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Join Aziz Pahad for the Launch of Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War? at Centre for the Book

Insurgent Diplomat: Civil talks or civil war?The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) invites you to the launch of Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War? by Aziz Pahad. The launch will take the form of a public dialogue with professors Willem Esterhuyse and Chris Landsberg.

The discussion will take place on Tuesday, 4 November, from 5:30 to 7 PM at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town.

Pahad will speak to Landsberg, the chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), and Esterhuyse, an honorary professor at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute.

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Aziz Pahad’s Memoir Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War? Launched with Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe

Aziz Pahad

 
Insurgent DiplomatAziz Pahad’s new book Insurgent Diplomat: Civil talks or civil war? was launched at Constitution Hill recently, in the company of a number of high profile guests, including former president Thabo Mbeki and former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

In Insurgent Diplomat Pahad reveals the process of secret negotiations in the years before the official negotiations to end apartheid – and his is the first book to do so from the ANC’s perspective.

Pahad, who was banned by the apartheid government 1964, spent many years in exile, and played a major role in developing the anti-apartheid movement overseas. He returned to South Africa in the mid-1980s, and was elected as a member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party and a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee. He has since served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and famously joined the cabinet members who submitted their resignations following the recall of President Thabo Mbeki. Since July, Pahad has been employed as a presidential envoy in the Middle East.

David Smith (@SmithInAfrica) and others tweeted from the event (scroll to the end for a photo gallery):

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Join Aziz Pahad for the Launch of Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War? in Pretoria

Book Launch: Insurgent Diplomat

 
Insurgent Diplomat: Civil talks or civil war?Penguin Books invites you to the launch of Insurgent Diplomat: Civil talks or civil war? by Aziz Pahad.

The launch will take place at Burgers Park Hotel in Pretoria on Wednesday, 29 October, at 6 for 6:30 PM. Pahad will be speaking about his memoir, which recounts his years in exile and his role at the turn of democracy.

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Join Zelda la Grange and Melt Myburgh for the Launch of Good Morning, Mr Mandela at Love Books

Good Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaLove Books and Penguin Books take pleasure in inviting you to the launch of Good Morning, Mr Mandela and Goeiemore, Mnr. Mandela by Zelda la Grange.

The event will take place on Monday, 3 November, and La Grange will be in conversation with publisher Melt Myburgh.

La Grange is a renowned raconteur, so be sure not to miss what is certain to be an entertaining in fascinating evening.

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  • Date: Monday, 3 November 2014
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Love Books
    The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre
    53 Rustenburg Road
    Melville
    Johannesburg
  • Guest Speaker: Melt Myburgh
  • Refreshments: Refreshments will be served
  • RSVP: kate@lovebooks.co.za, 011 726 7408

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PJ Powers: I Don’t Want to Sound Like Anyone Else but PJ Powers (Video)

Here I AmPJ Powers was interviewed by Shannon de Ryhove for Polity about her biography Here I Am, which she wrote with Marianne Thamm.

In the interview, Powers says that her life has had its low points, notably her battle with alcoholism, but her ups in her career far outweigh and outnumber the downs. One of her most memorable high points was singing at the Rugby World Cup final in 1995 and the way she was embraced by fans from Soweto.

Her advice to aspiring young artists is to be original; she says you can’t be a second-hand anything.

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Koos Kombuis wonder wat sy pa sou sê oor die huidige poskantoorstakings

I-Tjieng“Toe ek in my woeste en wilde twintigerjare was, was dit my pa se groot droom dat ek vir die Poskantoor moes gaan werk. ‘Hulle het ’n goeie pensioenskema,’ het hy gesê, asof dit alles verduidelik.”

Só skryf Koos Kombuis oor die huidige landswye staking van poskantoorbeamptes. Die I-Tjieng: ’n GPS vir verdwaalde siele-outeur vertel verder oor sy afro en hoe die poskantoor destyds snorre verkies het bo sideburns.

Lees die rubriek:

In ieder geval. Toe ek nou die dag die koerant oopslaan, en die opskrif sien wat sê “DIE POSKANTOOR STORT IN DUIE”, was dit vir my ’n geweldige skok. Dit was ’n Oomblik van Satori. Dit het my genoop om, soos nooit tevore, die verganklikheid van alle dinge te besef. As die POSKANTOOR, met sy GOEIE PENSIOENSKEMA, nie vir EWIG gaan BESTAAN nie, wat van al ons ander sekerhede? Wat van SANLAM? Wat van Facebook? Wat van die Spur se Cheeseburgers? Wat van Victor Matfield se loopbaan? Wat van die HUISGENOOT?

En ek het ook aan my Pa gedink.

Ek was dankbaar dat hy nie geleef het om daardie koerantberig te sien nie.

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Mzilikazi wa Afrika: “Writing is More Challenging Than Journalism”

Nothing Left to StealTereasa Ferrari attended the Lowveld launch of Nothing Left to Steal by Mzilikazi wa Afrika and chatted to the author after the event, asking him about the challenges related to writing a book as opposed to investigative journalism.

Wa Afrika said that he found writing his book much more challenging than journalism, especially since he was doing both at once: “You have to be more focused and extra disciplined to finish what you are writing; sometimes, when you are inspired, you have to work through the night and report to work in the morning like everyone as I didn’t take leave while I was working on this book.”

Wa Afrika also discussed his career, what motivates him and his Mpumalanga roots. Read the article:

What gave you the inspiration to write a book?Is the writing more of a challenge than journalism?

This memoir was written to inspire the new and future generation of investigative reporters, besides being put on a tight spot by friends and admirers to write this book, I was also inspired by events that happened in my life. When stories are published, Sunday Times readers are just happy to read them but not many people know what really happened behind the scenes. I also wrote Nothing Left To Steal to set the record straight because most people were given a distorted version of my history, people had fabricated the story of my life but with this memoir I want people to know who I am and where I come from.

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Probeer Justin Bonello se resep vir outydse gebraaide soutribbetjie uit Cooked in the Karoo

Cooked in the KarooAnél Potgieter het ’n resep vir outydse gebraaide soutribbetjie uit Justin Bonello se resepteboek Cooked in the Karoo gedeel en verbruikers gewaarsku teen die misbruik van die naam, “Karoo-lam”.

“In dié pragtige boek loop Bonello in die voetspore van Karoomense, kook saam met hulle en vertel die dorsland se stories,” skryf Potgieter oor Bonello se jongste kulinêre avontuur.

Potgieter het ondersoek ingestel na die oorsprong van Karoo-lam en uitgevind dat slegs skape wat op ses kontreispesifieke bossies wei as sodanig beskryf mag word. Verbruikers kan Karoo-lam uitken aan die Karoo-ontwikkelingstigting (KDF) se “Karoo Meat of Origin” sertifiseringsmerk.

Probeer die resep vir outydse gebraaide soutribbetjie:

Outydse gebraaide soutribbetjie uit Cooked in the Karoo

1,5-2 kg lamsribbetjie

2 teelepels gemaalde koljander

1 teelepel fyn naeltjies

½ teelepel salpeter

4-5 teelepels bruinsuiker

ongeveer 1 koppie sout

ongeveer 4 teelepels wit asyn

Meng die koljander, naeltjies, salpeter, bruinsuiker, sout en asyn goed saam. Vryf die mengsel deeglik op die lam en plaas die vleis in ’n lugdigte houer. Laat vir ’n dag of (verkieslik) twee in die yskas rus. Wanneer jy wil braai, hang die ribbe buite op ’n winderige plek totdat dit droog is (dit kan enigiets van een tot drie uur wees, afhangende van waar jy is).

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Nik Rabinowitz Joined Jerm for the Launch of Comedy Club at The Book Lounge

Jerm (also known as Jeremy Nell)

There wasn’t an empty seat at Cape Town’s premier independent book shop, The Book Lounge, when award-winning satirist and cartoonist Jerm (Jeremy Nell) was joined by comedian Nik Rabinowitz to celebrate the launch of his latest book, Comedy Club.

The venue was filled with laughter and hearty applause as Rabinowitz kicked off with an apology from Atul Gupta and the good folk at Guptagate, who couldn’t make it.
Nik Rabinowitz and Jerm (Jeremy Nell)Comedy Club“How you pick the cartoon you’re going to do for the day is quite a process,” Jerm said.

Seeking out the former editor of the Cape Times, Ryland Fisher, in the crowd, he addressed him directly: “It’s important that you put a gate in the equation … for example travelgate, oilgate, Guptagate, Nkandlagate, Oscar … door!” He then interrogated the British audience member in the front row, enquiring whether he was a Baptist and, acknowledging the solitary clap, advised him to read The Daily Voice. Rabinowitz riffed on the tabloid newspaper’s capacity to take a terrible tragedy, and simplify it. He mentioned the sad story of the guy who jumped in front of a train at Wynberg. The Daily Voice gave their readers pictures that “were a little bit nauseating”, contrasting with the headline “‘n Kak Gedagte!”

Nothing and nobody were spared from Rabinowitz’s scathing wit: Jacob Zuma’s fire pool, Oscar Pretorius’ “Yes, my lady”, Tim Noakes’ Banting diet, the fall of Blade Nzimande and Thuli Madonsela’s clear-eyed voice of courage. Most staggering was the R24.8 billion of tax payers’ money wasted by the government in unauthorised irregular spending. “People can’t understand that amount of money, so try to imagine 24 000 bags each containing R1 million thrown away …”

Reflecting on each cartoon with its originator, Jerm, the duo kept the audience in tears of mirth. The quirks of regular South Africans and the sheer lunacy of our leaders offered an evening of excellent entertainment with a hard knuckle of truth punching through the laughter.
 

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Liesl Jobson (@LieslJobson) tweeted live from the launch using the hasthag #livebooks:


 

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Emma Sadleir and Tamsyn de Beer: A Facebook Status is the Same as a Front Page Story (Video)

Don't Film Yourself Having SexAccording to Emma Sadleir, media law specialist and co-author of Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex: and Other Legal Advice For the Age of Social Media, a Facebook status is legally the same as a newspaper story.

“The fallacy is that content online is treated distinctly in any way from content in the real world, so what we’re really dealing with is the situation that a Facebook status is treated in the eyes of the law in exactly the same way as if that article was published on the front page of the newspaper,” Sadleir said on the kykNET breakfast programme, Dagbreek TV.

Sadleir said people are slow to realise the consequences of their online activities. Co-author of the book, Tamsyn de Beer, added that when you take naked pictures of yourself and store them in digital format, the risk exists that the pictures will go into the cloud, your phone could get stolen, or you could become a victim of revenge porn.

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After the commercial break the authors discussed trans-border issues with publishing content on the internet and the regulations of the internet. They spoke about laws that have been developed over hundreds of years that now have to catch up with technology where they are being applied. De Beer explained the concept of defamation of character and how it applies online. “Our law applies where we have publication to one other person, so whether it’s on a Whatsapp group of five people or to a Facebook page with 500 friends or to a Twitter following of five million, the consequences are the same,” De Beer said.

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