How do you retell the well-worn life story of a nationalicon One way is this: a palimpsest of a hundredmemories of the great man, revolutionary, world leader,and family figure, to celebrate the 100th anniversary ofhis birth. Kate Sidley offers renewed and touchinginsight into Mandela by retelling humorous, heartwarmingand momentous moments from his life, roughlychronologically, drawing from his own writing and thememories of contemporaries, historians and ordinarypeople. The reading experience is multi-varied andcomplex, touching and inspiring, like Madiba himself.100 Mandela Moments is divided into sections,according to the many roles Mandela played in hislifetime: the school boy, the student, the lawyer, theoutlaw, the prisoner, the negotiator, the statesman, theelder. Each story or moment is short and encapsulatessomething about the man behind the legend, and thebook can be read cover to cover or dipped into.
Item Code: BN00920
In 1969, Winnie Mandela was detained under Section 6 of the Terrorism Act. This was the start of her 491-day period of detention and two trials. Forty-one years after her release, the widow of one of Mandela’s advocates during the trials gave her the journal and notes she had written in detention. This book shares Mandela’s moving and compelling journal, as well as some of the letters written at the time.
Softcover, 264 pages, 198 x 130 mm
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65 Years of Friendship tells the heartrending story of a remarkable friendship between two remarkable men: world-renowned human-rights lawyer George Bizos, and Nelson Mandela. George and Madiba met as students at the University of the Witwatersrand in the 1940s. They would later become legal colleagues, and Mandela would become George Bizos most famous client soon after, for it was Bizos who formed part of his legal defence during the famous Treason Trial, and again during the Rivonia Trial, when Mandela and others faced the death penalty for plotting to overthrow the state. After seeing his friend sentenced to life imprisonment instead, Bizos became Mandelas lifeline, navigating the complicated network of the Struggle. Working tirelessly, be it by secretly meeting Oliver Tambo in exile or arguing for the abolishment of the death penalty in the Constitutional Court years later, Bizos offered his unwavering support to Mandela on his long walk towards a democratic South Africa. In this touching homage to their friendship, George Bizos tells a fascinating tale of two men whose work affected the lives of all South Africans.
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AB hopped over the boundary rope and onto the field, grinning at the sight and sound of a packed Wanderers Stadium. He swung his bat from side to side and listened to the crowd roaring his name.’So begins the wonderfully entertaining story of the rise to fame of one of South Africa’s favourite sporting stars. Written specifically for youngsters aged 10 –14, it takes the reader close to all the action, and the ups and downs.AB was already building a name as a great schoolboy tennis and rugby player, but when he decided to focus on cricket the word spread quickly about a talent that could not be contained.With two brothers a lot older than him, AB learned early how to play hard and never give up. In this inspiring story we watch as AB progresses through high school, then ’varsity, and learns how to play against the best. In his first Test series, AB struggles and wonders if he’s good enough to make it at this level. However, the outcome is an inspiration to sports fans and readers who love a good story.
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A blonde, chic Parisienne, Francoise never expected to find herself living on a South African game reserve. But when she fell in love with renowned conservationist Lawrence Anthony her life took an unexpected turn. Lawrence died in 2012 and Françoise was left to face the tough reality of running Thula Thula without him, even though she knew very little about conservation. She was short on money, poachers were threatening their rhinos, and one of their elephants was charging Land Rovers on game drives and terrifying guests.There was no time to mourn when Thula Thula’s human and animal family were depending on her.How Françoise survived and Thula Thula thrived is beautifully described in this charming, funny and poignant book. Their elephant herd, rescued by Lawrence,shared Françoises grief at his passing but over time forged a new relationship with her. One day a baby, Tom, became separated from the herd and found his way into Françoises kitchen. Another day there was a desperate race against time to save a baby who had a snare wrapped round his face and couldnt open his mouth to suckle.Meanwhile Françoise fulfilled her dream of building a rescue centre for orphaned rhinos and other wildlife. Abandoned hippo baby Charlie, who hated water,joined the centres rhinos and quickly became best friends with a little girl rhino called Makhosi. The traumatised babies had round the clock care, including an unlikely nursemaid in the form of a German Shepherd called Duma. If you loved Lawrences The Elephant Whisperer, or just want to spend time with some very special animals, then you won’t want to miss this sparkling book.
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Iman Rappetti is an award-winning journalist who has been involved in print, radio and television. She worked as a young journalist in South Africa and then abandoned it (along with all her worldly possessions) when she became Muslim. She lived in the Islamic Republic of Iran for two years, where she also worked on a current affairs TV show for the state broadcaster before returning to South Africa and resuming her life here.She describes herself as ‘the youngest of five children. One Rasatafarian brother (passed away), one ex-con brother (who can dance the pants off any woman and has a wicked sense of humour), another brother who’s a big shot in the marine engineering industry (he makes a mean curry), and a sister who has the thankless task of staying at home and raising the rugrats (she has a way with words, and also makes a kick-ass briyani)’.In this moving and entertaining memoir, Iman shares stories and what she has learned from her colourful journey through life.
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‘Shortly after we took off from the check point I saw an old Opel with young men trying to pass us . . . I remember the cracks of the AK-47 bullets when it came through our windscreen. Our driver drew his pistol and fired back with his right hand while trying to control the speeding vehicle with his left.’Johan Raath and a security team were escorting American engineers to a power plant south of Baghdad when they were ambushed. He had first arrived in Iraq only two weeks before. This was a small taste of what was to come over the next 13 years he worked there as a private military contractor (PMC).His mission Not to wage war but to protect lives. Raath acted as a bodyguard for VIPs and, more often, engineers who were involved in construction projects to rebuild the country after the 2003 war. His physical and mental endurance was tested to the limit in his efforts to safeguard construction sites that were regularly subjected to mortar and suicide attacks. Key to his survival was his training as a Special Forces operator, or Recce. Working in places called the Triangle of Death and driving on the ‘Hell Run’, Raath had numerous hair-raising experiences. As a trained combat medic he also helped to save people’s lives after two suicide bomb attacks on sites he then worked at.
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Many people have lived experiences from which the rest of us could learn, and act upon, but all too often their knowledge dies with them. David Brokensha’s memoir is an important exception. Brokensha, now 84, was a young soldier in WW2, a prisoner of war, a student at three universities, a colonial administrator, a founder of a public-policy oriented HGO, a professor of anthropology, and a South African exile who returned home in 1999.This fascinating memoir not only follows Brokensha’s long and productive life, it also demonstrates, in a lively and highly readable fashion, how anthropological field research can generate benefits in a way that desk-based theories usually do not. As a perhaps-unintended result, it describes, too, how these benefits accrue to the researcher as well as to the ‘subjects’ of his research.David Brokensha and his life-companion Bernard Riley lived and worked together – and apart – in Africa, the USA and the UK for nearly fifty years; the book is also the story of their love.
Item Code: BN00370
When South Africa’s golden girl of broadcasting, Tracy Going’s battered face was splashed across the media back in the late 1990s, the nation was shocked. South Africans had become accustomed to seeing Going, glamorous and groomed on television or hearing her resonant voice on Radio Metro and Kaya FM. Sensational headlines of a whirlwind love relationship turned horrendously violent threw the perfect life of the household star into disarray.What had started off as a fairy-tale romance with a man who appeared to be everything that Going was looking for – charming, handsome and successful – had quickly descended into a violent, abusive relationship.As I stood before him all I could see were the lies, the disappearing for days without warning, the screaming, the threats, the terror, the hostage-holding, the keeping me up all night, the dragging me through the house by my hair, the choking, the doors locked around me, the phones disconnected, the isolation, the fear and the uncertainty.The rosy love cloud burst just five months after meeting her Prince Charming when she staggered into the local police station, bruised and battered. A short relationship became a two-and-a-half-year legal ordeal played out in the public eye. In mesmerising detail, Going takes us through the harrowing court process – a system seeped in injustice – her decline into depression, the immediate collapse of her career due to the highly public nature of her assault and the decades-long journey to undo the psychological damages in the search for safety and the reclaiming of self.The roots of violence form the backdrop of the book, tracing Going’s childhood on a plot in Brits, laced with the unpredictable violence of an alcoholic father who regularly terrorised the family with his fists of rage.I was ashamed of my father, the drunk. If he wasn’t throwing back the liquid in the lounge then he’d be finding comfort and consort in his cans at the golf club. With that came the uncertainty as I lay in my bed and waited for him to return. I would lie there holding my curtain tight in my small hand. I would pull the fabric down, almost straight, forming a strained sliver and I would peer into the blackness, unblinking. It seemed I was always watching and waiting. Sometimes I searched for satellites between the twinkles of light, but mostly the fear in my tummy distracted me.Brilliantly penned, this highly skilled debut memoir, is ultimately uplifting in the realisation that healing is a lengthy and often arduous process and that self-forgiveness and acceptance is essential in order to fully embrace life.
Item Code: BN00990
In the fifth book of the Road to Glory series, Jeremy Daniel shows us how Caster Semenya developed into a world-class athlete.Growing up in poverty in Limpopo, Caster’s early experiences at school are marked by many ups and downs: while her friends and family accept her for who she is, she is constantly bullied for her appearance. But she discovers soccer and immerses herself in the game – even making the boys’ team. It is only after she enrolls at the University of Pretoria that her life changes completely. Away from village life, she impresses on the track and is noticed as a talent, eventually meeting Coach Daniels in whom she finds a trainer and mentor. Battling controversy over her gender on the track and in the media, she nevertheless goes on to win gold at the 2016 Olympics, becoming an ambassador for South Africa.
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After matric Smailes took a gap year to the U.S. Before she left, her mother, either in jest or premonition, said: ‘Don’t get married and don’t join a cult.’ These words would echo for more than a decade in the mind of a girl who became a woman while caught in the snare of what is believed to be one of the most dangerous existing cults in America, the Roberts Group. This is her true story.
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Dare Not Linger is the story of Nelson Mandela’s presidency, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to ﬁnish his term as president, but was unable to ﬁnish. Now, the acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task using Mandela’s unﬁnished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding and a wealth of previously unseen archival material.
Hardcover, 384 pages, 234 x 153 mm
Product Code: 112650
Springbok kaptein, predikant,ambassadeur, kabinets minister,wêreldreisiger, filosoof, gesinsman,kunsliefhebber. Dit was en s die wêreldvan dr. Dawie de Villiers, een van Suid-Afrika se ikone wat vir dekades sy landop vele terreine met groot onderskeiding gedien het. Hierdie boeiende lewensverhaal neemlesers op ’n merkwaardige pad deur Suid-Afrika se sport- en politieke geskiedenis.Ten spyte van ’n lewe vol skitterende hoogtepunte en prestasies oor so’n lang tyd, het hy nog altyd die gewildeen beskeie Dawie gebly vir almal wat sy pad gekruis het.
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Ek is Liza vertel die verhaal van ’n moedige vrou wat nieteruggestaan het vir die duwweltjies en skaapdorings op haarlewenspad nie. Sy is die toonbeeld van hoop na die storms, en bewys dat Liefde alles kan oorkom al het ons nie al die antwoordenie.
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Fifty years ago, Sir Richard Branson started his first business. In his new autobiography, Finding My Virginity, the Virgin Founder shares his personal, intimate thoughts on five decades as the worlds ultimate entrepreneur. In Finding My Virginity , Sir Richard Branson shares the secrets that have seen his family business grow from a student magazine into a global brand, his dreams of private citizens flying to space develop from a childhood fantasy to the brink of reality, and his focus shift from battling bigger rivals to changing business for good. Following on from where bestselling Losing My Virginity left off at the dawn of the new millennium, Finding My Virginity takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride with the enigmatic entrepreneur. Learn how Branson created 12 different billion dollar businesses and hundreds more companies across dozens of sectors, going from a houseboat to his own private island. But this book goes far beyond the numbers – it is a journey into the heart and mind of Britains best-loved businessman. Join Sir Richard as he juggles working life with raising his children Holly and Sam, building a marriage with his wife Joan and creating a unique company culture. Discover how he created a new life on Necker Island, while continuing to grow the Virgin brand into all corners of the world. Get the real story behind adventures and run-ins with everyone from Bill Gates and Kate Moss to Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. Go behind the scenes as Sir Richard Branson creates the worlds first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic, and handles the biggest crisis he has ever faced. Get under the skin of world record attempts on land, sea and air, and see how the original business hippy adapted to becoming a doting grand-dude to his four grandchildren, Eva-Deia, Etta, Artie and Bluey. This is the true account of how the Virgin Founder reinvented himself and his brand for the 21st C entury, while continuing to push boundaries, break rules and reach for the stars in more ways than one. This is the story of the man behind the beard, the business, the bravado and the brand. Find out how the ultimate entrepreneur did it for the first time – all over again.
Product Code: A100050
Vir die vroue wat hy met sy rolprentsterglimlag betower het, was Chris Barnard ’n hartebreker. Vir sy pasiënte ’n harteheler.Dié nuwe biografie oor Suid-Afrika se beroemdste hartsjirurg vertel nie net van Barnard se kinderjare in Beaufort-Wes, sy prominente huwelike (en egskeidings) en flambojante lewe nie. James Styan ondersoek ook die impak van die historiese eerste hartoorplanting op Barnard se persoonlik lewe en op die Suid-Afrikaanse gemeenskap in die algemeen, waar apartheidswetgewing dikwels die probleme van geneeskunde nog ingewikkelder gemaak het. Die rol van swart mediese personeel soos Hamilton Naki word bespreek, sowel as die intense wedywering wat tussen ander beroemde hartsjirurge en Barnard ontstaan het.Hoe het Barnard dit reggekry om hulle almal in dié resies om lewe en dood te wen Hoeveel het sy welbekende sjarme daarmee te doen gehad En wat is Barnard se nalatenskap vandag, in die lig van sy latere suksesse en aansienlike mislukkings Styan dek dit alles in dié fassinerende nuwe blik op Chris Barnard.
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Hashim Amla began his career in Tongaat, Durban, where he and his brother played cricket in the street in front of their neighbourhood mosque. Hashim was noticed by scouts and won a place at the prestigious DHS school, where he made a name for himself as a schoolboy cricketing prodigy. Through many highs and lows, he developed into an international sporting star – one who stayed true to his background while changing the nature of South African cricket for the better.
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In this new biography of Chris Barnard we not only learn about the life of South Africa’s most famous surgeon, from his Beaufort West childhood through his studies locally and abroad to his prominent marriages – and divorces – but James Styan also examines the impact of the historic heart transplant on Barnard’s personal life and South African society at large, where apartheid legislation often made the difficulties of medicine even more convoluted. The role of black medical staff like Hamilton Naki is explored, as is the intense rivalry that arose between other famous heart surgeons and Barnard. How did Barnard manage to beat them all in this race of life and death How much did his famous charisma have to do with it all And in the light of his later years, his subsequent successes and considerable failures, what is Barnard’s legacy today Styan covers it all in this fascinating new account of a real heartbreaker.
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On 22 November 1977, 40 years ago, Robert Smit and his wifeJean were brutally murdered in their Springs home. They wereshot and stabbed several times. The words RAU TEM were spraypaintedin red on the walls. A high-ranking member of theNational Party, Robert Smit was involved in probable sanctionsbustingactivities through a front company, SANTAM International.Told by Liza Smit, daughter of Robert and Jean, who was 13 yearsold at the time of the murders, this is a book of two stories, thestory of the life-long and destructive impact the murders had onthe lives of those left behind, and particularly and very poignantlyon that of Liza’s own life.It also tries to unravel the mystery of the murders. We follow Lizaas she gathers evidence to present to the Truth and ReconciliationCommission and meets with a wide array of those who mighthelp solve the crime, from ministers to shady conmen. DespiteLiza’s efforts and the huge public interest in the murders, despitethe numerous conjectures on who might have murdered this highrankingpolitician and his wife, despite the complicated reasonsput forward as to who might have given the orders to have themkilled, 40 years later we are no closer to a conviction and trial.
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In 2009 Malala Yousafzai began writing a blog on BBC Urdu about life in the Swat Valley as the Taliban gained control, at times banning girls from attending school. When her identity was discovered, Malala began to appear in both Pakistani and international media, advocating the freedom to pursue education for all. In October 2011, gunmen boarded Malala’sschool bus and shot her in the face, a bullet passing through her head and into her shoulder. Remarkably, Malala survived the shooting. At a very young age, Malala Yousafzai has become a worldwide symbol of courage and hope. Her shooting has sparked a wave of solidarity across Pakistan, not to mention globally, for the right to education, freedom from terror and female emancipation.
Item Code: BN1297
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