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EXTRACT: Gunship over Angola

news24, Steve Joubert

I arrived at Air Force Base (AFB) Ondangwa – my home for the next three months – for the first time just after lunch on an early November day in 1979. The temperature stood at a steaming-hot 38°C. I was 21 years old. 

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ChimamandaAdichie Is Africa, Africa Is Adichie

Forbes Africa

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s words cleanse the mind. They are profound, creative and thought provoking. Adichie is the fifth of six children born to high achieving parents. Her mother, Grace Ifeoma, was the first female registrar at the University of Nigeria and her father, James Nwoye Adichie, was Nigeria’s first professor of statistics.

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Womens Prize for fictionThe Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 shortlist, from the UK's most prestigious annual book award celebrating and honouring women's fiction has been announced on Tuesday 29 April.

We are proud to represent three of the six shortlisted titles:

Milkman by Anna Burns 9780571338757 availabe here.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 9781786075192 available here.

Circe by Madeline Miller 9781408890042 availabe here.

LawfareBlaming the Constitution for SA's problems is not the answer

Media24, Michelle le Roux and Dennis Davis

The slow, almost non-existent, pace of meaningful land reform in particular has proved to be fertile ground for casting the Constitution as the obstacle or, worse, the mechanism to retain apartheid-era economic and ownership structures of land and other productive assets.

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Fighting for the Dream Why is the ANC so destructive?

Politics web, RW Johnson

EXTRACT: So what are we to make of ‘leaders’ who cheerfully advocate policies that would clearly destroy the national economy? More broadly, how do we account for a leadership that seems bent on repeating policies that have already failed elsewhere? As Einstein said, it is madness to repeat the same actions time and again, expecting a different outcome. 

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WitboyI think people are too critical of South Africa

news24, Alet Janse van Rensburg

"My counter argument is that my great great great grandfather may have been a colonialist, but I'm not. I just have a white skin and am just part of another tribe in Africa. But it does make you wonder if you aren't maybe European. But then you get there and you see that you are definitely African. The way you think and do things are conditioned by your circumstances and where you're from."

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RebelsRebels and Rage - BOOK EXTRACT

Daily Maverick, Adam Habib

It is worth noting that Max Price and I consulted closely throughout the late-2016 protests. For a shortwhile we spoke every night, mostly after 22h00 or 23h00, when he would brief me about developments at UCT and I would do the same for Wits University. We compared strategies and spoke through the advantages and disadvantages of our different responses.

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Girl Stop Apologizing Rachel Hollis reveals the secrets to her success

What are the main points you want to get across in this book?

I hope it encourages women to consider looking at their own dreams as real possibilities instead of just idle thoughts. We have all these “wouldn’t-it-be-nice-ifs.” There are too many women who never step into that for a variety of reasons.

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The Truths Triumphs of Grace AthertonComing to terms with the past…

My Weekly, Karen Byrom

Although music is her life, extraordinarily talented cello player Grace Atherton won’t play in public. Instead she devotes her time to her music shop, where she makes and repairs stringed instruments. Her free time is spent with long-term lover, David, usually at his Paris apartment where they enjoy meals, concerts, shopping expedition, and of course time alone when they can make sweet music of the loving sort.

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