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“Write Like Hell, Get Rejected, Don’t Give Up, Write Some More” – Gareth Crocker

The Last Road TripGareth Crocker recently chatted to Nadine Maritz about his latest novel, his new television show about an African superhero named Jongo and his upcoming autobiography that will be released later this year.

Crocker describes The Last Road Trip as “an adventure with great heart” and warns that the reader might need to keep some tissues nearby.

The author shares advice on how to make it in the writing world and how to handle criticism. “Write like hell, get rejected, don’t give up, write some more.”

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Your novel – The Last road Trip has just been released by Penguin. How is this novel different from the others?

Well, for one thing it doesn’t involve an animal as a really central character. It’s a story of four elderly people who, at the end of their lives, decide to go on one last epic road trip together. It has a similar feel to my other books, but I think it will appeal to a wider readership. Animal books polarise readers to a large extent. I’m not going to lie … I really love The Last Road Trip and hope that readers will too. I miss the characters and the journey we embarked on together

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Oscar Pistorius’ Prosecutor Gerrie Nel Evacuates Home After Bomb Scare

Chase Your ShadowThe Citizen reported on Friday that Oscar Pistorius’ prosecutor Gerrie Nel evacuated his house in Pretoria on Wednesday, 15 April, after receiving a bomb threat.

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said on Wednesday that the house had been cleared: “Police checked both the high court and Gerrie Nel’s home, and nothing was found.”

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison last year after being found guilty of culpable homicide. The athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013 and John Carlin captured the case in his book, Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius.

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National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Velekhaya Mgobhozi confirmed the scare, but could not provide further details, Rekord East reported.

“I can confirm that there was a bomb scare at his home. Police are currently looking into the matter,” he said.

On Wednesday morning, the North Gauteng High Court also received threats of a bomb placed inside the court. Staff and the public were evacuated. Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said nothing was found.

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Daniel Hugo en Melt Myburgh gesels oor die kultuurskat saamgestel deur Danie Smuts – Boererate

BoererateBoererate is ‘n absolute kultuurskat – propvol kure vir allerlei kwinte en kwale saamgestel deur Danie Smuts, geliefde radio-omproeper van die destydse Springbok Radio.

Tydens die jaarlikse US Woordfees het Boererate-redakteur Daniel Hugo met Martie Retief-Meiring gesels oor hierdie boek en verduidelik waarom dit weer uitgegee móés word.

Hugo vertel ook meer oor die hebbelikhede wat hy in die boek aangetref het en die redigering van die teks. Die boek bevat nie net raat vir alles van kakkerlakke en kanker tot lam kake en kaalkoppe nie, maar ook ‘n vrywaring wat meld dat die inligting nie as mediese advies bedoel word nie.

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Naomi Meyer het met Penguin se opdraggewende uitgewer Melt Myburgh gesels oor Boererate en hy het van sy gunstelinge uitgelig en vertel wat presies ‘n boereraat is. Hy deel ook meer oor die rede vir dié heruitgawe:

Hallo Melt, wat beskou jy as ‘n boereraat en hoekom het Penguin besluit om die boek Boererate (weer) uit te gee?

Hallo Naomi. Die HAT se omskrywing van ’n boereraat is presies wat ek verstaan onder dié term: tuismedisyne wat in die ou dae, toe dokters so skaars soos hoendertande was, gebruik is om kwale te genees. Die ou boere het gebruik gemaak van dinge in en om die werf om hul medisyne te brou. In sy voorwoord tot Danie Smuts se Boererate, wys “Prof dr Nol van Blerk” op die ontstaansmoontlikhede van dié rate – hoorsê, waarneming, ondervinding, mite, geloof en – glo dit of nie! – die magiese.

Die pad wat Penguin geloop het om die boek, wat in 1989 deur Saayman & Weber, uitgegee is, weer uit te gee, is interessant. Een van ons verkoopspersoneel, Marlene Falconer, het met ‘n eksemplaar opgedaag en voorgestel dat ons die boek moet heruitgee, aangesien daar eindelose navrae daaroor is, veral op die internet.

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Rich Dad, Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki’s “Most Important” Interview with Philip Haslam and Russell Lamberti (Podcast)

When Money Destroys NationsPhilip Haslam and Russell Lamberti, authors of When Money Destroys Nations, were featured on Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Radio Show to speak about their book and the currency collapse in Zimbabwe in 2008.

In the podcast, Kiyosaki speaks about different types of economic crashes. He says that of all the crashes a currency collapse – “when cash goes to trash” – is the most severe. For this reason, Kiyosaki says this might be the most important radio conversation he has ever had.

Kiyosaki is an American investor, businessman, motivational speaker, and author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

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“Was Karl Marx ’n Afrikaan?” – Koos Kombuis besin oor die ANC se voorkeur vir ultra-linkses

I-Tjieng“Dis vir my baie interessant, en dis die een ding wat ek self afgelei het uit my eie waarnemings, dat, wanneer teenstanders van kapitalisme onder mekaar baklei, dit amper altyd oor geld gaan!”

Só het Koos Kombuis onlangs in ‘n rubriek vir Netwerk24 geskryf oor die chaos wat deesdae in Suid-Afrikaanse vakbonde heers en die hunkering na sosialisme as ‘n teenpool vir kapitalisme. “Waarom nie iets nuuts uitdink nie? Waarom teruggryp na ’n stelsel wat al male sonder tal misluk het?”

Die I-Tjieng: ’n GPS vir verdwaalde siele-outeur skryf oor die ANC se voorkeur vir ultra-linkses en besin oor sy eie bydrae tot die Struggle as lid van die Voëlvry-beweging.

Lees die artikel om uit te vind waarom die kunstenaar nie kans sien vir ‘n terugkeer na die “waansin van die raserige dudes met die rooi T-shirts” nie:

Ek dink toe bietjie terug aan hoeveel van ons whiteys ooit werklik destyds deur die ouens van die Struggle aanvaar is as mede-kamerade. Is die bydrae van Voëlvry erken? Was daar ooit voelers vir moontlike samewerking uitgesteek na die destydse blanke opposisiepartye? Nee, maar hier is die reuse-ironie: die ouens van die Struggle het die vryemarkstelsel verwerp as ’n sogenaamde “wit” uitvindsel, net om hulleself te wend na ’n ander sisteem – kommunisme – wat ook deur wit mense ontwerp is. Was Karl Marx ’n Afrikaan?

Ewenwel, so het dit gebeur dat ultra-linkses soos Bram Fischer en Joe Slovo met ope arms in die ANC verwelkom is, terwyl gematigde hervormers en liberale voor die voet verwerp is.

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Presenting Leaving Before The Rains Come — Alexandra Fuller’s Frank, Personal Memoir

Leaving Before The Rains ComePenguin Random House presents Leaving Before The Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller:

“I believed that if I moored myself to Charlie, I would know tranquility interspersed with organised adventure. He would stay in Zambia because he loved the romance of it. I could remain here, safely. Our lives would be the ‘three rifles, supplies for a month and Mozart’ of Out of Africa without the plane crashes, syphilis and Danish accent.”

In 1992 Fuller embarked on a new journey, into a long, tempestuous marriage to Charlie Ross, the love of her life. In this frank, personal memoir, a sequel to Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight, she charts their 20 years together, from the brutal beauty of the Zambezi to the mountains of Wyoming – the new adventures, the unexplored paths, the insurmountable obstacles … and the many signals that they missed along the way.

A child of the Rhodesian wars and daughter of two deeply complicated parents, Fuller is no stranger to pain. But the disintegration of Fuller’s own marriage leaves her shattered. Looking to pick up the pieces of her life, she finally confronts the tough questions about her past, about the American man she married, and about the family she left behind in Africa. A breathtaking achievement, Leaving Before The Rains Come is a memoir of such grace and intelligence, filled with such wit and courage, that it could only have been written by Alexandra Fuller.

Leaving Before The Rains Come begins with the dreadful first years of the American financial crisis when Fuller’s delicate balance between American pragmatism and African fatalism, the linchpin of her unorthodox marriage, irrevocably fails. Recalling her unusual courtship in Zambia — elephant attacks on the first date, sick with malaria on the wedding day — Fuller struggles to understand her younger self as she overcomes her current misfortunes. Fuller soon realises what is missing from her life is something that was always there: the brash and uncompromising ways of her father, the man who warned his daughter that “the problem with most people is that they want to be alive for as long as possible without having any idea whatsoever how to live”. Fuller’s father — “Tim Fuller of No Fixed Abode” as he first introduced himself to his future wife — was a man who regretted nothing and wanted less, even after fighting harder and losing more than most men could bear.

Leaving Before The Rains Come showcases Fuller at the peak of her abilities, threading panoramic vistas with her deepest revelations as a fully grown woman and mother. Fuller reveals how, after spending a lifetime fearfully waiting for someone to show up and save her, she discovered that, in the end, we all simply have to save ourselves. An unforgettable book, Leaving Before The Rains Come is a story of sorrow grounded in the tragic grandeur and rueful joy only to be found in Fuller’s Africa.

“One of the gutsiest memoirs I’ve ever read. And the writing — oh my god the writing.” — Entertainment Weekly

About the author

Alexandra Fuller was born in England in 1969. In 1972, she moved with her family to a farm in southern Africa. She lived in Africa until her mid-twenties. In 1994, she moved to Wyoming. She has three children.

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“Wie het werklik vir Lolly Jackson doodgeskiet?” – De Wet Potgieter oor die Suid-Afrikaanse onderwêreld

Black Widow White WidowDie ondersoekende joernalis en skrywer De Wet Potgieter het onlangs ‘n artikel geskryf vir Maroela Media oor die Suid-Afrikaanse onderwêreld en hoe rampokkers sorg vir hul eie geregtigheid.

Die Black Widow White Widow-outeur beskryf die sluipmoord op die rampokkerleier Cyril Beeka wat vier jaar gelede plaasgevind het en die moord op die Teazers-baas, Lolly Jackson, wat hom op die storie se bloedige spoor gebring het.

Potgieter skryf: “Wie het werklik vir Lolly Jackson doodgeskiet? Hierdie is die tergende vrae waarop daar tans nog geen antwoorde is nie.”

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Intussen het die lys name van prominente internasionale rampokkers en “gerespekteerde sakemanne” wat die afgelope paar jare in Suid-Afrika afgemaai is, bly groei. Niemand is vir die dade aangekla nie. ’n Mens kry die indruk dat daar met gevoude hande teruggesit word sodat die rampokkers onbevange hul eie spoor van “geregtigheid” kan toepas.

Black Widow White Widow is Potgieter se onthullende verslag van Al-Qaeda se teenwoordigheid in Suid-Afrika.

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Mac Maharaj Retires at 80: An Overview of His Life, Work and Dedication to the Struggle

Shades of DifferenceReflections in PrisonThe Presidency announced last week that the Struggle stalwart and spokesperson to Jacob Zuma, Mac Maharaj, will retire at the end of April 2015.

Janet Smith writes about the influence Maharaj had on the country and the people around him: “Like a pebble skittering across deep water, the circles Maharaj has created have grown wider over his political life.”

Smith chronicles his life from a student activist in the 1950s to his commitment to his role in the country’s transition to democracy. She also shares what his friends and foes, from Jackson Mthembu to Mmusi Maimane, have to say about him.

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Mac Maharaj was born before World War II broke out into a family of eight children in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal.

He was quickly drawn into student politics at the University of Natal, Durban, where he supported the cause of anti-segregationism among students, and also edited the campus paper. This was in the mid-1950s, a perilous time to be Indian in certain provinces of the apartheid South Africa, but more so a deadly time for freedom fighters.

None of this deterred Maharaj, who worked for the underground movement before leaving for London, and only returned home after the Sharpeville massacre in 1960.

In an article for Times LIVE, Gareth van Onselen provides an overview of the 80-year-old’s career, who took over from Zizi Kodwa in 2011. Maharaj is the editor of Reflections in Prison and subject of Padraig O’Malley’s book, Shades of Difference: Mac Maharaj and the Struggle for South Africa.

Van Onselen writes that Maharaj became “well-known for trying to explain his boss out of trouble”, whether by blaming the media, claiming a misunderstanding or refusing to comment:

His approach to official communication was deliberative and so, very often, any clarification from the Presidency only followed after several days of public outrage. Certainly his remarks often played second fiddle to any initial scandal in the public mind.

Maharaj will probably be best remembered for his time as the international lynchpin for information concerning Nelson Mandela’s time in hospital, when the global media machine focused every resource on South Africa and every development around one man.

The Presidency’s standard line, that Mandela was “critical but stable”, came to define his condition. It is, perhaps, a suitable description, too, for Maharaj’s management of Zuma’s public profile.

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Jongo: An International Superhero with an African Soul, Created and Co-directed by Gareth Crocker

The Last Road TripFrom the pen of Gareth Crocker comes “the world’s first mainstream African-based superhero” in a new television show – Jongo.

Johannesburg-based film and television studio Motion Story announced on Friday that production is underway – in fact, half of the first season has already been filmed.

Created and co-directed by Crocker, author of the recently released The Last Road Trip, Jongo tells the story on an unlikely hero set in the “New York” of Africa – Johannesburg.

“While Jongo will be sold as an international superhero series, we wanted the show to have a distinctly African soul. Moreover, we wanted to showcase the beauty and dynamism of the continent and of South Africa in particular. So many films and television shows focus on the problems Africans face. Jongo will emphasise all that is wonderful and positive about this great continent of ours,” Crocker says.

“Our vastly experienced production crew has worked in some 30 countries and our cast features diverse and exciting talent from across the continent. While we’re not yet ready to reveal the identity of our lead actors at the moment, we are extremely confident that many of these talented people will soon become household names.

“Unlike many other international superhero films and series, Jongo will focus on telling a very human story which will be amplified by impressive physical effects. We will not, however, overwhelm the show with superfluous computer-generated scenes. Jongo is, at its heart, a comedy drama. I can assure you that it won’t look like a glorified video game.”

Watch a trailer from the eight-episode series in which we meet Eli King, a young man who acquires supernatural abilities after an alien crystal is found in a cave at the Cradle of Humankind.

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SA studio announces the creation of Jongo – the world’s first mainstream African superhero TV show

A new Johannesburg-based film and television studio, Motion Story, has today announced the creation of Jongo, the world’s first mainstream African superhero television show.

Following several months of intense development, production has now commenced with half of the 8-episode first season already filmed. The remaining episodes will be completed by the end of the year.

Set in the “New York” of Africa

Shot primarily in Johannesburg on some of the world’s most advanced camera rigs, Jongo tells the story of a young man, Eli King, who acquires an array of supernatural abilities after an alien crystal is found in a cave at the Cradle of Humankind. The stone is left to him by his father, an enslaved miner who is murdered shortly after escaping from the cave. As Eli tries to deal with the death of his father and sets out to find the men responsible, he must also grapple with the powers of the crystal and how it will indelibly alter the course of his life. What Eli doesn’t know is that the men he is hunting have crystals of their own and need Eli’s stone to fulfil an ancient and devastating prophecy which will threaten the lives of millions.

Delving deeply into universal themes, Jongo will appeal to families across the globe. The title character, Eli King, is played by one of the world’s top hip-hop dancers and his dancing features prominently in the series.

International attention

Jongo has secured an Emmy Award-winning distributor in Amsterdam, FCCE, and already international broadcast offers have started to come in.

The team behind the show includes SA businessman and venture capitalist, Chris Lawrance, as Executive Producer supported by Phillip Wolmarans as Producer. Nick Keulemans is the Cinematographer and the show is co-directed by Fred Wolmarans and Gareth Crocker.

The series is written by Gareth Crocker who is a renowned screenwriter and international best-selling author. His works have sold more than a million copies in some 20 countries worldwide.

An African soul

“While Jongo will be sold as an international superhero series, we wanted the show to have a distinctly African soul. Moreover, we wanted to showcase the beauty and dynamism of the continent and of South Africa in particular. So many films and television shows focus on the problems Africans face. Jongo will emphasise all that is wonderful and positive about this great continent of ours,” Crocker says.

“Our vastly experienced production crew has worked in some 30 countries and our cast features diverse and exciting talent from across the continent. While we’re not yet ready to reveal the identity of our lead actors at the moment, we are extremely confident that many of these talented people will soon become household names.”

A different approach

“Unlike many other international superhero films and series, Jongo will focus on telling a very human story which will be amplified by impressive physical effects. We will not, however, overwhelm the show with superfluous computer-generated scenes. Jongo is, at its heart, a comedy drama. I can assure you that it won’t look like a glorified video game,” Crocker concludes.

“Finally, we would like to thank the Department of Trade and Industry for the wonderful support they have given to Jongo.”

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Mzilikazi wa Afrika: “I’ve Received More Death Threats than Birthday Presents” (Video)

Nothing Left to StealMzilikazi wa Afrika recently chatted to Philela Singama on Live SA about his book, Nothing Left to Steal, and his career as an investigative journalist at the Sunday Times.

Wa Afrika speaks about the worst part of his job: “I’ve always said that I’ve received more death threats than birthday presents. I always fear for my family, you know? I can take care of myself but when those black cars start following your kids then it becomes a problem.”

The author shares his views on freedom of speech in South Africa, explains his “weird tweets” and talks about his upcoming album and a new work of fiction in the pipeline.

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