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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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Annareth Bolton Reviews The Tourism Coach by Shaun van Eck

The Tourism CoachVerdict: carrot

I still do not think that this book alone will be the cause of a revolution in South Africa’s tourism. I do think that combined with governmental support, educational bodies including the book in their curriculum, a roadshow by Shaun, and professionals downloading the e-book, this book could have a very positive effect on the way we tackle tourism and run our organisations as well as small and big businesses. Read it, pass it on to your staff, order copies for local tourism departments and donate it to schools. Let’s all work together to bring the world to South Africa.

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2015 Open Book Festival Programme (9 – 13 September)

Confirmed authors for the 2015 Open Book Festival

Alert! The programme for this year’s Open Book Festival has been revealed and we couldn’t be more excited!

Activities start on Wednesday, 9 September, and will run until Sunday, 13 September. Venues include The Fugard Theatre (festival hub), the Homecoming centre, The Book Lounge, the Central Library and the President Hotel in Bantry Bay. Poetica and Comics Fest will once again form part of the programme, as well as the youth fest aimed at younger readers.

A wide range of topics will be covered over the span of the festival, from everyday tragedy, poetry, food and fiction to what it means to be a South African abroad, comedy in writing and power relations in general. To single out names on the extensive list of local and international authors would be a crime. Cape Town, you are in for a treat!

View the programme:

2015 Open Book Festival Programme (9 – 13 September) by Books LIVE

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Have a look at the jam-packed programme (and find links to the booking site):

See also:

These are but some of the books you will be able to find during the 2015 Open Book Festival:

Home RemediesBroken MonstersShouting in the DarkKopskootDevil's HarvestLion HeartPapwaNaweekThe Last Road TripWhat About MeeraBest White and Other Anxious DelusionsThe Chameleon HouseTo Quote MyselfThe FetchShades of DarknessThe Impossible FiveThe Ghost-Eater and Other StoriesDance with SuitcaseLost and Found in JohannesburgA Renegade called SimphiweThe Search for the Rarest Bird in the WorldBeastkeeperThe Dream HouseJoziTakelwerkThe Space Between the Space BetweenAlphabet of DemocracySynapseGood Morning, Mr MandelaThe Texture of ShadowsDub StepsBlood tiesRusty BellThe Violent Gestures of LifeThe Alphabet of BirdsOne Hand Washes the Other Power PlaySharp EdgesChants of FreedomHere I AmThe Spiral House Green LionWhat Will People SayWhat Hidden LiesA Slim, Green SilenceTokoloshe SongBanquet at BrabazanIn die blou kampA Man of Good HopeSkuldigThe RaftChokers en survivorsThe Swan WhispererJudaskusThis One TimeThings I Thought I KnewWastedIt Might Get LoudNever Tickle a TigerSex and the CitadelWe Are All Completely Beside OurselvesA Place Called WinterThe Book of MemoryWords Will Break CementThe Hormone FactoryUkraine DiariesThe Lights of Pointe-NoireH is for HawkThe House That Jack BuiltLives of OthersForeign Gods, Inc.Into a Raging BlazeDustThe Sleeper and the SpindleOne of UsFind MeReliquariaInvisible OthersIcarusDriftwordPruimtwak en skaduboksersThe Paper HouseThe Seed ThiefParadiseSeven Modes of UncertaintyPens Behaving BadlyBuys – ’n GrensromanThe Arrogance of Power

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