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Alert! The programme for this year’s @OpenBookFest has been revealed! Click here to see it:

Join Daphna Horowitz for the Launch of The Courage to Lead at the RCHCC, Houghton

The Courage to Lead: Leadership Lessons from KilimanjaroJacana Media and The Rabbi Cyril Harris are pleased to invite you to the launch of The Courage to Lead by Daphna Horowitz.

The event will take place at the Clive M Beck Auditorium at The Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre in Houghton at 6:30 PM. Author Daphna Horowitz will speak about the book, and a bit about her trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, drawing parallels between the climb and leadership.

Don’t miss it!

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Excerpt from Diving and Spearfishing in South Africa by Piet van Rooyen

Diving and Spearfishing in South AfricaNamibiana Buchdepot has shared an extract from Piet van Rooyen’s Diving and Spearfishing in South Africa.

The first publication of this book was in 1987. It became something of a seminal reference book for all things spearfishing. An updated version of the book, incorporating the authors wider experience, was released in 2012. This excerpt explains the purpose of the book and the many topics van Rooyen deals with in it.

Read the excerpt:

During my spearfishing career of more than 25 years, I have dived in various places and met a great number of divers, who taught me much. This book contains all of these experiences, tips and pieces of advice, mine and those of others, in the hope that they will aid you and provide valuable short cuts in your own progress towards better diving.

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National Parks and Nature Reserves Authors Chris and Mathilde Stuart Speak About Poaching

National Parks and Nature ReservesChris and Mathilde Stuart, wildlife scientists and authors of National Parks and Nature Reserves: A South African Field Guide are troubled by the increased demand for animal parts around the world.

The illicit trade in rhino horn, elephant ivory, and tiger bones has not been deterred by stricter regulation in participating countries, and animals are becoming more endangered every day.

Despite the resources poured into a park such as South Africa’s Kruger the rhinos are slaughtered piecemeal. In fact in that park the situation appears to be deteriorating as poachers from Mozambique run rampant and at least in some cases SANParks staff are involved. Of course the poachers only receive a small percentage of the end price for rhino horn but that often amounts to a year, or more, of honestly earned income back in the home country. Rumours are circulating that SANParks is set to move hundreds of rhino out of Kruger, to apparently safer locals.

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Ashraf Jamal Reviews 80 Gays Around the World by Brent Meersman

80 Gays Around the WorldVerdict: carrot

Part autobiography, part social theory, Meersman’s immersive study of sexual desire and the cultures that cloak and shape it, is a must for readers who like their truths hard-boiled. As Meersman points out, “having someone break up with you is a moment of strange contradiction. In a way, it is when they finally take you into their confidence, enough to tell you the truth: I do not want this anymore. I do not want you.”

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Spend an Evening with Adventurer Kingsley Holgate at Cape Union Mart, Canal Walk

Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers Cape Union Mart and Die Buite Burger are pleased to invite you an evening with adventurer and humanitarian Kingsley Holgate. He will be sharing tales from his numerous adventures across Africa, some of which can be read about in Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers.

The event takes place on Wednesday, 27 August and starts at 6 PM for 6:30 PM.

See you there!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 27 August 2014
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Cape Union Mart
    Canal Walk Adventure Centre
    Cape Town | Map
  • RSVP: Please fill out your information on Formstack to register for the event

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Join Brent Meersman in Kalk Bay for the Launch of 80 Gays Around the World

80 Gays Around the WorldKalk Bay Books and Missing Ink invite you to the launch of 80 Gays Around the World by Brent Meersman on 20 August at 6:00 for 6:30 PM.

From the highways of New York to the bathhouses of Paris, a love hotel in Tokyo and a darkroom in Rio, Meersman will be chatting to Pieter-Dirk Uys about this epic travel adventure that has transcended the “gay” theme.

Don’t miss out!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 20 August 2014
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Kalk Bay Books
    124 Main Road,
    Kalk Bay,
    Cape Town | Map
  • RSVP:, 021 788 2266

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