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Launch of After Freedom by Katherine S Newman and Ariane De Lannoy at The Book Lounge

After FreedomThe Book Lounge and Random House Struik invite you to the launch of After Freedom by Katherine S Newman and Ariane De Lannoy.

The authors will be in conversation with Crain Soudien on Wednesday 30 April at 5:30 PM for 6 PM.

Don’t miss it!

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After Freedom: Katherine Newman and Ariane De Lannoy Examine Post-apartheid South Africans

After Freedom by Katherine Newman and Ariane De Lannoy to be published this month:

After FreedomTwenty years after the fall of apartheid and the first free elections, South Africa has come far. Yet frustration is rising as inequalities that once divided the races, now grow within them. Award-winning sociologist Katherine Newman and South African expert Ariane De Lannoy profile seven people – Black, White, “Coloured” and immigrant—to reveal life today. A timely look at how the generation that came of age post-apartheid are grappling with a tenuous democracy in a globalized economy.

About the authors

Katherine Newman (Baltimore, MD) is the James Knapp Dean of the Arts and Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of twelve books on poverty, the working poor, and the consequences of inequality, including The Accordion Family and The Missing Class.

Ariane De Lannoy
(Cape Town, South Africa) is a Senior Researcher at The Children’s Institute and Lecturer in the Sociology Department at the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on youth transitions to adulthood in South Africa and has published on young adults’ educational decision-making, youth belonging and citizenship, and youth violence in a context of poverty.

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Rob Rose: “The Best Advice I Got Was to Report What People Do, Not What They Say”

The Grand ScamIn The Grand Scam Rob Rose investigates the largest-ever con in South African history in which Barry Tannenbaum offered investors stratospheric returns of more than 200 per cent a year by investing in the components used to make AIDS drugs. Rose interviewed friends, family and investors to find out how Tannenbaum managed to blindside so many people.

The Media Reporter recently interviewed Rose, asking him twenty questions in order to get to know him a bit better. He shares what drew him to the media, what he would be doing if he weren’t a journalist and shares the best advice he has ever recieved: “The best advice I got was to report what people do, not what they say. This is the fundamental difference between journalists who report on a press conference as if it represents real news, and those who actually find out what’s happening.”

Rose says, “When I started writing the book, I wanted to tell a narrative story of how and why somebody would stitch together an immense con: what motivates someone, and where are the inflection points where they make life-changing compromises that, clearly in this case, spiralled out of control.”

If you didn’t have a career in media, what would you be doing now?
If I needed the money, probaby a lawyer. If I didn’t particularly, a full-time writer.

What moment do you regard as career defining?
Many. My first front-page news story at Business Day was one; the Tannenbaum story, and also, the Dina Pule exposé with my team, Stephan Hofstatter and Mzilikazi wa Afrika, which got Pule fired after she attacked us. And certainly the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard in 2010.

What have you learnt the hard way?
Not to get too close to certain sources, no matter how intriguing the information they have. Not to sacrifice your independence for access to ‘powerful’ people.

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The Griekwastad Murders: The Crime that Shook South Africa by Jacques Steenkamp In Stores Now

The Griekwastad MurdersDie Griekwastad-MoordeThe Griekwastad Murders: The Crime that Shook South Africa, also available in Afrikaans as Die Griekwastad-Moorde: Die misdaad wat Suid-Afrika geruk het, is now available in stores.

Jacques Steenkamp covered the Griekwastad murder trial after reporting on the story from when it first broke on Good Friday, 6 April 2012. Following the conclusion of the trial Steenkamp has released his book, which is a riveting account of what happened that night and during the subsequent trial.

You can still take advantage of the pre-order offer, which includes 10% off and free delivery of the book, until 30 April.

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Boekgesprek: Max du Preez gaan gesels oor A Rumour of Spring by Protea Boekwinkel Stellenbosch

A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 years of DemocracyProtea Boekwinkel Stellenbosch nooi jou na ‘n gesprek met Max du Preez oor sy jongste boek, A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 years of democracy.

Du Preez sal op Saterdag 26 April om 11:00 in gesprek tree oor hierdie boek waarin hy onder meer kyk na die konsep van demokrasie in Suid-Afrika en die moontlikheid dat die land ‘n mislukte staat is.

Sien jou daar!



Zebra Press Authors at the Franschhoek Literary Festival (16 – 18 May)

The 2014 Franschhoek Literary Festival takes place from 16 to 18 May. Zebra Press authors at the festival to look forward to include Andrew Brown, Richard Calland, Max du Preez, John Hunt, Paul Morris and Darrel Bristow-Bovey.

Back to AngolaSolaceThe Zuma YearsA Rumour of SpringThe Art of the Idea

Friday 16 May

Africa at War
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Council Chamber)
Brent Meersman (Five Lives at Noon) goes into devastating conflicts with Andrew Brown (Devil’s Harvest), Niq Mhlongo (Way Back Home) and Paul Morris (Back to Angola).

Saturday 17 May

Past Tense/Future Imperfect

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Old School Hall)
SA’s favourite sport of verbal sparring over politics has Francis Wilson refereeing exchanges between Richard Calland (The Zuma Years), Lindiwe Mazibuko (the subject of Donwald Pressly’s Owning the Future), and Eusebius McKaiser (Could I Vote DA?).

Wrong Turns?
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Council Chamber)
Alex Boraine (What’s Gone Wrong?) and Max du Preez (A Rumour of Spring) debate from their different points of view whether our country’s glass is half full or half empty.

Writing on the Road
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Screening Room)
Justin Fox, Sihle Khumalo and Paul Morris talk about the travel writing paths they’ve followed, and the skills needed to produce gripping stories.

Iconic Columnists
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Hospice Hall)
We all have favourite columnists. Ben Williams introduces three whose columns have growing readerships of devoted followers: Darrel Bristow-Bovey (In His Own Write), Ndumiso Ngcobo (Sunday Times Lifestyle) and Paige Nick (A Million Miles From Normal).

Can we still trust the cops…?
1 PM – 2 PM (New School Hall)
…asks Antony Altbeker (Fruit of a Poisoned Tree) of three writers with experience of police work: advocate/novelist/ex-police reservist Andrew Brown (Street Blues), Liza Grobler (Crossing the Line: When cops become criminals) and Marianne Thamm (To Catch a Cop).

Politicians Between the Lines
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (New School Hall)
Richard Calland asks Max du Preez and Marianne Thamm, with the familiar and distinctive voice of Tony Leon chipping in, what it takes for a politician to warrant a biography.

Sunday 18 May

ANCiety attack
10 AM – 11 AM (New School Hall)
Is the ANC in, or causing, a state of anxiety? Mark Gevisser asks Saleem Badat (The Forgotten People), Max du Preez, Rhoda Kadalie and Prince Mashele to assess the health of the ruling party post elections.

Literary Lawmen
10 AM – 11 AM (Old School Hall)
Richard Calland conducts a judicial enquiry into the extramural literary activities of fellow lawmen Andrew Brown, Edwin Cameron and Chris Nicholson (No Sacred Cows).

The Subtle Seductions of Advertising
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Church Hall)
John Maytham inveigles veteran admen John Hunt (The Art of the Idea) and Reg Lascaris (Lessons From the Boot of a Car) to talk about the tricks of their trade and some of its new directions.

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Julian Rademeyer’s Killing for Profit Tops Amazon UK’s Best Sellers Chart for Extinction

Killing for ProfitEarlier this month Julian Rademeyer celebrated his book Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade topping Amazon UK’s Best Sellers chart in the extinction category. Killing for Profit is the result of Rademeyer’s two year investigation into the criminal underworld and syndicates running the illegal wildlife trade.

Rademeyer spoke to Jenny Crwys-Williams on Talk Radio 702 about his book topping the best sellers list, saying that he was pleasantly surprised that the book is still attracting interest a year later and that he thinks it’s due to the growing awareness of the criminal links to wildlife crime.

The interview starts at around 30 minutes:

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Jacques Steenkamp Explains How He Knew AWB Claims of Involvement in Griekwastad Murders Were False

The Griekwastad MurdersIn October last year a denounced member of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) claimed to have been involved in the triple murder of the Steenkamp family on their farm in Griekwastad, a crime of which a minor was found guilty late last month. Grub Street’s Gill Moodie recently spoke to Jacques Steenkamp, author of The Griekwastad Murders: The Crime that Shook South Africa, about these allegations and why he, as an investigative journalist on the scene, didn’t believe her claims.

“The claims she made were outrageous. The investigating officer told me she didn’t know where the (Steenkamps’) farm was and didn’t know many of the details of what actually happened. She wasn’t even in the province (Northern Cape) at the time of the murders,” says Steenkamp. He also notes that the real story of Griekwastad is a very sad one: “of a family slain and torn apart and a boy whose life is broken – and how this has divided the town because so many people continue to believe he is innocent even after the guilty verdict.”

Steenkamp, who is now current affairs producer at SABC News/RSG FM and whose book on the Griekwastad case has just been published by Random, told Grubstreet: “I knew about Cornelia de Wet’s claims because I was spending so much time on the story and knew the investigating officer very well… The claims she made were outrageous. The investigating officer told me she didn’t know where the (Steenkamps’) farm was and didn’t know many of the details of what actually happened. She wasn’t even in the province (Northern Cape) at the time of the murders. I think she was in Mpumalanga.”

The AWB exists in very small, sparse pockets, says Steenkamp, but no one takes them seriously anymore. “I don’t think the AWB matter all that much anymore and, even so, they’ve denounced Cornelia de Wet – and said she’s not part of them.”

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Video: Max du Preez Discusses the State of South Africa’s Media at The Gathering

A Rumour of SpringThe Daily Maverick held its annual conference, The Gathering, yesterday in Johannesburg. eNCA has shared a video of Max du Preez’s talk, in which he spoke positively about the state of South Africa’s democracy ahead of the general elections.

Du Preez, author of A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 years of Democracy, discusses the National Development Plan and analyses how well the media is doing at informing the public about political news. He mentions that print media could be doing a better job at adapting to the way in which news is spreading instantly on social media and through broadcast mediums.

Click to watch Du Preez’s talk:

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The Griekwastad Murders: The Crime that Shook South Africa by Jacques Steenkamp Now Available as eBook

The Griekwastad MurdersThe Griekwastad Murders: The Crime that Shook South Africa is Jacques Steenkamp’s riveting report of what happened on that fateful day and what went on beyond the courtroom walls.

Written by one of South Africa’s foremost crime reporters, who spent more than a year investigating and reporting on the case, this book contains eight pages of photographs and interviews with all the roleplayers – including the investigating officers on the case, the forensic and ballistic experts, and family and friends of the deceased.

The Griekwastad Murders: The Crime that Shook South Africa is now available as ebook, while the paperback – along with the Afrikaans edition Die Griekwastad-Moorde: Die misdaad wat Suid-Afrika geruk het – will be published later this month. You can pre-order the paperback on the Random House Struik website for a discounted price of R200.

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