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Win One of Ten Signed Copies of PJ Powers’ Memoir Here I Am

Here I AmPenguin Books SA are giving away 10 signed copies of Here I Am by PJ Powers and Marianne Thamm.

To stand a chance of winning this rip-roaring autobiography, which includes accounts of Powers meeting celebrities such as Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel, Chris Hani, Joaquim Chissano, Queen Elizabeth II, Brenda Fassie, Sharon Stone and Robert de Niro, simply complete the online entry form on the Penguin Books website.

The closing date for entries is 24 August 2014. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck!


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Try Your Hand at Alida Ryder’s Delicious Quince Tarte Tatin with Chantilly Cream

Cook from the HeartAlida Ryder, author of Cook from the Heart, has shared a recipe for Quince Tarte Tatin with Chantilly Cream.

Ryder was given a “big box of quince” by a chef friend and says she “jumped at the chance” to try some of the delicious recipes that include the fruit.

I knew this incredible tarte tatin would be the first thing I would make with my bounty and what a showstopper it turned out to be. I poached the quince first in a simple syrup made with sugar, water, vanilla pod and star anise. When they were cooked, I cooled them in the syrup and that is where they’ve been mingling for the last week. Instead of using the classic caramel to cook your tarte tatin with I decided to cook down a little of the poaching syrup to create a very fragrant caramel.

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Podcast: Zelda la Grange Discuses Good Morning, Mr Mandela With Slate in Washington DC

Good Morning, Mr MandelaZelda la Grange chatted about her memoir Good Morning, Mr Mandela with Slate in a Politics & Prose podcast.

The podcast is a collaboration between Slate and the Politics & Prose bookshop in Washington DC. La Grange says “never in my wildest dreams” did she expect to be talking about her story in such circumstances.

La Grange talks a bit about her childhood in apartheid South Africa – “by the time I was born Mr Mandela was already serving his ninth year in prison on Robben Island” – and says she grew up thinking segregation was “the only way”. But, after serving Madiba for 19 years as his personal assistant, La Grange says she can recognise the racist in herself back then. However, the author says the main reason she wrote the book was to share her personal insight into Mandela’s life.

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South African Swimming Star Chad le Clos Top of the Medals Table at Commonwealth Games

Unbelievable!South African swimming star Chad le Clos had a spectacular Commonwealth Games this year, and ended up top of the medals table.

Le Clos earned seven medals, including two gold, and won two medals on the final day to make history, equaling Ian Thorpe’s record of seven medals at a single Games, and beating Thorpe’s overall medal tally (11) with 12 medals.

The record for the most medals won by an individual athlete at the Commonwealth Games is eight.

Le Clos, whose Olympic exploits are documented in the memoir Unbelievable!, also ended up top of the individual medal standings in Glasgow:

The South African bagged seven medals, including two gold. Five competitors won six medals, three of them swimmers and two rhythmic gymnasts, including Francesca Jones of Wales.

Jones was given the David Dixon award at the closing ceremony for her performance, contribution to her team and commitment to fair play.

Le Clos, by the way, is not the most decorated swimmer from a single Games, as previously reported.

The record is eight, and is shared by three others – Ralph Hutton of Canada (1966), and Australians Susie O’Neill (1998) and Emily Seebohm (2010).

These were the first Games since Edinburgh 1986 where Australia have not topped the medals table.

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Video: Douglas Kruger Identifies the Three Elements that Make Up an Expert

Own Your IndustryDouglas Kruger recently joined Jeremy Maggs in studio to discuss his book Own Your Industry: How to Position Yourself as an Expert.

Kruger and Maggs discuss the “three elements that make up an expert”, which are expertise (knowledge), personality and publicity. “If you have all the knowledge but none of the personality you are merely a specialist. If you have all of the personality but none of the knowledge you are a Kardashian,” says Kruger.

Watch the video for tips on becoming an expert in your field:

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Koos Kombuis oor tradisionele tale, Blade Nzimande en “Praat Afrikaans of hou jou bek!”

I-TjiengIn ‘n onlangse artikel vir LitNet skryf Koos Kombuis, outeur van I-Tjieng: ‘n GPS vir verdwaalde siele, die volgende: “As ons ’n ware taalstryd wil begin, sal ons dit reg moet doen, anders word dit, soos soveel ander inter-Afrikaner-debatte, bloot nog ’n akademiese stokperdjie wat ons onder mekaar bedryf terwyl Rome brand.”

Kombuis spreek onder meer Blade Nzimande en Julius Malema se uisprake oor die gebruik van tradisionele tale aan, vernaam eersgenoemde se stelling, “Jongmense moet geleer word om neoliberalisme teen te staan, want die mark is nie die enigste waarde in ons samelewing nie.” Hy bespreek ook die SAUK se besluite ten opsigte van Afrikaans, die Afrikaanse taalstryd en die bisarre verskynsel van mense wat steeds die “Praat Afrikaans of hou jou bek”-idee volhou.

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Stel jouself die Babelse verwarring voor waarin ons ons sou bevind het as die eerste swart president – Madiba self – sou besluit het op ’n beleid van “Praat Xhosa of hou jou bek.” Daar sou geen debat moontlik gewees het nie. Die meeste wit mense sou nie ’n woord verstaan het wat in die parlement gesê is nie.

Tog is daar nog steeds mense wat “Praat Afrikaans of hou jou bek” voorstaan!

Madiba se bereidwilligheid om uit die staanspoor Engels te praat was ’n toonbeeld van hoflikheid; dit was ’n gebaar van medemenslikheid en beskaafdheid. Op daardie stadium was kommunikasie, versoening en die oordrag van inligting belangriker as die behoud van kultuurgoedere.


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Join PJ Powers for the Launch of Here I Am in Durban North

Here I AmBooks and Books invites you to join them as they celebrate Women’s Month with the launch of PJ Powers’ book, Here I Am, co-written with Marianne Thamm, at Kensington Square, Durban North.

The event, hosted by Dulcé Café, takes place on Thursday, 7 August and starts at 5:30 for 6 PM. Powers will be there to share her story.

Don’t miss this!

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Ian Fuhr Presents Get That Feeling: The Story of How He Started SA’s Biggest Beauty Chain, Sorbet

Get That FeelingIan Fuhr’s story of entreprenerial success to be published in Get That Feeling by Penguin this month:

Ian Fuhr’s fascinating story of serial entrepreneurship is not only about a modest man making it big; it offers valuable insights into a business triumph that has its roots in understanding cultural differences and niche markets.

When Fuhr started out as a businessman 30 years ago, the secret of his success was already cemented in two traits – humility and a desire to break the rules. A spirit of fearlessness, fun, honesty and respect has underscored his every venture, which spans the music industry, discount department stores, a labour relations consultancy and, eventually, South Africa’s biggest beauty chain, Sorbet. In this book he shares the principles that have guided him over the years and takes the reader through the arduous but fulfilling process of building a pioneering brand.

By emphasising customer service and putting people before profit, his vision holds valuable lessons for entrepreneurs who are keen to make a sustainable contribution to South Africa’s economy.

About the author

Ian Fuhr
is a serial entrepreneur and business go-getter whose working career is lined with a number of entrepreneurial start-up businesses. Since he launched the Sorbet chain of beauty salons in 2005 the business has grown to over 104 outlets*, employs nearly 1 000 staff members* and has over 160 000 loyalty members*. Fuhr is also the co-owner of the Lion Park, a popular tourist destination in Johannesburg.

*Figures correct at the time of going to print.

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Zelda la Grange: Nelson Mandela Didn’t Recognise the Extent of His Greatness (Podcast)

Good Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaFollowing the publication of her memoir, Good Morning, Mr Mandela, Zelda la Grange joined Jenny Crwys-Williams in studio at Talk Radio 702 to chat about the book.

La Grange speaks about how Nelson Mandela said before he died that he wanted to leave it up to other people to decide how to remember him and that this book is her way of doing so. When asked what she thinks Mandela would have said to her about the book, she replies that “he would say ‘Oh very good, Zeldina.’ That’s it.”

Crwys-Williams and La Grange discuss Mandela’s tendency to not ask for big gestures of recognition, with La Grange saying how humble he was and that she thinks he didn’t realise his own greatness.

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Join De Wet Potgieter for the Launch of Black Widow White Widow at Rafters Pub and Grill

Black Widow White WidowPenguin Books and Rafters take pleasure in inviting you to the launch of Black Widow White Widow by De Wet Potgieter.

In Black Widow White Widow Potgieter, who has worked as a reporter for the last 38 years, tells the story of Al-Qaeda’s presence in South Africa, based on his two-year investigation into the group’s activities in the country.

The event will be held on Tuesday 5 August at 4 PM.

Don’t miss it!

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