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Backdraft 2 (DVD): Joe Anderson, Alisha Bailey, William Baldwin, Donald Sutherland Backdraft 2 (DVD)
Joe Anderson, Alisha Bailey, William Baldwin, Donald Sutherland
R150 R30 Discovery Miles 300 Save R120 (80%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Fire investigator Sean McCaffrey, son of the late Steven "Bull" McCaffrey, is now working at the same Chicago firehouse along with his uncle Brian. When Sean is assigned to investigate a deadly fire, he and partner Maggie soon realize that they are dealing with something much more than a routine fire.

The clues they discover lead them down a treacherous path of arson, murder, and international terrorism. Sean must use his intuition, along with the help of infamous jailed arsonist Ronald Bartel, in a race to find out who is behind the fire and stop them from accomplishing their devious plans.

Weber's Ultimate Braaiing (Hardcover): Jamie Purviance Weber's Ultimate Braaiing (Hardcover)
Jamie Purviance
R390 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R111 (28%) In stock

Weber has done it again! This latest offering is exactly what you’d expect from the world’s foremost barbecue company. Innovative recipes, imaginative ingredients, fabulous photography, and a wealth of sound advice for both novice cooks and experienced braai-masters. When it comes to mastery of the cooking fire, the Weber chefs really know their stuff. So light up the braai and allow Jamie Purviance, Weber’s award-winning culinary consultant, to tantalize your tastebuds with everything from chicken and steak to seafood, vegetables and desserts, all prepared on a Weber charcoal or gas braai. For new braaiers, the Introduction offers sound advice on how to handle the four T’s: temperature, time, technique and tools, and explains the mysteries of direct and indirect heat, and how to use a smoker. Pizzas done to perfection, burgers with attitude, succulent ribs, Texas-style brisket, spatchcocked chicken and even roast turkey are all within your grasp, thanks to the detailed step-by-step instructions and photographs.

Death Flight - Apartheid's Secret Doctrine Of Disappearance (Paperback): Michael Schmidt Death Flight - Apartheid's Secret Doctrine Of Disappearance (Paperback)
Michael Schmidt
R295 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R70 (24%) In stock

In 1979, the SADF established a highly clandestine unit, called Delta40 or D40 in short. This ultra­secret unit was tasked with the dirty work of “disappearing” hundreds of ANC, PAC and Swapo actvisits. With the help of Project Coast, D40 poisoned political activists and prisoners of war before dumping their bodies into the ocean from a light aircraft.

Even some of the SADF’s own special force members became victims of these ‘death flights’ when they threatened to expose the secret work of D40. D40 was renamed Barnacle and eventually became the well­known Civil Co­operation Bureau (CCB), but the existence and operations of D40 remained almost unknown until now. Its role in state­sanctioned murders was a well­kept secret.

Seasoned investigative journalist Michael Schmidt interviewed veteran D40, Barnacle and CCB operatives, as well as Recce commanders and double­agents, to piece together this top­secret history. With Death Flight he uncovers black ops kept hidden for decades

Voices From The Underground - Eighteen Life Stories From Umkhonto We Sizwe's Ashley Kriel Detachment (Paperback): Shirley... Voices From The Underground - Eighteen Life Stories From Umkhonto We Sizwe's Ashley Kriel Detachment (Paperback)
Shirley Gunn, Shanil Haricharan
R320 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R67 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

What was it like to be a freedom fighter in the 1980s? Eighteen members of the ANC’s military underground tell their stories, describing their backgrounds, their roles in the armed struggle and their lives since the fall of apartheid.

In 1987, the apartheid minister of law and order boasted that the security forces had crushed Umkhonto we Sizwe in the Western Cape. He could not have been more wrong. The Ashley Kriel Detachment, named after one of their slain comrades, conducted over thirty operations between late 1987 and early 1990, playing a crucial role in the defeat of an unjust system. In Voices from the Underground, eighteen members of the AKD give accounts of their involvement in the armed struggle. The book traces their varying journeys into MK, via student activism, trade unions, religious organisations and UDF politics. It details their training in Angola, Botswana, Tanzania, Cuba and South Africa, and their experiences of detention and interrogation. Members recall the stresses of couriering arms and explosives across police roadblocks, hiding in safe houses and evading capture. They talk about the operations they executed, the measures they took to avoid civilian casualties, and their responses to security breaches and the deaths of comrades in the line of duty.

Above all, this is a book about people, showing the effects of apartheid on their lives, their reasons for joining the armed struggle, the challenges of surviving in the underground while raising children, and their experiences of returning to civilian life or, in some cases, integrating into the SANDF.

Voices from the Underground gives a human face to ordinary people who took up arms to fight a violent state for the freedom of all South Africans.

Indentured - Behind The Scenes At Gupta TV (Paperback): Rajesh Sundaram Indentured - Behind The Scenes At Gupta TV (Paperback)
Rajesh Sundaram 2
R185 R153 Discovery Miles 1 530 Save R32 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The scene: An Indian television journalist is drafted in to lead the setting up of a new 24/7 television news channel in South Africa. The goal: To create a world class news product. This is the story of the three months Rajesh Sundaram, along with a small team of Indian television professionals, took to launch what was to be the biggest news channel in South Africa. However, this launch was not without its wide range of challenges, catastrophes and social media entertainment.

From capricious, micro-managing owners who had a political and commercial agenda to the shocking abuse of staff and violation of laws, finally resulting in a tempestuous and very public parting of ways, Indentured is the true story behind the launch of ANN7 - better known as Gupta TV.

This is behind the scenes, disclosing a range of delicious stories about the Gupta brothers, and their relationship with Number 9. And yes; you'll be told exactly why he is called Number 9.

The Bombing (Chinese, DVD): Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Ye Liu, Seung-heon Song The Bombing (Chinese, DVD)
Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Ye Liu, Seung-heon Song
R49 Discovery Miles 490 Ships in 20 - 25 working days

War drama based on true events and set during WWII in which U.S. Air Force commander Jack Johnson is tasked with preparing Chinese pilots to take on the ruthless Japanese fighter planes.

While they deflect attack from the air, a team on the ground must escort a decoder device through the countryside and ultimately get it in safe hands while they evade the constant onslaught of war around them.

(Please Note: This movie is mainly subtitled with Chinese being the dominant spoken language)

Cobra Adventure AM-645 2-Way Radios (8km)(Set of 2)(Black and Orange): Cobra Adventure AM-645 2-Way Radios (8km)(Set of 2)(Black and Orange)
R1,299 R909 Discovery Miles 9 090 Save R390 (30%) In stock
The Man Who Invented Christmas (DVD): Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce The Man Who Invented Christmas (DVD)
Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce 1
R56 R35 Discovery Miles 350 Save R21 (38%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol.

Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), the film shows how Charles Dickens mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

Cold Storage (Paperback): David Koepp Cold Storage (Paperback)
David Koepp 1
R330 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R66 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The astonishing debut novel by the screenwriter of blockbuster movies such as Jurassic Park; Mission Impossible; War Of The Worlds and Spider-Man. Cold Storage is a wild and terrifying adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism.

When Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mutative organism capable of extinction-level destruction. He contained it and buried it in cold storage deep beneath a little-used military repository. Now, after decades of festering in a forgotten sub-basement, the specimen has found its way out and is on a lethal feeding frenzy. Only Diaz knows how to stop it.

He races across the country to help two unwitting security guards -one an ex-con, the other a single mother. Over one harrowing night, the unlikely trio must figure out how to quarantine this horror again. All they have is luck, fearlessness, and a mordant sense of humour. Will that be enough to save all of humanity?

Acclaimed reviews:
“[Koepp] writes well, he has a wicked sense of humor and his characters are so keenly, intelligently and even movingly drawn. . . . On every level, Cold Storage is pure, unadulterated entertainment.” (Douglas Preston, The New York Times Book Review)

“Engaging. . . . Koepp recognizes that this is all pretty zany and imbues the novel with a mordant sense of humor, which gives Cold Storage a welcome vibrancy and lightness.” (USA Today)

“The story line in Cold Storage invokes classic horror films. . . . It’s scary, and a great deal of fun.” (Associated Press)

“[Koepp] delivers a story worthy of Michael Crichton.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“It has all the hallmarks of a thriller destined for Hollywood.” (Polygon)

“A thriller of breakneck speed, Cold Storage will be an engaging read that fans of Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter could devour in one sitting.” (Ars Technica)

“Chilling. . . . Propulsive. . . . Koepp is skilled at sharp, often humorous dialogue. . . . [A] taut, mordant thriller debut.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“A terrific thriller: ambitious, audacious, gory, scary, flamboyant, and funny....[Koepp makes] a seamless, massively effective transition from the visual medium to the literary. The book doesn’t read like a modestly beefed-up pitch for a movie; it’s a rich, textured, and downright impossible-to-put-down story.” (Booklist (starred review))

“A sensational SF thriller. . . . Breakneck pacing and nonstop action. . . . Michael Crichton fans won’t want to miss this one.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Cold Storage is The Andromeda Strain on crack: chilling end-of-the-world terror infected with wicked humor. Koepp pulls it off with style. When the real apocalypse arrives, may it be even half as funny as this.” (Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of A Noise Downstairs)

Green Book (Blu-ray disc): Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini Green Book (Blu-ray disc)
Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini 1
R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 In stock

Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali star in Green Book, a film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class, and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.

When Tony Lip, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

(Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay. Also nominated for: Best Actor, Best Film Editing)

The Angel Of Auschwitz (DVD): Noeleen Comiskey, Michael McKell The Angel Of Auschwitz (DVD)
Noeleen Comiskey, Michael McKell
R102 R92 Discovery Miles 920 Save R10 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Auschwitz 1944. A Polish midwife is incarcerated in the infamous concentration camp, and is soon recruited to help Dr Mengele in the camp hospital. Discovering that he is experimenting on the children and pregnant women in the camp she vows to do whatever she can to save as many children as possible.

This is the incredible true story of Stanislawa Leczenska, who would go on to deliver 3,000 babies in terrifying conditions and earn herself the name The Angel Of Auschwitz.

Cul-De-Sac - A Memoir (Paperback): Elsa Joubert Cul-De-Sac - A Memoir (Paperback)
Elsa Joubert
R325 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R46 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Multiple award-winning author Elsa Joubert's memoir about life after the death of her beloved husband. She must come to terms with the loss of independence, friends who die and the changes in her memory and bodily powers. Vivid memories of her eventful life as a celebrated writer are skilfully woven into her story. Filled with wisdom, compassion and humour, this book will leave no reader untouched.

The Founder (DVD): Michael Keaton, Linda Cardellini, John Carroll Lynch, Nick Offerman, Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson The Founder (DVD)
Michael Keaton, Linda Cardellini, John Carroll Lynch, Nick Offerman, Laura Dern, … 10
R144 R49 Discovery Miles 490 Save R95 (66%) In stock

The incredible true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a humble yet popular burger operation in 1950s Southern California.

So impressed by the brothers' 'speedy system', Kroc risked his marriage, bankruptcy and his reputation to create a billion-dollar empire that revolutionised the world.

From director John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks, The Blind Side) comes this stunning and shocking portrayal of the man whose hunger for the American Dream ate away everything he knew.

Shadow State - The Politics Of State Capture (Paperback): Ivor Chipkin, Mark Swilling, Haroon Bhorat, Mzukisi Qobo, Sikhulekile... Shadow State - The Politics Of State Capture (Paperback)
Ivor Chipkin, Mark Swilling, Haroon Bhorat, Mzukisi Qobo, Sikhulekile Duma, …
R280 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R49 (18%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The 2017 publication of Betrayal of the Promise, the report that detailed the systematic nature of state capture, marked a key moment in South Africa's most recent struggle for democracy. In the face of growing evidence of corruption and of the weakening of state and democratic institutions, it provided, for the first time, a powerful analysis of events that helped galvanise resistance within the Tripartite Alliance and across civil society.

Working often secretly, the authors consolidated, for the first time, large amounts of evidence from a variety of sources. They showed that the Jacob Zuma administration was not simply a criminal network but part of an audacious political project to break the hold of whites and white business on the economy and to create a new class of black industrialists. State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) such as Eskom and Transnet were central to these plans. The report introduced a whole new language to discuss state capture, showing how SOEs were `repurposed', how political power was shifting away from constitutional bodies to `kitchen cabinets', and how a `shadow state' at odds with the country's constitutional framework was being built.

Shadow State is an updated version of the original, explosive report that changed South Africa's recent history.

Dealing In Death - Ellen Pakkies And A Community's Struggle With Tik (Paperback, New Updated Edition): Sylvia Walker Dealing In Death - Ellen Pakkies And A Community's Struggle With Tik (Paperback, New Updated Edition)
Sylvia Walker
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In September 2007, Ellen Pakkies, a working mother from Lavender Hill on the Cape Flats, strangled her son to death. The judge in the subsequent trial sentenced her to community service for her crime. What drove Ellen to commit this horrific deed, and why the ostensibly light sentence for such a heinous crime?

The story of what happened over ten years ago has continued to grip public interest, putting a spotlight on the dire and desperate situation faced by many parents of addicted children. A highly successful play was produced in theatres around South Africa in 2011/12, and a full-length movie has recently been made of this story, which will reach the big screen in September 2018.

When Dealing in Death was first published in 2009, the scourge of drug addiction was sweeping across South Africa, affecting every level of society. Little, if anything, has changed since then, as this new edition reveals. The use of tik, particularly in the Western Cape, has skyrocketed, and it was Abie Pakkies’s addiction to this drug, and the horrendous impact it had on his and his family’s lives, that drove Ellen to murder. Her trial exposed the dark underbelly of a community crippled by drug and alcohol abuse, and focused attention on the plight of those who live in poverty and do not have recourse to drug-rehabilitation centres and other measures effective in the treatment of addicts.

Dealing in Death looks at the global and local drugs culture, the predicament of Ellen Pakkies and other mothers like her, and an impoverished community and the apartheid laws that gave birth to it.

The Bookshop (DVD): Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson The Bookshop (DVD)
Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson
R137 Discovery Miles 1 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name, The Bookshop is set in 1959 as Florence Green, a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop – the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England.

Fighting damp, cold and considerable local apathy she struggles to establish herself but soon her fortunes change for the better.

Finding Common Ground - Land, Equity & Agriculture: Wandile Sihlobo Finding Common Ground - Land, Equity & Agriculture
Wandile Sihlobo
R299 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R52 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

‘My hope is that people can grow to appreciate this sector – its challenges and opportunities, but most importantly, the role agriculture can play in improving South Africa’s rural economy, creating jobs and bringing about much-needed transformation (or inclusive growth).’
Wandile Sihlobo is perfectly positioned to provide a well-rounded, accessible view of agriculture in South Africa. He spent his school holidays in the rural Eastern Cape, studied agricultural economics at university, has worked in private-sector agriculture, consulting with farmers across the country, and has been an adviser to government as part of South African policymaking bodies.

Finding Common Ground is a selection of key articles from Sihlobo’s regular Business Day column, framed with insightful commentary and context. The book covers the broad themes that have marked current discussions and outlines the challenges and opportunities faced by South Africa’s agricultural sector, including:

  • The contentious and complex issue of land reform;
  • The potential for new leadership to revive the sector;
  • How agriculture can drive development and job creation;
  • Cannabis as an exportable commodity;
  • The urgent need for agricultural policy to address gender equity and youth involvement;
  • Technological developments and megatrends that are underpinning agricultural development;
  • The importance of trade in growing South Africa’s agriculture; and Key lessons that South Africa and other African countries can learn from one another.

Ultimately, Sihlobo is optimistic about the future of South Africa’s agricultural sector and shows us all – from policymakers to the general public – how much common ground we truly have.
The Resurrection Of Winnie Mandela (Paperback): Sisonke Msimang The Resurrection Of Winnie Mandela (Paperback)
Sisonke Msimang
R160 R128 Discovery Miles 1 280 Save R32 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on 2 April this year unleashed a hailstorm of opinion. On one side, Winnie's legacy was under construction by the media and public in the shadow of her sanctified ex-husband, casting Winnie as history's loser.

Msimang - who in the last few years has reflected extensively on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela - stood on the side of a younger generation, particularly of black women, who sought to reclaim Ma Winnie's identity as an extraordinary woman and fierce political activist. Examining that early impulse, Msimang has written a succinct, razor-sharp book. It is a primer for young feminists, popular culture enthusiasts and those interested in the politics of memory, reconciliation and justice, and a book that is as much about a woman as it is about the country she left behind.

The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela is an astute examination of one of South Africa's most controversial political figures. It charts the rise and fall - and rise, again - of a woman who not only battled the apartheid regime, but the patriarchal character of the society that moulded her. In telling Ma Winnie's story, Sisonke Msimang demonstrates the vital link between reclaiming the lives of one complex woman, and activism aimed at restoring the dignity of all women.

Vital Remains - The True Story Of The Coloured Boy Behind The Wardrobe (Paperback): Amos Van Der Merwe Vital Remains - The True Story Of The Coloured Boy Behind The Wardrobe (Paperback)
Amos Van Der Merwe 1
R50 R42 Discovery Miles 420 Save R8 (16%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Chris Barnard needed the help of exceptional men and women to stay ahead of the fast-developing science of transplantation. One of these exceptional men were Winston Wicomb, the darker brother of the famous Randall.

He had to be hidden as a child to prevent the Apartheid inspectors from discovering his family’s racial identity. He had to endure the rampant racism that existed in South Africa at school and in the army… Winston, who had to fix cars in the backyard to make ends meet, had a curious encounter with Chris Barnard and got appointed in his research laboratory. Winston had to develop an apparatus with which hearts could be kept alive to enable transport.

This is the story of an unlikely hero; a man who changed transplantation forever, and a South African citizen who never got the recognition he deserved.

It’s a story of perseverance. And hope. Even... love.

City Of Lies (DVD): Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker City Of Lies (DVD)
Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker
R150 R98 Discovery Miles 980 Save R52 (35%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Based on the true story of one of the most notorious and unsolved cases in recent time, City of Lies is a provocative thriller revealing a never-before-seen look at the infamous murder of music legend The Notorious B.I.G. shortly following the death of Tupac.

L.A.P.D. detective Russell Poole has spent years trying to solve his biggest case, but after two decades, the investigation remains open. "Jack" Jackson, a reporter desperate to save his reputation and career, is determined to find out why. In search of the truth, the two team up and unravel a growing web of institutional corruption and lies.

Relentless in their hunt, these two determined men threaten to uncover the conspiracy and crack the foundation of the L.A.P.D. and an entire city.

Southern African Muckraking - 300 Years Of Investigative Journalism Which Has Shaped The Region (Paperback): Anton Harber Southern African Muckraking - 300 Years Of Investigative Journalism Which Has Shaped The Region (Paperback)
Anton Harber
R280 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R49 (18%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This book celebrates the rich, varied and untold history of investigative journalism in southern Africa and the crucial role it has played in shaping the region over the last 300 years.

It tells of the escapades of those who exposed atrocities of the British colonial rulers, the seizure of land from black owners, apartheid death squads, prison conditions, farm labour, government and corporate corruption, environmental travesty and health issues. Young journalists who have previously studied the likes of the Watergate scandal will have access to African journalists who faced huge risks to expose the abuse of power, ranging from the undercover exploits of the legendary ‘Mr Drum’, through to the recent #Guptaleaks exposé, of which it was said, ‘Seldom have journalists played such a crucial role in bringing a country back from the brink.’ The book highlights the long record of accountability journalism in countries such as South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, and the recent surge of such work in others such as Botswana and Malawi.

It breaks new ground in stretching the history of this type of journalism decades further back than previously recorded, including largely ignored work such as John Dube’s coverage of the Zulu Bambatha Rebellion and Richard Msimang’s documentation of the impact of land confiscation in the early 20th century.

The book includes an introduction by Anton Harber, editor and professor, and each case study is written up by an expert in the area.

Gunship Over Angola - The Story Of A Maverick Pilot (Paperback): Steve Joubert Gunship Over Angola - The Story Of A Maverick Pilot (Paperback)
Steve Joubert 3
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Steve Joubert had always wanted to be a pilot and the only way he could afford to do so, was to join the South African Air Force in the late 1970s.

As an adventurous young man with a wicked sense of humour, he tells of the many amusing escapades he had as a trainee pilot. But soon he is sent to fight in the Border War in northern Namibia (then South West Africa) where he is exposed to the carnage of war. The pilots of the Alouette helicopters were witness to some of the worst scenes of the Border War. Often, they were the first to arrive after a deadly landmine accident.

In the fiercest battles their gunships regularly supplied life-saving air cover to troops on the ground.

Camp & Caravan (Paperback, 4th ed): Map Studio Camp & Caravan (Paperback, 4th ed)
Map Studio
R310 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R81 (26%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

South African’s favourite holidays are spent camping across the country. With such a variety of environment, terrain, fauna and flora there is quite simply a new adventure on every horizon.

There are family favourites and sites for the more adventurous, luxury glamping to camping with only the basic amenities. Camp and Caravan covers all budgets from coast to coast. This handy guide will assist you in choosing your destination, be it a star-rated beach resort or a remote bush camp. Sites are listed by province, with colour-coding for easy reference. Each entry contains a brief description of the site, the type of resort, the price range, and symbols showing the facilities available, as well as the Tourism Grading Council rating, where applicable. Full contact details and GPS co-ordinates are supplied.

Content:

  • Quickfinder listing over 600 caravan and camping sites
  • Icons indicating price range, facilities and amenities
  • Toll road and distance information
  • Detailed provincial and area maps
  • Useful camping checklist and emergency numbers
Imprisoned - The Experience Of A Prisoner Under Apartheid (Paperback): Sylvia Neame Imprisoned - The Experience Of A Prisoner Under Apartheid (Paperback)
Sylvia Neame 1
R280 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R49 (18%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This extraordinary account of imprisonment shows with exacting clarity the awful injustices of the system. Sylvia Neame, activist against apartheid and racism and by profession a historian (see the three-volume, The Congress Movement, HSRC Press, 2015), has not written a classical historical memoir. Rather, this book is a highly personal account, written in an original style. At the same time, it casts a particularly sharp light on the unfolding of a policedominated apartheid system in the 1960s.

The author incorporates some of her experiences in prisons and police stations around the country, including the fabricated trial she faced while imprisoned in Port Elizabeth, one of the many such trials which took place in the Eastern Cape. But her focus is on Barberton Prison. Here she was imprisoned together with a small number of other white women political prisoners, most of whom had stood trial and been sentenced in Johannesburg in 1964–5 for membership to an illegal organisation, the Communist Party. It is a little known story. Not even the progressive party MP Helen Suzman found her way here.

Barberton Prison, a maximum security prison, part of a farm jail complex in the eastern part of what was then known as the Transvaal province, was far from any urban centre. The women were kept in a small space at one end of the prison in extreme isolation under a regime of what can only be called psychological warfare, carried out on the instructions of the ever more powerful (and corrupt) security apparatus. A key concern for the author was the mental and psychological symptoms which emerged in herself and her fellow prisoners and the steps they took to maintain their sanity. It is a narrative partly based on diary entries, written in a minute hand on tissue paper, which escaped the eye of the authorities. Moreover, following her release in April 1967 – she had been altogether incarcerated for some three years – she produced a full script in the space of two or three months. The result is immediacy, spontaneity, authenticity; a story full of searing detail. It is also full of a fighting spirit, pervaded by a sharp intellect, a capacity for fine observation and a sense of humour typical of the women political prisoners at Barberton.

A crucial theme in Sylvia Neame’s account is the question of whether something positive emerged out of her experience and, if so, what exactly it was.

Let The Sunshine In (Paperback): Zapiro Let The Sunshine In (Paperback)
Zapiro
R175 R145 Discovery Miles 1 450 Save R30 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

It’s been one helluva year – again. We’ve seen Zuma resign as president, the DA go after its own people, Trump exercise his megalomania, the rise of racial tensions (as well as the petrol price) and tempers being flared. All while the Guptas fled the Saxonwold Shebeen.

Who better to make sense of this than Zapiro, political analyst, cartoonist and agent provocateur. He has the ability to knock the air out of us, to rock us back in our seats, to force us bolt upright with a 1000-watt jolt of electrifying shock. He makes us angry, he makes us laugh and he makes us think. He shines a light on the elephant in the room, presents the emperor in all his naked glory. Impossible to brush off, he is determined to provoke a response.

When all around is crumbling, when fake news and zipped lips conceal the truth, Zapiro comes to the rescue. With the dissecting eye of a surgeon, the rapier-like point of his pen exposes flimflam, and reveals with a single line what lies behind the action.

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