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Jonathan Jansen Reviews Swimming Upstream: A Story of Grit and Determination to Succeed by Shirley Zinn

Swimming Upstream: A Story of Grit and Determination to SucceedVerdict: carrot

One of the most impressive biographies in recent years is about to be published under the catchy title Swimming Upstream, a riveting account of how a young black woman, called Shirley Zinn, rises from the stifling conditions of the Cape Flats under apartheid to take a doctorate from Harvard and eventually become one of the leading human resources professionals in the country today. What makes this well-written book particularly relevant in the present is that it draws attention to the role of non-material resources in shaping the destiny of disadvantaged youth in circumstances where there was little money and even fewer opportunities.

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From the Cape Flats to Harvard and Beyond: Read an Excerpt from Swimming Upstream by Shirley Zinn

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Swimming UpstreamCourtesy of KR Publishing, read an excerpt from Swimming Upstream: A Story of Grit and Determination to Succeed, by Shirley Zinn.

Zinn’s story is one of determination, courage, and triumph over adversity. She was born and raised on the Cape Flats, but was determined that the typical story of a girl from that area – gangsterism, alcoholism and teenage pregnancy – would not be her story.

Instead, Zinn relentlessly pursued her goals and forged an impressive academic career before setting out to conquer the world of business.

Jonathan Jansen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State, calls Swimming Upstream “one of the most impressive autobiographies in recent years”.

“What makes this well-written book particularly relevant in the present,” Jansen says, “is that it draws attention to the role of nonmaterial resources in shaping the destiny of disadvantaged youth in circumstances where there was little money and even fewer opportunities.”


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Read an excerpt from Swimming Upstream:

Chapter 13
What it takes


There are a lot of misconceptions out there about what it takes to be a successful businesswoman, but I know from personal experience that it’s possible to conquer the boardroom in stilettos. It’s possible to crack that glass ceiling: set your sights high and aim for that apex. I refused to allow myself to be defined by the concept of a glass ceiling.

I’ve never assumed a particular persona, been something I’m not, said anything I don’t believe in, or said something I haven’t thought through properly. I’ve always been respectful of the views of others and I’ve never emulated male behaviour to get a few steps ahead. I have worked with men who believed in gender equity and that we need to build a society based on principles of equity and fairness together as men and women.

I love being a woman, and I celebrate my femininity in ways that work for me: I take great care with my make-up, I dress for the occasion, I try to make an impression when I walk in that I’m ‘all woman’. I see my femininity as a key strength, and I can only seek to be the best version of myself.

Women need to be allowed to be women; they need to be respected for who they are. We need to create a better South Africa – a better world – for all and we need to ensure that all are included: black, white, male and female. All of us must benefit from the democracy that we’re trying to build where men and women can flourish in an inclusive, fair and just society.

The spirit of our Constitution, of unity in diversity, isn’t about displacing any group of people. Neither is the spirit of ubuntu, and it certainly wasn’t Madiba’s vision that we do so. For me the philosophy around gender and equality is about creating inclusivity and an integrated society premised on the principles of democracy and a better life for all.

In my HR role, I realised that hiring diverse talent is one of the biggest challenges that leaders face today, given the global war for talent. The best mix and diversity of talent translates into diversity of thinking, optimal performance and provides organisations with a real, tangible, measurable competitive edge. Many organisations, however, simply don’t get the mix and diversity of talent right, but are happy to tick the boxes for the sake of compliance.

They also fail to harness and unleash the potential in their people by pigeonholing and boxing people in, or labelling them and telling them there are certain things they can and can’t do.

Individuals are also guilty of this by placing huge limitations on themselves, when they think they can only do so much. We sometimes think we need to be an Einstein to add value, but this really isn’t the case. Often, the little incremental things we do have a huge impact and there are many things that we have to do for the first time.

South Africa is desperately trying to grow its economy, and we need to harness the talent of every single person, male, female, white or black, to ensure that we’re effectively growing this country to compete in the global environment, in line with our national vision as expressed in the National Development Plan. Women constitute fifty-two percent of the population, and we simply cannot be dismissive of fifty-two percent of the talent in this country.

We need male and female leaders who can achieve this in both the public and private spheres. The more we can get the best and the brightest people into our organisations – irrespective of race and gender – the better.

Having said this, we still need to correct the past. We need to find a way to unlock economic liberation for people and find ways to harness the collective intellect of all people in this country. We must put them into positions of leadership and give them opportunities that they might never have had.

If we’re able to do this, South Africa will be a much better place, much sooner than if we spin our wheels and have endless debates that don’t go anywhere. Many of our debates about transformation are about compliance, tick boxes and numbers. We have lost the spirit of what we are really trying to achieve through economic empowerment.

As women, we also need to recognise the men who’ve made a difference in our lives. I’ve been fortunate to have had friends, colleagues, a husband and a father, including leaders like Tom Boardman and Pravin Gordhan, who’ve all displayed enormous generosity of spirit in allowing and enabling me to do the things that I’ve done. They’ve all supported me in a very real way.

I’ve always had great men around me. I intentionally surrounded myself all my life around good men. I subscribe fully to UNICEF’s definition of gender equality: “Gender equality means that women and men, boys and girls enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities and protections … it does not require that they be treated exactly alike.”

I also subscribe to Wendy Harcourt’s views, expressed in the Report on World Commission on Culture and Development 1995: “The time is past when a women’s movement had to exclude men in the fight against patriarchy. The time has come rather for women’s vision to restructure and redefine work in order to fashion a new society for women and men based on women’s experience and skills as care-givers and reproducers.”

Some women actively seek out like-minded women: I’ve never done so. I draw on the strengths of everyone around me for moving the organisation forward and I try to take people along with me, even if we differ on some points.

Besides ticking the boxes from a legal and compliance point of view, research shows that where women are on boards and in senior executive positions, organisations have a better triple bottom line. I’ve always wanted my brain-power to work for me.

But while I believe that women play a huge role in board and senior management positions, I’m always very careful not to state emphatically what qualities women bring to the boardroom or to senior management. This can lead to stereotyping. You don’t want to see women defined by a cadre of leadership that does the soft stuff. You want to see women, together with men, being able to build a great organisation that is successful.

Women make a huge difference when they’re empowered to do what they need to do within the organisation. Smart organisations have worked this out. When you interpret this in a systematic and thoughtful way, you can realise results you never imagined possible.

It’s not always perfect, but as a general principle, in a world where talent is in such short supply at decision-making levels, you cannot possibly exclude half of your candidates. Women such as Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Serobe, Maria Ramos, and Graça Machel have stepped up even when they’ve had to stand alone. There are women on our own continent who’ve played a great role and have made a huge difference, not just to organisations, but to society. These women have to be celebrated.

It’s important to acknowledge that while we need to create gender equity in the workplace and in society as a whole, we still face many challenges and deep-seated prejudices. Women have been socialised to be subservient, so when women step up and want to have their voices heard they’re often seen to be too aggressive, too outspoken, and too pushy. Paternalistic behaviour is still very much alive and well.

We live our lives within a broader environment, within a society that has decided to structure and frame itself based on things that are acceptable, and things that aren’t. We have all kinds of unwritten rules and intangibles that sometimes play themselves out in the most horrific way in boardrooms and engagements in the workplace.

It’s also important to acknowledge that women are socialised as little girls to be polite, nice, subservient, co-operative and accommodating, so we sometimes struggle with the notion of being feminine and being ambitious at the same time. The challenge is that we have to compete in the world as it’s currently set up. We have to come to terms with personal ambition and not be defensive or apologetic about our aspirations.

I’m currently coaching a woman whose boss has told her that when she speaks out she’s too “aggressive”. He actually used that word in his brief to me. If it were a man speaking like this, it would be acceptable. When women do the same thing, however, they try to silence you or take you out, which is what they tried to do in this case.

Women often find themselves in this position because someone, perhaps even their boss, thinks they’re a little too confident. The confidence is identified as being ambition. It’s never a case of ‘she’s done her homework’, ‘she knows what she’s doing’, or ‘she has a point’ and she is a valued member of the team.

Many women suffer emotional abuse at work and at home, the fall-out being depression, anxiety and decreased morale. You can’t always choose your boss, but you don’t have to take abuse. You have the right to respectfully and professionally disagree, and to reserve your rights if needs be.

There are, however, many men who’ve understood this and who accept that equity is required. We need to recognise our common humanity as men and women, and that we need to co-exist and build a meaningful future together.

We need to engage men and women in the equality and mainstreaming dialogue; we also need to make men accountable for gender equity. This isn’t a women-only issue, but a societal and economic issue to make everyone financially sustainable and contribute to overall economic growth and prosperity.

South Africa is still without adequate representation of women in JSElisted corporations, reports the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA) in the 2015 South African Women in Leadership Census. It is very concerning that only 8.79% of JSE-listed companies have twentyfive percent or more women directors (BWASA 2015). The research conducted also draws on international benchmarks and cites South Africa as a top performer amongst BRICS countries, with almost double the percentage of women directors, compared to its nearest competitor, China (at 11.1%).

There is a concern that although there are more women than men now graduating with degrees, women are still pursuing degrees in non-critical disciplines as per the country’s skills requirements. We are beneficiaries and guardians of our Bill of Rights and have a collective responsibility to ensure that all women benefit from this. We, both men and women in this country, have to continue to be activists for change and equality. The job is never really done, and we could regress if we take our eye off the ball.

We especially need to pay attention to rural development, as women in these environments have endured even further marginalisation economically and socially. Our big enemy is our history of gender inequality and social engineering. We are not confronting this sufficiently, and superficial, peripheral efforts will not be sustainable. We need to collectively drive systemic solutions that will permeate public policy, organisational practices and social responsibility to ensure that justice prevails.

We require a convergence of both public sector, private sector and civil society to focus on what will make South Africa great. We need to unify our nation around a single vision, and embrace the notion that social stability and national cohesion precede economic growth.

Our personal contributions to equality should not be underestimated. We are called upon in the South African National Development Plan to be “active citizens” and to make the changes in society that are enshrined in our Constitution. We need to shape the values and behaviours in our families, communities and society through dialogue, debate, education and personal accountability for change.

The fact is that life is harder for women than men all over the world. Society, in general, still engages in economic, social and political discrimination and inequities continue to pervade our life experiences. The lists of challenges and atrocities that women face as a result, are endless. Many of these have been documented, but for most women, their stories remain locked in the silence of prejudice and pain.

Even after twenty years of democracy in South Africa, the struggle for gender inequality continues. We need systemic solutions; we cannot simply leave it up to women to fix the societal ills of discrimination against women.

About the book

Shirley is a formidable woman with an amazing story to tell. She has risen to the top of the pile in both academic and business circles, and yet she has retained great humanity and empathy in the face of great personal tragedy.

Her story has lessons for us all – whether we are ordinary or extraordinary, whether we work in business, in government, or at home. Shirley’s story will inspire you and show you that it is possible to achieve your goals, if you are prepared to swim upstream and be single-minded in getting where you want to be.

About the author

Shirley Zinn, who holds an MEd from the University of the Western Cape and a DEd from Harvard, was awarded the Top Woman in Business and Government and Top Executive in Corporate South Africa by Topco Media in 2008. She was recognised by the Black Business Quarterly and received the award for Top Woman in Business and Government and most Visionary Woman in 2008.

Zinn served as HR Director for SARS, Nedbank and Standard Bank. She is currently the Chairperson of DHL: Global Forwarding SA, and a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of AdvTech, Tuesday Consulting, Business Engage, Sygnia Asset Management, and the Boston Consulting Group SA. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Monash, African Society for Talent Development, and the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. She is the President for the Harvard Alumni Association South Africa and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors SA.

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All Things Wild and Wonderful – New Books to Take Along on Your Epic Holiday Get Away

Stress, smog and soul-destroying traffic – all the things we get to escape come year-end. Whether you’ll be getting away to the bush, the beach or some other wild beyond, there is a book for you.

Here is a list of some of the fine South African books devoted to enjoying wild and wonderful things. Birding, star-gazing, spotting animals are covered, and so is enjoying beautiful landscapes and local flora. Burchell and travel pioneer Geoffrey Kent will provide inspiration for the travel-timid.

So, which epic holiday get away will it be for you?
Sasol 300 Easy-to-see BirdsSasol 300 maklik sigbare voëls van Suider-AfrikaNew Guide for Beginner Birders: Sasol 300 Easy-to-see Birds by Chevonne Reynolds and Nicholas Tye

This practical, straightforward guide to some of the most commonly seen birds in southern Africa is aimed at beginner birders, or even juniors. Less daunting than a full-blown field guide, it’s handy and accessible, combining simple text with clear artwork and photographs to introduce 300 of the region’s easy-to-see birds.

100 Common Bird Calls in East AfricaNew: 100 Common Bird Calls in East Africa by Dave Richards and Brian Finch, with Accompanying CD

Recognise birds by their calls with this handy package of CD and accompanying book. These will help identify the sounds made by a range of the most common and widely distributed East African bird species.

This is the perfect starting point for those who wish to develop their knowledge of bird calls.

Sky Guide Africa South 2016New from the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa: Sky Guide Africa South 2016

This annual publication is an invaluable resource for anyone who has even a passing interest in the night skies of southern Africa and is “… an absolute must for first-time star-gazers and professional astronomers alike”.
Freshwater LifeCharles Griffiths, Jenny Day and Mike Picker Present Freshwater Life – The First Field Guide of its Kind

Freshwater Life – the first illustrated field guide of its kind for the wider southern African region – describes a vast range of plant and animal groups in a single volume. A ground-breaking concept that encompasses diverse groups from the large and conspicuous vertebrates to the diverse microscopic taxa, the book facilitates identification and describes the ecology of more than 1 000 freshwater organisms.

101 Kruger TalesPresenting Jeff Gordon’s 101 Kruger Tales: Extraordinary Stories from Ordinary Visitors to the Kruger National Park

101 Kruger Tales contains first-hand accounts of sightings, scrapes and encounters in one of Africa’s greatest National Parks. It details hair-raising experiences from the Kruger Park’s roads, camps, picnic sites and walking trails.

Wherever you are, this book will transport you directly into the bush. It’s a book to keep by your bedside in Kruger, to dip into at home when you’re missing the bush, to lend to friends who’ve never visited Kruger, or to pore over before your next trip.

50 Must-see Geological Sites in South AfricaEnjoy Our Rich Geological Heritage with 50 Must-see Geological Sites in South Africa by Gavin Whitfield

South Africa has just about the richest geological heritage on the planet. By showcasing 50 must-see sites, this guide describes why, where and how to enjoy it.

The book presents 50 of the most recognisable and geologically interesting sites around South Africa, including some of palaeontological or historical renown and some of mining interest.

Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savannaPresenting Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the Surrounding Savanna by Veronica Roodt

An accessible reference to the grasses and grazers of this region, Veronica Roodt’s book details the fascinating ways in which these plants and animals have evolved together.

Nature lovers, farmers, students and tourists who seek an in-depth look at the interactions between grasses and the grazers that depend on them for life need look no further than this invaluable guide.

The Impossible Five“Warm, Fluffy and Sexy”: Justin Fox Tells John Maytham about Searching for The Impossible Five

The well-known travel writer, novelist and photographer, Justin Fox, launched his latest book, The Impossible Five: One Man’s Search for South Africa’s Most Elusive Animals early in July at The Book Lounge.

Publishing manager, Marga Stoffer, reflected on how many visitors to the Kruger Park know about “the big five” and evaluate the success of a trip on how many of these creatures were spotted. Fox, who has gone on these kinds of trips with his parents since he was a child, wanted to go a step further and seek out animals that even the game rangers seldom get to see.

Pocket Guide: Wild Flowers of South AfricaDiscover Our Country’s Floral Splendour with Pocket Guide: Wild Flowers of South Africa by Braam van Wyk

Wild Flowers of South Africa covers some 260 flowers representing all of the region’s major vegetation types.

This book showcases some of the region’s diverse, strikingly beautiful floral splendours.
My first book of Southern African FrogsPresenting My First Book of Southern African Frogs by Jeanne Tarrant and Sally MacLarty (Includes CD)

Frogs are appealing and colourful creatures. Children may be familiar with stages of the frog’s curious life cycle, and see their eggs or tadpoles in local streams; and everyone has heard their calls. My First Book of Southern African Frogs introduces 55 different types of frog and includes a CD of their calls. A short introduction outlines key features and includes an illustration detailing their life cycle.

Zulu Plant NamesWhat’s in a Name? Adrian Koopman Explores Language, Culture and Plant Life in Zulu Plant Names

In this book Adrian Koopman details the complex relationship between plants, the Zulu language and Zulu culture.

Zulu Plant Names do not just identify plants, they tell us a lot more about the plant, or how it is perceived or used in Zulu culture.

Burchell's TravelsBurchell’s Travels by Susan Buchanan; Illustrated with over 100 Sketches and Paintings

Burchell’s Travels tells the story of Burchell’s journeys, bringing to life an important figure who has faded into historical obscurity. It is a fascinating account of what travel was like 200 years ago – reconstructed from the rich source of Burchell’s own writings.

Beautifully illustrated with over 100 of Burchell’s sketches and paintings, this is a perfect book for anyone interested in history, art, nature and travel.

SafariPresenting Safari: A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer by Geoffrey Kent

Geoffrey Kent shares his secrets as an entrepreneur always on the edge of the travel industry and will detail the most unforgettable, daredevil and entertaining moments of his 50-year career with each chapter in the book focusing on a different trip and country. He will also present an inspiring bucket list of adventures for every class of traveler, as well as reveal inside tales from tours with his most famous clients.

Mooiloop!Presenting Mooiloop! The Book – The People, the Places and the Recipes as Seen on TV

The essence of the award-winning programme Mooiloop! (as seen on SABC 2) is captured in this book, which invites you to take South Africa’s provincial/regional routes and experience small-town South Africa.

Stop and get out … admire some of the breathtaking, picturesque settings, take a walk down the streets and explore the shops and places of interest

Wildlife Southern Africa National Parks and ReservesWatch an Elephant Tackling a Buffalo in the Kruger Park, and Find Your Own Incredible Sightings (Video)

Wildlife Southern Africa National Parks & Reserves covers all the major national parks and reserves in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Lesotho.

The guide includes an overview of Southern Africa with coverage of country facts, peace parks, malaria areas, time zones, cities and towns. This handy specialty atlas provide information boxes covering park size, fauna and flora, nearest town and airport location, contact details, camp facilities, accommodation and seasonal information

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Join GG Alcock for the Launch of KasiNomics: African Informal Economies and the People Who Inhabit Them in Joburg

Invitation to the launch of KasiNomics

KasiNomics: African Informal Economies and the People Who Inhabit ThemYou are invited to the launch of KasiNomics: African Informal Economies and the People Who Inhabit Them by GG Alcock.

Alcock’s second book, his first being Third World Child which was published last year, focuses on the invisible matrix at the heart of South Africa’s informal economies and the people who live in them.

Alcock will share anecdotes from his years of work in the informal economy on Wednesday, 18 November, on the rooftop of The Creative Counsel. The launch will start at 6 for 6:30 PM. Finger snacks and drinks will be served, so make sure to RSVP.

See you there!

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2015
  • Time: 6 for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: The Creative Counsel
    Building Rooftop
    105 Corlett Drive
    (Opposite Melrose Arch)
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Refreshments: Finger snacks and drinks
  • RSVP: Nadine Wright,, 010 492 9814

About the book

Did you know …

That the muti market is worth R3 billion a year, with 27 million consumers?

That the average hawker earns R3 000 a month and there are nearly 500 000 of them!?

That the trade in goats is worth millions of rand?

That the dagga trade can set the standard for market and distribution to the informal market?

That Parmalat Cheese Slices have created a multi-million rand business in kotas, and why the Perfect Sishebo Show is the biggest food show in the country?

“Kasinomics is a book as eclectic, mysterious and colourful as the places and people it explores.”

eKasi, the lokasie, the South African township, once an apartheid ghetto, is today an amazingly transformed place. This township today is an eclectic mix of mansions, shacks, spaza shops, rocking taverns, hawkers, taxis and hot wheels. In this kasi there are vibrant businesses, energetic people, a tightly networked social community and abundant hope.

That is not to say there isn’t extreme poverty, suffering and dissatisfaction, particularly on the peripheries in the huge shack settlements, but to paint the place as a slum is a massive mistake.

KasiNomics attempts to cast a light on the invisible matrix at the heart of South Africa’s informal economies and the people who live in them. Living and doing business in African marketplaces requires an ethos uniquely suited to the informal, to the invisible, to the intangible. KasiNomics will take you down those rural pathways, weave between claustrophobic mazes of shacks, browse a muti market, visit a spirit returning ceremony and save money with gogo in a stokvel, among many more people and places.

After almost 20 years of focusing on marketing to the informal sector, GG Alcock, CEO of specialist marketing company Minanawe, showcases a number of groundbreaking and very successful case studies in this invisible informal world. His vivid anecdotes and life experiences and how they link to understanding and inspiration for business ideas will make you gasp, laugh and shake your head in wonder.

About the author

GG Alcock, and his brother Khonya, are the sons of Neil Alcock (who was murdered when GG was 14) and Creina Alcock, who still lives in the Msinga Valley, continuing GG’s father’s work among the Zulu people.

GG and his brother were home-schooled, under an acacia tree, by their mother until the beginning of standard six when the Department of Education forced them to go to “real school”. He completed his schooling at a local government boarding school in Greytown, hating every minute of it. Following school he completed his two years military service, where he challenged township duty and faced the inevitable consequences.

After army GG worked for a number of anti-apartheid activist organisations on legal challenges to the Land Act (where black people were dispossessed of their land). During this time he grew a fairly high political profile in the media and government circles of KwaZulu-Natal.

With the changes brought about by the unbanning of the ANC GG moved into business and is currently the CEO of Minanawe Marketing (a very successful agency focused on marketing to the mass market, rooted in consumer understanding).

GG is 46, very happily married, and has two very beautiful blonde daughters who he will be expecting lots of lobola for one of these days, and lives in Joburg. He loves Africa and being African, and his staff are convinced that he never works but spends as much time as possible on one or other adventure – motorcycling across deserts and mountains, mountain biking, paragliding or kayaking. “It’s not true,” GG says, “I don’t spend enough time doing this!” Having realised from an early age that there is no glamour in poverty GG is trying very hard to grow his collection of adventure toys!

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Link Love: South African Business Leaders by Adele Shevel – A Treasure Trove of Personal History and Business Insight

South African Business Leaders

Sunday Times Books is delighted to present South African Business Leaders: What Makes them Tick by Adele Shevel – a veritable treasure trove of personal history and business insight that will surely inspire the rising generation of business leaders:

Leaders have an outsized influence over the businesses they run. They are make-or-break men and women who develop and nurture ideas that change industries, drive companies to scale expansive heights and create employment for hundreds of thousands of people.

This book is about South African businessmen and women who have shown the skill, imagination and ability to shake up companies – and at times industries. It’s a foray into insights from business leaders – founders, heads of family-run businesses and captains of listed entities – who’ve made a difference.

More than a compendium of success stories, South African Business Leaders tells of the personal habits that helped those interviewed reach their goals, and of the values, beliefs and quirks of fate that got them where they are today.

The list of those interviewed reads like a roll-call of modern South African business success: Raymond Ackerman, Whitey Basson, Carrol Boyes, Robbie Brozin, Andrew Golding, Adrian Gore, Kevin Hedderwick, Herman Heunis, Brian Joffe, Sol Kerzner, Philip Krawitz, Wendy Luhabe, Herman Mashaba, Phuthuma Nhleko, Sipho Nkosi, Sizwe Nxasana, Jane Raphaely, Stephen Saad, Christo Wiese and Sally Williams.

Don’t miss your chance to learn their life stories, as told from the vantage of their business careers.

Available at and other good online bookshops.

About the Author

Adele Shevel has been a business journalist for over 15 years. She works at Business Times, Sunday Times.

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Johannes Plagemann Reviews Africa Rising? BRICS – Diversifying Dependency by Ian Taylor

Africa Rising?: BRICS - Diversifying DependencyVerdict: stick

With fewer quotes and less repetition, Taylor would have had the space to include examples from some of those countries with particularly close relationships with BRIC states, which could have both backed his overall claim (“diversifying dependency”) and increased our understanding of the actual differences among emerging economies and/or between BRIC states and the established powers.

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Don’t Miss Lauren Beukes, Nakhane Toure, Kopano Matlwa and Others at TEDxJohannesburg

Really, Don't Panic!Moenie stres nie!Broken MonstersMaverickPiggy Boy's Blues
CoconutSpilt MilkGet That Feeling

You are invited to the 2015 TEDxJohannesburg event – live from Soweto and Newtown!

The theme of this year’s TEDxJohannesburg is “Moonshots” and readers can look forward to talks by four local authors: Lauren Beukes, Alan Knott-Craig Jnr, Nakhane Touré and Kopano Matlwa.

The two-day event will take place at the Soweto Theatre on Thursday, 19 November, and at the Turbine Hall on Friday, 20 November. The activities will start at 9 AM sharp on both days.

The first day costs R1 500 per person and the second day is free. Tickets are available from Quicket.

Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 19 November, to Friday, 20 November 2015
  • Time: 9 AM
  • Venue Day 1: Soweto Theatre
    Corner of Bolani Link and Bolani Road
    Soweto | Map
  • Venue Day 2: Turbine Hall
    65 Ntemi Piliso Street
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Speakers: Lauren Beukes, Alan Knott-Craig Jnr, Nakhane Touré and Kopano Matlwa
  • Refreshments: Coffee and tea will be served
  • Cover charge: Day 1 – R1 500; Day 2 – Free
  • Book tickets: Quicket


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Ntsakisi Maswanganyi Reviews Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth by Herman Mashaba

Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic GrowthVerdict: carrot

BUSINESSMAN Herman Mashaba’s Capitalist Crusader is a thought-provoking documentation of SA’s social and economic ills. It also proposes solutions to issues close to the heart of every South African: education, poverty and unemployment.

The gist of the book is that every South African should be mindful of what they can do, no matter how little, to change SA’s fortunes.

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Arrie de Beer resenseer ’n Konstante Revolusie: Naspers, Media24 en oorgange deur Lizette Rabe

'n Konstante Revolusie: Naspers, Media24 en oorgangeUitspraak: wortel met kritiek

Naspers het ’n paar revolusies ondergaan. Die eerste was in die 1960’s met die inwerkingstelling van ’n moderne diepdrukfabriek. Dit het ’n herposisionering van die maatskappy na ’n kommersieel eerder as ’n ideologies gedrewe maatskappy meegebring.

Daarna, aldus Rabe, het ’n ­nuwe benadering tot Afrikanerpolitiek, die ontginning van die video-, digitale en internet­sfeer op nasionale en internasionale vlak en deurbrake op die terrein van die gender- en kleurplafonne, gevolg.

Die bundel lê egter nie primêr klem op bogenoemde revolusies nie, maar handel eerder oor die joernalistiek as ’n “fondament en bousteen” van Naspers/Media24.


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Don’t Miss the Bloggers’ Social Evening Network at Exclusive Books Dainfern Square in Midrand

Invitation to Bloggers Social Evening Network

You are invited to join the Bloggers’ Social Evening being hosted by Exclusive Books Dainfern Square.

It will be an evening of wine, snacks and socialising. Lood du Plessis will chair a discussion between Joan de la Haye, Monique Snyman and Monique Bernic about blogging. There are also fantastic goodie bags for the first 20 bloggers to reply.

The event is on Saturday, 5 September at 5:30 for 7 PM at Exclusive Books Dainfern Square.

Don’t miss out!

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, 5 September 2015
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 7 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Dainfern Square
    Dainfern Square
    Corner Broadacres Drive and William Nicol Drive
    Midrand, Johannesburg | Map
  • Panel: Lood du Plessis (chair), Joan de la Haye, Monique Snyman and Monique Bernic
  • Refreshments: Wine and snacks
  • RSVP:, 011 469 0169 or on Facebook


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