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2015 Jozi Book Fair Programme Revealed (11 - 13 September)

Jozi Book Fair

Alert! The programme for the seventh annual Jozi Book Fair has been revealed.

The Jozi Book Fair takes place between 11 to 13 September at Wits University – and entrance to all events is free.

Featured authors at the festival include National Poet Laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile, Futhi Ntshingila, Zukiswa Wanner, Ekow Duker, Gcina Mhlophe, Zakes Mda, James Matthews, Edyth Bulbring, Harry Kalmer, Qaanitah Hunter, Kurt Ellis, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Stevel Marc, Shafinaaz Hassim, Adam Habib and Xolela Mangcu – and many, many more.

Letters from AlainHi Zoleka!Azanian Love SongThe Party Is OverIf I Could SingThe Lahnee's Pleasure
A Frog in the BogRachel’s BlueRefilweArabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo NutDo Not Go GentleDying in New York
Nothing Left to StealBy Any MeansDiamond BoyDogtective William and the Diamond SmugglersThe Mark’n Duisend stories oor JohannesburgBoomkasteleDiary of a Guji Girl
nullThe Rise of the SecurocratsRecovering Democracy in South AfricaThe African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political PowerThe Arrogance of PowerSouth Africa's Suspended RevolutionSoPhia

Check out the programme, as shared by the Jozi Book Fair:

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Programme: 7th Jozi Book Fair

11-13 September, 2015

Wits University, Science Stadium, West Campus

Welcome to Jozi Book Fair!

This is a fair with many differences:

  • Jozi Book Fair creates readers and writers in all South Africa’s languages to read the word and the world!
  • Jozi Book Fair is a progressive movement from “below” linking up with different art forms to create a national culture!
  • To ensure democratic access for everyone, for people of all ages and all social classes, this fair is free!

Entrance is FREE on all days, for all events!

Partnership with Wits

This year we revived our partnership with Wits University from the 1980s to deepen the culture of reading and writing as part of deepening democracy and transformation and bring together all social classes to engage in debates, build tolerance and citizenship.

A Fair with a difference!

This year we have over 120 events and activities, with 50 percent of events hosted by the public: especially readers, writers, moderators created by the JBF and/or from the public. We have also been blessed with many writers: township children performing their poetry, students presenting their work (literature, film and theatre), book club members interviewing authors and some famous authors.

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Highlights of JBF 2015

Guests of the Fair

This year the JBF has two special guests:

International Guest: Cuban Enrique Perez Diaz

JBF’s International Guest is Cuban writer, critic, journalist and researcher of children’s literature Enrique Perez Diaz. Currently the Director of Gente Nueva Publishing House in Havana, Enrique was the founder of the first Cuban bookshop for children, with a socio cultural approach to community, children and teenagers. His books are known in many countries including Japan, Switzerland and the USA and he has worked with IBBY Cuba since 2007. For more information click here


  • Lessons for SA: Literacy and education in Cuba
  • Panel Discussion: Cuba: The impact of 50 years of US sanctions on culture, literacy and the arts
  • Making books accessible and affordable: libraries & publishing in Cuba
  • Panel Discussion: The role of children’s literature and building a progressive national culture

South African Guest: Gcina Mhlophe

Our Guest is Gcina Mhlophe, internationally acclaimed storyteller and author. Besides being an author of children’s books, Gcina is a great performer, wooing people of all ages.


  • Storytelling festival on Saturday and Sunday
  • Live Performances: Saturday and Sunday
  • Book Launch
  • State of Theatre in SA
  • Panel Discussion: The role of children’s literature and building a progressive national culture
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OCTO-GENUISES and a progressive national culture

No introduction necessary!


  • Live Poetry Performance: Activist Poets Don Mattera, James Matthews & Keorapetse Kgositsile
  • In Conversation on Art, Liberation and Struggle: Don Mattera, Ronnie Govender, James Matthews & Keorapetse Kgositsile
  • James Matthews: Poet in Conversation
  • Ronnie Govender Theatre veteran: The role of memoir in building a progressive culture
  • Joan Rankin: children’s author & illustrator: In conversation with Jenny Hatton; facilitating creativity workshops for children and adults
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Introducing Jozi Book Fair Mascots Penny and Puffy, and their dads, special guests Zakes Mda and Mpapa Mokhoane


  • Launch of Penny & Puffy in English and Sesotho
  • Storytelling Festival
  • Writing in indigenous languages
  • Writing for children: the making of Penny & Puffy
  • Children’s Literature & building a national culture
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Second book of poems for JBF Poetry Buddies

Jozi Book Fair Poetry Buddies perform their poems in English and mother tongue. The Buddies are children’s groups set up in Johannesburg and surrounding townships. This year they publish their second book of poems.

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Students at JBF

This year a number of students from different universities will present their work at the JBF.

  • Literature seminars: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and A Man of the People with Danai Muputsa (Wits)
  • Conversation: Zakes Mda’s Rachels Blue with Polo Moji (Wits)
  • Conversation: Reading Fanon with Kgomotso Ramushi (UP)
  • Theatre: A play – Dead Roses by Searatoa van Driel (Wits)
  • Roundtable: Rhodes must fall – transformation and democracy in education (various students)
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  • Penny and Puffy – original paintings by Zakes Mda
  • JBF School poster competition on reading (105 posters)
  • Remember Marikana! Photographic Exhibition (by Pulitzer prize winner, Greg Marinovich and City Press)
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Katrine Harries Award for Illustrators

This year the Katrine Harries Award will be made at this year’s Jozi Book Fair. This award is the only and most prestigious award in South Africa that evaluates children’s book illustrations as an artform. The award in 2015 comes 100 years after the birth of Katrine Harries.

The Katrine Harries Award has previously been awarded to Niki Daly, Joan Rankin, Alida Bothma, Cora Coetzee, Jeremy Grimsdell, Jude Daly and Piet Grobler. The last award was made in 2008 and the current award will be presented for the illustrations in a South African children’s book published between 2009-2010, 2011-2012 and 2013-2014. This is an attempt to open the award to broad sections of the population and encourage both illustrations and books for children.

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Programme Overview

Friday, 11 September, 2015

1. Schools Programme

    Workshops, exhibitions, meeting authors and the guests

    7:30 AM – 2 PM – FULLY BOOKED!

    School youth can still attend events on Saturday and Sunday

2. Theatre Festival Opens

  • Qhawe (Cape Town) at 2:30 PM
  • Thula Thula (Johannesburg) at 3:30 PM

3. Film Festival Opens

  • Please Vote for me by Wejun Chen (China) at 2 PM
  • Shake the Dust by Adam Sjoberg (global music and dance) at 3.30pm

4. Roundtable discussion

    Crisis in our Schools – 3.00pm

    Panelists: Salim Vally (UJ), Bulelwa Ndodana (Dept of Education, Eastern Cape), Mugwena Maluleke (GS, SADTU) & Moderator: Siphelo Ngcwangu (Wits)

5. Book Launch & Reception: 4 – 5 PM

    Privatisation of Schools: Selling out the right to quality public education for all

    Panelists: Salim Vally, Carol Ann Spreen and Lauren Star

6. JBF Reception – By invitation only

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Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, 2015


  • Storytelling Festival on Saturday and Sunday, featuring Gcina Mhlophe, Faith Busika, Beverly Benton, Joan Rankin, Zukiswa Wanner, Hamilton Wende, Reviva Schumacher
  • Ancient storytellers, Poem Mooney from Oudtshoorn
  • Introducing JBF mascots Penny & Puffy: based on book of same name by Zakes Mda and Mpapa Mokhoane
  • JBF Poetry Buddies perform their poetry
  • Kerry Jones’ Jul’hoan dictionary activities
  • National Children’s Theatre’s NACTIES Sing their songs

Jozi Book Fair theme: Children’s literature and childhood

A number of seminars and roundtables will take place related to the theme:

  • Conditions of Children in SA: with Save the Children, Children’s Law Project (UP) and Children’s Resource Centre (CT)
  • Children: Reading and the state of libraries in SA with Busi Dlamini Gauteng Education Department and Sally Currin
  • Children learn languages: case study, (Bulelwa Ndodana, Depart of Education, Eastern Cape)
  • Children’s literature and building a national reading culture
  • Cuba: literacy and children’s literature, lessons for SA (Enrique Perez Diaz)

Black Art Black Politics

  • Don Mattera: Commemorating the life of Steven Bantu Biko
  • Keorapetse Kgositsile (Poet Laureate): Reflections on the Black Art Movement in the US and its influence
  • Ronnie Govender, James Matthews, Warona Seane (Soweto), Gita Pather (Wits) and Itumeleng wa Lehulere (director): The State of theatre in South Africa Today
  • Kgomotso Ramushi: Reading Fanon
  • Zakes Mda, Keorapetse Kgositsile, James Matthews: Growing an indigenous South African culture

South African Fiction

Jozi Book Fair Book Club members converse with authors:

Authors in Conversation

South African Politics

This section includes a wide variety of issues and debates, in seminars and Roundtable discussion.

  • Media in SA: who owns and controls it? – Jane Duncan (UJ), Lumke Mtimde and Tawana Kupe (Wits)
  • What ANC after Zuma? – Aubrey Matshiqi, Mcebisi Ndletyana, Raymond Suttner and Susan Booysen
  • State of worker and union education – Crystal Dicks (Numsa), Mojalefa Musi (Independent analyst) and Luke Sinwell (UJ)
  • Corruption in SA – David Lewis, Karabo Ranjuli and Mzilikazi wa Afrika
  • The colour of our future: do colour or ‘race’ matter? – Xolela Mangcu, Joel Netshitenze and Adam Habib
  • Transformation & democracy in Education? – Adam Habib and student panel
  • Seminar: Everything you wanted to know about nuclear power! (Earthlife)
  • Climate Change: Briefings from Southern Africa – Mary Scholes (Wits)
  • Marikana Report: Do Black Lives Matter? – Rehad Desai, Bishop Seoka (TBC) and Nomsa Zondi (SERI)
  • Is intolerance in our DNA? Violence against women/girls, LGBTI and foreigners – Lisa Vetten and Virginia Tshedi and Paul Verryn
  • 20 years of the Labour Relations Act: a balance sheet – Oupa Lehulere


  • Politics of sexuality in everyday life – Shafinaaz Hassim
  • Diary of a Guji Girl – Qaanitah Hunter
  • Young women writers and their challenges – Futhi Ntshingila and Zukiswa Wanner
  • Feminism Today – Jackie Cock and panel

Workshops and Seminars

For different age groups: children, youth & adults on

  • Playback Theatre (Wits Drama for Life)
  • Importance of Reading for Children (Jenny Hatton)
  • Reading and Writing and Common Grammar Errors (L Pavlou, Wits Language School)
  • Philosophy for Teens (Theresa Giorgza, Education Dept, Wits)
  • History and Origins of Poetry (Brian Mabaso)
  • The Art of Radio (Voice of Wits)
  • Making Illustrations (Wesley Pepper, artist)
  • Unleash your Creativity (Joan Rankin)
  • Survivors of Stroke (Stroke society)

Book Launches

  • Refined Player: Sex, Lies and Dates by Stevel Marc [Jacana]
  • Freedom Charter: no cause to celebrate [Workers World Media Project]
  • Workplace Forums: 20 YEARS of the Labour Relations Act: A balance sheet, republished, by Oupa Lehulere
  • Seven Tried & Tested Triangles by Pearl Segel
  • Back to Africa by Beatrice Acheleke
  • Privatisation of Schools by Salim Vally, Carol Anne Spreen, Lauren Star

Theatre Stage

A selection of plays, some of which were at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown earlier this year, will be show-cased. This includes:

  • Qhawe (CT)
  • Thula Thula (Jhb)
  • Dead Roses (Wits)
  • Kafka’s Ape (Wits)
  • Merethetho ‘the rhythm, dance and poetry’ (Freedom Park)
  • Games we teach our children (Khanya College & HBC)
  • Metropolitan High School Play (JHB)
  • Music and Dance (Michael Williams) Itliziyo ‘the heart’ (CT)

These will include a brief Q&As afterwards

Live Jazz

Special Live Jazz will take place on Saturday, 12 September, from 4-8pm;and on Sunday, 13 September from 1-5pm.

This includes:

  • Soni Jazz Band
  • Dimpie Tshabalala
  • Feya Faku, Jazz poets
  • Baba Ndamase Band

Film Festival

Mini Film Festival ‘Youth in Adversity’ will be held in collaboration with our fraternal Steps (Cape Town) and select Q&As with Laurence Dworkin.

This will include:

Shake the Dust by Adam Sjoberg (Global) 83 min
From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist- turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.

Coming of Age by Teboho Edkins (Lesotho) 63 min
Coming Of Age is a film that follows four teenagers over the course of two years as they grow up deep in the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Very little happens in the village of Ha Sekake, but from their perspective, a lot is at stake.

Please Vote for Me by Weijun Chen (China) 52 min
Wuhan is a city in middle China about the size of London, and it is here that director Weijun Chen has conducted an experiment in democracy. A grade-3 class at Evergreen Primary School has their first encounter with this idea, by holding an election to select a Class Monitor. Eight-year olds compete against each other for the coveted position, abetted and egged on by teachers and doting parents.


Pumla, Dumisani Phakathi (South Africa) 18:18
Pumla is a bright, young girl, who was branded a rebel before anybody gave her a chance. She drinks, she smokes and likes to hang out with the guys in alleyways and on street corners. She also had a child at a very young age. Her behavior often gets her into trouble with the authorities and causes much pain and stress to her mother. Unable to deal with her demons and the perceptions of others. Pumla’s lifestyle leads her down a dark and dangerous road.

Love and Rubbish by Hanna Polak (Russia) 7:54
Set in a rubbish dump outside Moscow, this is the story of a young girl, Yula and her friends, told over years.

Girlhood, Participatory Film (South Africa) 3:48
We meet 5 teenagers sitting in a café in Cape Town, chatting, laughing, enjoying themselves as teenagers do. But these seemingly carefree young women have been through a lot. As each girl tells us her individual story we find out about broken families, teenage pregnancy, loss and abuse.

Miseducation by Nadine Cloete (South Africa) 4:15
An 11 year old girl is getting ready for school. Her walk takes her through gangland, across territories that have seen much blood, drugs and pain.

Coal Boy by Chandrasekhar Reddy Thumati (India) 4:40
In North East India ,near Jaintia, a young boy tunnels into the hills to find coal. The work is hard and dangerous. But this boy has a dream and this is only the first of many steps that he says will lead to London.

Marafiki, Participatory Film (Zanzibar) 12:41
Shot in Zanzibar, Marafiki (meaning friends) is a story about two girls dealing with their HIV+ status and the discrimination they face. With the help of friends, family and a support group, these two strong characters learn not to lose hope as they tell us their plans for the future.

Sea Gypsies by Elena Zervopoulou (Malaysia) 5:37
Struggling to survive with increasing fishing restrictions on a paradisiacal coral island of Eastern Malaysia, Indanina, a determined Sea Gypsy girl, sees her colorful, innocent world endangered. The cruel reality she discovers when she is forced to move to town with her family, marks her brutal transition to an uncaring modern world.

In addition:

  • Bheki Peterson’s Rights of Passage
  • Special Screening and Reception of Life in Progress by Irene Loebel during the Fair

There will be Q&As after selected film screenings

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Pistorius Family Plan Complaint After "Deeply Misleading" Report Titled "Oscar's Diva Demands"

Behind the DoorReeva: A Mother's StoryChase Your Shadow

The Pistorius family has released a statement confirming that they will lay a complaint with the Press Ombudsman over a Saturday Star front page report titled “Oscar’s Diva Demands”.

The report alleges that the Department of Correctional Services built Oscar Pistorius a bath in his cell at Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in Pretoria, that his bed was replaced on his request, that the prison conceded to his demands that new equipment be installed in the prison gym, and that the former Paralympian was allowed to prepare his own food, as he was afraid of being poisoned.

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The Pistorius family has called the report “factually incorrect” and “deeply misleading”.

Read the statement:

We feel compelled to respond to the Saturday Star article, headlined “Oscar’s Diva Demands” published on 22 August, 2015.

The article in question is factually incorrect, deeply misleading and a gross misinterpretation of the facts.

“We will be lodging a complaint with the Press Ombudsman within the prescribed 21 days from the date of publication.

For more on the Pistorius case, see the following publications:

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It All Started with a Homemade Catamaran - Chris Bertish on His Journey to the Big Wave Championship

Stoked!Chris Bertish, author of Stoked!, was recently interviewed by Eugene Yiga for a Business Day article.

In the article, Yiga describes how Bertish’s childhood was largely spent in the ocean. Bertish “sailed on anything that would float” and learned great respect for the ocean and its power.

Bertish has achieved extraordinary things as a waterman, but he says he is just an ordinary person with big dreams: “I believe in the power of the human spirit and human potential. I believe that everyone can achieve extraordinary things.”

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For as long as he can remember, the ocean has been an integral part of Chris Bertish’s life. He still has vivid memories of being four or five and sailing with his father on their homemade catamaran.

“I started all the ocean-based watersports I know between the ages of three and seven,” says the self-described big wave surfer, waterman and ocean adventurer.

“I was always trying to keep up with my two older brothers, which was never easy, but it made me super tough, determined, and driven,” he says.

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A Man of Many Hats: Kate Sidley Reviews Oliver Sacks' Autobiography On the Move

By Kate Sidley for the Sunday Times

On the MoveOn The Move, A Life
Oliver Sacks (Macmillan)

In recent photographs, Dr Oliver Sacks has the look of an avuncular Father Christmas, or perhaps an elderly rabbi, kindly eyes twinkling behind wire-rimmed glasses above a full grey beard. The cover image of his autobiography, however, gives a different view the renowned neurologist and author: suddenly he’s a hunky, leather-clad young biker astride a powerful BMW. He was, among other things, an obsessive motorcyclist and speed freak.

The image – like the book itself – illustrates just what a complex and multifaceted man Sacks is. Who would have thought that this deeply cerebral doctor, steeped in literature, immersed in a medicine, was once known to the habitués of Muscle Beach, Los Angeles, as Dr Squat? (He could squat lift 270kg.) As a young man he would swim around City Island, New York – a six hour swim – and at 81 he was still swimming a mile a day. His urge towards experimentation drew him into heavy, almost fatal, drug use. As one perceptive schoolteacher said of him: “Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.”

This is not the first time that Sacks has turned his scientist gaze upon himself. He has written extensively about himself in Uncle Tungsten and A Leg to Stand On. But this autobiography gives readers a more in-depth account of his background and upbringing, and its effect on him. Born in England in 1933 into an intellectual Jewish family of well-regarded physicians and storytellers, he developed twin passions for literature and science. During World War II he was sent away from London and his family to a brutal boarding school, where he was bullied and beaten. He posits that this traumatic separation might have contributed to his difficulties with, in words of another evacuee, “the three B’s: bonding, belonging and believing.”

Shy and somewhat solitary by nature he did not socialise easily, unless, perhaps, the talk was of jellyfish or some other scientific subject that intrigued him. Sacks writes about growing up gay in the hostile environment of 1940s Britain. “You are an abomination,” his mother told him. “I wish you had never been born.” He had a period of sexual experimentation, but after a “sweet birthday fling”, he tells us without explanation that “he had no sex for the next 35 years”. The book is like that: at times deeply intimate and revelatory, but often strangely absent of detail about certain key events or participants. (Readers and fans of the good doctor will be happy to learn that he fell in love in his 77th year, and relinquished his solitary habits for the pleasures of a relationship.)

This is the engrossing, poignant and gently amusing story of an unconventional polymath, thoroughly beguiled by the world, and beset with great enthusiasms and deep interests, amongst them cephalopods, chemistry, volcanoes, gravitational waves and ferns. Of course his greatest fascination was with his patients. In his books, Sacks documents fascinating neuro-atypical conditions, like Tourette’s, autism, face blindness, colour blindness, memory loss and the eponymous subject of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. The finely observed case studies are not confined to the patient’s symptoms. Sacks considers the person in their entirety, and is fascinated by their lived experience of their condition, as well as the resilience and adaptiveness with which sufferers often meet their neurological challenges.

He is not without his critics. In his early days, some of his fellow doctors were dismissive of his narrative approach. He also describes painful accusations of treating his patients with less than appropriate respect and confidentiality. (One critic referred to him as, “The man who mistook his patients for a literary career”). But he is greatly loved by his many readers.

In February, he announced, in a powerful and poignant Op-Ed in the New York Times, that his cancer had metastasised and he had not long to live. The piece concludes: “I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” On The Move gives readers the privilege of sharing that adventure.

Follow Kate Sidley on Twitter @katesidley

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"You See Them But You Don't See Them" - Michael de Jongh on the Karretjie People of the Great Karoo

Roots and Routes: Karretjie People of the Great KarooKarretjiemense van die Groot KarooMichael de Jongh was recently the guest speaker at the Prince Albert Cultural Foundation Annual General Meeting which was held in the Anglican Church Hall.

De Jongh is the author of Roots and Routes: Karretjie People of the Great Karoo: The Marginalisation of a South African First People, also available in Afrikaans as Karretjiemense van die Groot Karoo: Vergete afstammelinge van die vroegste Suid-Afrikaners. At the AGM, the author delivered a talk entitled “The Invisible Karretjie People of the Great Karoo”.

Judy Maguire, a member of the EXCO of the Prince Albert Cultural Foundation, said that there was an excellent turn out for the small town. 36 people braced a power outage to attend the event. They were rewarded with an interesting discussion, a lively question and answer session and soup, bread and cheese following the proceedings.

Maguire shared an article about the AGM, which appeared in The Prince Albert Friend and is written by the editor, Kevin Jacobs.

“Their genes link them to some of the world’s earliest humans, yet even with United Nations recognition as a First People, the Karretjiemense of the Karoo remain almost invisible to South Africans and are among the country’s poorest of the poor,” Jacobs writes. He quotes De Jongh, who said: “You see them but you don’t see them.”

Read the article:

Maguire also shared a description that she wrote about De Jongh’s book, which ran alongside the invitation to the AGM in the June issue of The Prince Albert Friend.

Read the article:

In 1990, on the way back from a conference in Cape Town and taking the back roads through the Great Karoo, Professor Michael de Jongh was asked about the people driving in donkey carts across the remote and seemingly deserted expanses of the empty landscape. Who were they, and where on earth could they be going, asked his travelling companion, an American colleague.

Prof de Jongh replied that he supposed that they were farm workers on their way back from the nearest Karoo Dorp, or perhaps visiting friends and relatives on a neighbouring farm. But, like many of the locals and most passing motorists, he had to admit to himself that he did not really know. The question lingered in his mind, and during a sabbatical leave the following year he paid the first of numerous visits to areas of the Great Karoo where the Karretjie People (donkey cart people) were still to be found, living in what they call ‘die Lang Plaas’ – the long farm – meaning the space between the road verge and the fence on either side, also known as ‘Die Gorrel’ – the oesophagus. Thus began a 16-year study of the lives of a previously ‘invisible’ and forgotten people and their ingenious adaptations to a challenging physical and social environment. It turned out that the Karretjie People are many of them direct descendants of the hunting and gathering /Xam San or Cape Bushmen who were the earliest inhabitants of much of the Karoo interior. Recent genetic studies are providing fascinating insights into their history.

Today, as itinerant sheep-shearers and camp fencers, Karretjie People can still be seen in their donkey carts in search of temporary ‘piece jobs’ on Karoo sheep farms. With many former sheep farms being amalgamated and turned into game farms or hunting lodges, work for the Karretjie People is becoming ever more scarce, and seeing them camping out in their frail makeshift roadside shelters is a rare sight these days. It is seemingly a dying way of life.

Prof de Jongh’s detailed and intimate study resulted in many publications, including the book Roots and Routes: Karretjie People of the Great Karoo published by UNISA, which records the unique way of life of these gypsy-like nomads, and which has recently been translated into Afrikaans. Prof de Jongh will present some of his findings at the Prince Albert Cultural Foundation’s Annual General meeting on Wednesday 15th July 2015 at the Anglican Church Hall, at 6:30 PM. The title of his address is “The Invisible Karretjie People of the Great Karoo”. It promises to be a fascinating presentation.

Prof de Jongh is a prominent anthropologist who has published widely in the fields of ethnicity, urbanisation, traditional leadership, local government and human mobility – all very topical and relevant to Prince Albert.

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  • Karretjiemense van die Groot Karoo: Vergete afstammelinge van die vroegste Suid-Afrikaners by Michael de Jongh
    EAN: 9781868887903
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11 Lessons on Life and Success to Be Learned from Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

Elon MuskBloggers Brian Robben and Randy Mayeux recently shared the life lessons they learned after reading Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping Our Future by Ashlee Vance.

Robben discovered five tips that can help anyone in their chosen careers, which he shared on the Take Your Success website.

These lessons include working incredibly hard, surrounding yourself with the right people and staying true to your vision regardless of what the critics may say.

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1. Always continue learning

As a kid, Elon read every book he could find at his home, the library, and local bookstores. Because he enjoyed learning to that high of a degree, Elon moved on to reading encyclopedias after he ran out of new books in his school’s library.

Now as CEO of a rocket company and an electric car company (both not his formal background), he drills his top engineers with questions until he understands the core concepts and technologies of projects.

Mayeux writes about the six snippets of wisdom he took away from Elon Musk, for example being brave enough to take big risks and cultivating a tenacious work ethic.

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#1 – Who you were definitely shapes who you are – a difficult (horrendous) childhood, and a lone reader, became the stick-to-it learner/dreamer.
#2 – The over-riding purpose has to be great to accomplish things as great as SpaceX and Tesla.
#3 – Making it genuinely big, in a way that holds great promise to make a big difference, may require great – really great – risk. At least it did for Elon Musk.

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