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Congratulations to Alex Smith (@africa_alex), whose Devilskein & Dearlove has been nominated for a Carnegie Medal!

Video: Herman Mashaba Analyses Nhlanhla Nene's Budget Policy Statement for Business Potential

Black Like YouHerman Mashaba, author of the autobiography Black Like You, spoke to Gugulethu Mfuphi on CNBC Africa about the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement tabled by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

He was on a panel with Edward Kieswetter (CEO Alaxander Forbes), Cas Coovadia (MD The Banking Association of South Africa) and Konrad Reus (MD Standard and Poors) to discuss the Minister’s budget policy from a business perspective.

In the policy statement, Nene said that expectations of economic growth have shrunk from 2,7 percent to 1,4 percent. He says that South Africa’s economy needs to grow at a rate of 5 percent per annum in order to decisively combat poverty and unemployment.

Mashaba says that South Africans need to be concerned about the current rate of growth, and the impact it has on social issues. He is concerned that economic policy will remain abstract and ineffectual unless everyone gets on the same page by accepting the National Development Plan.

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Steve Hofmeyr: "Vir die een groep is jy altyd omstrede" (Video)

Steve Hofmeyr 50Steve Hofmeyr het met Elmari Rautenbach gesels oor sy vyftigste verjaarsdag en sy nuutste boek, Steve Hofmeyr 50.

Die Sarie-joernalis het gevra hoe Hofmeyr daaroor voel om vyftig te word. “Ek aanvaar dit nogal, ek probeer nie my doodwerk om my hare te kleur, meer hare te kry of jonger te lyk as wat ek moet nie,” het hy gesê, en bygevoeg dat hy in alles wat hy doen matigheid voor oë probeer hou.

Oor sy reputasie as ’n omstrede figuur het Hofmeyr gesê: “Die regte probleem is jy kan nie almal gelukkig hou nie, dis miskien die probleem. So vir die een groep is jy altyd omstrede.”

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Join Marco Broccardo for the Launch of Rocks at Skoobs (Plus: Book Trailer)

Book Launch: Rocks

Rocks: One Man’s Climb from Drugs to DreamsTracey McDonald Publishers invites you to the launch of Rocks: One Man’s Climb from Drugs to Dreams by Marco Broccardo.

The launch will take place at Skoobs Theatre of Books on Wednesday, 5 November, at 6 for 6:30 PM. Broccardo will talk about his ordinary childhood and his victory over drug addiction.

Don’t miss what is sure to be a fascinating discussion.
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Imagine going from schoolboy experimentation with drugs to being so addicted that you begin planning your parents’ murder so that you can get money (for more drugs) from your inheritance! Sadly Marco’s story is not an isolated one.

Marco was an ordinary boy from an ordinary family. He had parents who loved him and older sisters who doted on their little brother. He had friends and he played sport at school. While at school his smoking weed quickly turned to coke and ecstasy. Drugs made him feel great. What was the harm?

The trouble came when supply and demand were out of balance and a harmless joint and a couple of pills no longer did the trick. Marco needed cash – more and more of it. He became a runner for the dealers who operated in the clubs where Joburg teenagers went to party. He had money and he had drugs. Life seemed good.

Then he discovered crack cocaine.

From that moment the ruthless pursuit of his next hit took his family to the brink of financial ruin and emotional despair. Until the day he made the dramatic and life-altering decision to change. How he did it and what he has done with his life since then are nothing short of miraculous.

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Aziz Pahad's Memoir Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War? Launched with Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe

Aziz Pahad

Insurgent DiplomatAziz Pahad’s new book Insurgent Diplomat: Civil talks or civil war? was launched at Constitution Hill recently, in the company of a number of high profile guests, including former president Thabo Mbeki and former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

In Insurgent Diplomat Pahad reveals the process of secret negotiations in the years before the official negotiations to end apartheid – and his is the first book to do so from the ANC’s perspective.

Pahad, who was banned by the apartheid government 1964, spent many years in exile, and played a major role in developing the anti-apartheid movement overseas. He returned to South Africa in the mid-1980s, and was elected as a member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party and a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee. He has since served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and famously joined the cabinet members who submitted their resignations following the recall of President Thabo Mbeki. Since July, Pahad has been employed as a presidential envoy in the Middle East.

David Smith (@SmithInAfrica) and others tweeted from the event (scroll to the end for a photo gallery):

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Join Aziz Pahad for the Launch of Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War? in Pretoria

Book Launch: Insurgent Diplomat

Insurgent Diplomat: Civil talks or civil war?Penguin Books invites you to the launch of Insurgent Diplomat: Civil talks or civil war? by Aziz Pahad.

The launch will take place at Burgers Park Hotel in Pretoria on Wednesday, 29 October, at 6 for 6:30 PM. Pahad will be speaking about his memoir, which recounts his years in exile and his role at the turn of democracy.

Don’t miss it!

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Presenting Nobody’s Business, Thabo Jijana's Searing Investigation into Taxi Violence

Nobody’s BusinessNew title from Jacana, Nobody’s Business by Thabo Jijana:

After decades of having a taxi system in place for decent public transport in South Africa, the situation of route ownership and taxi violence can still not be resolved. Bullets don’t discriminate, cutting down rivals and innocents alike. Recently the taxi industry claimed three lives with their mafia-like tactics, and all-out gang warfare. Two minibus taxi drivers were shot dead in Pretoria and a child lost his mother on her way to work in Midrand.

We often forget about the ones that get left behind. The ones who might have been dependent on those who are no longer with them. A father. A husband. A mother. A wife.

In 2003, Thabo Jijana’s father was gunned down in a scrap between rival taxi associations who had been forced to operate from a single rank. A decade later, Thabo faces up to South Africa’s most violent industry to try to figure out how and why his father was murdered.

In this searing first-person investigation, Thabo puts a face behind a recurrent tragedy that plagues South African working-class communities. He begins by trying to reconstruct the night the murder took place, but what he uncovers about the ongoing strife that has plagued government’s consistent attempts to formalise this multi-million rand industry comes with more baggage than he expected.

Nobody’s Business was first published as a Mampoer Short.

About the author

Thabo Jijana was born in Peddie, in the Eastern Cape. In 2011, he won the Anthony Sampson Foundation Award, which allowed him to spend two months investigating the emergence of community social movements in the country. From this experience, he emerged with an intense interest in pursuing human-interest stories that touch on injustice and human rights abuses. He is currently based in Port Elizabeth’s Motherwell township, from where he works as an independent journalist.

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