Ivo Vegter was on the panel at the Franschhoek Literary Festival talk, “To Frack or Not to Frack”, on Sunday, along with Former Business Day editor and Karoo resident Tim Cohen, environmental lawyer Cormac Cullinan and Jonathan Deal of the Treasure Karoo Action Group.
Vegter has written about his thoughts on the talk for the Daily Maverick, writing that he “didn’t come away from the debate with the usual feeling that I had missed opportunities, but it did raise some issues that are worth closer examination.”
At the Franschhoek Literary Festival last weekend, I had another opportunity to debate Jonathan Deal, the environmental activist opposed to shale gas drilling in the Karoo who recently shot to world fame for winning a rich environmental prize. I didn’t come away from the debate with the usual feeling that I had missed opportunities, but it did raise some issues that are worth closer examination.
The school hall in Franschhoek was filled to capacity with visitors to the annual literary festival. The faces were uniformly white, the hair predominantly grey, and the clothes tasteful. I had just driven 650km from a talk I had delivered the previous night at Moneyweb’s Ibandla retreat for company CEOs and chairmen. I was exhausted, but felt well-prepared and confident in my position. Anticipation of high drama hung in the still, warm air of this pretty, wealthy town.
The Sunday Times shortlist for the Alan Paton Award and the Fiction Prize were announced at the Franschhoek Literary Festival on Saturday 18th of May.
Random House Struik is pleased to announce that Killing for Profit by Julian Rademeyer and Rat Roads by Jacques Pauw were both shortlisted for the 2013 Alan Paton Award, both published under the Zebra Press imprint. Imraan Coovadia’s The Institute for Taxi Poetry (published by Umuzi) has been shortlisted for the 2013 Fiction Prize.
Killing for Profit has been described as a good book on a bad subject – the tracking and poaching of rhinoceroses that is threatening to make these animals extinct. A terrifying true story of greed, corruption, depravity and ruthless criminal enterprise…
Rat Roads is a searing story of hardship and survival, and an unforgettable tale of courage and triumph. In this extraordinary book, celebrated journalist Jacques Pauw gives a human face to some of the most tumultuous events in recent African history.
In the world of Imraan Coovadia’s tragicomic novel, The Institute for Taxi Poetry, taxi companies thrive in a single-party state. Taxi poets are admired, sliding-door men rule, professors and politicians strut and fret and connive in a society shaped by violence and ambition, love, and the unsettling power of the imagination.
Other 2013 Alan Paton shortlisted titles include: Biko: A Biography by Xolela Mangcu, The Last Afrikaner Leaders by Hermann Giliomee and Endings and Beginnings by Redi Tlhabi.
Other 2013 Fiction prize shortlisted titles include: The Book of War by James Whyle, For the Mercy of Water by Karen Jayes, The Unlikely Genius of Dr Cuthbert Kambazuma by Chris Wadman, Entanglement by Steven Boykey Sidley.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on June 29th.
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Chapter 7 of Everyone’s Guide to the Consumer Protection Act by Clive Gibson and Geoff Hulllooks at “The Right to Fair and Responsible Marketing” as laid out in Sections 29 to 39 of the Act.
Read the excerpt which addresses issues such as negative option marketing and bait marketing:
To restrain or correct the worst abuses in the area of the marketing of goods or services, the Act introduces or re-enacts a number of provisions to address the following matters.
The Act sets out standards for fair and responsible marketing and provides a general prohibition against marketing that is misleading, fraudulent or deceptive, as described in section 29.
Neil Flanagan and Jarvis Finger, authors of Just About Everything a Manager Needs to Know in South Africa have made available a free electronic resource titled “How to prepare yourself for your performance appraisal” on Rubicor. They cover points such as: becoming a participant rather than a target, talking to others about their interviews, being prepared to assert your position and getting your documentation right.
It’s hard to like performance appraisals, whether they’re the traditional type or the 360° version. At one extreme, they’re an annual ritual at which bosses or their nominees list a litany of your flaws and then send you away to reduce or eliminate them. At the other extreme, however, they’re a wonderful opportunity to discuss openly your job performance with your boss. If you show some initiative, you’ll get a great deal from an appraisal interview, as the following points reveal…
In the following extract from Gert J Scholtz’s The Keys to Persuasion, the author discusses the “cat system”. This persuasion system is based on the author’s house cat, which he calls a “persuasion master”. Scholtz’s The Keys to Persuasion provides you with the tools to also become an expert at persuasion.
Meet a persuasion master: our house cat. Every evening, as I sit down at my computer, he jumps onto the desk and starts nudging me – softly at first, but more insistently after a while. The reason? He wants to lie on my chair. After some more caressing and nudging, he jumps behind my back and wriggles his way between me and the chair. On a cold winter’s evening, the warm cat at my back feels cosy and, after I have adjusted my seating, I let the cat be. He succeeds in claiming his position on the chair every time. How does he do this?
In Angels of Mercy, Chris Schoeman quotes from the diaries of various women who came to South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War to help out as nurses, teachers or simply in search of adventure.
Zebra Press has shared a few extracts from the book, starting with descriptions of conditions at the hospitals and going on to describe the schools organised for children in the concentration camps.
From the diary of Elin Lindblom, a Scandinavian nurse, Schoeman relates the story of an exceptionally tall Boer who was shot through the head and delirious. “We succeeded in nursing him through, thanks partly to our able doctors, partly to our vigilance. That we could cure Christian (as was his christian name) gave us a reputation among the Boers that ‘when they came to us they would be well again’,” she writes.
Among others, Schoeman also writes about Alice Bron, who came to South Africa with strong pro-Boer feelings, but left disillusioned, and Mary Kingsley, who visited Rudyard Kipling at his home in Wynberg.
‘The weather was now very cold at night, the frost being thick both inside and out of our single bell tents – the patients, being in double marquees, did not feel the cold so much. We were scarce of water, and lived on rations, which an orderly cooked for us on a fire on the veldt, dinner being a movable and uncertain feast on a rainy day. Around our camp, within fifty yards, were several six-inch guns, while we had prepared in a donga a place of safety for helpless patients and a bomb-proof shelter for all the hospital staff in case of attack, which for some time threatened us daily. Hanging in our mess was a copy of orders to be observed when attacked, etc. Several mornings we wakened to hear the boom of guns, which, however, were never near enough to necessitate our using the shelter.’ ~ Georgina Pope, Canada
Named after the strong-flowing Hex River, Sterkstroom lies in a valley, with the Stormberg and Bamboesberg forming an amphitheatre. Nearby is a wide expanse of rolling grassland, with rocky kopjes on all sides, where the wind blows fiercely, and lightning and severe thunderstorms frighten strangers. Nights are bitterly cold, mornings are frosty, and summer days are unbearably hot. It was in this inhospitable place, at the Stationary Hospital, that Nellie Gould and the other sisters prepared to nurse Gatacre’s sick and wounded soldiers. It was the beginning of a period in which Nellie and her team set about transforming decrepit buildings into hospitals, and raising the level of patient care; supplies were often limited, and food and water were in short supply. The team was fully committed to its task, however, and the women tirelessly scrubbed and cleaned sick tents, frequently using their own clothing as covering for the sick. At one point, Nellie was in charge of the entire Orange River district, which stretched far beyond Sterkstroom.
Neil Flanagan and Jarvis Finger, the authors of Just About Everything a Manager Needs to Know in South Africa, have penned a short guide, How to Deal with Dishonest Staff, for the “e-Books for Managers” series.
Flanagan and Finger explain the legal procedures for dismissing an employee who has been dishonest and offer tips on handling the situation:
Once upon a time, if an employee was caught stealing in the workplace, instant dismissal would follow. Staff members caught red handed were found to have breached their duty of good faith to the employer; termination of service was an expected outcome. But these days, industrial legislation can protect even dishonest employees. Employers must, therefore, tread carefully when dealing with such staff members…
On her 567 Cape Talk show, Jenny Crwys-Williams chatted to Julian Rademeyer about his new venture as the Southern African editor for Africa Check. They also discussed how his book, Killing for Profit, has been doing and Crwys-Williams mentioned how topical the book is, as there are still rhino poaching stories in the news every day.
Rademeyer explained that Africa Check is a fact checking website, modeled on international examples, which looks at statements from public figures, as well as news stories, and determines the veracity thereof. He pointed out that they are not a media watch dog, but said that journalists are having to take on more and more work as newsrooms cut back, which may affect their fact checking abilities.
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Andrew Rugasira wrote A Good African Story, “because African businesses are rarely written about…Without the experiences of these businesses being recorded, we lose the intellectual capital that feeds the juices of the next generation of entrepreneurs and spurs them on.”
Reconnect Africa attended the launch of the book at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies earlier this year, where Rugasira explained why he wrote it and said that he is “very optimistic about Africa. We need to challenge the issues of the decision makers head on; equip people with the data to argue and we have just got to keep going.”
The Ugandan founder of Good African Coffee, Andrew Rugasira, has launched a new book that shares his personal experiences as an African entrepreneur
Since its founding in 2003, Good African Coffee has helped thousands of farmers earn a decent living, send their children to school and escape a spiral of debt and dependence.
Bertus Preller, family and divorce law attorney and author of Everyone’s Guide to Divorce and Separation, has written about the number of complaints lodged against the South African Police Force for failing to comply with the Domestic Violence Act.
Preller discusses the findings of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, which discovered “that there were a lack of understanding of the Act and that record keeping was a concern.”
Police stations in South Africa struggle to deal with domestic violence complaints and some of the main reasons are that police officers do not understand the Domestic Violence Act (the “Act”) and the law and are failing to cope with the paperwork according to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate. This article is not intended to criticise the Police force as a whole, but the data collected and alluded to below surely raises eyebrows.