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Kyk na Koos Kombuis se gesprek met Bibi Slippers en lees die voorwoord uit Ver in die wêreld, sushi

Ver in die wêreld, sushiKoos Kombuis se jongste boek – Ver in die wêreld, sushi – is ’n keur uit sy rubrieke wat tussen 2005 en 2015 verskyn het in publikasies soos Rapport, De Kat, Taalgenoot en op LitNet en Netwerk24.

Met humor en ‘n kenmerkende satiriese blik skryf Kombuis oor ‘n wye verskeidenheid onderwerpe, van Orania en die poskantoor tot Afrikaanse musikante en sushi. Hy trek ook sy bedanking uit die Afrikanerdom terug – of wonder ten minste of hy nie ‘n fout gemaak het toe hy die drastiese aankondiging gemaak het dat hy niks met “sy mense” te doen wil hê nie.

Ver in die wêreld, sushi is op Vrouedag in Philadelphia bekendgestel in gesprek met Bibi Slippers. Hulle het gesels oor die dinge wat hom Koos máák en nie maak nie (sy regte naam is André le Roux du Toit), die hordes tema’s waaroor hy skryf en die dinge wat hom kwel of soms net so ‘n bietjie pla. Hy gesels ook oor die kleiner dinge wat die lewe interessant en lekker maak, en deel raad vir wat mense kan doen wanneer stront plaasvind (sy vertaling van die bekende gesegde “shit happens”).

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In die voorwoord van Ver in die wêreld, sushi‘n artikel wat oorspronlik op LitNet verskyn het – skryf Kombuis oor die Nederlandse sanger Stef Bos, ‘n groot vriend van hom. Bos het hierdie stuk, getiteld “Kyk noord, gaan voort!”, op sy webblad gedeel.

Lees die uittreksel uit Ver in die wêreld, sushi:

Op hierdie Donderdagoggend in Februarie sit ek en luister na die nuwe CD wat ek pas van Stef Bos ontvang het.

Ons leef in vreemde tye. Tye van vreemdelingehaat, beurtkrag, parlementêre chaos, bedreigings teenoor die vrye pers, rassisme van alle kleure en geure, plaasmoorde, werkloosheid, toenemende polarisasie en algemene wanhoop.
In hierdie tye bring Stef Bos sy eerste volledig Afrikaanse album uit, en hy noem dit “Kaalvoet”.
Op die omslag pryk Stef ordentlik kaalvoet, met sy tone wat behoorlik vir mens loer.
Hy lyk gelukkig.
Op die album klink hy meesal gelukkig.
Hy is duidelik in ‘n goeie plek in sy lewe. Meer ontspanne as ooit tevore, soos iemand wat weet waar hy hoort en wie hy is.
Waar is hy?
Hy is in Afrika. Hy woon in Kaapstad.
Hy is ook dol daaroor om te toer deur die lengte en breedte van ons land.
Van sy gunsteling-bestemmings, bestemmings wat al liedjies by hom geïnspireer het, is dorpies soos Naboomspruit, Drie Susters, Nelspruit, provinsies soos Mpumalanga, bergpasse soos Die Hel, en vele meer.
En wie is hy?
Hy is ‘n splinternuwe Afrikaner.
Uit die boks uit.
Die nuutste een wat ek ken. Pas gebore.
In ‘n tyd wanneer Afrikaners oral gehaat word, in ‘n tyd dat Afrikaners dikwels self bedruk voel en negatief ingestel word teenoor hul eie kultuur, het Stef ons volk as sy eie omhels, en verlief geraak, nie net op ons taal nie, maar sommer letterlik op ‘n fisieke Afrikaanse nooi, met wie hy nou getroud is en twee kinders verwek het, kinders wat hy met alle mag oor ‘n paar jaar na ‘n Afrikaanse skool wil stuur.
“Ek is ‘n wit ou van die noorde,
Ek het gereis na hierdie land”
Sing Stef op “Kaalvoet”.
Hy sing ook
“Jou volk is my volk
Jou God is my God”
Dit beteken nie dat Stef ‘n ver-regse heethoof is wat Die Stem sing en rassisitiese grappe vertel om die braaivleisvuur nie. Hy omhels nie die cliché’s van Afrikanerskap nie. Inteendeel, sy album is stampvol etniese invloede en inheemse Afrika-klanke.
Sy liefde vir Afrikaans is ‘n liefde vir die taal binne die konteks van ‘n multikuturele opset.
Hy hou nie net van ons nie, hy hou ook van die plek waar ons woon, die mense tussen wie ons ons bevind.
Dit is nie my tyd en plek om hier ‘n resensie van Stef Bos se album te doen nie. Daarvoor is ek natuurlik nie objektief genoeg nie. Ek is veels te naby aan hom. Hy is een van my beste en oudste vriende. Hy is die peetpa van een van my kinders. Ek het ook die afgelope twee jaar byna voltyds saam met hom getoer en sy werk opnuut intiem leer ken.
Maar ek wil graag ietsie vertel van die dinge wat ek by hom geleer het, die idee’s wat oior die jare aan my afgegee het terwyl ek tyd met hom gespandeer het.
Om met hom te toer was louter plesier. Sy brandende optimisme, sy humorsin, en sy sin van persoonlike vryheid was vir my ‘n inspirasie.
Om eerlik te wees – en ek besef dit nou eers, hier waar ek nou sit met my koppie koffie en die klanke van Stef se musiek wat uit my computer spoel – my persoonlike en professionele verhouding met Stef Bos was tien teen een een van die groot redes waarom ek in die loop van die afgelope paar jaar besef het dat ek, ten spyte van ‘n uitspraak wat ek eenmaal in die verlede gemaak het, ek, na alles, tog ‘n Afrikaner is.
Hoekom het ek daardie dag, jare gelede, uit die Afrikanerdom bedank?
Okei, ek was moeg van die stereotype beeld wat ander en onsself van ons gehad het.
Ek was ook sielsmoeg van dit wat ek gesien het as eng denke, paranoia, en rassisme.
(Ek was ook ‘n bietjie gatvol vir die meeste Afrikaanse musiek, so tussen ons.)
Deur al die negatiewes – negatiewes wat weliswaar vandag nog bestaan – het ek versuim om die goeie raak te sien, die dinge van my volk wat puik en voortreflik en oulik en wonderlik is.
Ek het vergeet wat ‘n lekker klomp mense ons eintlik is.
Dit het ‘n buitelander gevat om my die positiewe dinge van my land en nasie raak te sien.
“Jy kla oor dit en jy kla oor dat…
Kry jou gat in rat!”
sing Stef op “Kaalvoet”.
Eenvoudige raad, maar ons kan dit gerus ter harte neem.
Ek het dit ter harte geneem.
Natuurlik is dit nie altyd maklik nie. ‘n Postiewe uitkyk is moeilik. Dit verg soms baie moed. En om te ontken dat ons in uiters gevaarlike en beklemmende tye leef, sou gekheid wees.
As ons ‘n positiewe houding wil aankweek soos Stef ons aanraai, sal ons dit moet doen in volle bewussyn van die probleme waarmee ons worstel. ‘n Mens kan nie ‘n vrolike deuntjie neurie of fluit terwyl jou kop in die sand begrawe is nie.
Ons moet die lelike dinge en die onaanvaarbare gebeure en die aakligheid reguit in die oë kyk – soos Maimane met Zuma gedoen het daardie onvergeetlike dag in die Parlement, skaars twee dae gelede hier waar ek nou sit – en jy moet steeds kan sê, met selfvertroue, regop en fier: “Ek is ‘n Afrikaner, en ek glo in ‘n toekoms van my land, Suid-Afrika, en in die toekoms van al my mede-Suid-Afrikaners.”
Natuurlik sal dinge beter raak. Dalk nie dadelik nie. Dalk gaan dinge slegter raak voordat dit beter raak. Dalk gaan dit BAIE slegter raak voor dit beter raak. Ek weet nie.
Eintlik het ek hierdie stuk begin skryf vanoggend om as Voorwoord te dien vir ‘n rubriekbundel van my eie Afrikaanse rubrieke wat later vanjaar by Penguin verskyn. Ek besef nou eers dat dit dalk op die ou end meer is as net dit.
Tye verander, en tye verander soms vinnig, teen ‘n verstommende tempo, soos ‘n handomkeer.
Eik het dit besef toe ek deur die argiewe van ons Afrikaanse koerante “surf” en besef dat heelparty van my ou rubrieke, rubrieke wat so onlangs as 2005 tot 2008 verskyn het, heeltemal uit die kuberruim verdwyn het. Ek het hulle geluklig nog op my hardeskyf, maar dis onmoontlik om die presiese publikasiedatum te bepaal. Dit het eenvoudig in die niet verdwyn.
As die slegte ouens ook maar so in die niet kan verdwyn soos daardie ou rubrieke van Koos Kombuis…
Alle grappies op ‘n stokkie. Ek weet nie of President Jacob Zuma nog aan bewind gaan wees wanneer my bundel oor ‘n paar maande verskyn nie. Dalk is hy. Dalk is hy nie.
Dalk het ons iemand beter.
Dalk het ons iemand erger.
Mens kan jou so-iets kwalik indink, maar ja, dis moontlik.
Dis moontlik, in ‘n ”worst case scenario”, dat beurtkrag plek maak vir ‘n volslae duisternis. Dis moontlik dat ons wankelende strukture heeltemal in duie stort. Dis moontlik dat die tientalle slaggate wat ons nasionale paaie versier vergroot en verdiep tot reusagtige donga’s wat alles insluk en vernietig, soos die universele kloof van die volksdigter se ou apartheid-beiteltjie.
Ons is, selfs nou, ‘n hanetree af van die skrikwekkende fenomeen van xenofobie, op subtieke wyse aangehits deur die ANC (ten spyte van die feit dat hulle voorgee om die aanvalle op Somaliërs, Malawiërs te veroordeel) sal groei tot ‘n Nuwe Apartheid, tot ‘n felle haat van die regerende elite teen alle minderheidsgroepe.
Wat was sy uitspraak oor Jan van Riebeeck anders as die aanloop tot, bes moontlik, die subtiele aanhitsing van ‘n toekomstige heksejag op alle blankes? Miskien nie overt nie, miskien nie deur wetgewing of ‘n direkte oorlogsverklaring nie, maar deur op genuanseerde wyse die etiket “vreemdelinge” om witmense se nekke te hang, is hy besig om hierdie groep Suid-Afrikaners as’t ware voëlvry te verklaar.
Dit kan dit op die ou end selfs lei tot aanhitsing om meer boere te vermoor, meer grond weg te vat sonder onderhandeling of vergoeding, nog publikasies wat individualisme en die vrye mark voorstaan (deur soveel ANC-lede as “Westerse waardes” afgemaak) te ondermyn of selfs te sluit.
Dit kan lei tot ‘n allerverskriklike reeks gebeure, ‘n nasionale ramp soos nooit tevore nie.
Die aanhits van xenofobie is vir hierdie regime natuurlik ‘n dringende noodlyn, ‘n logiese taktieke skuif. Dis al wat hulle nog kan red van ‘n verenigde opstand deur alle Suid-Afrikaners teen ‘n regime wat deurtrek is van korrupsie en hebsug, ‘n regime wat, tot ‘n groot mate, homself reeds gevestig het as die grootste misdaad-sindikaat wat Suid-Afrika nog ooit gesien het.
As hierdie regime – en ek noem hulle doelbewus ‘n regime en nie ‘n regering nie, want hulle voldoen nie meer aan die definisie van regering nie – daarin slaag om Suid-Afrika te verdeel sodat hulle meer effektief oor ons kan heers, sal die sotterny wat deur verlede jaar se Malema’s en Hofmeyrs begin is, eindelik tot ‘n tweede Serbië lei. Ons wil dit nie glo nie, en ons hpoop nie dit gebeur nie, maar dis moontlik.
Bereik ons ‘n sekere “tipping point”, kan so ‘n ondenkbare situasie feitlik oornag ontwikkel. En dan sal die spreekwoordelike “nag van die lang messe”, deur soveel paranoïese volskvaders in die vooruitsig gestel, ‘n selfvervullende profesie word.
Ergste van alles, dit sal ons eie skuld wees. Nie ten volle nie – ons is nie verantwoordelik vir die waansin van die Zuma-kaders nie – maar ons sal skuldig wees aan sonde van versuim, die sonde van te veel blaam en te min aksie toe dit nog kon tel, toe dit nog kon help om mense saam te snoer en bewus te maak van hul gemeenskaplike identiteit as Suid-Afrikaners, hul bolwerk teen die banale, hul skild teen die skande en die skrik van die dreigende diktatorskap.
Hierdie is moeilike tye. Hierdie is kritieke tye. Hierdie is ook tye van hoop.
Daarom luister ek vanoggend na Stef Bos. Ek luister na hom, want soos Paulus vanouds wil ek my lendene omgord met sy kommen-sens-waarhede, wil ek myself klee in die volle wapenrusting van humor en liefde en versoening en self-respek en wedersydse aanvaarding en moed en optimisme, ja optimisme en geloof teen alles wat venynig, flagrant boos, vieslik en plein simpel is.

Ek luister vanoggend na Stef Bos. Ek luister na hom, en ek hoor hom sing:

“Want hierdie land is nie die hemel
En al kak jy soms af
Sal ons kuier tot die einde
Sal ons sing tot in die graf
Moenie huil nie, moenie treur nie
Daar’s nuwe dag vir elkeen wat jy verloor
Moenie huil nie, moenie treur nie
Kyk noord, gaan voort…

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Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance Longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award

Elon MuskThe Financial Times has announced their longlist for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2015, with Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping Our Future by Ashlee Vance ranking among the 15 most influential titles in business today.

In the article, Andrew Hill writes that the longlist is dominated by books on the “promise and perils of technology”. Elon Musk tells the story of the South African-born renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Will it be the second technology book ever to win the coveted prize?

The shortlist of six books will be announced on 22 September and the winner will be awarded on 17 November, Hill writes.

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The 15 titles include Ashlee Vance’s Elon Musk, a biography of the charismatic entrepreneur behind the Tesla electric car, Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper, on the development of the virtual currency bitcoin, and The Rise of the Robots, by Martin Ford, about jobs and automation.

Only one technology book has won the prize before — The Everything Store, about Amazon, in 2013.

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Author Marguerite Poland Recognised as One of KwaZulu-Natal’s Living Legends

The KeeperDie bewakerMarguerite Poland recently received the Land of Legends Association’s Ingwazi Award for her remarkable contribution to the upliftment of her home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Each year the Land of Legends Association recognises those individuals who have held the province’s name up high in their careers and achievements.

The Sunday Times reports that 120 people gathered in the stylish Pearl Room of the Oyster Box to celebrate Poland and fellow recipient of the award, Tourism KZN CEO Ndabo Khosa.

The award is another feather in Poland’s cap, who recently won the 2015 Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award for her novel, The Keeper, which tells the story of two generations of lighthouse keepers and the wives who accompany them into a life of frightening isolation.

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Jon Bates of Fordoun Hotel and Spa, who sprang onto the podium with the words “Old men can jump”, presented Poland with her award, saying that “no one paints a better picture in words than Marguerite”.

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Alles wat jy wil weet oor die man met die groot pet in Jack Parow – Die ou met die snor by die bar

Jack Parow - Die ou met die snor by die barTheunis Engelbrecht se biografie van een van Suid-Afrika se coolste karakters – Jack Parow – Die ou met die snor by die bar – is nou beskikbaar op Penguin se rakke:

In Die ou met die snor by die bar vertel die superster-rapper Jack Parow van sy lewe en al sy wilde, mal avonture.

Die storie begin agter die Boereworsgordyn en maak draaie in plekke soos Onrusrivier, The Lollipop Lounge in Randburg, Mitchells Plain, België, Nederland, Londen, Los Angeles, Hollywood en Moskou.

Daar is sappige staaltjies oor wilde partytjies, warm bokkies, dodgy plekke, trance-paarties en avonture in jacuzzi’s, en hy lig ook die sluier oor sy ervarings met onder andere rofstoeiers, skoonheidskoninginne, polisiemanne, hipsters in nagklubs, ’n sanger wat hom wou bliksem, ooms wat hom van verhoë gegooi wil hê en ’n stewige tannie wat met ’n krieketkolf op hom afstorm.

Parow beantwoord ook taai vrae wat al deur mense aan hom gevra is, soos: Is dit waar wat hulle sê van ’n man met ’n lang pet? En: Hoe kry jy dit reg om jou snor so te hou dat girls dit onweerstaanbaar vind? Hy vertel die stories agter sy gewildste songs en draai nie doekies om oor wat hy van ’n klomp goed dink nie, soos die ‘ou’ Afrikaans en die ‘nuwe’ Afrikaans, die lewe in Suid-Afrika en wat dit regtig beteken om ’n rapper te wees. Die boek bevat ook die lirieke van baie van sy treffers en talle foto’s wat nog nooit voorheen gesien is nie.

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Presenting Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez by Craig Bartholomew Strydom and Stephen Segerman

Sugar ManNew from Penguin Random House South Africa, Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez by Craig Bartholomew Strydom and Stephen Segerman:

The amazing story of the American musician who was famous in South Africa and Australia, but unknown anywhere else … until the Oscar-winning documentary.

Like many South Africans in the 1970s and ’80s, Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom were obsessed with the music of Rodriguez, but the man himself was a mystery. Only his name was known, and the fact that he had killed himself on stage. After years of searching in a pre-internet age, the two men found the singer living in seclusion in Detroit. Remarkably, the blue-collar worker had no idea that he had been famous for over 25 years in this remote pariah of the world.

In 2006, Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul set out to find “the best story on earth” and stumbled on this remarkable tale in The Guardian newspaper. He tracked down Segerman and Strydom, and so began his four-year-long quest to make the Oscar-winning documentary, Searching for Sugar Man.

Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez outlines three separate journeys and the obstacles and triumphs that each presented: Rodriguez’s struggle to make a life from music; the odyssey of two fans to find out what had happened to their hero; and Bendjelloul’s pursuit to bring the story to celluloid.

The book is packed with information not included in the film, about Rodriguez’s background, relationships and political activities, his tours to Australia, and the recognition that has finally come to him after the film’s success.

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About the authors

Craig Bartholomew Strydom is a freelance writer working in advertising. His work has been featured in the London International Awards, the New York Festivals and the One Show. His writing has appeared in Rolling Stone and Creative Nonfiction, and he was a Susan Atefat Creative Nonfiction Prize finalist in 2011.

Stephen “Sugar” Segerman is a music writer and co-owner of the iconic record store, Mabu Vinyl. He is also a former quiz kid. Both Strydom and Segerman live in Cape Town.

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Howzat! Best of the Big Hitters: South Africa’s Greatest Batsmen by Ali Bacher and David Williams

South Africa's Greatest BatsmenPenguin Books is pleased to present South Africa’s Greatest Batsmen by Ali Bacher and David Williams:

South Africa has produced some of the best batsmen in the world, with AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla dominating the recent ICC rankings. Previous teams and generations have included their own legends. But who are the greatest of them all?

Following the success of their book Jacques Kallis and 12 Other Great South African All-Rounders, Bacher and Williams now turn their attention to South Africa’s top batsmen. The book features early legends such as Herby Taylor and Dudley Nourse; the world-beating Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards, whose careers were cut short by isolation; the unshakable Gary Kirsten and Jacques Kallis, who built the foundation of the Proteas’ post-isolation success; the big-scoring captain Graeme Smith and his South African-born England counterpart Kevin Pietersen; and the swashbuckling Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, who dominate the current game. It also considers two players who, but for apartheid, might have been their equals in the Test-match arena.

South Africa’s Greatest Batsmen provides fascinating insights about each man’s background and career, his batting technique, and his main achievements at the crease. Based on new interviews, the book will take the reader down memory lane as former and current players reminisce about their most important innings, the bowlers they most feared and the teammates they most respected. Written by cricket legend Bacher and top journalist Williams, this is a book that no cricket fan can be without.

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No Release Imminent for Oscar Pistorius – Parole Review Set for Mid-September

Chase Your ShadowOscar Pistorius will be spending another three weeks in jail – at least – after his parole review was set for 18 September yesterday.

The Pistorius family confirmed the ruling in a statement, as reported by The Guardian:

“We do understand that the parole board will be sitting on the 18th of September. That date has been set.”

eNCA journalist Karyn Maughan reported live from the Union Buildings:

Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide last year for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013. He was scheduled to be moved to house arrest last Friday.

But at the eleventh hour Justice Minister Michael Masutha referred the matter back to the parole review board, saying that the decision to release the former paralympian to house arrest had been taken too soon.

The review panel comprises three judges, and the decision on whether to release Pistorius could take months.

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A Voice for Wounded Memory: Presenting Notes From Lost Property Department, the New Novel by Bridget Pitt

Notes From Lost Property DepartmentPenguin Random House South Africa is proud to present Notes From Lost Property Department, a new novel by Bridget Pitt:

Iris Langley is forced to take charge when her mother, Grace, has a stroke. This is no easy task: Iris suffers from the lingering effects of a near-fatal fall as a child. The accident turned her mind into a place where a dragon lives: one that roars in her ears and fills her head with smoke.

As her mother retreats into dementia, Iris realises that Grace is hiding something – a secret about that fateful day in the mountains that could threaten everything she believes about herself and her family. But with her own memory fragmented, and Grace’s mind in tatters, how can she find the truth?

Set against the sombre beauty of the Drakensberg mountains, Pitt’s powerful new novel takes us into the labyrinthine world of brain injury, and reveals how the strands of guilt, secrecy and devotion that bind mother to daughter may devastate or redeem them.

“The struggle to forget, or not; courage in small things – Bridget Pitt’s new novel has found a voice for wounded memory. It’s a searching voice, evoking from jumbled discards something that perhaps we’ve all lost … but which might still be found.” – Jeremy Cronin

About the author

Bridget Pitt is a Zimbabwe-born South African writer. Her first published writing was for the anti-apartheid Grassroots newspaper in Cape Town. She later wrote educational material for NGOs, school text books, poetry and fiction. She has published poetry, children’s fiction short stories, and two novels: Unbroken Wing and The Unseen Leopard, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2011, and for the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa in 2012. A story which was shortlisted for the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize has been included in an anthology of Commonwealth Prize submissions, and she was a runner up in the 2015 Short Sharp Story competition.

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Don’t Miss PJ Powers Performance at the Open Book Festival (Comes with 2 Free Festival Tickets)

Here I AmPJ Powers, talented singer and author of Here I Am, will be performing at the Open Book Festival 2015.

The show will be on Thursday, 10 September at 8:30 PM at the Fugard Theatre. It will feature some of Powers’ best-known hits as well as a few songs from her brand new album Destiny.

Tickets cost R100, and Open Book has a special offer to go with it: for every ticket to Powers’ performance you buy, you will get two free tickets to any other Open Book event (excluding Skop, skiet en bier; Dibookeng Presents Speed Booking and the Author Charity Supper).

To claim your tickets, just send an email to openbooktickets@gmail.com and say which event or events you would like your free tickets for.

Don’t miss this!

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 10 September 2015
  • Time: 8:30 PM
  • Venue: Fugard Theatre
    Corner Caledon & Lower Buitenkant Street
    District Six | Map
  • Cover charge: R100
  • Bookings: Open Book

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11 Lessons on Life and Success to Be Learned from Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

Elon MuskBloggers Brian Robben and Randy Mayeux recently shared the life lessons they learned after reading Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping Our Future by Ashlee Vance.

Robben discovered five tips that can help anyone in their chosen careers, which he shared on the Take Your Success website.

These lessons include working incredibly hard, surrounding yourself with the right people and staying true to your vision regardless of what the critics may say.

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1. Always continue learning

As a kid, Elon read every book he could find at his home, the library, and local bookstores. Because he enjoyed learning to that high of a degree, Elon moved on to reading encyclopedias after he ran out of new books in his school’s library.

Now as CEO of a rocket company and an electric car company (both not his formal background), he drills his top engineers with questions until he understands the core concepts and technologies of projects.

Mayeux writes about the six snippets of wisdom he took away from Elon Musk, for example being brave enough to take big risks and cultivating a tenacious work ethic.

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#1 – Who you were definitely shapes who you are – a difficult (horrendous) childhood, and a lone reader, became the stick-to-it learner/dreamer.
#2 – The over-riding purpose has to be great to accomplish things as great as SpaceX and Tesla.
#3 – Making it genuinely big, in a way that holds great promise to make a big difference, may require great – really great – risk. At least it did for Elon Musk.

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