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Congratulations to Alex Smith (@africa_alex), whose Devilskein & Dearlove has been nominated for a Carnegie Medal!

Nominees for the 2014 South African Literary Awards Revealed

Alert! Books LIVE can exclusively reveal the nominees list for the 2014 South African Literary Awards.

The SA Literary Awards were founded by the wRite associates and the Department of Arts and Culture in 2005, with the twin aims of paying tribute to writers who have “distinguished themselves as ground-breaking producers and creators of literature” and celebrating literary excellence “in the depiction and sharing of South Africa’s histories, value systems and philosophies”, in all the languages of South Africa.

Ride the TortoiseRunning Almost Sleeping My Way to TimbuktuThe Spiral House The Blacks of Cape TownThe Turtle Dove Told MeLove InterruptedCall It DogRiskThe Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the GodsFractured LivesDystopia

Nominees this year include Makhosazana Xaba, who was also today announced as a Mbokodo Awards nominee, Books LIVE correspondent Liesl Jobson, Sihle Khumalo, Claire Robertson, who won this year’s Sunday Times Fiction Prize, and Carol-Ann Davids.

Nuruddin Farah and Njabulo Ndebele are up for Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The winners will be announced on Friday, 7 November.


Poetry Award

Themba Patrick Magaisa, Mihloti ya Tingana (Xitsonga, published by TP Magaisa)
Khulile Nxumalo, Fhedzi (English, Dye Hard Press)
Kobus Moolman, Left Over (English, Dye Hard Press)
Thandi Sliepen, The Turtle Dove Told Me (English, Modjaji Books)

Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award

Gary Cummiskey, Off-ramp (English, Dye Hard Press)
Makhosazana Xaba, Running and Other Stories (English, Modjaji books)
Reneilwe Malatji, Love Interrupted (English, Modjaji Books)
Liesl Jobson, Ride the Tortoise (English, Jacana Media)

K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award (For Young Writers)

Marli Roode, Call it Dog (English, Penguin Books)
Jason Staggie, Risk (English, Umuzi Publishers)
Jamala Safari, The Great Agony and Pure laughter of the Gods (English, Umuzi Publishing)

Creative Non-Fiction Award

Sihle Khumalo, Almost Sleeping My Way to Timbuktu (English, Umuzi Publishers)
Toni Strasburg, Fractured Lives (English, Modjaji Books)

First-time Published Author Award

Claire Robertson, The Spiral House (English, Umuzi Publishers)
Carol-Ann Davids, The Blacks of Cape Town (English, Modjaji Books)
James Siddall, Dystopia (English, Jacana Media)

Lifetime Achievement Literary Award

Nuruddin Farah
Njabulo Ndebele

Literary Translators Award

Nhlanhla Maake, Malefane (Sesotho/English, Ekaam Books)

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Video: Adventurer Kingsley Holgate Traces the Edge of Africa

Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great ExplorersKingsley Holgate is an adventurer, philanthropist and the author of Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers. He is currently on a trip tracing the outline of Africa, and has shared a series of videos from his adventures.

In the video below, Holgate speaks about the journey from Namibia to Angola on the trip around the outside edge of the African continent, describes what he and his fellow travellers have encountered, and chats about the interesting interactions they have had with people they have encountered.

Watch the video:


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Join the Old Road Coach Tour from Cape Town to Somerset West with John Muir

Walking Cape Town: Urban walks and drives in the Cape PeninsulaJohn Muir, author of Walking Cape Town: Urban walks and drives in the Cape Peninsula is giving a guided coach tour of the old road between Cape Town and Somerset West.

Along the way, he will speak about the building of the old road and the challenges it presented, as well as some fascinating histories of the suburbs that the road passes through.

The tour will start at 9:15 AM at the Strand Street Parkade in Cape Town, and will end with lunch at the Helderberg Reserve. The trip costs R350.

Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Sunday, 19 October 2014
  • Time: 9:15 AM
  • Venue: Strand Street Parkade, 42 Strand Street
    Cape Town | Map
  • Cover charge: R350
  • RSVP: Pat Benbow Hebbert,, 021 794 7464
  • More details: People’s Post

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Chris and Mathilde Stuart Consider the Case for Reintroducing Big Game in National Parks

National Parks and Nature ReservesChris and Mathilde Stuart, authors of National Parks and Nature Reserves: A South African Field Guide, have written an article considering the reasons for, and the implications of, reintroducing large predators to game reserves in South Africa.

Private game reserves have been bringing in new predators for some time, and now SANParks has begun moving new animals into areas previously free of predators.

There are a number of ostensibly good reasons for introducing lions, cheetahs, hyenas and other big carnivores to game parks, but it is a tricky action that can easily prove more harmful than helpful.

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Apart from private game reserves, the SANParks have now got into the act of reintroducing large predators to many of their conservation areas. These include Lion into Karoo, Addo and Mountain Zebra national parks.

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kykNET-Rapport Boekpryse 2014 kortlys aanggekondig met onder meer Dominique Botha, Karel Schoeman en Jaco Jacobs

Rapport en kykNET het in April ‘n groot aankondiging gemaak: die totstandkoming van ‘n nuwe literêre toekenning vir Afrikaanse boeke, die kykNET-Rapport Boekpryse. “Drie kategorieë in Afrikaans sal bekroon word vir die beste: volwasse roman (R200 000); niefiksie-boek (R200 000); roman of niefiksie-boek met die meeste rolprentpotensiaal (R100 000),” het Rapport berig.

Groot herrie het vroeër vanjaar geheers na die aankondiging dat die gesogte M-Net-pryse afgeskaf sal word, ‘n toekenningsgeleentheid wat erkenning aan inheemse tale soos Ndebele en Setswana gebied het. Hierdie ‘nuwe’ prys, wat poog om die gaping te vul, bied tog opwinding in die Afrikaanse boekwêreld, met die rolprentpotensiaal-kategorie wat veral belofte inhou.


Die kortlys is pas aangekondig en sluit min verrassings in. Dominique Botha het in 2014 so te sê op die pryspodium geboer en ding nou teen Eben Venter en Etienne van Heerden mee om dalk nog ‘n prys op haar kerfstok te voeg: Die 2014 kykNET-Rapport Boekprys vir Fiksie. Albert Grundlingh en Bill Nasson; Karel Schoeman en Dana Snyman is onderskeidelik genomineer vir die 2014 kykNET-Rapport Boekprys vir Nie-Fiksie terwyl Jaco Jacobs, Marlize Hobbs en Zirk van den Berg sal moet wag tot November om te hoor aan wie die R100 000 kykNET-Rapport Boekprys vir die boek met die grootste rolprentpotensiaal gaan.

Hier volg die persverklaring:

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Die kykNET-Rapport Boekpryse het ten doel om leeslus aan te wakker deur groter erkenning en blootstelling te gee aan interessante en innoverende fiksie en feite in Afrikaans.

In die eerste bestaansjaar van die prys is 54 inskrywings ontvang. Die keurders was verras deur romans wat die verbeelding aanvuur, wat in tema die nuwe aandurf en in taalgebruik die reikwydte van Afrikaans vergroot. Die verdieping en verbreding van ons begrip van die wêreld by die niefiksie-inskrywings het ook waardering ontlok.

Die wenners van die eerste kykNET-Rapport Boekpryse vir fiksie en niefiksie ontvang elk R200 000 en die wenner van die Filmprys R100 000.

Die kortlys vir 2014 lyk soos volg:

ValsrivierKlimtolWolf, Wolf



Die Oorlog Kom Huis ToeHere en boereOnder die radar



Oor 'n motorfiets, 'n zombiefliek en lang getalle wat deur elf gedeel kan wordScore my 'n gwai’n Ander mens



Die wenners word op Vrydagmiddag, 21 November 2014 by ’n geselligheid in Kaapstad aangekondig.


Kingsley Holgate Has His Beard Cut in the Name of Conservation at World Youth Rhino Summit

Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great ExplorersThe first-ever World Youth Rhino Summit, organised by Project Rhino KZN, the Kingsley Holgate Foundation and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, took place at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park recently.

150 young conservation leaders from South Africa and other African countries affected by rhino poaching – including Vietnam – as well as delegates, educators, and conservation leaders, gathered to address the rhino poaching crisis and develop resolutions to stop wildlife crime.

At the end of the summit the children handed over a declaration to Deputy Minister of the Environment, Barbara Thomson:

We, representing the youth of the world gathered at the Centenary Centre in the symbolic Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park from the 21 to 23 September 2014 call for action against rhino poaching and wildlife crime.

The declaration is a result of 150 000 hearts and minds messages already composed by young people participating in the international Rhino Art – Let the Children’s Voices be Heard campaign.

We, the youth are deeply disturbed by the worsening rhino poaching crisis, the exploitation of our natural heritage by organised crime syndicates and the subversion of our communities – all fed by human greed and deep-rooted corruption.

We demand that our voices be heard!

We do not want to be the generation that tell our grandchildren that we did nothing about it and so we call upon global leaders to join us in bringing illegal trade in wildlife to an end.

EarthTouch News Network reported on the summit, saying that “The World Youth Rhino Summit reduced all of us to tears at the strangest moments”, and shared a video of a rhino at the summit:

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Kingsley Holgate, one of Africa’s most colourful modern-day explorers and the author of Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers, allowed some of his beard to be symbolically snipped off:

Kingsley Holgate took a GIANT leap of faith in TVG’s facilitators abilities, when he allowed Katheline to have a go at his beard with a pair of scissors, all in the name of conservation. The idea being to offer keratin, in the form of nail clippings and hair clippings, as an alternative to the demand for rhino horn.

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