Zelda la Grange, the author of Good Morning, Mr Mandela, which is also available in Afrikaans as Goeiemore, Mnr. Mandela, chatted to Ryan O’Connor on Kfm about the reception of her book and her memories of Madiba.
O’Connor says that this is a “must-buy book”. Her book has been phenomenally well received both in South Africa and overseas.
La Grange says she is somewhat surprised that people find her story so fascinating, because to her it is just her life. This book is a frank account of her personal journey. She says that she did not have tremendous skill and education when she began working as Mandela’s PA, but only dedication to her job and loyalty to Madiba.
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Penguin Random House South Africa announced a restructure to its publishing divisions which will create a truly national publishing unit with centres of excellence in both Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Marlene Fryer, currently Zebra Publisher, is appointed to the new role Penguin Publisher – Nonfiction and will publish titles under both the Penguin and the Zebra imprints and give a renewed focus on growth areas of South African politics and history, memoir, sport and business books.
Fourie Botha, currently Umuzi Publisher, will also take on a new role as Penguin Publisher – Fiction, publishing under both the award winning Penguin and Umuzi imprints.
Pippa Parker will remain the Publisher – Struik Nature and will continue to oversee Struik Travel and occasional art titles for Fernwood. Linda de Villiers, Publisher – Struik Lifestyle, will continue to publish cookery, design, craft, gardening, parenting and health and cookery titles under the Penguin imprint.
Steve Connolly, Managing Director, Penguin Random House South Africa said: “We have a really exciting opportunity to create a formidable publishing hub, by combining the highly respected imprints of Penguin, Zebra and Umuzi into a single nonfiction team and a single fiction team. This new structure will allow our imprints to continue to remain specialist publishers whilst giving Penguin Random House a significant combined presence to provide guidance and support for our authors throughout the country.”
Investigative journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika spoke to Polity about his controversial tell-all memoir, Nothing Left to Steal.
An extract from Wa Afrika’s book, which was published in the Sunday Times recently, detailed how President Jacob Zuma allegedly leaked questions put to him by the National Prosecuting Authority to the newspaper, only to later publicly blame his prosecutor, Bulelani Ngcuka, for the leak.
Wa Afrika says” “This has always been my belief from day one when I became a journalist. Any person, it doesn’t matter who he is, if he comes to me with information as a source, and I find out that person was trying to mislead me, he or she loses the status of being a source. I cannot therefore protect a person who lies to me.”
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This tell-all memoir reveals the details behind Sunday Times journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika’s exposure of the R1.7-billion lease scandal between police commissioner Bheki Cele and property tycoon Roux Shabangu, for which he was infamously arrested in 2010.
Penguin Books are pleased to invite you to the launch of Get That Feeling by Ian Fuhr.
Join Fuhr at Exclusive Books Hyde Park on Thursday, 4 September, at 6 for 6:30 PM, where the businessman of 30 years will share his tricks of the trade to entrepreneurial success.
Get That Feeling tells the story of how Fuhr started Sorbet, the successful chain of beauty salons.
Come and listen to the story of how Sorbet got started!
Penguin Books and Leriba Hotel and Spa invite you to the launch of Black Widow White Widow by De Wet Potgieter.
The launch will take place on 3 September at Hemingway’s Restaurant at Leriba Hotel and Spa from 5:30 for 6:00 PM.
Black Widow White Widow asks, “Is Al Qaeda operating in South Africa?”
Don’t miss this exciting event!
- Date: Wednesday, 3 September 2014
- Time: 5:30 for 6:00 PM
- Venue: Leriba Hotel and Spa
245 End Street
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- RSVP: 011 327 3550, email@example.com
Controversial in its approach, monumental in its scope, Western Empires: Christianity, and the Inequalities Between the West and the Rest 1500 – 2010 is the crowning achievement of a distinguished academic career by one of South Africa’s most respected senior economists.
Sampie Terreblanche takes a critical look at how social and economic inequality became entrenched in the current world order dominated by Western powers since the 1500s. The book details how five centuries of Western empire-building shaped society into the deeply unequal and gratuitously unjust place that it is today. It also teaches readers that every empire is unsustainable and the remaining industrial countries in the West are weaker than most people think. Because unrestrained capitalism lies at the root of their weakness, these empires will not last.
Terreblanche shows how growing income inequality, environmental damage and increasingly higher financial market risks have impaired the ability to establish a society built on a long-term and sustainable developmental model. In order to remedy the brokenness of the current system, one has to understand the economic, social and political drivers that brought them here.
About the author
Sampie Terreblance is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Stellenbosch University where he has taught and written for several decades. Evolving from membership of the Afrikaner Broederbond he became increasingly critical of the apartheid state and, in democratic South Africa, of the blind servitude to laissez-faire capitalism and its contribution to the growing rift between rich and poor. The author of numerous books and more articles, Professor Terreblanche is one of the most respected senior economists in the country, though not the most popular with all. This book, on which he worked for 10 years, is in many ways the pinnacle of his life work.
Penguin stel graag Van sprokie tot tragedie in die kollig deur Ilse Salzwedel bekend:
Die tragedie wat op Valentynsdag 2013 Reeva Steenkamp se lewe kortgeknip en Oscar Pistorius se status as internasionale sportheld aan skerwe laat spat het, en die ongekende mediadekking van die sensasionele moordverhoor daarna, het verreikende gevolge op vele terreine gehad.
Soos nog nooit tevore nie het die kollig geval op fasette wat ons lewens op talle terreine raak: die manier waarop regspleging in Suid-Afrika geskied; hoe sosiale en nuusmedia opinies genereer, beïnvloed en rapporteer; die publiek se obsessie met heldestatus; en die intriges wat van minnaars moordenaars maak.
Vir hierdie boek het Ilse Salzwedel deur ’n vloedgolf menings gesif om sin te maak van die Oscar-saak. ’n Fassinerende prentjie ontvou waarin sleutelaspekte ontleed word, soos die belang van forensiese besonderhede, die kundigheid van polisie- en regsbeamptes, die rol van die staat en die verdediging in die hof, die effek van mediadekking op die publiek se persepsies, en nog meer.
In die toeganklike, nugtere en nie-sensasionele styl waarvoor dié gerespekteerde joernalis bekend is, vra die skrywer: watter lesse hou ’n tragedie soos hierdie in vir vandag se samelewing?
Oor die outeur
Ilse Salzwedel is ’n bekende vryskutjoernalis van Johannesburg, met jare se ervaring van die Suid-Afrikaanse media. Sy is aanbieder van Skrywers en Boeke wat weekliks op RSG uitgesaai word. Sedert 2011 het sy vier boeke gepubliseer: Seerowers, kameelkoppe en chillies vir tee; Bloedsusters; Die onvertelde stories van Afrikaans en Selna Visser: my hel in Dubai.
Salzwedel het al verskeie toekennings vir haar skryfwerk ontvang.
Zelda la Grange joined Katlego Maboe in the Expresso studio to share anecdotes from her time as Nelson Mandela’s assistant, which she reflected on in her best-selling book Good Morning, Mr Mandela.
“I want people to think differently in South Africa, to not just accept everything for face value, because that’s what apartheid was. And I hope to share those stories with people and bring about some different thinking,” says La Grange. She also shares the most important life lesson Madiba taught her, one she will always remember: “The way you approach a person will determine how that person treats you. So if you approach a person with respect, you will get the respect in return.”
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New from Penguin Books South Africa, Cooked in the Karoo by Justin Bonello with Helena Lombard:
In this latest culinary adventure, Justin Bonello and his crew go on a two-year journey into South Africa’s backyard to rediscover the pulse of the Karoo.
Kicking up dust across the semi-desert, Bonello is dependent on the legendary hospitality of the people who live there. His mission is simple: to walk in their shoes, to cook with them and to tell the stories of the thirsty land. Catch a glimpse of things you won’t expect in this arid landscape – from the wide-open spaces and endless starry nights to the extraordinary and rare characters that are the heart and soul of this thirsty land. Experience their incredible hospitality, witness their daily struggle to survive and taste the delicious dishes rooted in the kitchens of yesteryear.
Cooked in the Karoo will make you want to pack up your car and travel into this painted landscape – a space where you will rediscover the importance of sometimes just sitting in silence and reconnecting with the essential things in life: good food and creating dust-covered memories with great friends.
About the authors
From hiding out in libraries as a child, to travelling all over the country trying what culinary secrets South Africa has to share, Helena Lombard has turned her passions into her profession: writing, travelling, cooking and researching anything and everything food and travel related. Since she joined Cooked in Africa Films as the writer in 2011, she has travelled with and has worked by Justin Bonello’s side. Although she often struggles to get him out of her head, she feels there’s nothing a good glass of wine can’t fix. So far she has co-written three titles under the Justin Bonello brand and has no plans to run away, yet.
Justin Bonello is a South African filmmaker, chef and television personality best known for starring in his own cooking and travel show, Cooked, since 2006. He’s the guy messing about with the braai, burning his fingers on one hand with a beer in the other; or in the kitchen fearlessly experimenting with flavours and ingredients, playing with his food.
Bonello’s other books include Cooked in Africa, Cooked – Out of the Frying Pan, Cooked – Weekends Away, Justin Bonello Cooks … for Friends, The Ultimate Braai Master and Roads Less Travelled.
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Exclusive Books Centurion invites you to join them on Saturday, 6 September 2014 at 12 PM as they welcome Zelda la Grange to their store.
Good Morning, Mr Mandela, her first book, is the extraordinary story of how a young woman had her life and everything she once believed in transformed by the greatest man of her time, Nelson Mandela. La Grange grew up in South Africa as a white Afrikaner who supported the rules of segregation. Yet a few years after the end of apartheid she would become the trusted assistant to Nelson Mandela. Now she shares his lasting and inspiring gifts with the world.
La Grange will be in store to sign copies of her book.
Don’t miss this!