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All of us who work at Jacana Media and the Board Members of Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) are heartsore at the untimely passing of Gerald Kraak, author and JLF board member.
Gerald was joint winner of the European Union Literary Award in 2005, for his widely acclaimed novel Ice in the Lungs.
As a board member of the JLF since its inception, Gerald’s skills, funding commitment and great interest in helping debut South African novelists was at the centre of the foundation.
As an author, Gerald was dogged by the familiar and frequent importunes of the publisher, disguised as the carefree “How is the new book coming along?”. It was always met with his great good humour but too, with a desire to write. He was a natural storyteller, and was looking forward to working on more fiction as he gradually had more time to devote to it. His devotion to ensuring a deeply rooted human rights culture in South Africa is one of his greatest gifts to us.
We send our sympathies to the Kraak family and to his many friends.
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In 1987, the Helderberg plane crash took the lives of Dominque Luck’s mother and younger sister. Surviving Flight 295: Life After the Helderberg – the Memoir of Dominique Luck, written by Luck and Joanne Lillie, recounts the event, and how its aftermath affected Luck.
Gadeeja Abbas wrote an article for Eyewitness News about the book, noting that Luck says the deaths of her family members were “a complete devastation”. The situation did not feel real as no bodies were ever recovered, so it was also very difficult to move on.
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Twenty-seven years after the Helderberg air disaster in South Africa, Dominique Luck, who lost her mother and baby sister at the age of eight, has spoken up about the tragic night when Flight SA 295 plunged into the Indian Ocean in 1987.
The disaster, which left no survivors, was an event that shocked the nation and the world.
The article links to an interview of Dominique Luck and Joanne Lillie by Ray White on Cape Talk 567.
Luck says that her strongest recollection of the time after the plane crash that took the lives of her mother and younger sister is that everything felt wrong, and different. She says life went on for her, but there was a gaping whole in her life where her mother had been.
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- Surviving Flight 295: Life After the Helderberg – the Memoir of Dominique Luck by Joanne Lillie, Dominique Luck
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White Paper, White Ink by Jonathan Morgan and Sipho Madini is the ultimate page-turner.
Imagine a crash course in South African history presented as a Shawshank Redemption-like, jailhouse-rock prison thriller. Imagine a book, the Pure White Book, written in closely guarded code, to all extents invisible, because it is written with white ink on pure white pages. A book that no one can see or hold in their hands, which has been passed down orally by gangs in South African prisons, from generation to generation.
Welcome to Picketberg Prison and to the historic moment in time when the ganglord keepers of the code, for their own reasons, decide to publish the entire Pure White Book.
Two prisoners, neither of them gangsters, find themselves drawn into this project as ghost-writers. They are Sipho Madini – a street kid and gifted writer and poet – wrongfully imprisoned for burglary. And Don February, in his late sixties, who grew up in District 6 as a young gangster but who has since distanced himself from a gangster identity.
Don, who did time on Robben Island in the 1970s, when it was still called “the University”, has made it his mission to transform this backwater prison into a place of higher learning. Even the gangsters begin to show interest in Don’s weekly discussion groups which deal with the themes of colonisation, dispossession and slavery. Through this process they begin to interrogate their own gang histories, inscribed on their bodies in the form of tattoos, and their own stories begin to unfold and weave in ways they never could have predicted.
This is the story of two men’s efforts not only to survive harsh prison conditions but to bring mental freedom and higher consciousness to the other inmates, challenging them to ask what the difference is between a freedom fighter and a common criminal.
About the authors
Jonathan Morgan has worked as a teacher, community vegetable gardener, clinical psychologist and most recently as a writer and editor of psychosocial materials for REPSSI (Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative). Jonathan lives in Cape Town with his wife Kyoko, his daughter Masego and his son Taiji. He loves cycling, hiking and surfing.
Sipho Madini was and is the central character in Finding Mr Madini. He was born in Kimberley and attended school until standard nine where he got distinctions for English and Afrikaans. As a nine-year-old he would rummage through the Vergenoeg municipal dump for discarded books. He dreamed of writing his own book someday as well as having it published. At the age of 16 he completed a book about taxi drivers, relationship problems, one-night stands and ghosts. This handwritten manuscript was placed into a big envelope and, from Kimberley, posted to a Johannesburg PO Box address that Sipho had found in a magazine. In 1997 Sipho followed his story to Johannesburg. His adventures there are well described in Finding Mr Madini. Sipho now works in Sebokeng as an electrical contractor. He lives with his girlfriend Maserame and their three-year-old baby girl Kegisaletse.
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In Executive Salaries: Who Should Have a Say on Pay? the 2012 executive pay packages of 50 of South Africa’s largest and most influential listed companies are examined.
A 2006 study by Crotty and Bonorchis revealed that, on average, the CEOs got paid more than R15 million a year – more than 700 times the minimum wage in certain industries. The authors predicted that without government intervention, executive packages would continue to sky-rocket. Unfortunately these predictions have come true, despite employment equity measures and changes to corporate governance requirements in King III. The average cash and benefits package of the 50 CEOs studied in 2012 came to almost R13.1 million and, once the gains on the vesting and exercise of share options is included, this average rises steeply to almost R49 million.
South Africa’s widening income inequality and its history of racism, poverty and social unrest demand that something more be done to reverse this trend. But what will it take for companies to rein in excessive executive salaries? In Executive Salaries we consider these questions:
- How do you strengthen the shareholder’s say on pay to ensure that the board of directors responsible for setting pay take into account multiple stakeholder interests?
- Should the courts, the Department of Labour, employees, the tax man or the remaining 99% of society have a say on what the 1% are being paid?
- How do you modify corporate governance standards, the tax code and labour legislation to achieve these goals?
- How do we turn shareholders into activists and empower the workforce?
- Is change only possible if a more fundamental shift in attitudes is achieved?
This book addresses these pressing issues and considers possible mechanisms to rein in excessive executive pay.
Without these interventions, South Africa will continue on a path of instability and unrest, while the rich get richer and the poor become poorer.
About the author
Kaylan Massie was born and raised in Canada. She received an Honours degree in Economics from Queen’s University and a Law degree from the University of British Columbia. During her university studies she received numerous academic awards and scholarships. After graduating from law school and completing her articles at one of the leading corporate law firms in Canada, Kaylan qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2009. Upon qualification, she began practicing litigation, labour and employment law, representing clients before courts, the labour relations board and labour arbitrators. In 2011, she moved to South Africa with her husband and enrolled in postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town. She graduated with distinction with a Master’s degree in Labour Law in 2012.
Debbie Collier is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Commercial Law, Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and is an associate of the Institute of Development and Labour Law. After receiving her BA LLB from Rhodes University, Collier completed pupillage and later articles and practiced as an attorney in the Eastern Cape specialising primarily in employment law matters. In 2001, Debbie joined the UCT Law Faculty as an assistant lecturer and IT co-ordinator and was subsequently awarded her LLM and PhD at UCT. Debbie’s core teaching responsibilities, and primary field of research, is in employment law and development, with a focus on workplace discrimination and the law.
Ann Crotty was born in Ireland, and educated in Ireland, England, Wales and Malaysia. With an MA from Trinity College in Dublin and an MBA from University College, Dublin, she has always been hot on the heels of investment issues. Her MBA thesis covered the use of derivatives by the institutional investors in Dublin. In 2010 she received her MPhil in Company Law from UCT. Her thesis covered conflicts of interest presented by share repurchasing. Since first coming to South Africa, Crotty has risen through the ranks of South African journalism to become one of the best financial writers the country has to offer. From uncovering questionable incentive arrangements at Nedbank to her decisive work on executive pay, she never fails to keep her readers enthralled or incensed. Crotty was named journalist of the year in 2005, along with her colleague Renee Bonorchis, for their work on executive pay, which was published in Business Report. In 2006, Crotty was names Sanlam Financial Journalist of the year for her work on the contentious proposal to merge Sasol and Engen. In 2013 she won the Economy and Industry Section of the Sanlam Award for coverage of the farm workers’ protest in the Western Cape.
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Jacana Media presents Unimportance, a new novel by Thando Mgqolozana:
One of the most original voices in literature today, Mgqolozana, author of A Man Who is Not a Man and Hear Me Alone, is releasing his third novel.
Unimportance is the gripping account of 12 anxiety-stricken hours in the life of Zizi, a university student and candidate in the upcoming SRC presidential election, and his struggle to balance his pristine public image with his darker private life.
On the morning of the presidential manifesto presentations Zizi delivers a speech no one could have expected and makes an extraordinary confession. As Zizi’s words fade, and a sense of shock lingers in the air, he is faced with the reality of his actions. As the students realise that they may vote a highly flawed man into office how will they respond? What will it mean, either way? In Unimportance, the university is successfully displayed as a microcosm of society as Mgqolozana yet again delivers to the reader a story written in his unconventional style.
“Thando Mgqolozana is perhaps South Africa’s most significant new writer from 2009.” – Percy Zvomuya, Mail & Guardian
“Surreal, challenging, cutting and funny.” – Rachel Zadok, author of Sister Sister (a Sunday Times Literary Award finalist)
“Beautifully complex and beautifully simple.” – Karen Jennings, author of Finding Soutbek (an Etisalat Prize for Literature contender)
About the author
Thando Mgqolozana is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, a recipient of the Golden Key International Honour for Scholastic Achievement, and one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans. He has previously worked as a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council and is now based at the University of Cape Town. Thando is also the author of Hear Me Alone (2011) and A Man Who Is Not a Man (2009), a novel that enjoyed critical success and was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
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New from Jacana Media, South Africa: The Present as History, by John S Saul and Patrick Bond:
Saul and Bond trace South African history from early days through the long European conquest and into two decades of democracy. The current socio-economic paradox – one that finds inequality, unemployment and poverty worsening since 1994 – reflect Nelson Mandela’s early 1990s concessions, choices which reduced the pursuit of genuine socio-economic and political transformation to the mere realisation of what can best be termed ‘low-intensity democracy’. Analysing tensions exemplified by Marikana, the authors consider potential futures for an increasingly volatile society.
The world wanted South Africa’s true, liberated history – and the writing of it – to begin in 1994, but deep contradictions have quickly bubbled to the surface, revealing a society gripped in turmoil. The results of all this have been, of course, paradoxical: a series of elections since 1994 seemed to confirm the ANC’s hold, both popular and legitimate, on power. Yet, simultaneously, South Africa has found itself with one of the world’s highest rates of protest and dissent, expressed both in the work-place and on township streets, in universities and technikons (higher education institutions of technology), clinics and central city squares. 16 August 2014 saw the lives of nearly three dozen platinum mineworkers end prematurely and violently. The premeditated “Marikana Massacre” demonstrated to the world how little Mandela’s ANC had changed South Africa’s core power relations, notwithstanding the dramatic, heroic victory over racist rule in 1994.
About the Authors
John S Saul is professor emeritus of Social and Political Science and African Studies at York University in Toronto and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and also taught in Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa. He formerly edited Southern African Report and has authored/edited 20 books.
Patrick Bond is a senior professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society in Durban. His books include Elite Transition; Cities of Gold, Townships of Coal, Unsustainable South Africa, Against Global Apartheid, Talk Left, Walk Right and Zuma’s Own Goal.
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Coming soon from Jacana Media, Indentured: Behind the scenes at Gupta TV, by Rajesh Sundaram
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 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.
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Forthcoming from Jacana Media, 50 Shades of Greed: The Services SETA, Warts and All by Ivor Blumenthal:
Who are the heroes and villains of the Skills Revolution? How have political parties and trade unions benefited from their association with the Services SETA? Is a democratic and peaceful transformation possible in the South African and African context?
50 Shades of Greed tells the story of Blumenthal’s experiences as the CEO of the Services SETA and seeks to provide the answers to these and other questions. Blumenthal presents a review of his time as the head of Services SETA and addresses the circumstances of his leaving, and the state of the Services SETA as he left it.
The former CEO of the Services SETA, who was forcefully removed from his position in the organisation, provides an untapped internal perspective of the Services SETA and the relationships between government, labour and business. Blumenthal discusses the support and hindrance available to the success of an organisation like Services SETA with the objective of sharing his internal perspective with the broader community.
50 Shades of Greed takes an in-depth look at the Services SETA and its successes, and the wide-scale redevelopment of the Skills Development Framework over the decade in which Blumenthal served as its CEO.
About the Author
Dr Ivor Blumenthal studied Law and Psychology at Wits, completing his Honours in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at RAU while clerking for a judge at the Supreme Court. Thereafter he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Management at Wits Business School, working in HR in the banking and printing sectors. During that time he also served as a ward city councillor in Johannesburg. He went on to manage the Furniture Industry Training Board and thereafter the Services SETA, first as its chairperson and then, for 11 years thereafter, its CEO.
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Christa Kuljian joined Michele Magwood in studio to talk about her latest book, Sanctuary: How an Inner-city Church Spilled onto a Sidewalk.
Magwood’s TM LIVE Book Show streams online every Friday at 2 PM.
Sanctuary, Kuljian’s debut, chronicles how the Central Methodist Church in downtown Johannesburg, and its controversial Bishop Paul Verryn, came to offer refuge to thousands of people during the xenophobic violence of 2008. She says the book “is not an academic book; it’s trying to tell a story.”
Magwood calls Sanctuary “a landmark book in the history of the city”.
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In Dear Edward: Family Footprints, photographer Paul Weinberg explores his family history by retracing their footsteps through South Africa.
Aerodrome has shared some of the pages from the book featuring photographs from some of the towns Weinberg visited along the way, including Kimberley and Kuruman in the Northern Cape:
Images courtesy Aerodrome
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