indian nationalist politicians and, throughout, from Afrikaner Nationalists. Only a year later, in 1948, Smuts’s government was defeated in a general election, a victory won essentially on DF Malan’s racist ticket.

But the tour had truly been a last hurrah, a show of Empire solidarity and a recognition of South Africa’s contribution to the Allied cause during the Second World War, and specifically that of Prime Minister Jan Smuts. Wherever the Royal Family went, South Africans turned out in their thousands to cheer and welcome them.

The Last Hurrah draws on sources from far and wide, including the Royal Archives at Windsor, and includes a selection of previously unpublished photographs of the Royal Family on tour.

GRAHAM VINEY was educated at the Diocesan College (Bishops), Cape Town, and Oriel College, Oxford, where he read International Relations. He runs an international design company. In addition to numerous papers and articles has written two books, Colonial Houses of South Africa and The Cape of Good Hope, 1806 – 1872.

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Die Afrikaanse uitgawe van die eerste boek in Philip Kerr se Berlin Noir-reeks het pas die rakke getref

Hans-Nazi’s is ’n kragtoer. Bernie Günther is pure speur-plesier.” – Deon Meyer

“Slim, skerp, spannend en supersnaaks” – Karin Brynard

Berlyn, 1936. Hardebaard speurder Bernhard – “Bernie” – Günther word deur ’n miljoenêr-sakeman ingeroep om die moord op sy dogter en skoonseun op te los en waardevolle juwele wat tydens die inbraak gesteel is, te vind.

Gewoonlik is Günther op die spoor van vermiste persone, maar in dié onstuimige politieke klimaat betree hy ’n donker onderwêreld waar misdaad, korrupsie en onderhandelinge met Nazi-leiers aan die orde van die dag is. Sy soektog ontbloot ’n skandaal wat hoëkoppe soos Hermann Goering en Heinrich Himmler betrek …

Smerige nagklubs, smeulende filmsterre, oorvol lykshuise en onderonsies met die Gestapo lei uiteindelik tot ’n skokkende onthulling. Die roman speel af in Nazi-Duitsland – ’n milieu wat Kerr met vernuf skets.

Dié Afrikaanse uitgawe van March Violets is die eerste boek in Kerr se Berlin Noir-reeks, sy eerste Bernie Günther-trilogie. Vertalings van die volgende twee romans in die reeks, The Pale Criminal en A German Requiem, verskyn in 2019.

PHILIP KERR (1956–2018) was ’n Britse skrywer wat wêreldwyd bekendheid verwerf het vir sy speurverhale. Hy het in 1980 ’n meestersgraad in filosofie en die regte aan die Universiteit van Birmingham ontvang en het daarna meer as 30 boeke gepubliseer, waaronder veral historiese romans en misdaadfiksie. Sy Bernie Günther-romans speel af in Nazi-Duitsland. Hy is in Maart 2018 oorlede.


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Local is extra lekker in Foodies of South Africa: The Most Viral Recipes Ever!

Local is extra lekker in this cookbook that brings you mouthwatering recipes like Pap in a Pumpkin, Cheesy Braai Bombs, A-maize-ing Chakalaka Dippers, Croque Meneer and Steri Stumpie Hot Chocolate.

Foodies of South Africa is synonymous with epic recipes, wicked combos, extra cheesy delights and dripping sauces. With over 730 000 followers on Facebook, including a few local celebrities like Lorna Maseko and Dineo Ranaka, Foodies of South Africa’s videos have gone viral.

In the last year their videos got more shares than all of the top 50 brands in the country combined. Every week four million of their fans view their delicious recipes – in a good week this figure goes up to 10 million.

Their fans also love to comment on and share the recipes and even upload photos when they have made the dishes.

The book will also include several fan comments from Facebook. To the team from Foodies of SA food is much more than just food. It is also an intimate and intricate part of one’s life story, it is belonging, heritage, culture . . . and connection. This is a book that is bound to become a much-consulted, dog-eared, flour-dusted, timeworn companion.

Warm whiskey volcano: ‘I’m dead!’ – Gugu Gumede

Sheet pan dinner: ‘Soooo going to try this!’ – Dineo Ranaka

Cheesy bread bake: ‘Staaaaaaaaaapppppp!’ ‒ Lorna

About the authors

Chantal Botha is a brand strategist/digital marketer with a passion for food and nutrition. She helps to brainstorm recipe ideas, manages the respective Foodies of SA social platforms and helps to bring the Foodies of SA brand/voice to life!

Julie Brown is a boss lady/supermom who loves food, film-making and family. She has been producing, directing and managing video teams for nearly ten years.

Hayley Murison is an avid foodie, a parttime artist and a full-time cake enthusiast! She was one of the earliest members of the Foodies team and has since been involved in just about every aspect of the business.

Jon Ratcliffe is the founder of Engage Video Group which owns the Foodies of SA platform. He has also lead numerous divisions at Google both in Africa and at Google’s head office in California

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