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THE ROOTS by Mohlouwa Harry Sease

The main intension of the book is to let an African child understand him or herself and let him or her be the one to define him or herself. Make the universe know who you really are and never let them define you but let them respect you for who you are. The universe responds to all of us on how we see and explain ourselves to the world. It is time to see ourselves through the eyes of an African and not a western person. We need not explain ourselves rather we have to be proud of our genes nor should I say our Roots. This book was brought about by a youth debate I happened to watch and listen to on television about Africanism hence I made a vow to let the world know Africanism from an African and not a Western Cultural Professor who believes he had done a research about Africans and he is the master of African culture and custom. If Africanism is not in your blood, you can never claim to be an expert in Africanism. Rather be an expert in whom you were born to be. You may have some knowledge but you are not and expert. It was my intension to initially write this book in an African language but realised that western people beliefs, custom and culture are dominating and poisoning the minds of young Africans including themselves about Africanism hence I decided to clear the mud and clarify certain things to them too. It is however my intension to translate this book to one or two African languages. We believe and get our lessons from nature hense we used to be called Naturalis in Afrikaans or Naturalists. Unfortunately due to some wise Afrikaners who said that means Nader die Hell ( close to hell) it was despised of and they were forced to change it. In fact that was the closest to explaining us.

 

I was born at a farm called Dankbaar in a district of a small town called Petrusburg. The eleventh child of thirteen born from one mother. The sixth son. The only one in the family with the birth mark on the forehead termed Lesiba in Sesotho ( stout haar in Afrikaans). I cannot explain the meaning of this in English. It is complicated. I attended primary school at Petrusburg, most of the high school at Makabelane Qwaqwa and I Matriculated at Moemedi High school in Bloemfonten. My first job was as a labourer at Dankbaar whilst helping with teaching at Doornkop Farm School and later I became an “unqualified” teacher at Leretlhabetse Secondary School in Koffiefontein. The aim was to acquire a free government bursary after two years and qualify as a teacher but I then decided to join the De Beers Diamond mines as labourer before two years could end and finally left the mines as an Occupational Hygienist. I tried business but struggled and later joined the Government to become a mine Inspector. My first book is called Common Sense and this is my second.

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SECRET MISSION by Jill Morsbach

The polluted, overcrowded earth, one and a half centuries from now, is dying. Benny de Vos discovers as a twelve-year-old that he was born in this future time and has been sent back by his scientist father in a time bubble, to undertake a critical Mission to Save Planet Earth. Benny’s father has given him a unique thought-waving power as well as a list of evils that he must eradicate in order to ensure the future of the planet. The evils on the list all concern man’s destruction of nature. But Benny is still in junior school and the Mission seems to be a daunting task. Using his thought power in the present-day environment, where he lives as a foster child in the Cederberg mountains north of Cape Town, he secretly strives to fight these evils. He is helped by his foster cousin, Emma, and his friend, Donovan, who is struggling to come to terms with the deaths of his father and sister, killed in a taxi war on the Cape flats. However, in every step of his Mission, Benny unintentionally wreaks local havoc. In the end he hasn’t saved the planet but has managed to save other things which are of importance in his own small world.

 

Jill Morsbach

I am a retired teacher of English with an Honours degree from Rhodes University and some experience in journalism (media liaison work). I live in Durbanville (outside Cape Town) with my husband Wolf Morsbach, the retired Director of the Provincial Department of Nature Conservation (now Cape Nature). Till recently we travelled extensively to the South African game parks. I have now taken up writing as a hobby, and nature conservation is a recurring theme in my work. In 2009 my first novel for children, a fantasy story entitled Shaka’s Computer, was published by Shuter & Shooter in Pietermaritzburg. Subsequently they have published more of my work: The Smallest Planet and The Pachyderm Tree (both 2010), Capture the Light (2012) and Professor Philander’s Diamond (2013). In addition I have written several plays and short stories which have been published in Shuter’s Top Class Readers for English, First Additional Language. In the recent past, two of my short stories for adults have been published in separate South African anthologies. My first full-length novel for adults, African Paradise, is due to appear in 2018, together with a novel for teens, Flight, and a novel for younger children entitled Secret Mission in the Cederberg. All to be published by Publishing World, SA.

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FLIGHT by Jill Morsbach

Sixteen-year-old Alfeera Julies, living in the (fictitious) working class suburb of Flower Vale on the sprawling flatlands outside Cape Town, mentally creates an imaginary storybook world into which she escapes, peopling it with characters mainly based on familiars in the real world, and gleaning her ideas from her store of reject library books. Her “story-writing” is a survival mechanism she has built for herself, living as she does in a violent environment dominated by gang terrorism and drug abuse. Alfeera identifies with her imaginary heroine, Alpha Zeta, a South African super spy with the face, figure and resourcefulness that Alfeera lacks. Alpha is on a mission to save the world from the domination of crazy international terrorist leader El Mort, who turns the buildings of his enemies into solid glass, trapping the inhabitants inside and displaying them in grotesque and frozen tableaus. It is left to the reader to pick up the links between the parallel stories of Alfeera and Alpha, recounted in alternating sections in the novel. Only at the end do the two stories dovetail, when Alfeera is persuaded to write about the adventures of Alpha Zeta. A literary competition offers her the prospect of further study and of elevating herself out of the strife-torn gangland of Flower Vale.

 

Jill Morsbach

I am a retired teacher of English with an Honours degree from Rhodes University and some experience in journalism (media liaison work). I live in Durbanville (outside Cape Town) with my husband Wolf Morsbach, the retired Director of the Provincial Department of Nature Conservation (now Cape Nature). Till recently we travelled extensively to the South African game parks. I have now taken up writing as a hobby, and nature conservation is a recurring theme in my work. In 2009 my first novel for children, a fantasy story entitled Shaka’s Computer, was published by Shuter & Shooter in Pietermaritzburg. Subsequently they have published more of my work: The Smallest Planet and The Pachyderm Tree (both 2010), Capture the Light (2012) and Professor Philander’s Diamond (2013). In addition I have written several plays and short stories which have been published in Shuter’s Top Class Readers for English, First Additional Language. In the recent past, two of my short stories for adults have been published in separate South African anthologies. My first full-length novel for adults, African Paradise, is due to appear in 2018, together with a novel for teens, Flight, and a novel for younger children entitled Secret Mission in the Cederberg. All to be published by Publishing World, SA.

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AFRICAN PARADISE by Jill Morsbach

Kim Hastings, a freelance editor living in Cape Town, undertakes a gruelling and lifechanging journey with her eleven-year-old son, Gregory, to the war-torn Horn of Africa, in search of the boy’s half-Somali, half-Arab father, Gregor, who has been missing since before the son was born.
As twenty-year-old students at Cape Town University, Kim and Gregor have a short and passionate liaison before Gregor makes a hasty return to the New Kingdom of Punt (a fictitious state in northern Somalia) when a local clan war breaks out. The lives of his English foster parents, who live in Punt, are at risk. Kim only discovers she is pregnant after Gregor leaves, and conceals the real facts of her relationship from her son. Gregory’s discovery of the truth precipitates the search for his father.
There has been no word from Gregor for twelve long years. Kim and Gregory have no idea whether he is alive or dead. What they discover when they finally make it to Punt, accompanied by a friend of Kim’s brother, seems at first to be an idyllic African paradise. But piece by piece the fabric of illusion is shredded, until the three of them are confronted by terrifying and unpalatable truths.
African Paradise is a story of Africa, part fiction, part fantasy, combining a journey of discovery with a tale of hardship, superstition, power-seeking and, finally,
self-sacrifice. Innocence dies but not love: of a woman for her son, her brother and a man whose selfless heroism illuminates the African night

Jill Morsbach

I am a retired teacher of English with an Honours degree from Rhodes University and some experience in journalism (media liaison work). I live in Durbanville (outside Cape Town) with my husband Wolf Morsbach, the retired Director of the Provincial Department of Nature Conservation (now Cape Nature). lill recently we travelled extensively to the South African game parks.
I have now taken up writing as a hobby, and nature conservation is a recurring theme in my work. In 2009 my first novel for children, a fantasy story entitled Shaka’s Computer, was published by Shuter & Shooter in Pietermaritzburg. Subsequently they have published more of my work: The Smallest Planet and The Pachyderm Tree (both 2010), Capture the Light (2012) and Professor Philander’s Diamond (2013). In addition I have written several plays and short stories which have been published in Shuter’s Top Class Readers for English, First Additional Language.
In the recent past, two of my short stories for adults have been published in separate South African anthologies. My first full-length novel for adults, African Paradise, is due to appear in 2018, together with a novel for teens, Flight, and a novel for younger children entitled Secret Mission in the Cederberg. All to be published by Publishing World, SA.

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THE TAMARISK BY Alta Venter

John Farrell thought he had it all. Money, status and the pomp that went with it. He neglected his entire family to achieve this ultimate goal. He wasn’t a man you could address, in any way. What was said and done, was only done by John Farrell. The well-known, prosperous executive and owner of the town’s steel firm and farming – on weekends. Seven years had passed. What was Anne, their daughter going to say when she hears the truth? And what happened to her Indian lover? Who was Paul Young, and Brian Walters? Could they possibly fill the void – and for how long? Eventually, Anne’s loss led her path towards the myth of the Tamarisk! To her, her entire life depended on it. Tales of old proclaiming it had magical powers. Did it? Throughout this intriguing love story of hurt, rejection and suffering – and even death – comes forth the release and recapture of long lost love – to all.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I was born and grew up in Benoni. I have a son and two daughters. I have received a godly send passion for writing and love to Correspond with friends to enhance their faith and trust in God – at all times. My husband and I have now retired and live in Limpopo district with or children on a game farm.

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UITERS GEHEIM & ANDER ANEKDOTES deur Kobus de Villiers

Uiters Geheim en ander Anekdote:

 

Elke seun wil op een of ander stadium ʼn brandweerman, vlieënier, Rugby Springbok of renjaer word. Baie selde word die drome bewaarheid.

In die laat sestigs is Rusland en Amerika in die ruimtewedloop en daar stap ʼn man op die maan. Dit is die Koue Oorlog en nuwe vliegtuie en ruimtetuie word ontwikkel. ʼn Kaalvoet seun in die Vrystaatse myndorp, Welkom volg elke stap in die nuus en wil vir NASA en Boeing werk maar ook ʼn renjaer word. Met ʼn draagbare radio wat hy self ombou kan hy luister na die gesprekke tussen Houston en die ruimtemanne. Sy kamermure is beplak met prente van renmotors, vliegtuie en ʼn kaart van die maan gemerk met moontlike landingsplekke. Hy leef in sy komplekse verbeeldingswêreld, maak sketse en teken planne van vuurpylenjins en vliegtuigvlerke. Hy bou ʼn vuurpylenjin wat hy aan die loop kry op die trekker se kragparafien. Hy leer ook gou dat Suid Afrika se onaanvaarbare politiek dit nog meer onmoontlik maak vir ʼn Vrystaatse plaasseun om dié drome te kan beleef.

Hy gaan skool by Welkom Volkskool en Goudveld Hoërskool. Doen sy diensplig in 6 SAI en 2 SAI en studeer Ingenieurswese by Tukkies. Hy begin werk in Suid Afrika se jong lugvaart industrie en sy eindelose verbeelding lei daartoe dat hy die geleentheid kry om in die buiteland te gaan studeer en werk.

Dié storie is ʼn versameling anekdote van hierdie epiese reis vanaf die stowwerige gruispaaie van die Vrystaat tot die Autobahn na Stuttgart, die Golden State Freeway verby Caltech se Jet Propulsion Lab kampus en nuwe ontdekkings van vreemde plekke en nuwe tegnologieë. Hy woon en/of werk in Italië, Duitsland, Frankryk, Peru, Israel, Pakistan, Maleisieë, Singapore, Japan en die Emirate. In Rusland woon en werk sy span in Leonid Brezhnev se Dacha op een van die mees ongelooflike lugvaart samewerkingsprojekte. Daarna is hy in Kanada en die VSA en neem deel aan nuwe baanbrekers besoedelingsvrye tegnologie en ander lugvaartprojekte. Iewers langs die pad ontmoet hy ook ʼn ongelooflike mooi en slim Franse meisie. Projeksekerheid se mense is oortuig sy werk vir die Franse geheime diens. Weens die geheimhouding van dié soort werk het familie en vriende geen werklike idee van wat hy gedoen het nie. Nou dat alles lank gelede gebeur het en voor die herinneringe verlore gaan moet hy sy stories vertel. Sy versameling anekdote van vreemde lande en gebeure, ervarings en selfontdekking.

Dit is ʼn lang en ongelooflike pad van Welkom in die Vrystaat tot by Einstein se kantoor…

 

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