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Johannesburg launch of No Longer Whispering to Power by Thandeka Gqubule

Advocate Thuli Madonsela has achieved in her seven years as Public Protector what few accomplish in a lifetime; her legacy and contribution cannot be over-stated.

In her final days in office she compiled the explosive State Capture report and, before that, the report on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence.

Praised and vilified in equal measures, Madonsela has frequently found herself at centre stage in the increasingly fractious South African political scene.

Yet, despite the intense media scrutiny, Madonsela remains something of an enigma. Who is this soft-spoken woman who stood up to state corruption? Where did she develop her views and resolve?

This book attempts to answer these questions, and others, by exploring many aspects of Madonsela’s life: her childhood years and family, her involvement in student politics, her contribution to the constitution, her life in law.

Madonsela once described her role as Public Protector as being akin to that of the Venda traditional spiritual female leader, the Makhadzi, who whispers truth to the ruler. When the sounds of the exchanges between the ruler and the Makhadzi grow loud, Madonsela said, that is when the whispering has failed.

No Longer Whispering to Power is about Thuli Madonsela’s tenure as Public Protector, during which the whisper grew into a cry. It is the story of the South African people’s attempt to hold power to account through the Office of the Public Protector. More significantly, this important book stands as a record of the crucial work Madonsela has done, always acting without fear or favour.

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“Ek het gekies om romans te skryf om die omstandighede van die tyd uit vele kante te beskou” – Joyce Kotzè bespreek Wintersrust

Die Afrikaanse vertaling van Joyce Kotzè se The Runaway Horses is onlangs in Afrikaans as Wintersrust uitgegee. Hier bespreek Kotzè die oorsprong van haar voorliefde vir skryf, uitdagings wat sy ervaar het om werklike gebeure te fiksionaliseer en die groot rol wat verbeelding in haar skryfkuns speel.

Wat het jou aangespoor om ’n roman wat tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog afspeel te skryf? Toon jy ’n besonderse belangstelling in dié tydperk?

My belangstelling is die lot van die individu in geskiedenis en dan ook in oorlog. Om Suid-Afrikaanse geskiedenis lewendig te hou, het ek gekies om romans te skryf wat die omstandighede van die tyd uit vele kante beskou. My familie het aan beide kante van die Anglo-Boereoorglog geveg en swaargekry. Dus het ek besluit om eerste oor die Anglo-Boereoorlog te skryf en dan verder te gaan met die Huil-Oorlog, dit wil sê die Rebellie en die Eerste Wêreldoorlog. Omdat hierdie gebeurtenisse groot skeurings in Suid-Afrika ten gevolge gehad het, dink ek dis tyd om dit vanuit alle oogpunte te ervaar.

Hoe het jy teweeg gegaan om die fiktiewe karakters te skep? Het jy meerendeels op eksterne bronne (nie-fiksie tekste, romans, artikels, televisieprogramme, ens.) staatgemaak, of bloot jou eie oordeel vertrou?

Nie eksterne bronne nie, maar ‘n sterk interne bron! Ek het ‘n geweldige verbeelding wat altyd vooruit hardloop. [Stuur groete vir die bobbejaan agter die berg.] Ek besluit op ‘n paar hoofkarakters wat deur die verhaal moet loop of val. Ek skep hulle nie, maar gaan in free fall. Soos ‘n karakter in die storie kom, besluit hy/sy self hoe, wat, hoekom en waar. Die sekondêre karakters glip in die storie in wanneer ‘n scene dit benodig en gaan dan aan om te oorbrug waar die ander nie kan bykom nie. Ek vind dat sekondêre karakters uiters belangrik is, want hulle hou die emosionele sy van die tyd en dan ook die storie aanmekaar.

Watter uitdagings het jy ervaar om werklike gebeure te fiksionaliseer?

Dit was die perde wat my die ergste verniel het. Om pragtige Britse kavalrieperde in ‘n veldslag te laat omkom, en om die dapper Boereperde so holoog en kaalribbes te laat swaarkry, was nie goed nie. Om huise af te brand uit ‘n Britse oogpunt het my ook diep laat dink. Die veldslae het ek net uit ‘n spesifieke karakter se oogpunt beskryf. Ek was vele kere by Magersfontein en Paardeberg asook by Colenso. Al wat mens moet doen, is om dieper te dink en maak of jy self daar is. My Engelse ouma het my vertel van die konsentrasiekamp en my Boere oupa van die Slag van Rooiwal. Ek was toe nog baie jonk maar onthou elke woord. Wat ek gedoen het, was om my te verbeel dat alles nóú gebeur en ek moet maar cope.

Dis nogal ongewoon dat ’n skrywer ’n boek aanvanklik in hulle tweede taal uitgee. Hoekom het jy hierdie besluit geneem? Wou jy graag ’n wyer gehoor bereik?

Ek lei af dat jy aanneem my eerste taal is Afrikaans. Ek het ten volle tweetalig groot geword soos my familiegeskiedenis aandui. Reken ook daarby dat 99% van navorsings bronne in Engels is, veral die oor die Eerste Wêreldoorlog. My studies was ook in Engels. Wanneer ek skryf, vloei die emosies en woorde in Engels; ergo; my werk-taal. Afrikaans is ‘n pragtige en spesiale taal, maar ook ‘n moeilike taal om te skryf. Dit was nie eers moontlik vir my om my eie werk te vertaal nie. Die vertaling is juis gedoen omdat ek ‘n groter Afrikaanse lesers publiek wil bereik.

Jy werk tans aan ’n roman wat tydens die Eerste Wêreldoorlog afspeel. Hoe vergelyk die skryf- en navorsingsproses daarvan met die van Wintersrust?

Die Eerste Wêreldoorlog verstom my nog steeds. “In de niet verdwyn” was die eerste wat ek daarvan gehoor het toe Ouma vertel het van haar twee jong broers wat nie teruggekom het nie. Ek moes self gaan kyk en het verslae gestaan en weer en weer daarheen gegaan. Ek meen dan min Suid-Afrikaners weet dat alle rasse van die land daarby betrokke was. Die navorsing verskil van die van The Runaway Horses want alles is so werklik, tasbaar amper, as mens omring is deur duisende grafte en die absolute stilte wat daar heers. Hier was nie net oorlog nie, maar liewer futility en diep menslike gevoelens. Om die emosionele sy te skryf het ek my gewend na die digters, Sassoon vir woede; Owen vir die meegevoel en Thomas vir die aksie van jong mans wat oorlog as ‘n plig en vreugde beskou. Die 1914 Rebellie speel ‘n groot rol in my storie en dit is nie maklik om Boerseuns aan die Britse kant te laat veg in Frankryk nie. Ek is nou besig met die vierde herskryf en ek sukkel nog steeds. Ek is oortuig dat my jarelange fascination met die Eerste Wêreldoorlog die rede is hoekom ek begin skryf het.

Wintersrust

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The Runaway Horses

Call for submissions for “Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty” Competition now open

AFREADA and Africa Writes are currently hosting the “Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty” Competition, which invites writers to take the first line of Congolese author Alain Mabanckou’s short story “Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty” and continue the story.

Writers wishing to participate must submit a 500-word short story, building on the first line of Congolese author Alain Mabanckou’s “Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty”.

Told from the perspective of 10-year-old Michel living in Pointe Noire, Congo, the story begins:

In this country, a boss should always be bald and have a big belly. My uncle isn’t bald, he hasn’t got a big belly, and you don’t realise, the first time you see him, that he’s the actual boss of a big office in the centre of town…

According to Africa Writes, “the rules are simple: … open a Word Document and continue the story.”

Click here for the submission guidelines.

Black Moses

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Four international titles to look out for in June

Love, Africa
Jeffrey Gettleman

A seasoned war correspondent, Jeffrey Gettleman has covered every major conflict over the past twenty years, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Congo.

For the past decade, he has served as the East Africa Bureau Chief for the New York Times, fulfilling his teenage dream of living in Africa. Love, Africa is the story of how he got there – and of his difficult, winding towards becoming a good reporter and a better man.

At nineteen, Gettleman fell in love, twice. On a community service trip in college, he went to Africa – a terrifying, exciting, dreamlike continent in the throes of change that imprinted itself on his imagination and heart. One day, he vowed, he would return there, to stay. But around the same time he also fell in love with Courtenay, a fellow Cornell student – the brightest, fiercest, kindest woman he’d ever met.

Courtenay became a lawyer in America, and all Gettleman wanted was to be with her. But he also hungered to be in Africa. For the next decade he would waver between these two abiding passions.

Finally, after a great deal of growing up, he learned to be honest with himself about what he wanted – a realization that ultimately fulfilled both of his deepest desires.

A beautifully rendered coming-of-age story in the tradition of Barbarian Days, Love, Africa is a tale of passion, professional rivalries, tortuous long-distance relationships, marital strife, forgiveness, parenthood, and happiness that explores the power of finding yourself in the most unexpected of places.

Skulduggery Pleasant: Resurrection
Derek Landy

The skeleton detective is coming back to life… again! It’s the tenth, triumphant novel in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, and it will rearrange your world.

Skulduggery and Valkyrie are back in the tenth instalment in the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series – an incredible and unexpected treat for the legions of fans around the world.

We can’t say much but we can say this: Skulduggery and Valkyrie are going to team up with beloved characters from the first nine books as well as an all-new cast, including new teen co-star Omen Darkly, for an adventure that takes the story to truly global proportions … while answering questions that go right back to the beginning.

And Derek says this: “I was halfway through Last Stand of Dead Men, I think, when I realised that I had more stories to tell. I told myself that if Skulduggery and Valkyrie survived the series, I would leave the option open of returning to their world. There were still secrets I need to reveal, after all, and there were still horrors they had to face. They survived the first series. But they’re really going to wish they hadn’t.”

The Light We Lost
Jill Santopolo

11th September 2001. Lucy and Gabe meet at Columbia University on a day that will change their lives – and the world – forever. And as the city burns behind them, they kiss for the very first time.

Over the next thirteen years they are torn apart, then brought back together, time and time again. It’s a journey of dreams, of desires, of jealousy, of forgiveness – and above all, love.

And as Lucy is faced with a decision she thought she’d never have to make, she wonders whether their love is a matter of destiny, or chance. What if they should have been living a different life all along?

Me Before You meets One Day in this passionate debut novel, The Light We Lost, an epic love story about the heartrending decision that one woman must make…

Now translated into 28 languages.

All By Myself, Alone
Mary Higgins Clark

Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewellery expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship – the Queen Charlotte.

On board she meets eighty-six-year-old Lady Emily Haywood, “Lady Em,” as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise.

Three days out to sea Lady Em is found dead – and the necklace is missing.

The list of suspects is large and growing. Celia sets out to find the killer, not realizing that she has put herself in mortal danger before the ship reaches its final destination…

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“South Africa’s VhaVenda people have a role for a female leader – the Makhadzi … Madonsela has chosen this earthly role model” – read an excerpt from No Longer Whispering to Power

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has achieved in seven years what few accomplish in a lifetime. She has been praised and vilified in equal measures during her time in office, often putting her at centre stage.

Speaking in Cape Town last year, Madonsela said that her role as Public Protector is akin to that of the Venda traditional spiritual female leader, the Makhadzi, who whispers truth to the king or the ruler. A ruler ignores the Makhadzi at his peril. During the speech, Madonsela joked that when the sounds of exchanges between the ruler and the Makhadzi grow loud, that is when the whispering has failed.

No Longer Whispering to Power is about Madonsela’s tenure as Public Protector, during which the whisper grew into a cry. It is the story of South Africa’s people’s attempt to hold power to account through the Office of the Public Protector.

Read an excerpt from this important book which stands as a record of the crucial work Madonsela has done, always acting without fear or favour, here:

Chapter 6, ‘Black Athena, Makhandzi, or enemy of the state?’

In the shadows of all human souls lurk symbols, images and imprints. Archetypes: dreamlike but real, they breathe life and meaning through the ages, and demand to become manifest. Without them, human beings feel lost and struggle to create meaning.

When psychologist Carl Jung developed the concept of the collective unconscious, the realm of the archetype, he courted controversy. Critics said his ideas were fatalistic and unscientific. But his idea is useful for our purposes, for understanding the interaction between Madonsela as Public Protector and the people of South Africa’s yearning for freedom.

Jung argued that the collective unconscious had a profound influence on the lives of individuals, who lived out its symbols and clothed them in meaning through their experiences. Any examination of the role of Thuli Madonsela in South African society must wrestle with archetypes.

We must ask whether a nation challenged with establishing a new system of justice, after so much injustice, created for itself an ideal and imposed that ideal’s associated expectations on Madonsela and her office. We must contemplate whether, through the echoes of time, we drew from our collective unconscious a projection of what a just leader in our society must be.

One needs to listen hard and carefully, and see with the mind’s eye that which is not obvious. As Madonsela says, ‘I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said.’

At a time when she was under huge strain from death threats and harassment, Madonsela delivered the keynote address at the launch of the Civics Academy at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg, on 10 May 2016.

Addressing the gathering of young poets and activists, she told the story of how she had been on a bush retreat in a beautiful part of KwaZulu-Natal province with a group of people.

On a game drive one night, the skies were particularly generous, the Southern Cross glittering. The game ranger asked them to identify the most important group of stars for people of the south. The ranger explained to Madonsela and her group that, for centuries, the Southern Cross had helped southern Africans to find their way home.

Madonsela confessed that she could make neither head nor tail of north and south using the constellation. The guide showed her how. She was amazed and filled with joy.

The South African Constitution is to the people of South Africa what the Southern Cross has been to our forebears. ‘It is a way to guide society on its way to social justice and human development,’ she said.

Archetypes condense complex meanings into images and symbols. They help us to access, through the language of metaphor, the recesses of our collective history and heritage. We can see, then, that archetypes are hidden forms, transformed once they enter consciousness and given particular expression by individuals and their cultures. They are common to all humanity. Madonsela has said that our most precious collective heritage as South Africans is our Constitution.

We project our archetypal understandings onto other people, too. Arguably, the meaning and expectations thrust onto the figure of Thuli Madonsela are our soul longings for an Athena.

Protector of the city-state of Athens, Athena is one of the finest gods of Mount Olympus, and Zeus’s most favoured child. It is to Athena that Zeus gave the Aegis, the shield of the nation. In modern usage, doing something under someone or something’s aegis continues to mean doing things under the protection of a significant, powerful force for good; Madonsela came to be seen as doing her job under the aegis of the South African Constitution, which is perceived to have the wisdom of how to protect our democracy from internal and external challenges vested in it.

The gods of Mount Olympus often have Egyptian equivalents. Athena’s is Ma’at, the goddess of justice, truth, law, morality and balance, among other things. Ma’at wears an ostrich feather that represents truth. On the road to the afterlife, souls would come before her throne to be weighed against her feather. If a soul was found to be unburdened by evil and greed, it passed the test of justice and could proceed.

Madonsela herself responded to society’s expectations that she be a figure like Caesar’s wife, beyond reproach and above suspicion, by accepting an ascetic life solely focused on the task of helping the powerless in society to achieve just outcomes. In doing so, she sought to define her role in South African society by using Venda mythology and jurisprudence.

South Africa’s VhaVenda people have a role for a female leader – the Makhadzi, the just one, the conscience of the nation. Madonsela has chosen this earthly role model. Explaining her choice, she says.

The Makhadzi, an aunt, is a non-political figure who serves as a buffer between the ruler and the people. [… The Makhadzi] enhances the voice of the people while serving as the king’s eyes, ears and conscience. [He ignores her] at his own peril.

In Madonsela’s speech to the 11th Biennial Convocation of Advocates Africa, held in Cape Town in August 2015, she said that the Makhadzi ‘whispers truth to the king’, or to those in power, ‘in much the same way as her office speaks truth to leaders in government’; her audience broke into laughter when she said that, when altercations between the Public Protector and government reach the public sphere, the whispering has not been successful.

So, Madonsela – who once said that she would have loved to have become an archaeologist had she not become a lawyer – has excavated the institution of the Makhadzi from ruin and given it mainstream appeal. In doing so, she has built a bridge between the present and the past.

Madonsela puts it this way: ‘In my office, we try to incorporate the Makhadzi way. We seek to reconcile the state through righting administrative wrongs of the state, exacting accountability and entrenching sustainable good governance.’

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Drie Afrikaanse boeke om in Mei te geniet

Jonathan Ball het vandeesmaand drie opwindende titels in Afrikaans waarby beide oud en jonk sal aanklank vind. Lekker lees!

Wintersrust
Joycè Kotze

Een familie, deels van Britse en deels van Boere-afkoms, ontdek dat hul lewens onlosmaaklik verstrengel raak deur die onverbiddelike gang van die geskiedenis. Die Transvaalse politiek en die Britte se arrogante imperialisme sleur hulle mee in die Anglo-Boereoorlog van 1899-1902.

Liefdes- en vriendskapsbande wat in die Transvaalse bosveld en die sitkamers van Victoriaanse Engeland gesmee is, word op die slagvelde van Suid-Afrika getoets. Wanneer die formele fase van die oorlog oorgaan in die gruwelike beleid van die verskroeide aarde en ’n guerrillastryd, moet die familielede gewaagde keuses maak.

Wintersrust is ’n bruisende verhaal vol hartstog en avontuur oor die individu se worsteling met magte buite sy beheer. Sommige, wat deur wanhoop oorweldig word, oorleef nie. Ander moet ten slotte by ’n plek van vrede en vergifnis uitkom.

Oor Berge en Dale
Jackie Grobler

Daar is nie ’n grondpad te rof, plaasdraad te hoog of aanwysings te gebrekkig om Jackie Grobler te keer nie. As hy eers ’n monument in sy visier het, sal hy dit vind. In hierdie boek reis hy oor berge en dale van Lichtenburg in Noordwes tot die heuwels van Tabankulu in die Oos-Kaap.

Grobler reis onder meer op die spoor van Voortrekker Carel Trichardt deur Mpumalanga en in KwaZulu-Natal gaan hy na die slagvelde van die Anglo-Zoeloeoorlog.

In Gauteng vind hy monumente ter ere van twee van Suid-Afrika se grootste leiers: Nelson Mandela en Jan Smuts. In die Vrystaat soek hy na oorblyfsels van twee konsentrasiekampe en in Limpopo kom hy af op monumente van ’n Anglo-Boereoorlogkanon (die Long Tom). Sy reise na die Oos-Kaap neem hom na gedenkplekke vir Steve Biko en in die Wes-Kaap gaan hy op die spoor van die Portugese ontdekkingsreisigers. Elke provinsie sal ’n kaart hê wat die monumente aandui.

My Ballerina Droom
Michaela DePrince

Michaela DePrince was ’n driejarige oorlogwesie in Sierra Leone toe sy op ’n dag ’n windverwaaide tydskrif optel met die foto van ’n glimlaggende ballerina op die voorblad. Daardie dag het haar obsessie met ballet begin. Sy het haarself daar en dan voorgeneem sy sou eendag ook so gelukkig soos die vrou op die foto wees.

Sy is kort daarna deur ’n Amerikaanse gesin aangeneem. Sy het egter nooit die foto van die ballerina vergeet nie. Toe haar nuwe ma bewus word van haar belangstelling in ballet het sy begin klasse neem. Sedertdien het sy nog nooit ophou dans nie en vandag is sy ’n hoogs suksesvolle ballerina. ’n Storie wat enige jong meisie (of seun) sal inspireer om groot te droom.

Die boek is die geïllustreerde kinderboekuitgawe van DePrince se roerende memoir, Hope In A Ballet Shoe. Die kleurvolle illustrasies is deur Ella Okstad.
 

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The adventures of Isabel Dalhousie continue…

A Distant View of EverythingIsabel Dalhousie now has a second child – another boy, Magnus.

She discovers that Charlie is far from thrilled and he sees no need for a new baby. In Cat’s delicatessen, Isabel meets a woman with whom she had been at school. This woman, Bea Shand, is known as an enthusiastic match-maker.

She is very worried, though, as she has introduced a woman she knows to a plastic surgeon that is now described by another friend as a gold-digger. This other friend reveals that the surgeon has a bad track record: he has been involved with a series of well-off women and has succeeded in separating a number of them from their money.

Bea asks Isabel to investigate; she herself tried to warn her friend of the danger she was in but was rebuked badly. Not only is the surgeon innocent, but he himself is the one in danger!

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele is the feminist manifesto every mother should gift her daughter

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist.

Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions – compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive – for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman.

From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century.
 

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Launch: No Longer Whispering to Power at David Krut, Cape Town

No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli MadonselaDavid Krut Projects and Jonathan Ball Publishers are pleased to invite you to the book launch of No Longer Whispering to Power – The Story of Thuli Madonsela.

No Longer Whispering to Power is about Thuli Madonsela’s tenure as Public Protector, during which the whisper turned into a cry. It is the story of the South African people’s attempt to hold power to account through the Office of the Public Protector. More significantly, this important book stands as a record of the crucial work Madonsela has done, always acting without fear or favour.

Author Thandeka Gqubele has practised as a journalist and worked in the media for nearly three decades. She has followed the story of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela with great dedication and passion.

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Six eBooks to read this month

Almost Human, Lee Berger

Almost Human is the personal story of a charismatic and visionary palaeontologist, a rich and readable narrative about science, exploration, and what it means to be human.

In 2013, Lee Berger caught wind of a cache of bones in a hard-to-reach underground cave near Johannesburg. He put out a call around the world for collaborators – men and women small and adventurous enough to be able to squeeze through 8-inch tunnels to reach a sunless cave 40 feet underground.

With this team of ‘underground astronauts’, Berger made the discovery of a lifetime: hundreds of prehistoric bones, including entire skeletons of at least 15 individuals, all perhaps two million years old. Their features combined those of known pre-hominids with those more human than anything ever before seen in prehistoric remains.

Berger’s team had discovered an all new species: Homo naledi.

The cave proved to be the richest pre-hominid site ever discovered, full of implications that challenge how we define ourselves as human. Did these ancestors of ours bury their dead? If so, they must have had an awareness of death, a level of self-knowledge: the very characteristic we used to define ourselves as human.

Did an equally advanced species inhabit earth with us, or before us? Addressing these questions, Berger counters the arguments of those colleagues who have questioned his controversial interpretations and astounding finds.

 
Billionaire$ Under Construction, DJ Sbu

DJ Sbu is not your ordinary entrepreneur.

He was born to be great and refuses to settle for less. Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of a successful entrepreneur? How they come up with their ground-breaking ideas, how they turn them into flourishing businesses, how they deal with failure, and what drives and motivates them?

Billionaire$ Under Construction answers these questions, and more, as it charts the rise and rise of Sbusiso Leope, one of South Africa’s most dynamic entrepreneurs.

From his childhood in Tembisa to the global stage as a world-class musician and DJ, from music mogul and co-owner of TS Records – the label behind some of South Africa’s brightest young stars – and, more recently, as the force behind the country’s first black-owned energy drink, Sbu’s story is one of courage, resilience, inspiration and a refusal to let failure stop him. In his own words, you just can’t stop his go.

Billionaire$ Under Construction is a blueprint of Sbu’s success; an honest and direct account of the setbacks he’s encountered, including his high profile dismissal from two of South Africa’s most prominent radio stations and his equally notorious run-in with Forbes.

Sbu’s handling of these situations shows the triumph of his entrepreneurial spirit and the tenacity of a man who does, indeed, consider himself a billionaire under construction – and won’t stop until his goal has become a reality.

More than this, it’s a handbook to show other entrepreneurs how they can do the same; a slice of motivation to show them that it can be done, and a tool-kit to show them how.
 
No Longer Whispering to Power, Thandeka Gqubule

Advocate Thuli Madonsela has achieved in her seven years as Public Protector what few accomplish in a lifetime; her legacy and contribution cannot be over-stated.

In her final days in office she compiled the explosive State Capture report and, before that, the report on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence.

Praised and vilified in equal measures, Madonsela has frequently found herself at centre stage in the increasingly fractious South African political scene.

Yet, despite the intense media scrutiny, Madonsela remains something of an enigma. Who is this soft-spoken woman who stood up to state corruption? Where did she develop her views and resolve?

This book attempts to answer these questions, and others, by exploring many aspects of Madonsela’s life: her childhood years and family, her involvement in student politics, her contribution to the constitution, her life in law.

Madonsela once described her role as Public Protector as being akin to that of the Venda traditional spiritual female leader, the Makhadzi, who whispers truth to the ruler. When the sounds of the exchanges between the ruler and the Makhadzi grow loud, Madonsela said, that is when the whispering has failed.

No Longer Whispering to Power is about Thuli Madonsela’s tenure as Public Protector, during which the whisper grew into a cry. It is the story of the South African people’s attempt to hold power to account through the Office of the Public Protector. More significantly, this important book stands as a record of the crucial work Madonsela has done, always acting without fear or favour.
 
Get South Africa Growing, Brian Kantor

South Africans have been poorly served by the economic choices their governments have made.

The consequences of these choices are everywhere to be seen but most importantly in unemployment and poverty.

In this book Brian Kantor advances spirited economic arguments for freer markets and less government intervention and regulation of the South African economy; the book will add significantly to a layman’s understanding of how our economy works.

It offers a succinct review of all the key drivers that determine a modern economy’s performance as well as the key institutions of a modern economy.

The book presents an insightful review of the challenges facing the South African economy and its policy makers.

Kantor’s sound economic insights, enriched by his familiarity with current affairs and developments in the local political milieu and financial markets, make his book a key and important contribution to the continuing debate which rages around our failing economy – indeed it presents solutions which policy makers ignore at their (and our) peril.
 
Wintersrust, Joyce Kotzè

Two sets of cousins, one Boer, one British, find their destinies inexorably intertwined by the tides of history, as politics and imperial hubris drag them into the Anglo Boer War of 1899–
1902. Bonds of love and friendship, forged in the bushveld of the Transvaal and the drawing rooms of Victorian England, are tested on the battlefields of South Africa.

As the early stages of war give way to a grim campaign of scorched earth and guerrilla warfare, the cousins must make stark choices and risk everything.

Vividly realised and pulsing with passion and adventure, Wintersrust is a towering story of the individual’s struggle against events he cannot control. Some, pushed beyond the threshold of despair, do not survive. Others must find their way back to a place of peace and forgiveness.

Through anger and injustice, the family discovers that there is a force stronger than war.
 
My Ballerina Droom, Michaela DePrince en Elaine DePrince

Michaela DePrince was ’n driejarige oorlogwesie in Sierra Leone toe sy op ’n dag ’n windverwaaide tydskrif optel met die foto van ’n glimlaggende ballerina op die voorblad.

Daardie dag het haar obsessie met ballet begin. Sy het haarself daar en dan voorgeneem sy sou eendag ook so gelukkig soos die vrou op die foto wees.

Sy is kort daarna deur ’n Amerikaanse gesin aangeneem. Sy het egter nooit die foto van die ballerina vergeet nie. Toe haar nuwe ma bewus word van haar belangstelling in ballet het sy begin klasse neem. Sedertdien het sy nog nooit ophou dans nie en vandag is sy ’n hoogs suksesvolle ballerina.

’n Storie wat enige jong meisie (of seun) sal inspireer om groot te droom.