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Celebrate the tenth month of the year with these ten October titles

Bare Ground
Peter Harris

Max Sinclair is the CEO of Wits Mining, which is in the process of selling a share of the company to a consortium. As the deal-making gathers pace there are casualties on all sides as corporate and political intrigue spiral, and Johannesburg reveals its true colours as a gritty mining town. Bare Ground is an acerbic exploration of post-apartheid South Africa, with a particular focus on the deepening corruption and cronyism that is threatening the country’s long-term development.

Peter Harris has gathered many accolades for his non-fiction writing. In a Different Time: The Inside Story of the Delmas Four was awarded the prestigious Sunday Times Alan Paton award as well as the Booksellers’ Choice Award in 2009. He is also the author of the best-selling Birth: The Conspiracy to Stop the ’94 Election.

Harris commented: ‘In a Different Time was a book about the 1980s, and an extraordinary treason trial. It also chronicled the huge sacrifices that were made to bring about democracy in South Africa. My second book, Birth, was about the transition in the early 1990s and the extreme challenges that the country encountered in getting to and conducting the 1994 election, in the face of significant odds. This novel, located in the cauldron of Johannesburg, is about the society we have become.’

Dare Not Linger
Dare Not Linger
Mandla Langa

‘I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.’
NELSON MANDELA, Long Walk to Freedom

In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of a democratic South Africa. From the outset, he was committed to serving only a single five-year term. During his presidency, he and his government ensure that all South Africa’s citizens became equal before the law, and laid the foundations for turning a country riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy.

Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela’s presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to finish his term of office but was unable to finish. Now, 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 unseen archive material. With a prologue by Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, the result is a vivid and often inspirational account of Mandela’s presidency and the creation of a new democracy. It tells the extraordinary story of a country in transition and the challenges Mandela faced as he strove to make his vision for a liberated South Africa a reality.

Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa, on 18 July 1918. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party’s apartheid policies for many years before being arrested in August 1962. Mandela was incarcerated for more than twenty-seven years, during which his reputation as a potent symbol of resistance to the anti-apartheid movement grew steadily. Released from prison in 1990, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was inaugurated as the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994. He is the author of the international bestseller Long Walk to Freedom. He died on 5 December 2013, at the age of ninety-five.

Mandla Langa was born in 1950 in Durban, South Africa. After being arrested in 1976, he went into exile and has lived in Botswana, Mozambique and Angola, where he did his Umkhonto weSizwe (the armed wing of the African National Congress) military training, as well as Hungary, Zambia and the United Kingdom, where he was the African National Congress’s cultural representative. A writer and journalist, he was the first South African to be awarded the Arts Council of Great Britain bursary for creative writing, and he has been a columnist for the Sunday Independent and the New Nation. In 2007, he was the recipient of the presidential Order of Ikhamanga in Silver for his literary and journalistic contribution to democracy in South Africa. He is also the author of several acclaimed novels, including The Lost Colours of the Chameleon, which won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book in the African region.

Graça Machel was born in Gaza, Mozambique, in 1945. She was a member of the Mozambican Liberation Front (FRELIMO) which fought for and won independence from Portugal in 1975. A teacher, human rights activist, international advocate for women’s and children’s rights, and politician, she was – from 1975 until his death in 1986 – married to Samora Machel, the first president of Mozambique. She married Nelson Mandela on his eightieth birthday in July 1998. Among her numerous awards for her humanitarian work, she was a recipient of the United Nations’ Nansen Medal in 1995, and in 2007 she was made an honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

The Blessed GirlThe Blessed Girl
Angela Makholwa

Blesser n. [pronounced blessa] a person (usually male and married) who sponsors a younger woman with luxury gifts or a luxurious lifestyle in exchange for a short- to medium-term sexual relationship.

Blessee n. [pronounced blessi] a person (usually female) who lives a luxurious lifestyle funded by an older, sometimes married partner in return for sexual favours.

When you are accustomed to the finer things in life – designer shoes, champagne, VIP lounges, exotic holidays abroad, a luxury penthouse, expensive wheels – what independent young woman in her right mind would want to let them go? Certainly not the beautiful, ambitious and super-streetsmart Bontle Tau, the girl who has used her good looks and winning charm all her life to get exactly what she wants.

The lifestyle doesn’t come cheap, though, nor does maintaining the body that allows it (just ask Dr Heinz at the beauty clinic). Luckily, Bontle has a degree in MENcology, and there is no shortage of blessers at her penthouse door, eager to give her all the love and (financial) support she needs. Papa Jeff might be overweight and getting on a bit, and receiving some unwanted attention from the Hawks; and Teddy might not have fully come through for her on that messed-up tender business; but Mr Emmanuel, the Nigerian businessman with deep pockets and the possibility of conferring second wife status … could that be love?

Keeping all her boyfriends happy and living a fabulous life is not without its challenges. With so many people clamouring for Bontle’s attention – from her shebeen queen mother Gladys in Mamelodi, who is taking strain bringing up her teenaged brother, Golokile, on her own; to her girlfriends, Iris and Tsholo; not to mention her soon-to-be ex-husband, the ever-patient, ever-loving Ntokozo, Bontle barely has time to post on Instagram these days.

Sooner or later something’s got to give …

Angela Makholwa lives and works in Johannesburg. The Blessed Girl is her highly anticipated fourth novel, following on from the bestselling Red Ink (2007), The 30th Candle (2009) and Black Widow Society (2013).

The Cull
Tony Park

British business tycoon Julia Clyde-Smith will do anything to save Africa’s endangered wildlife, including setting up an elite anti-poaching squad. Hiring Sonja Kurtz to head up the covert strike force, Julia gives the former mercenary whatever she needs to take down Africa’s poaching kingpins. As the body count rises, it becomes harder for Sonja and her team to stay under the radar.

When her former flame, safari guide and private investigator Hudson Brand, is hired to investigate the death of an alleged poacher, Sonja is forced to ask herself if Julia’s wildlife crusade has gone too far.

As the investigation deepens it becomes increasingly apparent that a shadowy underworld syndicate known as the Scorpions are pulling the strings behind Africa’s poaching epidemic. Just as Julia is intent on wiping out poaching so, too, are the Scorpions concentrating on taking out the women who stand in their way . . .

Tony Park has worked as a newspaper reporter, a government press secretary, a PR consultant and a freelance writer. He is also a Major in the Australian Army Reserve and served in Afghanistan in 2002. Tony and his wife divide their time between Sydney and southern Africa where they own a home on the border of the Kruger National Park.

RecoveryRecovery – Freedom From our Addictions
Russell Brand

‘This book is not just about extremists like me. This is a book about you.’

This is the age of addiction, a condition so epidemic, so all encompassing and ubiquitous that unless you are fortunate enough to be an extreme case, you probably don’t know that you have it.

What unhealthy habits and attachments are holding your life together? Are you unconsciously dependent on food? Bad relationships? A job that doesn’t fulfill you? Numb, constant perusal of your phone, looking for what?

My qualification for writing this book is not that I am better than you, it’s that I am worse. I am an addict, addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex, money, love and fame.

The program in Recovery has given Russell Brand freedom from all addictions and it will do the same for you. This system offers nothing less than liberation from self-centerdness, a new perspective, freedom from the illusion of suffering for anyone who is willing to take the necessary steps.

Russell Brand is a comedian and an addict. He’s been addicted to drugs, sex, fame, money and power. Even now as a new father, fourteen and a half years into recovery he still writes about himself in the third person and that can’t be healthy. This is his fourth book. He still performs as a comic and is studying for an MA in Religion in Global Politics. He has two cats, a dog, a wife, a baby, 10 chickens and 60 thousand bees in spite of being vegan curious. He is certain that the material world is an illusion but still keeps licking the walls of the hologram.

Blue Ocean Shift
Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

Blue Ocean Shift is the essential follow up to Blue Ocean Strategy, the classic and 3.6 million copy global bestseller by world-renowned professors Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne. Drawing on more than a decade of new work, Kim and Mauborgne show you how to move beyond competing, inspire your people’s confidence, and seize new growth, guiding you step-by-step through how to take your organization from a red ocean crowded with competition to a blue ocean of uncontested market space. By combining the insights of human psychology with practical market-creating tools and real-world guidance, Kim and Mauborgne deliver the definitive guide to shift yourself, your team, or your organization to new heights of confidence, market creation, and growth. They show why nondisruptive creation is as important as disruption in seizing new growth.

Blue Ocean Shift is packed with all-new research and examples of how leaders in diverse industries and organizations made the shift and created new markets by applying the process and tools outlined in the book. Whether you are a cash-strapped startup or a large, established company, nonprofit or national government, you will learn how to move from red to blue oceans in a way that builds your people’s confidence so that they own and drive the process.

With battle-tested lessons learned from successes and failures in the field, Blue Ocean Shift is critical reading for leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs alike. You’ll learn what works, what doesn’t, and how to avoid the pitfalls along the way. This book will empower you to succeed as you embark on your own blue ocean journey. Blue Ocean Shift is indispensable for anyone committed to building a compelling future.

Six Billion Shoppers
Six Billion Shoppers
Porter Erisman

From China to India to Nigeria, e-commerce is entering a golden era in countries that were long left out of the e-commerce gold rush experienced in the West. If the story of the first twenty years of e-commerce’s growth was set in developed markets, the story of the next twenty years will be set in emerging ones. The rise of e-commerce in emerging markets is being driven by three major trends: widespread internet adoption, a rising middle class, and, most importantly, innovative new business models that serve the needs of local customers better than the models used by western e-commerce giants.

Six Billion Shoppers takes readers on an exciting and colorful journey around the world to visit the next e-commerce mega markets and explore how a new e-commerce boom is opening opportunities for entrepreneurs and global brands alike. Traveling through Nigeria, China, India, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, Porter Erisman addresses e-commerce across these new markets and what it means for western brands. He argues that e-commerce in developing countries is revolutionary and will play a much larger role in emerging markets than in the West. With e-commerce in emerging markets entering a rapid period of expansion, Six Billion Shoppers explains how to seize the massive opportunity created by emerging market consumers and provides practical advice on how to ride this new business trend.

From 2000-2008, Porter Erisman worked as a Vice President at Alibaba Group, joining the company just as it moved out of founder Jack Ma’s apartment. He is the international bestselling author of Alibaba’s World: How a Remarkable Chinese Company is Changing the Face of Global Business. An expert on e-commerce in emerging markets, he has consulted in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and has spoken at high profile industry events in over 30 countries.

Jane Austen Collection
Jane Austen

A beautiful box set of the works of Jane Austen, containing some of literature’s greatest love stories

Whether in the electrically charged chemistry of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy, or the simmering romance of Emma Woodhouse and Mr Knightley, no one writes love and relationships like the incomparable Jane Austen. This gorgeous, limited edition boxed set of all of her classic romantic novels includes Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, and each individual volume is beautifully designed and features a bespoke jacket, introduction or afterword, and Hugh Thomson’s timeless, evocative illustrations.

Jane Austen was born in 1775 in rural Hampshire, the daughter of an affluent village rector who encouraged her in her artistic pursuits. In novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma she developed her subtle analysis of contemporary life through depictions of the middle classes in small towns. Her sharp wit and incisive portraits of ordinary people have given her novels enduring popularity. She died in 1817.

The Right TimeThe Right Time
Danielle Steel

Filled with heartbreak and betrayal, triumph and fulfillment, The Right Time is an intimate, richly rewarding novel about pursuing one’s passion and succeeding beyond one’s wildest dreams. Featuring an exclusive foreword by the author. Abandoned by her mother at age seven, Alexandra Winslow takes solace in the mysteries she reads with her devoted father – and soon she is writing them herself, slowly graduating to dark, complex crime stories that reflect skill, imagination, and talent far beyond her years. After her father’s untimely death, at fourteen Alex is taken in by the nuns of a local convent, where she finds twenty-six mothers to take the place of the one she lost, and the time and encouragement to pursue her gift.

Alex writes in every spare moment, gripped by the plots and themes and characters that fill her mind. Midway through college, she has finished a novel – and manages to find a seasoned agent, then a publisher. But as she climbs the ladder of publishing success, she resolutely adheres to her father’s admonition: Men read crime thrillers by men only and so Alexandra Winslow publishes under the pseudonym Alexander Green, her true identity known only to those closest to her, creating a double life that isolates her.

Her secret life as the mysterious and brilliantly successful Alexander Green – and her own life as a talented young woman – expose her to the envious, the arrogant, and Hollywood players who have no idea who she really is. Always, the right time to open up seems just out of reach, and would cost her dearly. Once her double life and fame are established, the price of the truth is always too high.

The Lost World
Arthur Conan Doyle

A special edition of The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle reissued with a bright retro design to celebrate Pan’s 70th anniversary.

In a rip-roaring journey of peril and adventure, four explorers find a lost prehistoric world in the remote wilds of South America. Huge pterodactyls rule the skies and the jungle beneath is home to lumbering stegosaurus, carnivorous dinosaurs and terrifying ape-men. If the adventurers can survive then fame and fortune almost certainly await them back in London, but in this dangerous land that defies all science and reason who knows what could happen.

First published in 1912, this thrilling story by the creator of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson was the inspiration for Jurassic Park.

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Johannesburg launch: Wellbeing Economy

Using real-life examples and innovative research, acclaimed political economist Lorenzo Fioramonti lays bare society’s perverse obsession with economic growth by showing its many flaws, paradoxes and inconsistencies.

He argues that the pursuit of growth often results in more losses than gains and in damage, inequalities and conflicts.

By breaking free from the growth mantra, we can build a better society that puts the wellbeing of all at its centre.

A wellbeing economy would have tremendous impact on everything we do, boosting small businesses and empowering citizens as the collective leaders of tomorrow.

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  • Date: Tuesday, 25 July 2017
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville
  • Guest Speaker: Pat Pillai
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Presenting Own Your Space: The Toolkit For The Working Woman by Nadia Bilchik and Lori Milner

Own Your SpaceOwn Your Space: The Toolkit For The Working Woman by Nadia Bilchik and Lori Milner will be published by Pan Macmillan next month:

Own Your Space provides practical tools and insights gleaned from workshops held around the world and from interviews with some of South Africa’s most accomplished women to provide you with tried-and-tested techniques, tips and advice to help you boost your career, enhance your confidence and truly own your space on every level.

Own Your Space is the ultimate “toolkit” to unleash your true power. It’s for the woman who wants to take her career to new heights and who is ready to fulfil her true potential.

About the authors:

Nadia Bilchik, President of Greater Impact Communication, is an internationally renowned television personality, professional development communication training expert, author and keynote speaker.

Lori Milner is the engaging facilitator, thoughtleader and mentor known for her insightful approach to being a modern corporate woman. Her brainchild, the successful initiative Beyond the Dress, is the embodiment of her passion to empower women. Lori’s clients include FNB, Siemens, Massmart, Alexander Forbes and Life Healthcare.

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Business Leaders are Part of the Rot – Onkgopotse JJ Tabane Dissects Corruption in South Africa

Let's Talk FranklyOnkgopotse JJ Tabane is an outspoken political commentator whose latest book, Let’s Talk Frankly: Letters to Influential South Africans About the State of Our Nation, expresses some home truths about the way in which the country is run.

In his recent column for Rand Daily Mail, Tabane takes on big business leaders for allowing corruption to flourish. “It is curious that business leaders have never been seriously critiqued for their role in this downward spiral,” Tabane writes in his introduction.

The author goes on to explain why business reticence and the complacency of business leaders are just as much to blame as the government for South Africa’s inability to sustain a robust economy.

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Business leaders often complain about the poor business environment. The changing of BEE laws has been blamed, with lots of resources now required to comply. But the real complaint of business is that their compliance complacency is threatened. It will now be required to do real empowerment as opposed to the fraud that has characterised broad-based BEE practices so far.

Business leaders are also complacent about corruption and don’t speak out when resources are wasted by municipalities and other state entities. This is because they are part of the rot. Consultants, for example, whose public sector bill is in the billions, rip off the public daily, causing the auditor-general to arrive at adverse findings against municipalities. Last year, a measly 10% of municipalities received clean audits, and up to R30bn was ascribed to wasteful expenditure. Few ever interrogate who receives this “wasteful expenditure”. Until we ask the hard questions and investigate possible collusion, we are going nowhere fast in ensuring that the corrupter and corruptee take responsibility. It’s time we spoke frankly about business having proxies in the government for all the wrong reasons, and what this means for the corruptible business leadership we have in this country.

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Ten Years of Game-Changing Headlines: A New Edition of Africa is Open for Business by Victor Kgomoeswana

Africa is Open for BusinessPan Macmillan is proud to present a new and revised edition of Africa is Open for Business by Victor Kgomoeswana:

Victor Kgomoeswana, well known as an African business expert with a profile on radio and television, shares 50 stories of innovation and opportunity behind the business headlines of the last ten years on the African continent. From the introduction of M-pesa in Kenya to changing the image of Nigeria as Africa’s fraud capital, and from Rwandan coffee farmers to Ethiopian Airlines, and other remarkable stories in between, Kgomoeswana criss-crosses the continent to highlight the most fascinating business stories and their impact on the future of Africa.

Africa is Open for Business contains a dynamic and different view of the opportunities available in Africa from those usually portrayed in the news and in other media. Kgomoeswana focuses on the stories behind the headlines as well as sharing his personal experiences of Africa while travelling and doing business in a way that is as entertaining as it is informative.

It’s time for the continent to tell its story to the world, and this book validates and amplifies the message that is slowly, but increasingly, finding resonance with the international community: that Africa is indeed open for business.” – Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

About the Author

Victor Kgomoeswana is an independent consultant who has previously worked as an adviser to and representative of several listed and unlisted multinationals, guiding them in their expansion in the African continent. He presented the weekly “African Business Report” on Talk Radio 702’s The Money Show from July 2007 until 2014, and on SAFM’s AM Live since October 2012. He is currently the anchor of Africa Business News, a weekly show on CNBC Africa, presents Power Hour, a daily show on Power FM, and is a columnist for the Sunday Independent.

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Dear Uncle Steve Biko, Please Teach Us to Buy Black – An Open Letter by Victor Kgomoeswana

Africa Is Open For BusinessBiko Lives!Let's Talk Frankly

Victor Kgomoeswana, author of Africa Is Open For Business, recently wrote an open letter for The Sunday Independent apostrophising Steve Biko, the great Black Consciousness leader who died in police custody nearly 40 years ago.

In the letter Kgomoeswana, says that he wishes Biko, who is the subject of Biko Lives!: Contesting the Legacies of Steve Biko edited by Andile Mngxitama, Amanda Alexander and Nigel Gibson, had been born later so that he could “help us sort our economic transformation enigma”.

Among the issues Kgomoeswana discusses is the hesitance to “buy black” and the frustrations faced by the Black Business Council is achieving real and effective economic transformation. Kgomoeswana says in this regard and in the country’s tendency to cast blame instead of adopting self-reliance, South Africans need to be rediscover the heart of Biko’s Frank Talk campaign.

Kgomoeswana mentions Let’s Talk Frankly: Letters to Influential South Africans About the State of Our Nation by Onkgopotse JJ Tabane, which is a work that speaks truth to power and is titled for Biko’s straight-shooting alias.

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Dear Uncle Steve Biko,

I promise this is the last time I call on you, at least this Heritage Month, lest I am guilty of taking your name in vain; but I need a one-on-one chat with you, straight up.

Everybody needs an uncle in higher places. You and Amilcar Cabral are the two uncles of relevance in September. He was born in 1924 on September 12, the day on which you were assassinated in 1977. Just like you, Uncle Amilcar – who is credited with the liberation struggles of two countries, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde – had been assassinated for his incisive revolutionary thinking by those driven by fear and hate.

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Despite Progress, Things Have Not Gone as Well as They Might Have – An Excerpt from How South Africa Works

How South Africa WorksHow South Africa Works: And Must Do Better by Greg Mills and Jeffrey Herbst takes a look at what this country needs to do in order to spark growth and reform in its economy.

Rand Daily Mail recently shared an excerpt from the book, in which the authors look at unemployment in South Africa. This is an important problem for a number of reasons, most importantly because the ratio of employed to unemployed people is shrinking and the proportions of government spending that goes into subsidies “have strained a narrow tax base”.

It is in the ANC’s best interests, the authors write, to address this problem as efficiently as possible.

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There is much to celebrate from the last 21 years in South Africa.

The systematic, legislated exclusion of the majority of South Africans from sharing the country’s wealth resulted in one of the most highly unequal societies world-wide, where race largely determined life chances. There have been notable improvements in access to education, to public health clinics, and to electricity and clean, piped water. All of these efforts are reflected in absolute poverty levels: only 11 per cent of South Africans experienced hunger in 2011, for example, down from a quarter of the population just 10 years earlier.

Yet, for all of the above progress, things have not gone as well as they might have.

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A Thank You to Those Who’ve Stood Their Ground: Wayne Duvenage and Angelique Serrao Launch The E-Tolls Saga

Wayne Duvenage and Angelique Serrao

The E-Tolls SagaExclusive Books Hyde Park was packed like a Vietnamese scooter last week for the launch of The E-Tolls Saga: A Journey from CEO to Civil Activist by Wayne Duvenage and Angelique Serrao.

Eyewitness News investigative journalist Alex Eliseev led the discussion between Duvenage, the chairperson of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), and Serrao, investigations editor at The Star.

Eliseev kicked off the discussion by asking Duvenage which was easier, waking up a slumbering civil society and raising money or writing a book and launching it in front of an audience? Duvenage said that the biggest challenge has been dealing with corporate apathy, adding that in the face of trying to raise society, writing the book was easy.

Angelique Serrao, Wayne Duvenage and Alex Eliseev

Duvenage told the story of how it all began, from resigning as chief executive of Avis to becoming the leader of, as Eliseev put it in an article for the Daily Maverick three years ago, “one of the greatest tax revolts in South Africa’s history”.

“By nature I’m a reluctant activist, but it wasn’t difficult to make the transition,” Duvenage said. “It’s been tough but I don’t regret it at all.”

Serrao explained how the e-toll story became one she just couldn’t drop. She started investigating the issue of Sanral’s tolling tariffs back in 2011 and 2012 and found that “every time I wrote a story the reaction was astronomical”.

“That spurred me on. The more I interrogated, the more I thought this doesn’t sound right,” she said, adding that writing the book became a natural transition for her.

Duvenage praised the energy of his team and the people who have stood behind Outa. “We had great people on this journey,” he said. “The more we went down this road the more it felt right. It was right to challenge, to take it on.” He gave credit to Mark Heywood, the executive director of Section 27, for teaching him how to be an activist. Heywood’s advice to Duvenage right at the beginning was: “You get on the train and you stay on it.”

Duvenage didn’t think it would be difficult to get corporate South Africa behind him. “We thought it would be easy; we’d put the appeal out there and money would fall into our coffers.” What he encountered instead was an “absolute fear of being caught out supporting something government wouldn’t approve of”.

“Government doesn’t like its critics,” he said, adding that there are brave corporate organisations out there who did fund Outa.

Laura Hammond and Angelique Serrao
“The book is about encapsulating all these moments we’ve forgotten about,” Duvenage said. Serrao described The E-Tolls Saga as a multi-layered book that tells a personal story while focusing on business and political elements, a story of how ordinary South Africans can encourage each other to stand up against injustice. Duvenage added that The E-Toll Saga is not all “doom and gloom”, but a positive story of how we can move forward together. Serrao agreed, saying that the book is not just about “one person’s journey or a team’s journey but also your journey”. “If you want to live in a democracy you have to take part in it,” she said.

“Journalists in general work hand-in-hand with all sectors of society,” Serrao said. “It’s our job to dig, our job to question.”

Duvenage said in conclusion that “active citizenry will get government to step up and pay attention”. “Outa will become a bigger entity but we can only be helped by public funding,” he said. The E-Toll Saga is “a thank you to the citizens that have stood their ground”.

Ali Gule and "The Armed Swingers"
The evening ended with a book signing, as well as networking and photo opportunities with the authors. Ali Gule designed the placard in the photograph above, which was put on display throughout the evening and will be auctioned off soon in support of the campaign against e-tolls. Gule can be contacted at for more information about the auction.


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Africa Blames the US, Colonial History, the ICC and Santa Claus Instead of Tackling Problems – Victor Kgomoeswana

Africa Is Open For BusinessVictor Kgomoeswana, business commentator and author of Africa Is Open For Business, recently wrote an article for Sunday Independent about the 25th African Union Summit and the embarrassing facts it highlighted about this continent.

In the article, Kgomoeswana writes about the many issues that Africa should be dealing with on its own. There was a great hullabaloo over Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir flying out of South Africa despite the ICC warrant out for his arrest, and it is an important issue.

But why, Kgomoeswana asks, did it only come to a head because of powers outside of the continent? And why is Africa not “sorting out its problems” when it has proved itself capable of doing so?

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To make matters worse, instead of going to the heart of the matter, we blame the West, the US, colonial history, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Santa Claus for not bringing us a sleigh to ride out of our state of underdevelopment.

The AU Summit came to Joburg to discuss matters of crucial importance – the Agenda 2063, how to optimise the resources of Africa, the Burundi crisis, Boko Haram, etc. With matters of such significance, we had no business getting derailed by President Omar al-Bashir. The Sudanese head of state left us nothing but his now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t blues.

Why did we not act on our own?

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How to Get Around the Impasse in Public Sector Wage Negotiations: Mzukisi Qobo Discusses Current Distrust

The Fall of the ANCMzukisi Qobo, co-author of The Fall of the ANC: What Next?, has written an article for the Rand Daily Mail in which he discusses “tortuously slow negotiations” between government and public service unions.

Qobo writes that the negotiations are characterised by a lack of both trust and clarity. He points to government’s recent whittling down of a signed and agreed upon wage offer, citing their overestimation of inflation as just cause.

Government and unions have many conflicting imperatives to consider during negotiations, but Qobo argues they urgently need to develop a foundation of solidarity.

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The impasse in the wage talks between the government and public service unions reflects broken trust between the government and its key stakeholders. This is in addition to the strain between the government and business over policy certainty, compounded by an increasingly gloomy macroeconomic environment.

Any strike by public sector workers would have a potentially disruptive effect on public service delivery and aggravate the macroeconomic condition.

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