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Listen to five short stories by Nadine Gordimer (including Loot read by the author) via @openculture:

Join Kingsley Holgate for a Talk on His Adventures at Cape Union Mart in Bloemfontein

Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great ExplorersCape Union Mart and Rapport Rondrits invite you to join them for an evening with Kingsley Holgate, author of Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers.

Holgate will be discussing his adventures at the Cape Union Mart in Mimosa Mall, Bloemfontein on Wednesday 30 July at 6 PM for 6:30 PM.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 30 July 2014
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Cape Union Mart Mimosa Mall,
    131 Kellner Street
    Bloemfontein | Map
  • RSVP: Rinelle or Donovan on 051 444 6060

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Chris and Mathilde Stuart Express Their Concern About the Elephant Populations in National Parks

National Parks and Nature ReservesWildlife researchers and writers Chris and Mathilde Stuart recently visited the Greater Addo Elephant Park and have expressed their concern about the growing elephant population there. The National Parks and Nature Reserves authors explain that other parks, including the Kruger National Park, are also experiencing this problem. They explain that “in 1994 a moratorium was put in place by SAN Parks, under pressure from various animal rights and other groups, to stop all elephant culling. This moratorium is still in place.”

“In our view national parks and most nature reserves are being (or should be) managed to protect all biota. South African parks are fenced and as such management is essential. To say nature must take its course- let us hear the outcry when the gentle grey giants start to die for lack of food,” the Stuarts write.

On a recent visit to the Greater Addo Elephant Park, now South Africa’s third largest national park, we wondered as to how long it will be before measures have to be taken to reduce the burgeoning elephant population. The latest population estimate is some 600 individuals and judging by the number of youngsters in the herds it is growing rapidly, at least in elephant terms.

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Join Kingsley Holgate at Cape Union Mart for Talks in Johannesburg and Pretoria

Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great ExplorersCape Union Mart invites you to an evening with Kingsley Holgate, author of Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers.

Spend an evening with this renowned adventurer as he recounts tales from his numerous adventures across Africa.

See you there!
Eastgate Adventure Centre

  • Date: Wednesday, 23 July 2014
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Cape Union Mart Eastgate Adventure Centre,
    Shop U40 (Nearest to entrance 7)
    Bradford Road
    Eastgate Shopping Centre
    Bedfordview | Map
  • RSVP: Please fill out your information on Formstack to register for the event


  • Date: Thursday, 24 July 2014
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Cape Union Mart Centurion,
    Shop 257b, Centurion Shopping Centre
    Heuwel Avenue,
    Pretoria | Map
  • RSVP: Please fill out your information on Formstack to register for the event

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Join Peter van Kets for the Launch of The Eight Summit at The Book Lounge

The Eighth SummitJacana Media and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of The Eighth Summit by Peter van Kets.

The event takes place on Tuesday, 15 July, and starts at 5:30 for 6 PM.

Van Kets will be sharing stories from his greatest expeditions – incredible, unsupported adventures across the Atlantic in rowing boats and across the icy high plateau of Antarctica on foot and sledge.

See you there!

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BPJ Erasmus Presents a Revised and Updated Edition of the Bestselling Travel Guide, On Route in South Africa

On Route in South AfricaOp Pad in Suid-AfrikaNew from Sunbird Publishers, a revised and updated edition of On Route in South Africa and the Afrikaans version, Op Pad in Suid-Afrika, both by BPJ Erasmus. Over 100 000 copies of the book have been sold and the new editions have been featured on the Exclusive Books Homebru Selection for 2014:

From Pofadder, eMkhuze and Haenertsburg to Cookhouse, Klipplaat, Maokeng and Taung … South Africa’s amazing diversity is an invitation to take to the road.

This revised and updated edition of On Route in South Africa has a new, contemporary look, but contains all the features that have made it such a classic. Previous editions won a special place in the hearts of South Africans. No other book available offers such a range and depth of information about the villages, towns and cities of this land, and on the intriguing and informative tales they have to tell.

The 37 chapters are arranged in logical sequence, beginning with Cape Town and radiating outwards. Each chapter corresponds to an established and coherent geographic or demographic area. Included are detailed regional maps, incorporating up-to-date place names, and complemented by route directions within the text. With its expanded text and more than 500 photographs, On Route in South Africa contains a remarkable wealth of information, making it the perfect travel planner and companion.

About the author

BPJ Erasmus, graduate of the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town and author of both the first and this edition of On Route in South Africa, lives in the village of Phillipstown in the Great Karoo, where he moved from Pretoria in 1989. Since the early 1970s, he has written, contributed to, edited and translated a number of reference books and other works of non-fiction. He is married with four children.

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South Africa's Iconic Stories: Exclusive Books Reveal Homebru Selection for 2014

Alert! Exclusive Books has announced the annual Homebru list, celebrating the best of South African fiction and non-fiction.

There are 48 books on the list, including the shortlists for this year’s Sunday Times Alan Paton Award and Fiction Prize, the winners of which were announced last Saturday.

Fiction highlights on the list include Lauren Beukes‘ latest offering, Broken Monsters, Sarah Lotz‘ thriller The Three and Damon Galgut’s Arctic Summer.

Non-fiction fans are also spoilt for choice, with titles including Lost and Found in Johannesburg by Mark Gevisser, Gareth van Onselen’s Clever Blacks, Jesus and Nkandla: The Real Jacob Zuma in His Own Words, Tony Leon’s Opposite Mandela, Justice: A Personal Account by Edwin Cameron and Zelda la Grange’s explosive memoir Good Morning, Mr Mandela, which is already taking the country by storm.

Here’s the complete 2014 Exclusive Books Homebru list. Get reading!

How to Fix South Africa's SchoolsRetreatThe Story of Anna P, as Told by HerselfDoing Life with MandelaSouth African BattlesWhat's Gone Wrong?On Route in SA

Op Pad in Suid-AfrikaLost and Found in JohannesburgThe ThreeDear BulletOpposite MandelaClever Blacks, Jesus and NkandlaJustice

Oliver Tambo SpeaksKrokodil aan my skouer21st Century MegatrendsDubbelspelUntitledLondon – Cape Town – JoburgThe Ties That Bind

Verdeelde landA Time Traveller's Guide to Our Next Ten YearsWinterkos in ProvenceWinter Food in ProvenceVyf-en-veertig skemeraandsange uit die eenbeendanser se werkruimteI'm Not Your Weekend Special

IncognitoThe Crazy Life of Larry JoeUnbelievable!Good Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaBo-Kaap Kitchen100 Good Ideas

Arctic SummerDark WindowsCall It Like It IsBroken Monsters

The Sunday Times Alan Paton Award Shortlist

A Rumour of SpringThe Concentration Camps of the Anglo-Boer WarMy Second InitiationPortrait of a Slave SocietyRichard Rive

The Sunday Times Fiction Prize Shortlist

The Spiral House PenumbraWolf, WolfThe Shining GirlsFalse River

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