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When Morning Comes explores the issues of race and culture through the eyes of teenagers on the eve of the Soweto uprising

It’s 1976 in South Africa.

Written from the points of view of four young people living in Johannesburg and its black township, Soweto – Zanele, a black female student organiser, Mina, of South Asian background working at her father’s shop, Jack, an Oxford-bound white student, and Thabo, a tsotsi – this book explores the roots of the Soweto Uprising and the edifice of apartheid in a South Africa about to explode.

In the black township of Soweto, Zanele, who also works as a nightclub singer, is plotting against the apartheid government. The police can’t know. Her mother and sister can’t know. No one can know.

On the affluent white side of town, Jack Craven plans to spend the last days of his break before university burning miles on his beat-up Mustang, and crashing other people’s parties.

Their chance meeting changes everything.

Already a chain of events are in motion: a failed plot, a murdered teacher, a powerful police agent with a vendetta, and a secret network of students across the township. The students will rise. And there will be violence when morning comes.

Introducing readers to a remarkable young literary talent, When Morning Comes offers an impeccably researched and vivid snapshot of South African society on the eve of the uprising that changed it forever.

Arushi Raina grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. So far, she has also lived in Egypt, Nigeria, India, the US, UK and, most recently, Canada. She likes intricate plots, flawed characters, chases, escapes, and sentences that just make you stop and wonder. Besides writing, Arushi enjoys travelling, arguments and long car rides. As a day job, Arushi works as a consultant. One day she’ll explain what that means.

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Hamba Sugar Daddy, the new novel from by Nape ‘a Motana

Young girls warned to stay away from sugar daddies …

- Karabo Ngoepe, The Sowetan

Hamba Sugar DaddyJacana Media is proud to present Hamba Sugar Daddy, the new novel by Nape ‘a Motana, author of the bestselling Fanie Fourie’s Lobola:

They have lost their youth, but gained enough wealth to buy the company of many young “cherries”: that is the story behind the life of a sugar daddy.

Meet Rolivhowa Ramabulana, a grade 12 pupil whose financial difficulties are exploited and influenced by Kedibone Mahlope and her group of chomies into being a sugar baby. Rolivhowa’s whole lifestyle changes after meeting Bigvy Masemola, the sugar daddy; she no longer eats the same food as she had like other financially challenged students and is now able to afford expensive clothing and carry the latest costly phone. Bigvy has introduced her to a new lifestyle but at what cost?

While sugar daddies are not a new phenomenon, their latest incarnation could be described as a symptom of the “new” post-1994 South Africa with its rampant consumerism and glittering shopping malls, prevalent enough in South Africa for it to have created an acceptable subculture. The unstoppable rise of social media and easier internet access has led to the creation of websites that offer a “hook up” and the engagement in transactional sex. Young women can now meet and hook up with various sugar daddies who will provide the lifestyle they desire at the click of a button.

There is more temptation for those looking for financial and material support in a climate of growing poverty.

Back in the family home, parents who struggle to put one meal a day on the table for their family don’t ask questions about where the money comes from. Rolivhowa’s mother accepts the relationship since Bigvy supports them financially.

Rejecting to heed the warnings of Khomisa Maluleka, a fellow student and born-again Christian, about her “sinful ways”, she continues her relationship with Bigvy. Only later does she begin to feel the bitter aftertaste of a sweet life and in her devastation of discovering her HIV status, Khomisa becomes a pillar of support.

About the author

Nape ‘a Motana is a novelist and playwright who has worked as a copywriter, social worker and journalist. He’s authored Fanie Fourie’s Lobola and a prize-winning play titled The Honeymoon. He lives with his wife and four children in Pretoria.

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David Donald’s Blood’s Mist Launched at SAAO

Blood's MistDavid DonaldDavid Donald, author of Call on the Wind, launched his new book, Blood’s Mist, at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) yesterday evening. Blood’s Mist, which targets younger and adult readers alike, weaves the parallel stories of a Bushman and a British Settler.

Donald insisted from the start that he was not an historian, an archaeologist, or indeed a novelist – his training lies in educational psychology – but that Blood’s Mist was testimony to his love for, and fascination with, southern African rock art. It’s a fascination that compels him to write (and write compellingly, we might add). It was appropriate, therefore, that he should be in conversation with Doreen Gowans at his launch; she’s a member of the South African Archeological Society (Archsoc) and of the Eastern Cederberg Rock Art Group (eCRAG) – organisations which supplied many members of the audience.

David Donald is IntroducedDoreen Gowans of the South African Archaeological SocietyDonald’s memory of rock art goes back to when he was six, visiting Giant’s Castle in the Drakensberg, site of much rock art. From there on, as his exposure to the paintings scattered across the region grew – and now they’ve ended up in his book. As Donald put it, “This book is about people, not rock art, but rock art does come into it, it couldn’t not because I wrote it.”

The seed for the book was planted when Donald returned to a friend’s work, John Wright’s Bushmen Raiders of the Drakensberg, which was the published version of a Master’s thesis. Donald had been at UKZN with Wright and they had often hiked together in the Drakensberg. Rereading Wright’s book, Donald rediscovered how moving it was. It evoked in him a desire to write about his own piece of little-known history, in such a way as to inculcate the sense of wonder that he had first felt.

David Donald addresses the audienceDavid Donald Signs Copies of Blood's MistDonald’s work is, of course, a fictionalised version of a historical narrative such as Wright might have written. As Gowans said to the author, “You’ve leapt from the historical account and written a deeply felt work.”

Donald explained that although he didn’t write the book specifically for young people, he did want to make it something that was accessible to them. With a PhD on the topic of children and storytelling, he wanted Blood’s Mist to be something that young people could get lost in. Gowans agreed that the book was indeed highly readable, whereupon, to prove her point, Donald read a section from Blood’s Mist concerning trance in a manner that showed his enthusiasm for storytelling and the weaving of fine tales.


Connie Feast, Celia Baylis and Yvonne ViljoenDavid DonaldJacana Opens the LaunchDoreen GowansDavid Donald SignsDoreen and Malcolm Gowans

David Donald, John Parkington and Lyne McLennanAndy Dawes and Carol MetcalfGeoff Ward and Roy SiegfriedCopies of Blood's MistDoreen Gowans in conversation with David Donald

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