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Right! That's a wrap of our #ManBooker2014 coverage. Congratulations to Richard Flanagan

Win a Copy of Brothers in War and Peace by Dennis Cruywagen from Bloemnuus

Brothers in War and PeaceBloemnuus is giving away a copy of Brothers in War and Peace by Dennis Cruywagen.

Brothers in War and Peace is the story of Abraham and Constand Viljoen, twin brothers who chose very different paths in life. They were alienated from each other, but worked together to play a part in the talks that allowed South Africa to make a peaceful transition.

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Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Five Years in Prison, and Three Years Suspended

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Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison, and three years suspended.

Judge Thokozile Masipa handed the sentence down today in the High Court in Pretoria, saying that sentencing was a “challenge” and “about achieving the right balance”.

On the first count, culpable homicide, Pistorius was sentenced to the maximum of five years.

On count two, contravention of the firearms control act, he received three years’ imprisonment, wholly suspended for five years.

The sentences shall run concurrently. There was no appeal.

Live tweets from the courtroom as the judgment unfolded:

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Gia Nicolaides Tells the Untold Stories from the Marikana Massacre in Reporting from the Frontline

Reporting from the FrontlineNew from Jacana, Reporting from the Frontline: Untold Stories from Marikana by Gia Nicolaides:

So much has been said about Marikana since the tragedy of 16 August 2012, when 34 miners were gunned down and police were killed. The news and the images of the massacre made headlines around the globe, for weeks. What the world didn’t take into account was who and what it took to bring that news from the small town of Rustenburg to the world.

“This book will be compulsory reading for all journalism courses and should also be compulsory reading for everyone. This lady has guts and a way of conveying the job that is remarkable. I couldn’t put it down and will never see her the same again.” – John Robbie, Talk Radio 702

Reporting from the Frontline is about personal experiences describing incidents behind the scenes from the main action. Many journalists spent weeks covering the unfolding events at Marikana, but many did not get the opportunity to tell their own stories. A large group of journalists, producers and television presenters gathered at the North West Platinum Mine when several deaths were reported and the violence broke out, often discovering dead bodies themselves. Nicolaides’ story and account will take you to the heart of Marikana where journalists fought, often their own emotions, in order to deliver the bulletins.

With a foreword by Alex Crawford of Sky News

About the author

Gia Nicolaides is a senior news reporter for Eyewitness News.

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Black Like You Author Herman Mashaba: Don't Equate Capitalism with Apartheid (Video)

Black Like YouHerman Mashaba, author of Black Like You, founder of Black Like Me and CEO of Lephatsi Investments, was grilled by Chester Missing recently.

Missing challenges Mashaba on his political and economic standpoints. “I’m a liberal, I’m a capitalist, I really love the capitalist system,” Mashaba says.

Missing then quizzes him on the link between apartheid and capitalism, to which Mashaba replies: “How can you say apartheid was a capitalist system, which deprived me as a black South African an opportunity to exercise my trade? Don’t equate capitalism with apartheid!”

Watch the video:

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Join Rian Malan for the Launch of Third World Child by GG Alcock at Love Books

Third World Child

Third World Child: Born white, zulu bredTracey McDonald Publishers would like to invite you to the launch of Third World Child: Born white, Zulu bred by GG Alcock.

Alcock will be speaking about his book with Rian Malan.

The launch will be at Love Books in Melville on Wednesday 29 October from 6 to 6:30 PM.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 29 October 2014
  • Time: 6 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Love Books
    The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre
    53 Rustenburg Road
    Melville | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Rian Malan
  • RSVP: Kate,, 011 726 7408

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Join Ivor Chipkin and Mathews Phosa for the Launch of Jacob Dlamini's Askari at Wits

Askari by Jacob Dlamini

Askari: A story of collaboration and betrayal in the anti-apartheid struggleJacana and the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) would like to invite you to the launch of Askari: A story of collaboration and betrayal in the anti-apartheid struggle by Jacob Dlamini at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Dlamini will be discussing his book with Jacklyn Cock, emeritus Sociology professor, and Mathews Phosa, attorney and politician. Ivor Chipkin, executive director of PARI, will give an opening address.

The launch will be at the Graduate Centre Seminar Room on Thursday, 23 October at 6 for 6:30 PM. It will be followed by a cocktail party.

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  • Date: Thursday, 23 October 2014
  • Time: 6 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Graduate Centre Seminar Room
    Faculty of Humanities
    South West Engineering Building
    Yale Road
    East Campus
    University of the Witwatersrand | Map
  • Guest Speakers: Ivor Chipkin, Jacklyn Cock and Mathews Phosa
  • Refreshments: Cocktail party
  • RSVP: Neilwe Mashigo,

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