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Showing 1 - 25 of 2009 matches in Local Author Showcase

A Short History Of South Africa (Paperback): Gail Nattrass A Short History Of South Africa (Paperback)
Gail Nattrass 3
R250 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R80 (32%) In stock

In A Short History Of South Africa, Gail Nattrass, historian and educator, presents the reader with a brief, general account of South Africa’s history, from the very beginning to the present day, from the first evidence of hominid existence, early settlement pre- and post-European arrival and the warfare through the 18th and 19th centuries that lead to the eventual establishment of modern South Africa.

This readable and thorough account, illustrated with maps and photographs, is a culmination of a lifetime of researching and teaching the broad spectrum of South African history, collecting stories, taking students on tours around the country, and working with distinguished historians.

Nattrass’s passion for her subject shines through, whether she is elucidating the reader on early humans in the cradle of humankind, or the tumultuous twentieth-century processes that shaped the democracy that is South Africa today. A must for all those interested in South Africa, within the country and abroad.

Aloe Vera - Nature's Ally To Health And Healing (Paperback): Piet Viljoen Aloe Vera - Nature's Ally To Health And Healing (Paperback)
Piet Viljoen; Foreword by Toine Knipping 2
R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 In stock

Can Aloe vera help with ailments as diverse as arthritis, acne, burns, eczema, periodontal diseases, digestive conditions, and more? Why is it commonly utilized in the cosmetic, complementary medicine, and food and beverage industries? What do you need to know when buying products containing aloe vera? Aloe Vera: Nature's Ally To Health And Healing answers these questions and much more.

We explain the history of Aloe Vera, guide you through the process of cultivation all the way through to the end products, and explain the extraordinary symphony of more than 75 bioactive ingredients that brings the power of this amazing plant into clarity. Accompanied by impressive and informative photos, this book is detailed enough to give you the knowledge you need in order to make the best decisions when growing the plant yourself, or simply buying Aloe Vera products. It also includes many practical tips and a few recipes to try at home.

Piet Viljoen, scientist, formulator and managing director Aloway Natural Health Products understands that nature provides people with what is needed for health and healing. But it is up to us to take those gifts and utilize them in the best way possible. This book allows you to understand and appreciate why Aloe vera is one such gift!

Fate Of The Nation - 3 Scenarios For South Africa's Future (Paperback): Jakkie Cilliers Fate Of The Nation - 3 Scenarios For South Africa's Future (Paperback)
Jakkie Cilliers 1
R240 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R71 (30%) In stock

What does our future hold? Will the ANC split within the next five years? Could the DA rule the country in 2024? Will the EFF form an alliance with the ANC? What should we do to make our economy grow at levels that will impact on poverty and inequality? Will we become a more tolerant or a more violent society?

In Fate of the Nation scenario expert Jakkie Cilliers answers all these and many other questions. He has developed three detailed scenarios for our immediate future and beyond – Bafana Bafana, Nation Divided and Mandela Magic.

According to Cilliers the ANC is in many ways paralysed by the power struggle between what he calls the Traditionalists (supporters of Jacob Zuma) and the Reformers (led by Cyril Ramaphosa and others). This power struggle leads to policy confusion, poor leadership and general ineptitude in the civil service. Key to which scenario will become our reality is who will be elected to the ANC’s top leadership at their national conference in December 2017. Whichever group wins will determine what our future holds. We could also see a compromise grouping being selected, Cilliers says, in which case the Bafana Bafana scenario – where we simply muddle along as a country – is the strongest possibility.

A book for all concerned South Africans.

The Fifth Mrs Brink - A Memoir (Paperback): Karina M. Szczurek The Fifth Mrs Brink - A Memoir (Paperback)
Karina M. Szczurek 2
R260 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R81 (31%) In stock

The Fifth Mrs Brink is Karina M. Szczurek’s memoir of her life before, during and after her marriage to André P. Brink.

Polish-born Karina was twenty-seven when she met the acclaimed writer, forty-two years her senior, and they spent a decade together. Here she chronicles their relationship, from their first encounter in Vienna, Austria, and moving across continents to be with each other, to finding calm and stability in their married life in Cape Town, and finally facing the challenges of André’s deteriorating health in the last year of his life.

This soul-baring account is also the story of two interwoven writing lives, Karina’s burgeoning and André’s in its final phase. It is a diary of creative dissolution and knitting back together, a homage to a marriage reality tragically cut short but also to a love to last a lifetime.

I Have Bipolar, Bipolar Isn't Me (Paperback): Wendy Taylor I Have Bipolar, Bipolar Isn't Me (Paperback)
Wendy Taylor 2
R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 In stock

"This is a journal of my experiences with depression and mania, which I experienced after being diagnosed with bipolar type II. It's the hopelessness and desperation of living with this illness, from thinking of death by suicide to finding a way of healing. I wrote this book in the hope of helping other bipolar sufferers and to educate the general public about the bipolar disorder." - Wendy Taylor

Bad Seeds (Paperback): Jassy Mackenzie Bad Seeds (Paperback)
Jassy Mackenzie 1
R220 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R51 (23%) In stock

After a dramatic sabotage attempt at a nuclear research centre near Jo’burg, PI Jade de Jong is hired by the likeable Ryan Gillespie to track down a missing employee believed to be involved. The target of her search is Carlos Botha, a skilled operative who may represent a major threat to national security.

Jade traces Botha to a rundown motel in the West Rand, but she’s not the only one looking for him. Someone has put a hit out on Botha. Jade is forced into an uneasy alliance with him in order to learn more. As she unearths the research centre’s dark secrets, she discovers the threat is so extreme its ramifications could reach across the globe.

Closer to home, if Botha learns who she really is, the consequences may be deadly.

The Underachieving Ovary (Paperback): J.T. Lawrence The Underachieving Ovary (Paperback)
J.T. Lawrence 2
R248 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R49 (20%) In stock

Does the word ‘endometriosis’ make you want to stick a fork in your eye? No? Then perhaps this book isn’t for you.

It’s funny, and (sometimes alarmingly) frank. It contains an impressive array of synonyms for ‘vagina’ and it’s certainly NSFW. It’s about having a devil womb and a hot knife lodged in a shoulder. It’s about becoming blackly bitter and twisted in infertility, then slowly finding a way to untwist.

It’s part memoir, part dark comedy, wrapped up loosely as a journal full of TMI and quirk. Put it this way: If Helen Fielding and Marian Keyes were to go through IVF, and use Caitlin Moran as a surrogate, this book would be their baby.

Consistent Or Confused - The Politics Of Mbeki's Foreign Policy 1995-2007 (Paperback): Oscar van Heerden Consistent Or Confused - The Politics Of Mbeki's Foreign Policy 1995-2007 (Paperback)
Oscar van Heerden
R280 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R30 (11%) In stock

Mbeki’s vision of an African Renaissance was a mammoth undertaking. At the centre of this was the determination that the continent needed to demonstrate that Africa’s challenges could, and indeed would, be solved by Africans themselves. South Africa’s Foreign Policy choices were not so easily discernible, however.

There were several hot topics pertaining to South African foreign policy at this time: Zimbabwe, South Africa’s role in the UN Security Council, and the way in which South Africa positioned itself on the continent. The brinkmanship between Mbeki and Mugabe to find a lasting solution to the difficulties in Zimbabwe was easier said than done during the mediation process. A newly democratic South Africa was also elected as a non-permanent member to the UN Security Council; however, an unreformed United Nations system presented numerous complexities in this regard, especially in the realm of the often obvious and logical rhetoric by the five permanent members. Furthermore, a globalised world also meant that trade relations are not obvious and straightforward when negotiating a massive trade deal with the European Union and its implications for the immediate region of SADC. The intricacies of Foreign Policy meanderings and game theory are all but certain when you are dealing with sophisticated objectives and your own national interests as a country.

This book attempts to navigate these complexities and illustrate the difficulties that bureaucrats have to contend with while satisfying the clear objectives of advancing the ‘National Interest’ of the Republic, sometimes at great cost.

Western Cape Rock - A Guide To Sport Climbing In The Western Cape, South Africa (Paperback): Tony Lourens Western Cape Rock - A Guide To Sport Climbing In The Western Cape, South Africa (Paperback)
Tony Lourens 1
R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 In stock

The climbing in this guidebook is spread over a vast area and features over 1350 routes.

From the wild Groot Rivier and Old Forest Crags near Plettenberg Bay, right the way across the province to the world-famous walls and boulders of Rocklands in the Cederberg.

If I Stay Right Here - A Novel (Paperback): Chwayita Ngamlana If I Stay Right Here - A Novel (Paperback)
Chwayita Ngamlana 2
R195 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R14 (7%) In stock

Shay, a seemingly shy and innocent journalism student, is sent to a female prison to cover a story on an inmate, but falls in love instead. Two months later, Sippy, Shay’s love interest, is out of prison and they move in together.

On the outside, Sippy is the haunted one in the relationship, but as their love story unfolds, it turns out that Shay has her own secrets.

This immersive and interesting story – written with no small amount of flair and intensity – is sexually charged and filled with moments of lacerating violence, both emotional and physical. At heart, it is the story of a woman’s inability to let go of that which both nourishes and destroys her.

Dwarsklap - Skakerings Van Swart In Die Nuwe Suid-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback): Piet Matipa Dwarsklap - Skakerings Van Swart In Die Nuwe Suid-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Piet Matipa 2
R240 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R61 (25%) In stock

Piet Matipa is jonk, swart, gay en Afrikaans. Sy rubrieke in Beeld is baie gewild omdat dit aan ’n sonderlinge lewensuitkyk uitdrukking gee. Hy praat vanuit ’n perspektief wat jy nie sommer in Suid-Afrika kry nie. Sy siening van die wêreld is gevorm deur interessante bestemmings waar sy lewenspad aangedoen het. As skolier aan Hoërskool Waterkloof en student aan die Pukke het Piet uitgeblink. Sy skryftande is geslyp as joernalis in Beeld se misdaadkantoor en as sepieskrywer vir 7de Laan , waar hy steeds werksaam is. Nie sleg vir iemand wat in ’n kinderhuis grootgeword het nie!

Afrikaans het sy lê op ’n unieke manier in Piet se mond gekry. En vir één ding deins hy nie terug nie: dit is om sy mond verby te praat. In Dwarsklap laat Piet hom uit oor aangeleenthede wat alle Suid-Afrikaners raak. Misdaad en taxi-bestuurders is groot klippe in die skoen. Wenke oor gewigsverlies word gegee, en ook hoe om ’n ontkleedanser by ’n henneparty te kry. En oor liefdesavonture kan jy vir Piet min vertel, veral wanneer sosiale media betrokke is.

’n Hoogs vermaaklike boek wat die donkerte van die lewe in ligte skakerings laat glim.

Sugar-Free & Carb-Conscious Living (Paperback): Monique le Roux Forslund Sugar-Free & Carb-Conscious Living (Paperback)
Monique le Roux Forslund 2
R240 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R61 (25%) In stock

Ideal for anyone who wants to eliminate sugar from their diet, Sugar-Free & Carb-Conscious Living is based on ‘low carb high fat’ principles, with the emphasis on home-cooked, nutritional meals, the recipes will increase satiety, reduce sugar cravings and eliminate the need to snack between meals.

The recipes are suitable for family meals and also take account of the need to have a healthy packed lunch for school or work. Recipes and tips for breakfast get the day off to a good start and there is a varied selection of dishes for the rest of the day.

Sauces, dressings, salads and vegetables – often the key to creating variety in everyday meals – are not forgotten. Sugar-Free & Carb-Conscious Living includes guidance on encouraging children to adapt to a sugar-free diet, tips on how to incorporate alcohol and exercise into your new lifestyle, nutritional information, menu plans, and a short list of foods that are good for you and foods to avoid.

Springbok Glory - Golden Moments In The Modern Era (Paperback): Stephen Nell Springbok Glory - Golden Moments In The Modern Era (Paperback)
Stephen Nell 3
R220 R82 Discovery Miles 820 Save R138 (63%) In stock

Everyone remembers the Springboks big matches, the tries and the glory. But few people know what was said in team meetings, which music was played on the team bus and what went down in the dressing rooms afterwards.

In Springbok Glory, sports writer Stephen Nell not only tells the story of South African rugby's best moments on the field, but also lifts the lid on events behind the scenes. He goes and delves for the stories from players, coaches and officials that were at the coalface, giving the reader an in-depth view of Springbok rugby. Among those interviewed are Bryan Habana, Nick Mallett, Jake White, John Smit, Brendan Venter, Chester Williams, Gary Gold and the late Louis Luyt.

Nell's fascinating stories about South African rugby's golden moments since the return from isolation in 1992 will elicit many a nostalgic smile.

Ratels On The Lomba - The Story Of Charlie Squadron (Paperback): Leopold Scholtz Ratels On The Lomba - The Story Of Charlie Squadron (Paperback)
Leopold Scholtz
R230 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R71 (31%) In stock

Charlie Squadron – the iron fist of 61 Mechanised Battalion Group (61 Mech) – led the way on 3 October 1987 during the climactic battle between the South African Defence Force and the Angolan forces on the Lomba River in southern Angola. Ratels On The Lomba places the reader in the midst of the squadron of young conscripts who were taken off to the Border War to fight in this battle.

Not only were they up against a vastly superior Angolan force in terms of numbers and weaponry, but they also had to deal with terrain so dense that their sight was severely impaired and their movement restricted. Also, even though SADF tactical doctrine clearly stated that tanks had to be countered by tanks, these conscripts had to take on the Angolan tanks in armoured cars with inferior low-velocity guns and thin armour, designed to keep out nothing more than small-arms fire. Yet, during the battle on the Lomba the 47 Brigade of the Angolan forces was nearly wiped out.

Scholtz’z blow-by-blow account of a David vs. Goliath battle takes the reader to the heart of the action. It is honestly told and vividly described, thanks to interviews with veterans and diary entries that help to recreate the drama of the battle. It is an intensely human story of how individuals react in the face of death and how the war never left them, even when they returned home.

Kokkedoortjie (Afrikaans, Paperback): Errieda du Toit Kokkedoortjie (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Errieda du Toit 1
R310 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R60 (19%) In stock

Kokkedoortjie is ’n kookboek vir die gesin, vir kinders en vir die kind in ons almal. Dit verweef elke dag se resepte met ’n unieke bestanddeel – die kleurvolle verbeelding van ’n kind. Dit wissel van eiernessies vir ontbyt, die beste kosblik-toebroodjies ooit, koekies vir Entrepreneursdag, trooskos, sportiewe hamburgers, piekniekslaaie, poetsbak-poedings, plaatkoekies en pannekoek. Die beoordelaars deel ook hul gunsteling resepte.

Untitled - Securing Land Tenure In Urban And Rural South Africa (Paperback): Donna Hornby, Rosalie Kingwill, Lauren Royston,... Untitled - Securing Land Tenure In Urban And Rural South Africa (Paperback)
Donna Hornby, Rosalie Kingwill, Lauren Royston, Ben Cousins 1
R290 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R40 (14%) In stock

A title deed = tenure security. Or does it? This book challenges this simple equation and its apparently self-evident assumptions. It argues that two very different property paradigms characterise South Africa.

The first is the dominant paradigm of private property, referred to as an ‘edifice’, against which all other property regimes are measured and ranked. However, the majority of South Africans gain access to land and housing through very different processes, which this book calls social or off-register tenures. These tenures are poorly understood, a gap Untitled aims to address. The book reveals that ‘informal’ and customary property systems can be well organised, often providing substantial tenure security, but lack official recognition and support. This makes them difficult to service and vulnerable to elite capture.

Policy interventions usually aim to formalise these arrangements by issuing title deeds. The case studies in this book, which span both rural and urban contexts in South Africa, examine these interventions and the unintended consequences they often give rise to. Interventions based on an understanding of locally embedded property relations are more likely to succeed than those that attempt to transform them into registered tenures. However, emerging practices hit intractable obstacles associated with the ‘edifice’, which only a substantial transformation of the legal paradigms can overcome.

Drakensberg Select - Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Trekking, Day Hikes (Paperback): Gavin Raubenheimer Drakensberg Select - Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Trekking, Day Hikes (Paperback)
Gavin Raubenheimer; Edited by Tony Lourens 1
R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 In stock

Drakensberg Select is an extensive guide to the best the Drakensberg mountains have to offer. From the Sentinel in the north all the way down to Bushman’s Neck in the south.

It includes all the best rock climbs, classic peaks, hiking trails, exciting scrambles, day walks and also most of the snow and water ice climbing. It really is a one stop guidebook! It also includes all the necessary info you need to know on how to get there, access, weather, fauna & flora, nature of the climbing, grading systems, navigation, conservation, accommodation & camping, emergency procedures, and a whole lot more. We even have a whole chapter dedicated to the caves and shelters of this remarkable mountain range.

To spice things up even more we have included an array of interesting historical anecdotes and also a spread of epic tales written by some of the Drakensberg climbing legends. And of course let’s not forget about the wonderful colour topo photos, depicting each and every route in detail and also the bunch of excellent photos of people climbing hiking and just enjoying the ’Berg.

Young or old, climber, hiker or even an armchair mountaineer. There is no one who will not want a copy of the new and definitive Drakensberg Select guidebook..

The Soweto Uprisings - Counter-Memories Of June 1976 (Paperback, Updated Edition): Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu The Soweto Uprisings - Counter-Memories Of June 1976 (Paperback, Updated Edition)
Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu 3
R220 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R31 (14%) In stock

When the Soweto uprisings of June 1976 took place, Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu, the author of this book, was a 14-year-old pupil at Phefeni Junior Secondary School. With his classmates, he was among the active participants in the protest action against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.

Contrary to the generally accepted views, both that the uprisings were ‘spontaneous’ and that there were bigger political players and student organisations behind the uprisings, Sifiso’s book shows that this was not the case. Using newspaper articles, interviews with former fellow pupils and through his own personal account, Sifiso provides us with a ‘counter-memory’ of the momentous events of that time.

This is an updated version of the book first published by Ravan Press in 1998. New material has been added, including an introduction to the new edition, as well as two new chapters analysing the historiography of the uprisings as well as reflecting on memory and commemoration as social, cultural and historical projects.

Boerekos Met 'n Twist (Afrikaans, Paperback): Annelien Pienaar Boerekos Met 'n Twist (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Annelien Pienaar 11
R330 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R41 (12%) In stock

In Boerekos Met 'n Twist gee Annelien 'n kwyllekker kinkel aan die eenvoudige, voedsame huiskos wat jou ma, ouma en oumagrootjie gemaak het.

Die 140 familieresepte vir soppe, souse, groente-, vleis- en nageregte en gebak en spenstreffers is getoets, bevat g'n vreemde bestanddele nie en sit die "resep-met-’n-les"-konsep voort wat haar gelyknamige blog en Facebookblad so 'n sosialemediasukses maak.

Boerekos met 'n twist kan beskryf word as 'n kompakte 21ste-eeuse Kook en Geniet vir besige mense.

Firepool - Experiences In An Abnormal World (Paperback): Hedley Twidle Firepool - Experiences In An Abnormal World (Paperback)
Hedley Twidle 1
R250 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R51 (20%) In stock

This collection brims with the imaginative, informative and comic personal narratives of Hedley Twidle. Twidle brings a sense of lightness, play and comedy to subjects that are often dealt with in predictable or self-righteous ways.

It chronicles South Africa during the ‘second transition’ – one in which the foundations of the post-apartheid settlement are being shaken and questioned in all kinds of ways.

Bursting Through The Half-Gap - The Story Of Errol Tobias: Trailblazer Or Traitor? (Paperback): Heindrich Wyngaard Bursting Through The Half-Gap - The Story Of Errol Tobias: Trailblazer Or Traitor? (Paperback)
Heindrich Wyngaard 1
R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 In stock

Errol Tobias debuted as the first black Springbok in 1980 (aged 30) and played at international level until 1984, delivering sterling performances at flyhalf and centre, albeit in the shadow of a then-youthful Naas Botha.

Today, the debate still rages on about Tobias's decision to feature for South Africa when apartheid in sport denied most other black sportspeople such an opportunity. However, almost four decades after he burst through the half-gap between racial barriers and accusations of tokenism, the quest to produce more black Springboks remains a hot potato.

The story told in this book - published in celebration of 120 years of organised black rugby in South Africa (1897-2017) - is a story of perseverance, political side-stepping and sacrifice, and it begins with a dream involving former Springbok captain Naas Botha, currently a rugby analyst for Supersport.

Apartheid, Guns And Money - A Tale Of Profit (Paperback): Hennie van Vuuren Apartheid, Guns And Money - A Tale Of Profit (Paperback)
Hennie van Vuuren 4
R280 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R21 (7%) Within 4 - 10 working days

The apartheid state was at war. It was a conflict intended to stifle demands for freedom, subjugate Southern Africa and benefit the grip on power by the ruling elite. It was a fight for survival, which was to intensify in the two decades before South Africa’s liberation in 1994. While internal resistance grew, the United Nations imposed mandatory sanctions prohibiting the sale of strategic goods such as arms and oil to South Africa. The regime was confronted with an existential threat – isolation. A covert network of over 50 countries, including big powers and sworn enemies, was constructed to counter sanctions to illegally supply guns to Pretoria. Under the cloak of secrecy, allies in corporations, banks, governments and intelligence agencies sprung into action.

Apartheid, Guns And Money: A Tale Of Profit is an exposé of this machinery created in defence of apartheid. They include heads of states, arms dealers, aristocrats, plutocrats, senators, bankers, spies, journalists and members of secret lobby groups. Moving in the shadows, these people were complicit in a crime against humanity. The motivation for some was ideological as part of the Cold War anti-communism crusade. Others felt kinship with the last white regime in Africa. The book also addresses questions of unsolved murders and domestic complicity by South African business with the apartheid state.

This deeply researched book lifts the lid on some of the darkest secrets of apartheid’s economic crimes never before fully investigated. The stories weave together material collected in over two dozen archives in eight countries over four years, providing readers with an insight into tens of thousands of pages of newly declassified documents. Interviews with businessmen, politicians, sanctions busters and freedom fighters provide eyewitness accounts of acts of complicity and contrition.

The book argues that networks of state capture have been with us for decades. These must be confronted to deal with the corrupt networks in our democratic political system. In forging the country’s future a new generation needs to grapple with the baffling silence of apartheid-era economic crime and ask difficult questions of those who benefitted from it. This book provides the evidence and the motivation to do so.

Paul Kruger - Toesprake En Korrespondensie Van 1881-1900 (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Johan Bergh Paul Kruger - Toesprake En Korrespondensie Van 1881-1900 (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Johan Bergh 1
R350 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R61 (17%) In stock

Paul Kruger: Toesprake en korrespondensie van 1881–1900 probeer om die klem te plaas op minder bekende briefwisseling en optredes van Kruger om sodoende ’n verteenwoordigende beeld van staatspresident Kruger se werksaamhede en standpunte aan te bied. Die teks is deeglik toegelig met ophelderende voetnote. Verder is ’n algemene inleiding, agtergrondsinligting en -ontleding verskaf by elke toepaslike breër tydperk in Kruger se lewe tot 1900.

Die beeld wat van Kruger na vore kom uit ’n deeglike ontleding van veral sy minder bekende korrespondensie en toesprake, verskil dikwels ingrypend van dit wat oor ’n lang tydperk in publikasies oor hom aangebied is. Hierdie publikasie vervul daarom ’n belangrike behoefte: Dit stel die leser in staat om regstreeks deur die lees en bestudering van Kruger se standpunte tot eie en nuwe gevolgtrekkings te kom.

Softness Of The Lime (Hardcover): Maxine Case Softness Of The Lime (Hardcover)
Maxine Case 1
R250 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R61 (24%) In stock

1782: In the bustling settlement at the Cape of Good Hope, traders, politicians, farmers and fortune-seekers compete for goods, land and power. It is here that Geert Baardwijk, a wealthy Dutch heir, finds himself drawn to Lena, a young slave he has inherited from his father.

Bartered and sold into slavery as a child, Lena pines for the Madagascan highlands from within the cloistered confines of her master’s townhouse. When Geert marries a woman from the upper strata of Cape society to preserve his wealth and status, he is forced to confront his own responsibilities and failings, as well as the true meaning of love and fatherhood.

Spanning more than eighty years, Softness Of The Lime tells of traditions old and emerging, at a time in the Cape when competition for ownership of everything – including people – was at its peak. Drawing on the history of her own ancestors, Maxine Case mesmerises with this compelling story of passion and integrity, love and betrayal.

Hitmen For Hire - Exposing South Africa's Underworld (Paperback): Mark Shaw Hitmen For Hire - Exposing South Africa's Underworld (Paperback)
Mark Shaw 1
R275 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R86 (31%) Within 4 - 8 working days

When you next sit down at your local coffee shop, look around you: there may just be a professional hitman sitting at the next table. As author Mark Shaw reveals in this highly original and informative book, the ‘upper world’ sails perilously close to the underworld.

Hitmen For Hire takes the reader on a journey like no other, navigating a world of hammermen (hitmen), informers, rogue policemen, taxi bosses, gang leaders and crooked businessmen. The book examines a system in which contract killings have become the norm, looking at who arranges hits, where to find a hitman, and even what it is like to be a hitman – or woman.

Since 1994, South Africa has witnessed some spectacular underworld killings associated with various industries and sectors. Drawing on over a thousand cases, from 2000 to 2016, Shaw reveals how these murders have an outsized impact on the evolution of both legal and illegal economic activity.

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