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#ZuptasMustFall and Other Rants by Fred Khumalo

Who are these Guptas who are so powerful, they’re distributing cabinet posts like matrons handing out condoms at a brothel? Who do Americans think they are, accusing Trevor Noah of ‘stealing’ a joke from one of their comedians? Is Sizakele MaKhumalo Zuma’s spaza shop a National Key Point?

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In #ZuptasMustFall, and other rants, Fred Khumalo runs riot, contemplating the pressing issues that continue to confound, infuriate and exasperate the nation – or to sink it into further controversy.

Covering a wide range of topics, including politics, history, current events and celebrity gossip, this compilation of recent and new writings contains Khumalo’s trademark blend of humour and shrewd analysis, as well as his treatment of everyday issues from a uniquely South African perspective.

This is an entertaining collection of thoughts from one of the country’s most seasoned journalists, offering many questions, and tongue-in-cheek answers, on who we are as a nation, where we are going, and how we compare to the rest of the world.

Courtesy of Penguin Random House, click here to read an extract.

About the Author

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Fred Khumalo has been described as a ‘reluctant Zulu’, ‘clever black’ and an ‘equal opportunity offender’. He completed his MA in creative writing from Wits University with distinction and is the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University.

His writing has appeared in various publications, including the Sunday Times, the Toronto Star, New African magazine, the Sowetan and Isolezwe. In 2008, he hosted Encounters, a public-debate television programme, on SABC 2. His books include Bitches Brew, Seven Steps to Heaven and Touch My Blood.

View Fred‘s Facebook page HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Penguin Random House SA

ISBN: 9781776091072

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Always Anastacia by Anastacia Tomson

“I stand in front of the mirror as I remind myself that I don’t have to wear the uniform anymore. I don’t have to dress myself in men’s attire. I can grow out my nails, and paint them with polish. I am finally free to have my ears pierced. I can speak in the voice that I’ve spent so many hours cultivating with my speech therapist. I don’t have to hide my disgust anymore at being called “boet” or “sir”. I no longer have to tolerate any references to my deadname.”

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Anastacia has fought hard for her right to live, held back for decades by a body that didn’t fit, and an identity that never belonged to her. At first, it had seemed impossible – like transition was some romantic, impractical ideal that was incompatible with reality. But now, after five months of hormone therapy, countless sessions of painful laser hair removal, multiple appointments with doctors and psychologists, it is very much a reality.

Born into a Jewish family in Johannesburg and raised by her parents as a boy, Anastacia Tomson was never sure just how much of her persistent internal discomfort to blame on an often troubled family life. She qualified and practised as a doctor, but it would take a great deal more clear-sighted and difficult questioning to finally find peace and self-acceptance, as a woman. This memoir is a clarion call for a more nuanced understanding of trans people and the concepts of sex, gender and identity.

About the Author

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Anastacia Tomson grew up in Johannesburg and graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Pretoria. She has worked as a general practitioner both in the public and private sectors, as well as having a background in freelance journalism.  Anastacia has a passion for activism and advocacy, with a specific interest in promoting access to healthcare for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. She is a vocal feminist and strives to further the visibility and understanding of transgender issues at every opportunity.

View Anastacia‘s website HERE

Like Anastacia‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781868427130

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We Have Now Begun Our Descent by Justice Malala

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12 FEBRUARY 2015. The South African secret services block the cellphones of journalists covering Parliament. Opposition party members are violently thrown out of the House. President Jacob Zuma – accused of corruption on a grand scale – laughs uproariously. Where is the country of Nelson Mandela headed?

The institutions of democracy are falling apart or being captured by a narrow and deeply corrupt elite built around Zuma. Its infrastructure is collapsing. Its economy cannot provide succour to the eight million who don’t have jobs. Protests over service delivery are on the rise. Does South Africa have the resolve and the leadership to stem the slide?

In a devastating, searing, honest paean to his country, renowned political journalist and commentator Justice Malala forces South Africa to come face to face with the country it has become: corrupt, crime-ridden, compromised and its institutions captured by a selfish political elite that is bent on enriching itself at the expense of the increasingly marginalised masses.

In this deeply personal reflection, Malala’s diagnosis is devastating: South Africa is on the brink. He does not stop there. Malala believes that we have the ingredients to turn things around: our lauded Constitution, our wealth of talent, our history of activism and a democratic trajectory that can be used to stop the rot from setting in. But he has a warning: South Africans need to wake up now, or else they will soon find their country has been stolen.

About the Author

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Justice Malala is one of South Africa’s most well-known political analysts.  He was founding editor of This Day newspaper, publisher of the Sowetan and Sunday World, and Sunday Times correspondent in London and New York. He writes a weekly column and presents a weekly TV talk show The Justice Factor.

View Justice‘s website HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781868426799

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Blackout : The Unauthorised Eskom Story by James Styan

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In 1998 the South African government was warned that the country was running out of electricity. Despite the warnings, the decision was taken not to invest in new power stations. Had the warnings been heeded, South Africa could have had a new power station up and running by 2006 and load shedding may never have happened. Instead, in 2007, as predicted, South Africa ran out of electricity.

Eight years later, the crisis has deepened and despite assurances to the contrary by government leadership, it has the potential to become the biggest post-apartheid crisis in South Africa. By 2015 load shedding cost the South African economy an estimated R2 billion per day.

Is the situation getting better or worse? Are the interventions working or is a blackout inevitable? What can be done and what do future scenarios look like?

Eskom – The Unauthorised Story provides a look at what’s happening to one of the greatest power utilities in the world, the greatest on the African continent. It deals with everything from load shedding to blackouts and unpacks the issues raging around candlelight dinners in households across South Africa today.

About the Author

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As a journalist, James-Brent Styan wrote about Eskom since 2008. He followed the story from the other side of Lephalale to the inside of parliament and everywhere in-between. During this time, he spoke to the decision makers, the rule makers, the politicians, the officials, the employees and everyone else. He was there from the first load shedding and is still writing and tweeting about Eskom today. This is his account of what he saw and what was promised.

View James‘ Facebook page HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781868426966

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Let’s Talk Frankly by Onkgopotse JJ Tabane

Letters to Influential South Africans about the State of our Nation

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South Africa has been in the grip of a worrying culture of acquiesce and silence after 1994. Such silence is largely driven by patronage and a misplaced sense of loyalty, to party politics across the political spectrum. It is clear that speaking out has been left to a few voices that are seen as having nothing to lose. This situation has seen the culture and quality of debate degenerating.

The addressees of the letters are South African people of influence who are called upon to use their public presence and role to change the course of events in society and improve the level of public discourse. They receive praise for work well done and are castigated for poor judgement and omissions in their public life and deliberations.

Let’s Talk Frankly expresses some home truths in a satirical and tongue-in-cheek manner and is meant to offend sensibilities as well as express things that people often say around dinner tables but are too cautious to say in public.

Letters are addressed to: Gwede Mantashe, Helen Zille, Julius Malema, Mosiuoa Terror Lekota, Mamphela Ramphele, Zwelinzima Vavi, Patrice Motsepe, Peter Bruce, Pallo Jordan, Blade Nzimande, Aaron Motsoaledi, Nathi Nhleko, Angie Motshekga, Signal Jammer, Thuli Madonsela, Ray MacCauley, Steve Hofmeyr, Baleka Mbete, Nicky Oppenheimer, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Mmusi Maimane and Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma.

Featuring cartoons by SIFISO YALO, who is best known for his work in the Sowetan.

‘A no-holds-barred collection that adds value to the views available in the public arena and is designed to encourage vigorous debate.’ – MATHATA TSEDUthe Director of the South African National Editors’ Forum

About the Author

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Onkgopotse JJ Tabane is one of South Africa’s leading media and communications specialists, a community activist and a business executive. He is currently the Executive Director of Oresego Holdings, an international advisory company as well as the Chief Executive of EnviroWorld Productions – specialising in environmental programming for community TV and radio. He is a director of Pholosang BEE Resolutions Services, a company he co-founded to contribute to the advancement of Black Economic Empowerment. He is a founder and host of Frank Dialogue as well as media and communications colloquia. Tabane holds three degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a member of the University of the Western Cape and a regular columnist for The Daily Maverick and the Sunday Independent.

View Onkgopotse JJ Tabane‘s Facebook page HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781770104327

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Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange

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Good Morning, Mr Mandela, the extraordinary story of how a young woman had her life and everything she once believed in transformed by the greatest man of her time.

Zelda la Grange grew up in South Africa as a white Afrikaner who supported the rules of segregation. Yet a few years after the end of Apartheid she would become the trusted assistant to Nelson Mandela. Now she shares his lasting and inspiring gifts with the world.

Helen Conford, Publishing Director, said, “This is a book that will touch your life and make you believe that every one of us, no matter who we are or what we have done, has the power to change. It has brought tears to the eyes of everyone who has read it. It shines with honesty and love. The lessons Nelson Mandela gave her as he renewed his country offer hope to everyone.”

About the Author

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Zelda la Grange was born in 1970. She began working as a secretary for the government in 1992, in the Department of State Expenditure. In 1993 she moved to the Human Resources division and a year later she joined the office of the first democratically elected President of South Africa as a Senior Ministerial Typist.

She was promoted to one of President Mandela’s three Private Secretaries in 1997, and in 1999 Nelson Mandela requested her to remain in his service beyond retirement. In 2002 she left government and became full time employee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She served Nelson Mandela in different capacities over nineteen years, as Typist, Private Secretary, Manager of his office, Spokesperson and Aide-decamp. When he passed on in December 2013, she was his Personal Assistant.

View Zelda‘s website HERE

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Published by Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9780241014943

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When Loving Him Hurts by Sue Hickey & Phillipa Sklaar

When Loving Him Hurts – a unique guidebook that takes you through the complex web of domestic abuse, avoiding victim-based myths and showing women just how to take back their power.

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Ask any woman whether a man has ever hurt her, and the answer in all probability will be a resounding Yes. Yet despite women’s abuse being one of the most topical and written about subjects today, there are still many myths and preconceptions surrounding the subject.

When Loving Him Hurts breaks open victim-based myths on domestic abuse, helping the reader to identify and accept her situation of abuse and subsequently empower her to learn the art of the sacred No, reclaiming self-esteem and healing through life-changing, creative expression.

With real life stories from well known psychotherapist Sue Hickey’s patients, the book profiles the abused woman as well as the men who abuse them, the abuser, revealing how a woman could possibly find herself in an abusive relationship as well as how the abuser doesn’t necessarily understand what he is doing and more often than not he is living semi-consciously.

Written specifically for wounded women, by two women who are all too familiar with the silent and invisible stain of abuse that marks the world we live in, this unique guide discusses how women can begin to heal themselves by examining their own answers and developing their own understanding of the abusive pattern, also developing the skills required to manage oneself in a relationship and beginning the journey of healing.

Like the When Loving Him Hurts Facebook page HERE and follow their Twitter account HERE

About the Authors

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Sue Hickey is a well-known and respected Johannesburg-based therapist who has been in private practice for over twenty-five years. She has worked with and achieved astounding results in hundreds of women’s lives who, desperately unhappy in their relationships due to varying degrees of abuse, sought help from her. Due to the overwhelming demand, Sue started a support group for women in abusive relationships and worked with co-author Philippa Sklaar as a patient and survivor of abuse.

The lessons learnt from the women in group therapy over the years give depth and context to the content in When Loving Him Hurts.

Phillipa Sklaar has been in three abusive marriages. In When Loving Him Hurts, she bravely describes the pain and shame she experienced in her relationships as well as her long road to healing. “Sue invited me to assist her in the writing of this book to share my experiences. Like the recovering alcoholic who is prepared to disclose her story, I believe that my healing comes through sharing mine.”

View Phillipa‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781920601560

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How South Africa Works by Jeffrey Herbst & Greg Mills

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The overwhelming challenge that South Africa faces, and has to date failed to address, is unemployment, which falls especially on African youths who were promised a better future after 1994. If the current unemployment challenge is not addressed, it will be impossible to sustainably lift many millions of people out of poverty.

How South Africa Works reviews the country’s major economic achievements over the past two decades. Through numerous interviews with politicians, business leaders and analysts, it examines the challenges and opportunities across key productive sectors – including agriculture, manufacturing, services, and mining – illustrative of the policy challenges that leaders face. It scrutinises the social grant and education systems to understand if South Africa has established mechanisms for people not only to escape destitution but be ready to be employed, and identifies steps that some of South Africa’s most  notable entrepreneurs have taken to build world-class enterprises. Recognising the essential challenge to cultivate more employers to employ people, How South Africa Works concludes by offering an agenda and active steps for greater competitiveness for government, business and labour.

Whatever our ideological departure points, How South Africa Works illuminates the importance of debate in growing our economy and achieving radical socio-economic transformation.” – JESSIE DUARTE

About the Authors

Jeffery Herbst

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Jeffrey Herbst is the 16th President of Colgate University, a leading liberal arts college in the United States, and has written extensively on political and international affairs. Dr Herbst started his career as a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University where he taught for 18 years. His primary research interests are in the politics of sub-Saharan Africa, the politics of political and economic reform and the politics of boundaries. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Brenthurst Foundation since 2005.

Greg Mills

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Greg Mills is director of the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation. He is widely published on international affairs, development and security, an adviser to African governments, a regular columnist for local and international newspapers, and the author of the best-selling books Why Africa is Poor – and what Africans can do about it (2010) and, with Jeffrey Herbst, Africa’s Third Liberation (2012).

Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781770104082

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Holy Cows by Gareth van Onselen

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From initiation ceremonies in the Eastern Cape to Helen Zille’s Twitter account, South Africa is a land ripe with contradiction. It is a place where first world aspirations often clash with third world realities. Commentator Gareth van Onselen takes a fearless look at some of these faultlines. He also asks why we have seemingly become a nation that bends over backward to accommodate mediocrity, settling for that which is only good enough.

Watch an interview of Gareth van Onselen on his book Holy Cows

 

About the Author

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Gareth is from Johannesburg but, in an act of treason, moved to Cape Town, where he now resides. He studied at Wits University, obtaining a master’s degree in sociology before entering the world of politics.

For the next 12 years he worked for the Democratic Alliance, in various different capacities, most of which involved communications and political analysis. He now works for BDlive and Sunday Times as a journalist. He is a liberal and a humanist but, most of all, a political animal with a deep love for ideas and argument.

View Gareth‘s website HERE

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Published by Tafelberg (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780624066200

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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

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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.

View Wayne‘s Facebook page HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

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.

View Angelique‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781770104273

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