David wa Maahlamela, whose novel Sejamoledi was recently published, was featured on SABC 1′s Voices of Africa series a few years ago performing his Sepedi poem for the Rain Queen, Queen Modjadji I.
Watch the video:
- Sejamoledi by David wa Maahlamela
Darrel Bristow-Bovey’s latest column for Random House Struik, “In praise of Sea Point”:
In Paris recently I became depressed by the thought that I don’t live in a first-floor apartment on the rue des Fossés-Saint-Jacques, across the way from a Tibetan restaurant, around the corner from the Pantheon, rue Soufflot and the eastern entrance to the Luxembourg Gardens.
‘You’re being childish,’ my partner said.
‘Is it so bad where you live?’
‘You love Sea Point.’
I do love Sea Point. I have lived there for a little over four years, since I moved from Johannesburg. I loved Johannesburg, but I love Sea Point more. It has people and stories and life, and gratifyingly few Capetonians. It is the Joburg of Cape Town.
Wijtske Sijbrandi was 32 years old when she left her home in Kampen, in the Netherlands, in a group of 259 Dutch teachers recruited to “contribute to the development of a national education in the South African Republic” in 1899. She was given a teaching post in the dusty town of Lichtenburg, in the Transvaal. Sijbrandi hadn’t been in South Africa long, however, before the Anglo-Boer War broke out and the school was converted into a hospital. The teacher was promptly trained (by the local doctor) to care for the wounded and sick, and, within months of arriving in South Africa, joined an ambulance party headed for Kimberley.
During a visit to an eye specialist Fred Khumalo was surprised to be questioned about his heritage. The specialist explained that his type of corneas were not usually found in indigenous South Africans and discussed the wealth of genetic information that can be discovered by examining people’s eyes.
Khumalo discussed the recent popularity of mapping people’s histories using genetics in a column for Sunday World:
All I really needed was an eye test so I could get new lenses for my glasses. But the visit to my eye specialist three weeks ago ended up with me discovering that I probably was not who I thought I was.
Having examined my cornea with his state-of-the-art computer, the eye specialist was visibly excited: “Are you sure you’re South African? Are both your parents from this country?”
Jonathan Ball Publishers are proud to announce a new edition of Andrew Feinstein’s groundbreaking account of the international arms trade, The Shadow World:
The Shadow World is the harrowing, behind-the-scenes tale of the global arms trade. Pulling back the curtain on this secretive world, Andrew Feinstein reveals the corruption and the cover-ups behind weapons deals ranging from the largest in history – between the British and Saudi governments – to BAE’s controversial transactions in South Africa, Tanzania and eastern Europe, and the revolving-door relationships that characterise the US Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex. He exposes in forensic detail both the formal government-to-government trade in arms and the shadow world of illicit weapons dealing – and lays bare the shocking and inextricable links between the two.
Based on path-breaking reporting and unprecedented access to top-secret information and major players in the weapons business, including arms dealers who have never been interviewed before, The Shadow World places us in the midst of the arms trade’s dramatic wheeling and dealing, ranging from corporate boardrooms to seedy out-of-the-way hotels via far-flung offshore havens, and reveals the profound danger this network represents to all of us.
“A devastating and scrupulously documented account of the greed, venality, and rampant corruption pervading the global arms trade. Andrew Feinstein has produced a brilliant and massively important book.” — Andrew J Bacevich, Retired Colonely, Us Army
“Andrew Feinstein has written an authoritative guide to the business of war. Chilling, heartbreaking and enraging.” – Arundhati Roy
About the author
Andrew Feinstein became an active – and ardent – member of the ANC in the 1980s, and campaigned energetically for the party in the first democratic elections. He was elected to parliament and rose swiftly through the ranks, earning the label ‘Mr Clean’ for his unstinting work against graft and corruption. Feinstein was an ANC MP for more than seven years before resigning in protest at the party’s handling of the multi-billion rand arms deal that was tainted by allegations of high-level corruption. After working in financial services he now writes, lectures and consults on public policy issues, particularly governance, leadership, corruption, diversity and AIDS. He also chairs the Friends of the Treatment Action Campaign UK, London, and is the securities coordinator of Investec Bank UK Ltd. Feinstein lives in London with his wife and two children. His books include After the Party and The Shadow World.
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