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Video: Watch Chester Missing Joust with Minister of Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba

Chester Missing's Guide to the Elections '14Chester Missing quizzed Minister of Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba hilariously on e-tolls and Nkandla at The Gathering recently.

Missing’s new book, Chester Missing’s Guide to the Elections ’14, is a social commentary of South African politics, and his interview of Gigaba, at The Daily Maverick‘s annual conference, was witty but incisive.

Referring to President Jacob Zuma’s insistence that he did not ask for the costly upgrades to his Nkandla residence, Missing said: “The president said he didn’t ask for the stuff he got, you know, with Nkandla. Does this mean I don’t have to pay my TV license and e-tolls? ‘Cause I didn’t ask for those either.”

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Join Chester Missing for the Launch of Chester Missing's Guide to the Elections '14 at The Book Lounge


Chester Missing's Guide to the Elections '14Jacana Media and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of Chester Missing’s Guide to the Elections ’14 on Tuesday 29 April 2014.

Missing will be in conversation with comedian Stuart Taylor.

The event starts at 5:30 for 6 PM.

See you there!

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Solve This Cartoon Puzzle by Kobus Galloway to Win a Book of Your Choice Worth R500

Idees Vol Vrees 3Kobus Galloway, author of Idees Vol Vrees 3, has drawn a new cartoon puzzle for Random Reads. In celebration of the new year there will be two winners of the prize – a R500 Random House Struik book of their choice.

To stand a chance of winning guess which Random House book title Galloway has illustrated. Hint: The author is one of the world’s most well-known adventurers.

Browse the Random House Struik website for help finding the answer.

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Max du Preez Offers to Ghostwrite Book on Political Survival for Jacob Zuma

A Rumour of SpringMax du Preez, author of A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 years of Democracy, has made a tongue-in-cheek offer to ghostwrite a book for President Jacob Zuma: the “Ultimate Guide to Political Survival”.

Du Preez says the sales of the mooted book – which he predicts would be a “runaway success” – would provide “an honest way for President Jacob Zuma to earn the millions he’s supposed to pay back after benefiting from the Nkandla ‘upgrade’”.

In the article, written for Pretoria News, Du Preez outlines the main areas the book would cover:

Here, in advance, a few key points that should guide politicians who don’t want to lose power, but know they’re not going to survive on leadership qualities and delivery.

The first key is to make sure you have a strong, blindly loyal primary constituency, preferably a language, regional or cultural group with a sense of adhesion. Establish an understanding among this group that they have power through you. Wear their traditional costume as often as you can, practise their cultural traditions and remind them subtly that an assault on you is the same as an assault on them.

Second, find a political grouping with some clout but no real support and give it power and privilege in exchange for it acting as your guardian.

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Charles Smith resenseer Krokodil aan my skouer: Stoffel toe en nou deur Christiaan Bakkes

Krokodil aan my skouer: Stoffel toe en nouUitspraak: wortel

Die titel van Christiaan Bakkes se jongste boek gooi jou dadelik ’n dekade of twee terug na sy eerste, klassieke Afrikaanse avontuurverhaal: Die lang pad van Stoffel Mathysen (1998).

Dit is die biografie van Bakkes se lewe as veldwagter en avonturier waarvan hy die jas oor die fiktiewe Stoffel gegooi het.


Video: Christiaan Bakkes gesels oor die stryd teen renosterstropery en Krokodil aan my skouer

Krokodil aan my skouerIn Christiaan Bakkes se jongste boek, Krokodil aan my skouer: Stoffel toe en nou, vertel hy die boeiende verhaal van die begin van Stoffel Mathysen, sy jaar van grensdiens in die Wes-Caprivi en sy betrokkenheid by die stryd teen renosterstropery.

Bakkes het onlangs met Bettie Kemp gesels op kykNET se ontbytprogram Dagbreek TV. “Die titel is nie noodwendig oor die krokodilaanval nie, daaroor het ek al baie geskryf,” sê Bakkes, wat sy arm in só ‘n aanval verloor het. Hy gesels oor hoe hy begin skryf het en die invloed van sy ma, bekende skryfster Margaret Bakkes, op hom en beskryf hoe sy stories vormvat.

Kyk na die video-onderhoud met Bakkes:

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