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9781431404384

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 280
As the Mangaung Conference draws closer, many people have been asking the question, who is Kgalema Motlanthe - what is his background, and what does he stand for?

Ebrahim Harvey presents a superb account of a man characterised by his reticence. Harvey provides a rare and thorough insight into this most private and yet among the most powerful of men in South Africa. We learn about Motlanthe's ancestral family and political awakenings as he discovers the ANC. From here we come to understand the importance of his time on Robben Island and the friendships and alliances he formed there, which would later define his political career.
Publication date: 2012-10-01
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9781431403622

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 195
'The voice of the voiceless has been emancipated with great skill...'
Mongane Wally Serote
'Beautifully (and differently) written... traces a real history of SA through minor, ordinary details of a family's life and a few extraordinary experiences of not-very-powerful people.'
Rehana Rossouw, Business Day
'A fascinating perspective on Cape Town as an Indian Ocean city, drawing on both Malay and Indian strands...'
Isabel Hofmeyr
'He felt a compulsion to remember as much as he could, to make a good yarn out of the story trying to burst out. Khalil tried to contain it, to bottle it up, to close the lid on it, but it kept bubbling up, trying valiantly to get itself told...'
Ashraf Kagee, winner of the seventh annual European Union Literary Award, evokes the richly-textured beauty of everyday life of the last century's Cape Malay and Indian cultures, and deftly captures the lyrical resonance of voices long forgotten by history.
Khalil, 'the Companion', is given his name by The One Above at his birth in 1903. Despite evidence of this divine interest, Khalil's eighty-odd years of life remain fairly ordinary - even though many of these years are spent under the far from ordinary conditions of The System in South Africa.
Publication date: 2012-06-01
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9781431429790

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 240
Khamr: The Makings Of A Waterslams is a true story that maps the author's experience of living with an alcoholic father and the direct conflict of having to perform a Muslim life that taught him that nearly everything he called home was forbidden.
A detailed account from his childhood to early adulthood, Jamil F. Khan lays bare the experience of living in a so-called middle-class Coloured home in a neighbourhood called Bernadino Heights in Kraaifontein, a suburb to the north of Cape Town. His memories are overwhelmed by the constant discord that was created by the chaos and dysfunction of his alcoholic home and a co-dependent relationship with his mother, while trying to manage the daily routine of his parents keeping up appearances and him maintaining scholastic excellence.

Khan's memories are clear and detailed, which in turn is complemented by his scholarly thinking and analysis of those memories. He interrogates the intersections of Islam, Colouredness and the hypocrisy of respectability as well as the effect perceived class status has on these social realities in simple yet incisive language, giving the reader more than just a memoir of pain and suffering.

Khan says about his debut book: 'This is not a story for the romanticisation of pain and perseverance, although it tells of overcoming many difficulties. It is a critique of secret violence in faith communities and families, and the hypocrisy that has damaged so many people still looking for a place and way to voice their trauma. This is a critique of the value placed on ritual and culture at the expense of human life and well-being, and the far-reaching consequences of systems of oppression dressed up as tradition.'
Publication date: 2020-05-31
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9780143025474

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 230
Khayelitsha covers the journey of a white South African into a Cape Town township notorious amongst outsiders as the dwelling place of poverty, disease and crime. What he finds in Khayelitsha, which means New Home in Xhosa, is an often humorous display of contradictions, with happiness, compassion and ubuntu thriving side-by-side with tsotsis, HIV/Aids and poverty. Khayelitsha winds its way from the fresh suburbs of the new black middle class, to the sprawling shack areas of the hundreds of thousands of Cape Town's poorest, most of them migrants from the old Apartheid homelands. Still more fascinating is the gradual crumbling of the author's prejudices as day-by-day his life there normalises through experiences that are shared by so many of his countrymen - love, togetherness and the willingness to laugh.
Publication date: 2007-09-01
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9781868429370

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 210
A deeply moving and powerful biography of Fezekile Kuzwayo - better known as Khwezi - the woman the ANC tried to forget.
In August 2016, following the announcement of the results of South Africa's heated municipal election, four courageous young women interrupted Jacob Zuma's victory address, bearing placards asking us to 'Remember Khwezi'. Before being dragged away by security guards, their powerful message had hit home and the public was reminded of the tragic events of 2006, when Zuma was on trial for the rape of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, better known as Khwezi. In the aftermath of the trial, which saw Zuma acquitted, Khwezi was vilified by his many supporters and forced to take refuge outside of South Africa.

Ten years later, just two months after this protest had put Khwezi's struggle back into the minds and hearts of South Africans, Khwezi passed away … But not before she had slipped back into South Africa and started work with Redi Tlhabi on a book about her life. How as a young girl living in ANC camps in exile she was raped by the very men who were supposed to protect her; how as an adult she was driven once again into exile, suffering not only at the hands of Zuma's devotees but under the harsh eye of the media.

In sensitive and considered prose, journalist Redi Tlhabi breathes life into a woman for so long forced to live in the shadows. In giving agency back to Khwezi, Tlhabi is able to focus a broader lens on the sexual abuse that abounded during the 'struggle' years, abuse which continues to plague women and children in South Africa today.
Publication date: 2020-03-15
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9781529021233

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 220
Amit Patel is working as a trauma doctor when a rare condition causes him to lose his sight within thirty-six hours. Totally dependent on others and terrified of stepping outside with a white cane after he's assaulted, he hits rock bottom. He refuses to leave home on his own for three months. With the support of his wife Seema he slowly adapts to his new situation, but how could life ever be the way it was? Then his guide dog Kika comes along. But Kika's stubbornness almost puts her guide dog training in jeopardy - could her quirky personality be a perfect match for someone? Meanwhile Amit has reservations - can he trust a dog with his safety? Paired together in 2015, they start on a journey, learning to trust each other before taking to the streets of London and beyond. The partnership not only gives Amit a renewed lease of life but a new best friend. Then, after a video of an irate commuter rudely asking Amit to step aside on an escalator goes viral, he sets out with Kika by his side to spread a message of positivity and inclusivity, showing that nothing will hold them back. From the challenges of travelling when blind to becoming a parent for the first time, Kika & Me is the moving, heart-warming and inspirational story of Amit's sight-loss journey and how one guide dog changed his world.
Publication date: 2021-03-29
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9781509811021

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 230
After a career spent writing about food, Camas Davis came to a realization: she had never forced herself to grapple with how it actually got to her plate. Out of love with her life and with the world she found herself in, she knew she had to make a change. And so she set off for France. There, in the rolling countryside of Gascony, she would learn the art of butchery, and with it the art of eating and drinking well. Surrounded by farmers, producers, cooks and food-lovers, eating some of the world's least processed and most lovingly made food, Camas discovered the very authenticity she'd longed for in her old life. She just needed to return to America, and bring what she'd learnt back with her. Killing It is the story of one woman's quest to understand what it means to be human and what it means to be animal too.
Publication date: 2019-09-27
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9781920601959

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 285
Born Karoline King in 1980 in Johannesburg South Africa, Sara-Jayne (as she will later be called by her adoptive parents) is the result of an affair, illegal under apartheid's Immorality Act, between a white British woman and a black South African man. Her story reveals the shocking lie created to cover up the forbidden relationship and the hurried overseas adoption of the illegitimate baby, born during one of history's most inhumane and destructive regimes. Killing Karoline follows the journey of the baby girl who is raised in a leafy, middle-class corner of the South of England by a white couple. Plagued by questions surrounding her own identity and unable to 'fit in' Sara-Jayne begins to turn on herself. She eventually returns to South Africa, after 26 years, to face her demons. There she is forced to face issues of identity, race, rejection and belonging beyond that which she could ever have imagined. She must also face her birth family, who in turn must confront what happens when the baby you kill off at a mere six weeks old returns from the dead.
Publication date: 2017-08-01
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9781529103410

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 240
Join the deadly journey of cocaine, from farmer to kingpin. Meet Maria. Maria doesn't see herself as a criminal. She's just a farmhand picking the crops that never lose money: coca. This is Cachote. He prays to the Virgin of the Assassins that his bullets find their target. If he misses, he'll have to answer to the cartel who pay him to take out their enemies. Pedro works the coca labs. But this laboratory is hidden deep in the jungle, and he turns coca leaves in to coca paste, a step just short of cocaine. And finally, here is Alex. Alex is a drug-lord and decides where the drug goes next: into Europe or the US. And he wields the power of life and death over everyone around him.
In Kilo, Toby Muse takes us deeper into the drug trade than ever before, following a kilo of cocaine as it travels from its origins to the street. On the ground in the drug war for over a decade, earning the trust of those involved on all sides, Toby Muse takes us with him through the endless blood-soaked horror and economic logic at every level of the journey of the world's most alluring and dangerous drug. We come to meet and ultimately understand the tainted personal psychology and motivations of each player in this dark El Dorado. But there are no winners here. Anyone who tries to hold the power of the 'white goddess' cocaine is ultimately undone, violently stripped of their humanity, their souls and their lives in this endless, pointless dance of death.
Publication date: 2021-06-30
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9780992221942

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 170
Ollie Viljoen is bekend as veelsydige musikant en vermaaklik-heidster, sonder twyfel een van die grootste stimuleerders van die storievertel- en boeremusiekÂ-tradisie in Afrikaans.

Oor 'n tydperk van dertig jaar was Ollie regisseur van gewilde TV-programme soos Kom kuier saam, Spies en Plessie, Maak 'n las, Kyk-innie-pot en die Boereorkes-kompetisie. Boonop is Ollie 'n radiopersoonlikheid, geliefd vir sy Boeremusiekprogram op RSG.

Kitare en ander snare - Ollie Viljoen vertel, bevat 'n versameling stories, staaltjies en insidente uit sy loopbaan, asook meer as twintig van sy gedigte, wat hy rympies noem.
Publication date: 2014-06-01
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9781869191719

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 170
Toe leukemie in hul twintigste huweliksjaar by Marthie se man Derik gediagnoseer word, word die Mombergs se lewe onherroeplik verander. Die 'vonnis' kom totaal onverwags en die prognose lyk donker.
Publication date: 2008-01-01
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9781928530602

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 220
Kanniedood-koerantman Hennie van Deventer verklap geheime en intriges in nuuskantore en direksiekamers in ʼn 50-stuks informele “grafskrifte” vir ontslape tydgenote.

Beroemde pers-persoonlikhede word met deernis en humor geskilder. Die geskiedenis van die perswese in ʼn goue era word belig deur invloedryke koerantredakteur en koerantehoof van Naspers wat uit ʼn ingeligte binnekring verslag doen.

Koerantkamerade word opgedra aan “almal wat lief is vir koerante en oor die mense agter die papiergordyn wonder.” Dit is vir lesers met ʼn belangstelling in die resente geskiedenis en lesers wat lief is vir lekkerleesstories wat onderhoudend deur ʼn woordvaardige joernalis vertel word.
Publication date: 2021-11-30
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9781869192716

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 385
Kolonie aan die Kaap is die derde deel van 'n vyfdelige werk wat die selfde oorkoepelende titel dra. Dit beskryf die totstandkoming van die VOC se verversingspos aan die Kaap, tesame met die manier waarop dit onder Jan van Riebeeck gedurende die eerste jare reeds tot kolonie uitgegroei het.
Publication date: 2011-01-01
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9781485312925

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 220
In 2001 verander Erika Murray-Theron se lewe onherroeplik toe haar man, Tom, met parkinsonsiekte gediagnoseer word.
Erika begin haar vertelling eers in 2011, toe Tom in 'n meer gevorderde stadium van die siekte verkeer. Dit is die rou optekening van saamleef met 'n geliefde met parkinsons: die ervaring om die fisieke en intellektuele aftakeling van jou lewensmaat te aanskou, die fisieke eise wat met die versorging van so iemand gepaard gaan, en die emosionele inspanning wat dit kos om jouself te staal teen dramatiese en stadige verlies.
Publication date: 2021-09-13
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9781485305934

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 300
In 1957 emigreer die negejarige Henk van Woerden vanaf Nederland met sy gesin na Kaapstad - leertas in die hand, mussie oor die ore, serp om die nek, glasoog in die oogkas. Eers veertig jaar later ontdek hy wat die rede was vir hierdie vertrek na Suid-Afrika: Sy pa was 'n kollaborateur in die Tweede Wêreldoorlog. Die emigrasie is die begin van 'n lewe as buitestaander en vorm later die rooi draad in sy skilderye en literêre werk.

Koning eenoog is die 'n boeiende biografie van die ewig soekende emigrant Henk van Woerden (1947-2005), 'n skrywer wat nie net 'n bekroonde oeuvre agtergelaat het nie (Een mond vol glas - Alan Paton Award en die Frans Kellendronk-prys, Ultramarijn - Gouden Uil en Inktaap) maar ook die Nederlandse literatuur oor Suid-Afrika verander het.
Publication date: 2017-03-01

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