Philip Haslam, one of the authors of When Money Destroys Nations, has written an article for Moneyweb discussing the question: “Could South Africa ever turn out like Zimbabwe?”
“It’s a question I get a lot,” Haslam says.
In the article, Haslam describes the circumstances that brought about Zimbabwe’s decision to print money, and the impact the resulting hyperinflation had on ordinary citizens.
Haslam compares the Zimbabwe of 2008 with South Africa right now. It is not a reassuring comparison.
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Could South Africa ever turn out like Zimbabwe? It’s a question I get a lot. While the hot-potato issue of land redistribution may appeal to those studying Zimbabwe, another key real interest story revolves around its money printing programmes, and how the country descended into hyperinflation.
In order to understand hyperinflation, I travelled to Zimbabwe to interview people from all walks of life – their stories are gripping. And so peculiar that it makes for interesting reading.
In November verlede jaar het die I-Tjieng: ’n GPS vir verdwaalde siele-outeur en rock-legende Koos Kombuis gedagdroom van beter koerantopskrifte in ‘n rubriek vir Netwerk24. Hy beskryf sy idee van ‘n volmaakte wêreld en sê:
“Dink jou in hoe anders koerantopskrifte sou uitsien in so ‘n volmaakte wêreld. Ek gee ‘n paar voorbeelde:
Uganda wettig gay-huwelike
“Plaasmoorde verdien spesiale aandag,” sê minister van polisie
AfriForum beskuldig Steve Hofmeyr van haatspraak teen swartes”
Lees Kombuis se artikel om te verstaan waaruit sy behoefte aan beter nuus spruit, ‘n behoefte wat in die lig van die afgelope paar maande waarskynlik steeds sterk brand:
As ons in ‘n wêreld geleef het waarin almal rasioneel kon optree, waarin alle mense hul gang gaan vanuit ‘n houding van selfrespek en respek vir ander, sou dinge inderdaad baie anders gewees het. Niemand sou ooit aanvalle van padwoede gekry het nie. Niemand sou die behoefte gevoel het om sy vuurwapen aan te gord vir ‘n eenvoudige wandeling deur die winkelsentrum nie. Almal sou vriendelik gewees het, korrekte Afrikaans gepraat het in grammatikaal korrekte volsinne sonder vloekwoorde of anglisismes, en almal sou besef het hoe slim Piet Croucamp eintlik is.
Emma Sadleir, co-author of Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex: and Other Legal Advice For the Age of Social Media, was quoted in a recent article by The Red Zone about the problems that social media may cause if handled badly.
Sadleir suggests that because people are habituated to social media, they forget that brands and individuals are still subject to the same laws as newspapers.
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“We are all celebrities in the digital age,” Sadleir explained. “The way we communicate has changed so drastically, and the phones that we have are just so powerful. If you get it wrong, things go viral, but most people have no idea that as soon as you publish content that is seen by even one person, all laws kick into effect. It is the equivalent of being published on the front page of a newspaper, and becomes a legal matter.”
The 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day initiative has launched their world record campaign for 2015 with the challenge to knit and crochet 21 000 blankets by 21 April.
The 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day initiative was started by Mandela’s former personal assistant, Zelda la Grange.
In 2013 the author of Good Morning, Mr Mandela and Goeiemore, Mnr. Mandela challenged philanthropist Carolyn Steyn to knit 67 blankets in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
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Steyn accepted La Grange’s challenge but soon realised that she wouldn’t be able to achieve it alone. She called on her friends for help and created the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day Facebook group. More than 6 000 blankets were created last year and the project captured the hearts and hands of people across the globe.
At the launch, Steyn shared the prophetic words of La Grange: “If you take up the challenge of 67 blankets, your life will never be the same again.”
The trial of Oscar Pistorius, the former paralympic champion who was accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, has been named the National Press Club – North West University Newsmaker of the Year for 2014.
In addition to television coverage and a glut of news articles, the trial also inspired a number of books, including Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius by John Carlin.
According to Jos Charle, National Press Club chairperson, the trial attracted more attention than the FIFA World Cup, which was going on at the same time.
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“In 24 hours news and social media hit over 106 000 unique inserts. Pistorius having retched in court has carried in 2300 new articles. In nine days, the press hit the 750 000 article mark,” Charle said.
Penguin Random House invites you to the launch of A Fountain in France by Marita van der Vyver.
Van der Vyver will share her stories about living in France on Wednesday, 4 March, at the French Alliance in Cape Town. The launch will start at 5:50 for 6 PM.
A Fountain in France touches on the universal experiences of travellers. RSVP before Friday, 27 February, to avoid disappointment.
Don’t miss it!
- Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2015
- Time: 5:30 for 6 PM
- Venue: French Alliance
155 Loop Street
Cape Town | Map
- RSVP: 021 423 5699
About the book
More than a decade ago Van der Vyver emigrated to France where she married a Frenchman and settled in the scenic countryside of Provence. Having become famous for a novel built on fairy tales, her life resembles that of a princess meeting her Prince Charming. Several bestsellers, much living and loving, and years later, they move – to another French village called Place of Frogs.
A Fountain in France is a book of stories about moving the way the French do it. It is also about place, what binds the heart to a home and its people, about breaking ties to grow new ones and about what we take with us when we move on. For Van der Vyver, life is an effervescent fountain, always bubbling up new surprises.
This book will be enjoyed by anyone who has lived or travelled in a foreign country, or wished they had. It touches on universal experiences shared by expatriates all over the world. Whether you are based in Provence or Perth, Bath or Beijing, you quickly learn that a good sense of humour might be the most important qualification if you want to survive being the eternal outsider.
About the author
Marita van der Vyver is one of the most popular Afrikaans authors of all time. She has several books to her credit in genres as divergent as novels, short stories, non-fiction, and fiction for children and young adults. It is her wistfully erotic novel Griet skryf ’n sprokie (published by Penguin as Entertaining Angels) that established her as a household name and a well-loved figure in the literary landscape.
Her books are translated worldwide in several languages. She recently published a cookbook in English: Summer Food in Provence.
Zelda la Grange, author of Good Morning, Mr Mandela (also available in Afrikaans as Goeiemore, Mnr. Mandela), has written an article for All Africa in which she clarifies her position on South Africa’s colonial history.
La Grange was met with a flood of public criticism following a series of tweets she sent out lambasting President Jacob Zuma’s view that Jan van Riebeeck was the beginning of South Africa’s problems.
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I discovered the true history of my own country. I am by default a descendent of the colonialists.
It’s clear from history there is no other way I could have ended up being here. I am not proud of that history or the history of apartheid but I have had to reconcile with my people’s history because as much as I want to change it to apologise or try and contribute to repairing the injustices of the past, I can’t change where I come from.
Oscar Pistorius has given notice to the National Prosecuting Authority of his intention to contest the State’s appeal against his conviction.
Last year the subject of Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius by John Carlin was found guilty of culpable homicide for the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and sentenced to five years in prison.
OFM reported yesterday that the State wants Pistorius to be convicted of a more serious charge than culpable homicide. Judge Thokozile Masipa granted the State’s application last year, a point the Pistorius family is now contesting.
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Convicted paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s lawyers will contest the court decision allowing the State to appeal his culpable homicide conviction, his family said on Tuesday.
“We confirm that the defence team has lodged an application for leave to appeal the decision of the court regarding the matters that have been referred to the SCA,” family spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said in a statement.
“We will argue that these are matters of fact, rather than matters of law.”
The application for leave to appeal would be heard on March 13, she said.
Alida Ryder, author of Cook from the Heart (also available in Afrikaans as Kook uit die hart), has shared her recipe for Crumbed and Deep-fried Cauliflower with Caper Mayonnaise on Simply Delicious.
Ryder says that the recipe is simple and quick. Crumbed flower florets have always been a big hit with her guests because they have a great texture, and simple but delicious flavour.
Try the recipe:
1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
250ml (1 cup) flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 packets Knorr Crispy & Tasty Chicken Coating
2 litres sunflower oil, for deep-frying
Aziz Pahad, veteran politician and ANC negotiator, recently gave a talk on his new book Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War? at the University of Johannesburg. The UJ Newsroom covered the event.
In the article, some of the key points of Pahad’s talk and his book are highlighted. The book is a multifaceted look of the struggle against apartheid. In his talk, Pahad expressed his desire for today’s government to learn from the trials of the past.
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“There are vital lessons that can be learnt. Governments still resort to military aggression to resolve conflicts. Honesty, mutual understanding and compromise are vital to bring an end to instability.” This was the message by freedom fighter and former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Aziz Pahad when he discussed his latest book, Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War?