The E-Toll Saga by Wayne Duvenage & Angelique Serrao

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The E-Toll Saga recounts the journey of Wayne Duvenage from a conscientious corporate CEO into the role of civil activist, putting all his energy and resources into fighting the controversial decision by those who sought to implement electronic tolling to finance a major road construction project in Gauteng, the economic heartland of southern Africa.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) sprung up from nothing to a highly visible and trusted brand in the not-for-profit space in a matter of a few months, in the process raising over R12 million for litigation and civil action. While led by Wayne, OUTA’s success was driven but a small group of people. As events unfolded, OUTA’s legal challenges transformed into civil action, testing the resolve and rationale of government and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) to continue with the e-toll scheme, described by many as a disaster for SANRAL and an embarrassment for the South African government.

The E-Toll Saga describes one man’s inspiring personal story but it also contains valuable lessons on what makes a civil organisation effective and how to mobilise an active citizenry to work towards positive transformation in South Africa.

‘A fascinating and informative chronicle of a topic that has elicited massive public attention and discussion.’ – AZAR JAMMINE

About the Authors

Wayne Duvenage

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Wayne Duvenage has almost three decades experience in the travel and tourism industry, and served as the Chief Executive of Avis Rent a Car South Africa from 2007 to 2012. During the past decades, Wayne has represented the car rental industry as President of the South African Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association and also held positions on both the boards of Tourism Marketing SA and Tourism Business Council SA.

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Angelique Serrao

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Angelique Serrao has worked as newspaper journalist for over a decade. She is the investigations editor at The Star and has reported on the e-toll story since 2011. Angelique has won two Standard Bank Sivukile journalism awards for her work, one of which was for her investigations into e-tolls.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781770104273

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My Mother’s Secret by J.L. Witterick

Inspired by a true story, My Mother s Secret is a captivating and ultimately uplifting tale intertwining the lives of two Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis, a fleeing German soldier, and the mother and daughter who team up to save them all.

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Franciszka and her daughter, Helena, are simple, ordinary people until 1939, when the Nazis invade their homeland. Providing shelter to Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland is a death sentence, but Franciszka and Helena do exactly that. In their tiny home in Sokal, they hide a Jewish family in a loft above their pigsty, a Jewish doctor with his wife and son in a makeshift cellar under the kitchen, and a defecting German soldier in the attic each party completely unknown to the others. For everyone to survive, Franciszka will have to outsmart her neighbors and the German commander. Told simply and succinctly from four different perspectives all under one roof My Mother’s Secret is a testament to the kindness, courage, and generosity of ordinary people who chose to be extraordinary.

About the Author

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Originally from Taiwan, J.L. Witterick has been living in Canada since her family’s arrival in 1968. She attended the University of Western Ontario, graduating from the Richard IveySchool of Business. My Mother’s Secret is her debut novel. It is a bestseller in Canada and has been published in several countries around the world. Witterick lives in Toronto with her husband and son.

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Published by Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9780425274811

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Selling Apartheid by Ron Nixon

The compelling story of the apartheid government’s secret attempts to wage a global propaganda war.

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This is an important story that needs to be told about the apartheid government’s global lobbying effort …” – Eleanor Holmes Norton, US House of Representatives

This is a tale of intrigue, rich characters and large chequebooks, played out in all the Western capitals. This book is for those who want to understand the full intricacies of the Washington–London–Bonn–Pretoria relationship during the years of white minority rule, and the tough strategic and moral questions it raised.” – Anton Harber, Caxton Professor of Journalism, Wits University

Selling Apartheid tells the story of the South African propaganda campaign, run with military precision, which involved a worldwide network of supporters, including global corporations with business operations in South Africa, conservative religious organisations and an unlikely coalition of liberal US black clergy and anti-communist black conservatives aligned with right-wing Cold War politicians. A large focus of the campaign was put on the United States because as its one-time coordinator, Eschel Rhoodie, wrote: “America dominates Western thought as far as Africa is concerned.” Not even the exposure of the programme by South African journalists in the late 1970s, which would bring down a president and send Rhoodie on the run, would stop the worldwide campaign. In fact, it would expand and morph into a much larger and subtler operation. It would end in the early 1990s, only after domestic problems caused the government to focus its energies on issues at home.

The book details interviews with many of the players, such as South African government ministers and civil servants, corporate leaders, anti-apartheid leaders and others, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the attempt to sell apartheid abroad. In addition, thousands of previously unreleased records from both the South African and the United States archives will help shed light on the scope of the campaign and reveal an astonishing story.

About the Author

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Ron Nixon is a Washington correspondent for the New York Times. He is a visiting associate in the Department of Media and Journalism Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he teaches investigative reporting and data journalism. He has published an e-book, Operation Blackwash, and was a contributor to The Farrakhan Factor: African-American Writers on Leadership, Nationhood, and Minister Louis Farrakhan (Grover Press) and The American Civil Rights Movement.

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Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781431421435

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Ms Conception by Pamela Power

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Jo de Villiers has a three-year-old son, a six-month-old baby and a husband who’s feeling left out. Her marriage to Nick and her job as a scriptwriter for a local soapie both seem to be heading south, along with her breasts. Between toddler tantrums, dirty nappies, potty training and the nursery-school run, she squeezes in writing assignments and meetings, while dealing with a boss from hell, a self-centred mother, an overly genteel mother-in-law and the ‘Blonde Bob Brigade’.

But will she be able to hang on to her job, and what is she going to do about the floozy who is pursuing her man? With the help of her George Clooney-lookalike therapist Jake and best friend Jasmine, Jo discovers an unusual remedy for an ailing relationship …

Racy, honest and wickedly funny, suburban life with small children has never been so entertaining.

About the Author

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Pamela Power was born in Pietermaritzburg, and educated in Zimbabwe, Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg. She trained as an Aids counsellor and worked with a drama-in-Aids-education company and got involved in stand-up comedy. She has worked as a director and scriptwriter on South African television shows Top Billing, Generations and Muvhango. In addition to her writing work, Pamela co-owns a guesthouse in Melville, Johannesburg. She is married and has two children.

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Published by Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9781920532246

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Alibaba’s World by Porter Erisman

A riveting insider account of the rise, culture and influence of Alibaba, the Chinese ecommerce giant that is changing the face of global business.

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In September 2014, a Chinese company that most Westerners had never heard of held the largest IPO in history – bigger than Google, Facebook and Twitter combined. Alibaba, now the world’s largest e-commerce company, mostly escaped Western notice for over ten years, while building a customer base larger than Amazon’s, and handling the bulk of e-commerce transactions in China. How did it happen? And what was it like to be along for such a revolutionary ride?

In Alibaba’s World, author Porter Erisman, one of Alibaba’s first Western employees, who helped spearhead its international expansion, shows how Jack Ma, a Chinese schoolteacher who twice failed his college entrance exams, rose from obscurity to found Alibaba and lead it from struggling startup to the world’s most dominant e-commerce player.

Now, in the first English language account of Alibaba’s extraordinary success, Erisman shares stories of weathering the dotcom crash, facing down eBay and Google, negotiating with the unpredictable Chinese government, and enduring the misguided advice of foreign experts, all to build the behemoth that’s poised to sweep the ecommerce world today. And he analyzes Alibaba’s role as a harbinger of the new global business landscape – with its focus on the East rather than the West, emerging markets over developed ones, and the nimble entrepreneur over the industry titan. As we face this near future, the story of Alibaba – and its inevitable descendants – is both essential and instructive.

About the Author

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Prior to joining Alibaba in 2000, Porter Erisman worked for Ogilvy & Mather in Beijing. From 2000-2008, Porter worked as a Vice President at Alibaba.com and Alibaba Group, at various times leading the company’s international website operations, international marketing, and corporate affairs as one of the company’s first American employees. He is the writer/director of Crocodile in the Yangtze, an award-winning documentary about the rise of Alibaba and its famous founder, Jack Ma. An expert on ecommerce in emerging markets, he has consulted to ecommerce companies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He lives in Shanghai, China.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447290643

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My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege is the extraordinary and moving memoir of a woman who learns that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the brutal Nazi commandant depicted in the film Schindler’s List. Here are five reasons why you need to read her mesmerising story.

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1.   An incredible discovery. Jennifer Teege’s story is one of incredible and devastating discovery. Adopted aged 7 she grew up knowing little about her birth mother and grandmother, although she still spent time with them occasionally. It was only when she happened by chance to pull a book from the shelf in Hamburg Library that she discovered the truth. The book was about her mother and grandparents. Slowly, Jennifer realised that she was the granddaughter of notorious Nazi and concentration camp commandant Amon Goeth, portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List. Jennifer realised that she, a mixed-race German woman, was the granddaughter of this monstrous and brutal man.

2.  An untold story. To Jennifer, and many others who have watched Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, Amon Goeth’s character was evil personified. But as Jennifer read more of the book about her birth family, she begins to grasp that the Amon Goeth in the film is not a fictional character, but a person who really existed.  A man who killed innocent people, and worse, a man who enjoyed it. Jennifer learns that her grandfather would shoot Jewish prisoners at random from the balcony of his house next to the camp. And he trained his two dogs to attack and kill people on his command. And equally shocking is the fact that the grandmother Jennifer remembers as a warm and loving figure from her childhood, lived in the house with this man and bore witness to it all.
 
3.  A personal journey. 
Jennifer’s discovery throws her into a deep depression – the greatest struggle of her life so far. It causes her to question who she is and what she knows about her family and her past. She questions everything that has been central to her life: her close relationship with her adoptive family, her friends in Israel, her marriage, her two sons. Has her whole life been a lie? What is her identity now? She feels she has travelled under a false name, and betrayed everyone she knows, when in fact it is she who has been betrayed. How can she process this terrible truth and continue to live her life as normal?

4. Finding redemption. Jennifer is determined not to let her grandfather and his terrible deeds define her. But before she can face her family and friends, particularly her Jewish friends and the people she met whilst studying in Israel, she must go on a difficult personal journey. Her memoir charts this journey, from Jennifer’s visit to PÅ‚aszów concentration camp where Amon Goeth brutally murdered so many Jewish prisoners, to the house next to the camp, where Jennifer’s beloved grandmother lived alongside the Nazi commandant. Jennifer reconnects with her mother, the woman who gave her up for adoption and hid their shared and painful past. Only then is she able to move on and travel to Israel to see her friends again.
 
5.  A different perspective. 
As the Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg said, ‘in Germany, the Holocaust is family history’. Anybody related to a notorious Nazi, as Jennifer Teege discovered that she was, is compelled to deal with their family’s past. But the same is often true of those related to ordinary Germans, who stood by during the years in which terrible atrocities were committed against the Jews. Guilt cannot be inherited, but feelings of guilt can. And this can often be particularly difficult for grandchildren of the wartime generation. They did not grow up in the culture of silence immediately following the war, as their parents did. Today’s 30-50 year olds are not afraid to speak about the Nazis and the terrible things that happened on their grandparents’ watch – or in fact the acts their grandparents committed themselves, as in Jennifer Teege’s case. They must deal with these issues head on.

About the Author

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Jennifer Teege has worked in advertising since 1999 and lives in Germany with her husband and two sons. In her twenties, she studied for four years in Israel, where she learned fluent Hebrew. A mixed-race woman raised by adoptive German parents, she was appalled to discover her biological family’s Nazi history. Her compelling true story is stranger than fiction.

Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN 9781473616233

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Sugar Free by Karen Thomson and Kerry Hammerton

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Sugar Free is the first self-help book written in South Africa to help people overcome sugar and carbohydrate addiction. It is written by authors Karen Thomson and Kerry Hammerton with the support of dietician Tamzyn Campbell and a foreword by Prof Tim Noakes. It does advocate the low carb high fat (LCHF) way of eating.

This book is the only one available to address the emotional and behavioural patterns of a sugar and carb addict. For many people simply knowing what to eat is not enough. Sugar Free addresses this issue. In addition to the 8-week programme, Sugar Free also contains personal accounts of addiction, meal programmes and sugar-free recipes.

Testimonials from Karen Thomson’s HELP Programme:

What an incredible journey. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to everyone for the support love and kindness.

I am so grateful to have all the modules from this programme as I want to go through everything again and again to help me stay focused and committed.

This 8-week sugar and carb addiction programme helped me face my addictive patterns of functioning. Yes, I am an addict!

About the Authors

Karen Thomson

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Karen Thomson is the founder of the Harmony Eating & Lifestyle Program (HELP), the world’s first inpatient programme treating carbohydrate and sugar as an addiction. This programme is run in conjunction with Prof Tim Noakes, dietician Rael Koping and the Harmony Addictions Clinic.

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Kerry Hammerton

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Kerry Hammerton is a Lifestyle and Health Coach. She is the author two collections of poetry These Are The Lies I Told You and The Weather Report. She is currently completing an MA in creative writing through Rhodes University. Kerry has a Licentiate in Acupuncture and is a registered Doctor of Chinese Medicine.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781920289829

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Cyber Infidelity: The New Seduction by Marlene Wasserman

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Cyber Infidelity (CI) has a huge effect on modern-day marriages and relationships. Look in depth at the electronic conversations you have through text, chat rooms, e-mails and dating sites. You will soon discover that it is the new seduction. Dr Eve’s work offers an opportunity to discuss the true nature of infidelity, dispelling many of the myths.

Hold on tight… it might be a bumpy ride“, says Noel Biderman (CEO and Founder, AshleyMadison.com).

About the Author

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Marlene Wasserman (Dr Eve) is a Couples and Sex Therapist and Clinical Sexologist in private practice. She began her career by graduating at the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA Social Work Hons. (Cum Laude) degree. After completing a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work, specialising in family therapy at the University of the Orange Free State, she became an internationally accredited Couples and Sex Therapist through AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists). In 2000 Marlene attained a Doctoral degree from the Institute of Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality, San Francisco, CA. USA.

Marlene is a parent, a partner, a person. In addition to practising international standards of clinical work, she is an author, an educator, a media personality and a sexual activist. She devotes her life with passion to educating, informing, and ensuring the sexual and reproductive health rights of all people. She is the African editor of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, a UK-based international academic journal and a board member of a number of local NGO’s.

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Published by Human & Rousseau (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780798168533

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Grey by E.L. James

In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.

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Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty – until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him – past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

About the Author

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E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Published by Struik International (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781784753252

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All Involved by Ryan Gattis

For six days, Los Angeles is a city ablaze.

For six days, seventeen people are caught in the chaos.

For six days, Los Angeles shows the world what happens when laws are no longer enforceable.

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Ernesto Vera is walking home from his job at a taco truck when three guys jump out of a car and assault him. Ernesto’s not in a gang, he’s not involved, but his sister is – and when Payasa hears that her innocent brother has been murdered, she wants revenge. As widespread rioting breaks out across the city, Ernesto’s death triggers an astonishing sequence of events, not just for the gangs involved, but for the firefighters, nurses and law enforcement who must deal with the consequences.

In April 1992, after one of the most notorious, racially charged trials in American history, the city of L.A. exploded in violence. All Involved tells the interconnected stories of seventeen characters over six life-changing days, and transforms the truly extraordinary story of the L.A. riots into a vivid, electrifying and addictive work of fiction.

About the Author

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Ryan Gattis is a writer & educator. His most recent work, All Involved: A Novel of the 1992 L.A. Riots, is grounded in nearly two years of research & background spent with former gang members, firefighters, nurses, & other L.A. citizens who lived through it. He is also the author of novels Kung Fu High School and Roo Kickkick & the Big Bad Blimp, as well as two novellas published by Black Hill Press, The Big Drop: Homecoming and The Big Drop: Impermanence. He lives and writes in Los Angeles, where he is a member of the street art crew UGLARworks.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447283164

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