• A Cottage in St Francis Bay

    This small book is about the “Village of St Francis Bay” and how it has evolved over the 40-odd years since “The Cottage” was built.
    But – it is not a history book with names, facts and dates!
    It is about the spirit of the Village and the folk who have come over the years, either as holiday makers, or more especially, those who have made it their home.
    It describes old roads, bread wars, new bridges, dams, multiple floods, fires, ongoing beach wars, and the reaction of folk who lived through these changes.
    One could say that it is a glimpse of St Francis Bay through the keyhole of the front door of the family Cottage, built in 1974/1975, and the anecdotes relating to “Village” life that were passed on around the dining room table.

  • A Fly Flew By

    A lovely little book for 3-5-year-olds by Granny Heather

  • A Foot-Waggling Tale

    The story of one woman’s journey of self-discovery – all the way back to the Highlands of Scotland and the Grosvenor Estate of the Duke of Westminister near Durness.

    By Trish Parker

  • A Taste of St Francis

    A Taste of St Francis
    A St Francis Bay Recipe Book – Originally compiled by the St Francis Friendship Club and edited and produced by Yvonne Bosman in 1993 and 1996.
    More than 25 years ago, in 1993, the St Francis Bay Friendship Club, a lively and informal organisation set up by long-time residents to welcome newcomers to the Village of St Francis Bay, produced an iconic little recipe book – “A Taste of St Francis”. This was followed in 1996 by “A Second Taste of St Francis”.
    One of the original founders of the Friendship Club, and the person who laboriously typed out all those recipes, Yvonne Bosman, would dearly love to see these books resuscitated and made available to a new generation of St Francis Bay residents, as well as our many visitors. She approached St Francis Bay-based publisher, Write-on Publishing, to undertake this task.
    In addition to dozens of great recipes, the books contain stories and anecdotes about the history of the Village, as well as the reminiscences of many of the contributors to the book about their own “St Francis Bay Experience”.
    The two original books are combined into one – “A Taste of St Francis”, and it is a faithfull reproduction of the content of the originals. However, instead of the quaint original typewritten (on an IBM golfball typewriter, Yvonne informs us) and photocopied booklets, the book is professionally typeset, printed and bound, with a full colour, original art cover by artist Wendy Barker.

  • A Terrible Beauty

    Fr Luke O’Gorman is a missionary priest running from his past. He flees Nigeria and returns to Ireland in the hope of silencing his relentless ghosts. But instead of finding peace, his tormentors seem to have followed him, added to which, his unexpected return has stirred up buried anger at home.
    All of this ultimately leads to a gruesome killing in one of Dublin’s most legendary landmarks.
    Detective Chief Superintendent Fírinne Jeffries, one of Ireland’s most senior police officers, is called upon to investigate.

    A chilling detective story that is both clever and sophisticated, A Terrible Beauty draws the reader into the mystery that is Ireland – in both its beauty and its terror. It is a tale woven with many certainties, but only one truth, one lethal reality; will Fírinne be able to unmask the real murderer and let go of her past before it robs her of her present?

  • A True Hunter Perserveres

    Lwazi learns a valuable life lesson when he and his friends try to catch the wild cat that has been terrorising their fathers’ sheep.
    Thembisile Ralarala, a former schoolteacher, has written this wonderful story for young children, teaching them the need to keep on trying, no matter how many times they might fail.
    Beautifully illustrated by Hanna van der Westhuizen

    This is one of our Chapbooks.

  • Akwaba Ndandinimamele

    Mlesi kubalukile ukukwazisa ukuba le mibongo uza kuyifunda isekelwe kubomi obundingqongileyo neemeko ezichaphazela mna ngqo ebomini. Le ncwadi isondele kakhulu entliziyweni yam, ikuthatha ikubeke kwimpilo yam neyabo basondeleyo kum. Ndikhe ndanazo iimpazamo eziliqela ekukhuleni nangoku sele ndimdala; le ncwadi ke ichankcatha kanye kwezo meko injongo ikukufundisa nokuba inike ithemba. Ezo meko zibangele ukuvela kwesihloko sale ncwadi esithi akwaba ndandinimamele kuba kaloku iimeko ezichatshazelwa yile mibongo iqulathwe apha ziyakubangela ukufa okanye ukuphelelwa lithemba kwabaninzi. Uakwaba ndandinimamele ngumbongo okwalapha encwadini kwaye uza kuzivela ngokwakho ukuba ungantoni na. Le ncwadi inikezela ithemba kwabo sele beqalisa ukuphelelwa lilo nokuba sazi ukuba AKULAHLWA MBELEKO NGAKUFELWA!

  • Amazwembezwembe Obom

    Abazali ababini uLuvuyo noNokwanda bakhulisa abantwana babo abathathu, uNgqiqo, uZumange noIviwe, bazame kangangoko ukuba bafunde, babenempilo engcono. UIviwe, uye waphuma ecaleni, ngenxa yeempembelelo yezihlobo zakhe. Uye wagaxeleka kwiziyobisi engaqondanga, nto leyo emenze wazibona sele butshintsha kakhulu ubom bakhe.

    Ibe lusizi kakhulu imeko yakhe kuba uphile iinyanga ezinizi ehamba ngesitulo esinamavili, engakwazi nokuthetha kuba ilizwi lalingaphumi.
    Ukugula kwakhe kuye kwayichaphazela lonke usapho lwakhe kuba naye umama wakhe uye waguliswa kukugula kwakhe. Latshona emini ilanga kusapho kuba bathe besajonge eyokugula kukaIviwe, kwagula nomama wabo. Wagula umama,wade wayibeka phantsi inqawa.

  • An Attempt to Overcome Challenges

    Prophecy to the Dry Bones
    The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.
    He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
    I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
    Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord’.”
    So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
    Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet — a vast army.
    Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off’. Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord’.” (Ezekiel 37: 1 – 14).

  • Apples from the Soul

    Apples from the Soul is a collection of poems and pictures by then 84-year-old Eastern Cape artist Wendy Barker.
    Wendy discovered her talent for poetry when the presenter at a life-skills seminar she attended some years ago placed a basket of apples on the table and said: “Write a poem about these.”
    As Wendy says: “The Floodgates opened!”
    Wendy has produced a collection of short poems which range from the deep and dark to bright and sunny pieces about life, children, animals and people – there is even a tribute “To Oprah”!
    Every poem in the collection is beautifully and whimsically illustrated by Wendy herself! Her first love and huge talent is art and painting.

  • Black Review 74/75 – Unbanned

    We acknowledge today that Black Review 74/75 edition [Edited by Thoko Mbanjwa] was indeed a great compendium of facts and figures written without fear or favour which now takes us down memory lane. It was a memorable, historical and educational publication that had to be revisited. The 70s Group, a group of 1970’s activists, deemed it fit to do exactly that, and ‘unbanned’ it by publishing it as a second edition.

    The effort of your toil, dedication and resistance to apartheid, Thoko, and that of the team that assisted you in those days, left South Africa with a great historical document on how the Black Consciousness Movement of the 1970’s saw South Africa.

  • Boots in the Baviaans

    In this his seventh book of journeys past and present in South Africa, Eastern Cape author Bartle Logie, accompanied by his wife Caryl, dons hiking boots to explore one of the Eastern Cape’s hidden gems: the Baviaanskloof, a recently designated World Heritage Site, with its rugged scenic and natural beauty.
    In his easy and sympathetic manner and with consummate story-telling skill, Bart regales the reader with tales of people and events that over the centuries have helped shape and been shaped by the Kloof and its bordering mountains and rivers.
    Bart and Caryl’s love for and appreciation of the complexities of this unique wilderness, now a World Heritage Site, shines from the pages.
    New features include GPS co-ordinates to sites mentioned in the book.

  • Born to Serve

    Deacon Walter Middleton spent 46 years of his life working for organisations dedicated to feeding millions of the world’s hungry. His own special passion in this calling was feeding starving children. In his memoirs, he documents his life of service to the needy, as the quote above from Tanya Pinto, CEO of Baal Dan, indicates. His multiple awards from relief organisations such as The World Food Programme (Recipient of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize) testify to the diligence, love and passion he brought to his work. His ordination to the Diaconate in his retirement puts the cherry on the top of his life of service.

  • Brave Kaya

    Kaya’s story is a reminder that there is still room for love, self belief, family and equal opportunity.
    There is a hero inside all of us and it starts with saying “no” to doubt and “yes” to courage.
    In this very short story, we see a brave little girl insisting on being given the same opportunities as her peers to grow into a leader, and her story becoming the voice of special young people everywhere.

  • China in Africa – the Zambia Story

    This book tells a riveting story of Zambia’s mixed relationship with China whose presence dominates African skies presently. It is a fast-paced, easy-to-read book, hard to put down given the mastery writing skills of Ambassador Mukwita, a former Editor in Chief, published author and senior diplomat. University libraries, embassies, bookstores and government offices need this book.

    Ambassador Anthony Mukwita breaks into tiny bits an issue of global interest that would have ordinarily been complex to digest by ordinary readers.
    Readers keen to know how China won the hearts of Africans and African leaders through soft power to ostensibly topple the United States and its allies from the age-old top slot will love it.
    Ambassador Mukwita dives into the history of Zambia and its people, how they laugh and cry to make global sense.

  • Chuu Ngcembe Ngemibongo

    Amaxesha amaninzi xa kubonwa umntu ozihambela indlela yakhe ethe chuu iba ngathi kukho ndawo ashiyeka kuyo. Iba ngathi olu hlobo ahamba ngalo luyamcothisa ezintweni de ibe ngathi uthatha kade. Abanye wofika bemsizela bemvela bemcingela nokumcingela bethu. Ukuba ungafumana nje inyhweba yokuba ubone intunja yoko kusengqondweni nasentliziyweni yakhe ungothuka ufe isiqaqa.
    Ethe chuu nje uxakathe nto wena.
    Ethe chuu nje ukude ngengqiqo.
    Ethe chuu nje akathanga chuu ncam.
    Indaba yotyelo ayikholi, yonwabele mfundi nayo le incwadi yemibongo kaZizi.
    “UZizi uzithele chuu ngcembe okomkhuhlane wexhego ungxamel’ ukundixaka kunjalo nje kuba usuke wagwev’ eXerha kolu bhalondini lweencwadi. Sithi sisajonge imibongo abe esiphakela amabalana. Nqikani ke babhem nive iBhayinari ukuba lisiphakele ntoni na kulo vimba walo uphuphuma bubomi.”
    (ilizwi likaMzoli Mavimbela, umhleli nombhali weencwadi zesiXhosa waseSajonisi).

  • Cock Tales on the Kowie

    Sue Gordon and her husband Neville purchased Richmond House, aka Cock’s Castle, on the top of Wesley Hill in Port Alfred in 1999. For Sue, this was the beginning of a fascinating journey into the history of the house and its original owner and builder, 1820 Settler leader, entrepreneur, politician, and, most famously of all, the man who shifted the Kowie River and created a harbour, the Honourable William Cock.
    Sue began collecting artefacts, stories and documents about the house and William Cock, and in 2007 established the Richmond House Museum in the grounds of Richmond House.
    Then, ably assisted and encouraged by fifth-generation William Cock descendant, local dairy farmer Ed Cock, she began the monumental task of researching the history of the house and the Cock family.
    This eminently readable and meticulously researched book is the result.
    “Cock Tales” offers the reader, whether descended from the 1820 Settlers or otherwise, a sense of place and circumstance, a fascinating glimpse into our collective past and a most welcome addition to the existing body of literature on the 1820 Settlers.
    Pat Irwin, Professor Emeritus in Education, Rhodes University

  • Collared & Content

    Life begins at 40!
    In this book, S’milo Mngadi, who has been a Catholic priest for 15 years, shares the perspectives he has gained from his first 40 years on earth.
    They range from family to society; politics to people; theology to religion, sexuality to identity and much more.
    This is not an autobiography nor a memoir, but a collection of viewpoints arising from his life-experience.
    He admits that his views are not absolute and humbly confesses that he might be missing the point altogether.
    However, he is convinced that it is a proverbial song which may be, and is in most cases, out of tune with many currently popular tunes, but which he must not die without singing.

  • College of the Little Flower

    Brothers of Charity College “Old Boy” Bruno Verriest spent a relatively short time at the College in the late 1960’s, but the school so imprinted itself into his psyche that he felt compelled, half a century later, to undertake the huge task of writing its “memoirs”.

    Set in the broad historical background involving Southern Africa, the European continent – Belgium in particular – and the world at large, the book sketches the early history of the Catholic Church in South Africa with particular emphasis on mission work accomplished by the Benedictines and the Brothers of Charity in the Northern Transvaal (present day Limpopo). For the first time, a fascinating comparative study emerges of missionaries whose task it was to evangelise, to teach and to bring the good word to different cultural and ethnic populations representative of South African society. It took courage, dedication and the full commitment of those men and women to accomplish that mission.

  • Des Infractions Environnementales en Droit Congolais

    A une époque et dans le comportement actuel de certains compatriotes, la destruction des éléments de l’environnement n’a pas été constitutive et ne constitue pas pour ceux-là une violation pouvant entraîner une privation de la liberté. Et les professionnels de droit ont tendance de croire qu’il n’est pas nécessaire et impératif de poursuivre un délinquant de faits touchant aux ressources naturelles et à l’environnement. Un comportement plus que capitaliste selon lequel la nature reste une source de profit et non un élément de l’équilibre même de l’homme.
    Les grands mouvements de protection de l’environnement sont parvenus à influer sur les politiques environnementales en général et les politiques criminelles en particulier pour relever la dimension pénale de la protection de l’environnement au-delà d’une simple bonne intention. L’enjeu de la responsabilité écologique est en réalité plus pratique, procédural que théorique.

  • Dulcie and Seratjie: A Story from an African Farm

    Mzuvukile Maqetuka’s Dulcie and Seratjie: A Story from an African Farm is supposed to be “stories from the dorpies of South Africa and in particular (in Maqetuka’s case) stories from the Camdeboo.” Perhaps it is. Looked at differently, this is a piece of work that shows how one specific setting could be a microcosm of a grander place characterised by (un) subtle shades of denotations and aura. It is these (un)subtle particularities that prevail to help the reader realise that we are all facing the same pleasures and hardships.
    In Dulcie and Seratjie: A Story from an African Farm, Maqetuka succeeds in fashioning a sense of ease, a piecing together, between the reader and the text. The easy-going form of storytelling that is Dulcie and Seratjie: A Story from an African Farm allows the reader to become comfortable with the text. In remarkable ways, Maqetuka pleasantly burdens the reader’s imagination through his pen to imagine the quaint and the scenic, to imagine varieties of highlands and peaks that magnify to form an exciting setting.
    Reading the stories, I found myself joined to the happenings and thus a lot more fascinated by the impending outcome – whether present or absent in the text. I found Dulcie and Seratjie: A Story from an African Farm to be a splendid piece of creative work astutely hewed to inspire entertainment that at once empowers in momentous ways. This is a delightful assemblage of appetising fragments aimed to stir the reader’s craving.
    Page on, then, and travel to meet strangers that are the same as yourself in Maqetuka’s vital Dulcie and Seratjie: A Story from an African Farm.
    Maruping Phepheng: Author of the novel, HANKAROO

  • Echoes of Gqeberha

    While the Eastern Cape as a Province continues to contend with the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment, and inequality, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality also faces broader challenges in the literary and artistic world.
    In an attempt to develop, inspire, and empower upcoming writers and artists, the Red Location Digital Library & Archive (RLLA) in partnership with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipal (NMBM) Libraries and supported by the Red Location Cultural Precinct team (RLCP), hosted a creative writing and poetry workshops aimed at motivating aspirant writers, empowering them through mentorship and coaching programmes.
    Various aspects of writing, illustration and poetry ranging from the Creative Writing Process, Interpersonal and Business Skills for Writers, adding value for the Community through writing, Publishing, and promoting NMBM Libraries and RLLA, among other aspects, were explored.
    These workshops lay a foundation for addressing the challenges borne by upcoming writers and artists within our communities. It is for this reason that these workshops are crucial in preserving and promoting natural creative talent. The voices of the youth must still be heard, and we view these workshops as a continuation in the path to uplift our upcoming writers, illustrators, and artists.
    Therefore, it is the compilations of the work of those creative talents, put together, which has produced the book Echoes of Gqeberha.

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    English Rocks

    Welcome to the second book in the new series of Grade 4 study guides in the School Rocks Range. This book contains information on the English curriculum for Grade 4.

    This book contains information on the English curriculum for Grade 4. It is designed to assist teachers, parents and learners, with an emphasis on the home-schooling environment.
    CAPS ALIGNED
    The material in this book is aligned to the National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) of the South African Department of Basic Education.

  • Graced in His Presence

    The wedding banquet was held, and the bride threw a bouquet. We caught the bouquet simultaneously, and as we fell down, neither one nor the other was willing to let go.
    As our eyes met, he said, “You are the bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. Let us get married in the nude.” and hence the poem Marriages Of Nudity. In case you are wondering what happened next, meet me in the pages of this book, but all I can say, is that I still blush with endless smiles as I recall the moment.
    I bet it is rare to find a literary and poetic book which combines romance and Gospel all-in-one. The church is regarded as the wife of the Lamb, does that not make God romantic?
    Shortly after my “I do”, I saw the Heavens open, and the writing on the cloud: “You Are Graced”. And my family was right behind me, hence the title of this book.
    I declare that, as you grasp a copy of this book and go through each page, you will receive favour, receive freedom indeed!
    May the Spirit of the Lord breathe in you! And may you receive a love letter from God!

  • Healing Poems

    Her Song

    Flying brisk from southern climes,
    Wing beats swift as heart
    Stirring air grown dank and sour
    With fresh breezes part.
    Fleeing flesh grown disconsolate,
    Fleeing home and comfort still,
    Wresting from winds their swift power
    Northward, flying northward still.
    Passing equatorial havens
    Alighting not on jungled vines
    Lest her progress be truncated
    And she reach not the silent pines.
    For, accompanied by silence
    Whispering loud with baited breath
    Come the deeper, soul-wrought strains
    That speak of life and sneer at death.
    With each wing beat stronger growing
    With each stirring thought more clear
    With each mile beneath her going
    The southern song becomes more dear.

    This poem by Dwight S Stone describes
    Cleta Joannou and her mindset when she
    wrote the wonderful poems in this anthology.

  • Help! My Granny’s Dog is a Racist!

    Most of us in South Africa, during the 45 years of apartheid, didn’t notice that we had been programmed, rebooted, reset and downloaded as new creatures: apartheid man – or woman.
    We were the first country in human history to successfully try this experiment in social engineering. Happily, eventually, we saw the light and repudiated it.
    Or did we!
    Many of us are still recovering from the damage apartheid did to us.
    It must be said that from media reports, and noted in this book, a small but growing number of white South Africans are committing themselves to making South Africa a home for all.
    In spite of that, today racist outbursts are smothering the airwaves. This book is for the fools, idiots and clowns, our brothers and sisters, who manage to keep
    intolerance on the boil by their blunders, insensitivities, and inability to listen and relate to fellow South Africans. Even their dogs catch it and it goes viral on neighbouring dogs!
    Crime and racist tendencies nourish one another and feed off each other. Housebreaking is fuelled by every racial incident that hits the headlines. Read why Help, My Granny’s Dog Is a Racist proves this astonishing claim and others too that will make you cry or laugh or angry or at least embarrassed.
    Present day racists, he or she, are the typical bigoted self-centred Pharisees Jesus regularly and angrily called “hypocrites”.

  • Humansdorp se Groei en Bloei

    “Meer as honderd-en-dertig jaar geleë het M.G. Human die grond gegee aan die N.G. Kerk vir ’n heiligdom; so het Humansdorp in aansyn gekom.”
    So sê skrywer E.J. Gerryts in sy inleiding tot die tweede uitgawe van hierdie boek in 1975.
    ,”Humansdorp se Groei en Bloei” is die eerste keer in 1949 uitgereik ter herdenking van die 100ste bestaansjaar van die dorp.
    Hierdie derde uitgawe is deur die Humansdorpse Museum Vereniging met die vriendelike toestemming van die Gerryts familie uitgereik om die 170ste bestaansjaar van Humansdorp te vier (2019).

    Hierdie derde uitgawe is deur die Humansdorpse Museum Vereeniging met die vriendelike toestemming van die Gerryts familie uitgereik om die 170ste bestaansjaar van Humansdorp te vier (2019).

    Hierdie boek kan by die Humandorpse Museum gekoop word, en ook by Takealot https://www.takealot.com/humansdorp-se-groei-en-bloei/PLID68544932

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    Click Link above for more information about reproducing out-of-print books!

  • Ibhekile

    Le yincwadi equlethe imibongo elichiza lempiliso ebhalwe ligqala likamakad’ ebona. Yonke ibhalwe ngolwimi lwesiXhosa esilula nesisulungekileyo. Injongo yale ncwadi kukonga nokulondoloza ulwimi lwethu lweenkobe. Le mibongo ichaphazela imiba eyahluke kakhulu, uya kufumana imibongo ethetha ngendalo, ngeziganeko zobom, enye injongo yayo kukufundisa, ukonwabisa nokuhlaba ikhwelo ukuze isizwe sethu singalahleki ezandleni zethu. Eminye yale mibongo isondele kakhulu entliziyweni yam; mibongo leyo ifana nothi IZANDLA, UBIZO njalonjalo. Ekuqaleni komnyaka ka-2021 unyana wam u-Olwethu walimala kwingozi yemoto waphantse ukunqunyulwa isandla. Loo nto yandicingisa nzulu ngezandla, xa ndandimbona engakwazi ukwenza izinto ezininzi ebekade ezenza lula.

  • Iingcinga Zendoda

    Le ncwadi yemibongo, ‘Iingcinga zeNdoda’ ichankcatha kwizinto ezisondeleyo kum ezimbanjeni. Ndingabalula kuzo uthando, ukungathandwa, inkathalo, umonde, ulwazelelelo, uxinzelelo, inkxalabo ngemeko-bume umntu azibhaqa ekuyo eyedwa erhangqwe lusapho lwakhe okanye lwakowabo nezinye ke bethu izinto esidibana nazo ebomini. Kukho ukukhula nokuxhokonxwa bubomi uthi usathi uyaphefumla suke kuthi gqi ubhubhane weCovid-19. Tsi! Bafondini izinto zomhlaba! Masifundeni nantsi imibongo ke nto zakuthi sitye sibhukuxe. Inkxaso yenu inene ixatyisiwe kakhulu eMdantsane kwikomkhulu lamanqindi.
    “Imibongo ephuphuma ubom enikeza ithemba kwabo bantliziyo zidabukileyo, zikrunekileyo nezidakumbileyo. Funda uzivele mfundi, inene awuyi kukhohlwa uza kukholwa, indaba yotyelo ayikholi” (ilizwi likaMzoli Mavimbela, umhleli nombhali weencwadi zesiXhosa waseSajonisi).

  • Impressions of Jeffreys Bay

    A Photographic Journey through Jeffreys Bay

    This book is not a commentary on Jeffreys Bay, past and present – it merely seeks to record the “Impressions” of many of the residents of and visitors to this wonderful town in the southern part of the Eastern Province.
    The book is about presenting the sights and impressions of the town and is a sincere attempt to provide a glimpse of its soul, and to try to convey what it is that makes people come back year after year.

  • Impressions of My Home Town

    A Photographic Journey through Graaff Reinet

    A review by Brett Adkins [The Herald, 16:11:2012]. Re-used for this 2nd edition [2019]

    It may be known as the jewel of the Karoo, but this probing photographic take on Graaff Reinet reflects a very different wealth which the historical town undoubtedly possesses. Very much focussed on its structures – from the humblest to the ornate architecture of some of its most familiar buildings – the pictorial mostly moves right away from the grandeur of some of the latter, and finds many more many interesting, colourful gems in some of the community’s less privileged areas.

    Born in Graaff Reinet, Mzuvukile Maqetuka clearly knows his hometown inside out and his camera moves through its dusty streets – and sometimes into more lofty vantage points- to capture the quiet and attractive nature of its lifestyle, without – remarkably – using any of its inhabitants to tell his story. Rather, it’s the shanties, homes, business, churches and other diverse facades which makes up collective snapshot – often forlorn-looking on the face of it, but rich in character.

    His lens takes in the township of Umasizakhe in all its multi-layered complexity – and that throws it into a golden light. Indeed, shooting in light that enhances the most modest of homes that are often painted in cheerful shades like peach and turquoise, adds more depth and interest to this catalogue of structural studies. There are breaks from this journey when Maqetuka transports us to the dizzying heights of the Valley of Desolation and presents striking, strangely vibrant images of its unique rock formations, as well as an aerial-like shot of the sprawling town below.

    It is a meandering picture story which anyone familiar with the haunting of many a Karoo town will find fascinating.

  • Impressions of St Francis

    Photographic Journey through St Francis Bay & Cape St Francis

    There are many other seaside resorts, so what is it about St Francis that has appealed to so many? Were you to conduct a survey among the homeowners, ‘sea’ and ‘surf’ and ‘fishing’ and ‘boating’ would crop up time and time again, but no two answers would be precisely the same.
    So take a long glass and pour yourself a frosted drink. Settle back in your favourite chair. Now, while a passing zephyr cools your brow, study the images provided by local photographers. Look carefully to see if you can discover what it is that makes St Francis, despite the sea and the sand that it shares with countless other resort towns along the South African coast, so very special.
    Bartle Logie
    St Francis Bay

  • In Quite Realm

    This anthology by Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu, Soweto-born Catholic Cleric, lecturer, writer, poet, speaker and arts enthusiast, has the ability to reach out and touch almost every human emotion.

    In Quite Realm evinces pride, respect, despair, joy and profound sadness.
    It remembers and salutes past and contemporary South Africans, it lauds them as Africans: “These are Africans”, it says.
    It is a recognition that “Life Happens”, especially in our townships, and is a tribute to life’s virtues.
    It reflects the author’s deep and abiding faith, and, “In the End”, it forces us to confront our own mortality.
    An emotional and satisfying read.
    In this elegant, compact and complex poetry book, Father Lawrence tenderly yet determinedly escorts us through a fantastic maze of his journeys – spiritual, political and social.- Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza – Diplomat, Poet, Academic, Cultural Activist.
    “This is a homage to the spirit and soul of our birth, the glories, the dilemma and the blessings of the sun and soil of the mother country… Father Lawrence would have us remember to hold close in our minds and hearts all that we are, all that has made us, and all that we are empowered to be.” – Jessye Norman – 5 times Grammy Award-Winning Opera Star.

  • Indoda Ayikwazi Kuba Yinkedama

    “Emva kokuyifunda, ndinambitha ubuncwane bayo, ndizive ndidanduluka ndisithi liyinene elithi ‘abantwana likamva lesizwe’ kuba ikamva lesizwe sethu, ngakumbi esi samaXhosa, liqaqambe kakhulu ngenxa yalo mbhali, osele ephum’ izandla, ewola namawonga ngamawonga ngenxa yokukhalipha kwakhe ekusebenziseni usiba, ebhala isiXhosa. Thatha ke iitshefu zibe mbini phambi kokuba uhlale phantsi, ufunde. Enye yeyokosula iinyembezi zentlungu, enye wokosula ngayo iinyembezi zolonwabo, ngenxa yoburharha balo mbhali.”
    – Gqirha Hleze Kunju
    (Umphathi kuBugcisa Bokubhala, kwiYunivesithi iRhodes.)

  • Isibane Kwintsunguze

    Imibongo engamashumi amathathu ekule ncwadi iza kulilisa, incumise iphinde ifundise komdala nomncinane. Oyifundayo uza kuzibona ephila kwilizwe lombhali ngethuba ebebhala le mibongo ngalo. Yanga ngokuyifunda kwakho ungathunakala, ngaxeshanye ube unyangeka izilonda zomphefumlo. Nasi ke isibane kwintsunguzi okuyo. Khanyisa sona uzinyange, kutsho kudede ubumnyama kuvele ukukhanya!
    “USimmy yimbongi, uSimmy yimboni kuba ngumfo ovuthelwe ngaphakathi okwendlazi; umf’ oqulungen’ okwerhamba. Whena! Wabulaw’ apho. Ude wayophula nkabi, kwakukudala kakade ndisithi ‘buya ekamereni kwa-Avbob Poetry uze kumakhwenkwe amakhulu’. Phantse yonke le mibongo iyimvula-mehlo, sisikhalo, kukophela ngaphakathi kwembongi ze kuphile omameleyo xa imbongi iziphalaza. Injalo ke inkokeli, kufa mnye kuphile baninzi. Mandingawafinci kuba kakade isigananda sifincwa ngamagqala. Nqikani nizivele, selani nibhukuxe, yeyenu le mvaba” (ilizwi likaMzoli Mavimbela, umhleli nombhali weencwadi zesiXhosa waseSajonisi).

  • Ithunga Lengqiqo

    “Imibongo elapha isukela ngexesha iimbongi namachule ethu ebon’ ilanga. Ungacingi ukuba kuphelele apho unani na kakade? Mfondini kutyhutyhwatyhutyhwa amaqhina neenduli ngobomi isakhono sisonke nantsika. Xa ndikuhlebela wena mlesi ndingathi lungisa intliziyo uyenze yomelele kunjalonje ngokuba kaloku iza kuxhumaxhuma uxakane nayo hayi nje kancinci. Ababhali basixeko saseGqeberha bekhatshwa ngomnye osuka eQhagqiwa babhoke isicuku bafun’ intw’ ibilapha. Ndizama ukuthi akufihlwa makhuba kulinywa kule incwadi. Inyaniso ikhutshwa ngobunjalo bayo. Ukuba isilonda sakho siyathunakala xa ulesa ikhona imibongo engumathunga kwalapha. Babhali baseBhayi ndinothulel’ umnqwazi inene. Chophani nithi nqwadalala niyonwabele. Ndiqinisekile ukuba nakumathala eencwadi le incwadi iya kubanencasa yevatala. Le ncwadi inene ikwelinye inqanaba.” (Ilizwi likaMadoda Ndlakuse – umhleli nombhali waseBhayi)
    “Iimbongi ezineliso nomqaphela kwimiba edla umzi kaXhosa. Inene ababongi bayagqabhuza, whena! Wabulaw’ apho!” (Ilizwi likaMzoli Mavimbela – umhleli nombhali weencwadi zesiXhosa waseSajonisi)

  • Izitshanguba Zentlalo

    Izinto ezisingqongileyo ekuhlaleni inene aziyonto nje enokuthatyathwa lula. Ziliqela ke izinto ezisetyenziswa ngabantu ukuze banyange ezi zitshanguba zingakhethe mntu nasiduko nakufuma kwesipaji. Abantu abafana nam ke abayiyeki tu into yokubhala imibongo ukuze loo ntlungu ibangelwa zezo zitshanguba ikhe isuke nje kancinci ibaphe umtyhi.
    Le ncwadi ibhalwe ngexesha lentlungu engathethekiyo kumntu wonke iCovid-19. Sithe sinemithwalo yethu kakade kwavele kwathi gqi isigebengakazi esishiye amakhaya eziintsalu. Andikwazanga tu ukungaphawuli ngale ntlekele apha, ngethemba lokuba niza kuyonwabela le ncwadi. Makutyiwe ke noko ngoku kudala oku kutya kubondwa.
    “Imibongo ezoba imifanekiso-ngqondweni ngobuchule obungaphaya komlinganiselo. Yiva nje imibongo efana nale: NGASESPORWENI EDEAL PARTY, INDODA EHLAMB’ IZITYA, SOZE INDODA INGAKHALI (I) no (II), LIHLE IBHAYI EBUSUKU, IVILA LOMBHALI, EDUTYWA EDOLOPHINI ndibala ntoni na. Mna ndithi intlalo yethu izele zizitshanguba ezifuna ukucocwa. Njengoko le mboni yakwaZizi sel’ iyihlahlile indlela nathi babhali nabafundi masizeke mzekweni, singen’ efolweni sicoce ezi zitshanguba; izitshambuluka ke ngokwasemaMpondweni kuwe Lawundini” (ilizwi likaMzoli Mavimbela, umhleli nombhali weencwadi zesiXhosa waseSajonisi).

  • Jim is Tired Of Jo’burg

    Repeatedly in the recent past, we have heard of a ‘Jim Comes to Jo’Burg’ mythology in the South African context. The author has deconstructed this myth, reversing it into a ‘Jim is Tired of Jo’Burg’ scenario, telling the story through his protagonist, Jim (Kgabalatsana Monare) aka “TM”, who has come to Johannesburg from his rural village of Dinokana in the Western Transvaal in search of ‘gold’. But, as time goes by, he gets sucked into and ultimately gets frustrated by the challenges of city life, to which a rural boy is unaccustomed. He tries to make a living as a miner and makes friends with the Indian tailors in downtown Johannesburg.
    He leaves his place of employment on the mine to live in the township of Alexandra – a mass urban slum of the city of ‘gold’ where he commingles with life in a township. He meets his ‘to-be-lifetime lover’ Nancy Mabheka, who falls deeply in love with him – unfortunately for her, for when Kgabalatsana realises that he will not find the ‘gold’ that he came to the city of Johannesburg for, he decides to go back home to his village, leaving her behind. Nancy then follows him to a life that is enigmatic to her.
    Reminiscent of Peter Abrahams’ Mine Boy, Jim is Tired of Jo’Burg exposes the reader to the challenges of urban and rural life in the South Africa of the time. Through pathos, joviality, the author takes us down the memory lane of life in the townships of South Africa in the 60s and 70s, and the choice that its people had to take – to be an urbanite or ruralite.

  • Just Kidding!

     

    When Sally Anne (Sal) Carter – a social worker – and her husband David – a corporate accountant – decided to abandon the bright lights of Cape Town on David’s retirement and go olive farming, some of their friends thought they were mad. Others envied them!
    In this collection of anecdotes, stories and vignettes, Sal Carter has captured the joys, sadnesses, trials, tribulations and triumphs of their 20 years on Zeekoegat Farm, just outside the small town of Riversdale, in a most enjoyable and very readable way.
    Her descriptions of the characters and antics of their large and ever-increasing collection of farm animals and pets, especially her beloved goats and dogs, are as enjoyable and real as her stories of the interactions and relationships with their neighbours, staff, friends, family and the people of the town and the surrounding area.
    Sal describes her forays into goat-milking, animal midwifery, cheese making, event organising and social work in an often self-deprecating and tongue-in-cheek way, sparing no-one, least of all herself.
    Shining through it all is the support, guidance and love of her sometimes long-suffering husband, David.
    A thoroughly enjoyable read!

  • Land of Beyond

    It is the mid-1960s in the Bechuanaland Protectorate, which is about to transition from British Colonial rule to self-government and independence.
    Lennox van Onselen, WW II veteran, ex-policeman, author, part-time safari operator and adventurer, is about to embark on yet another expedition into the Kalahari in search of the fabled “Lost City of the Kalahari”, when his plans are up-ended, first by a recalcitrant truck, and then by having an eccentric American millionaire safari client, “CJ”, foisted onto him by a friend.
    The story chronicles their adventures – and mis-adventures – on a safari which takes them the length and breadth of the territory.
    Highlights include a cattle drive across the desert, a horse race meeting – Kalahari-style – and encounters with some of Bechuanaland’s legendary “characters” and its animal inhabitants.
    The story of their travels in punctuated by the highly entertaining and detailed history lessons Lennox gives CJ about Bechuanaland.
    A must for “Bechuana-philes”!

  • Mafeking – Siege in the African Sun

    Denise Austin spent some of her early formative years listening to her grandmother Ida May’s stories about her life as a child during the Siege of Mafeking during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899.
    She has long wanted to write a book, incorporating some of her Granny’s stories, and this is the result.
    It is primarily a work of fiction, documenting the lives a typical ‘Settler’ family in the town during the Siege, but also an historically accurate ‘journal’ of the day to day happenings during the course of the Siege.
    This combination of styles makes for a fascinating read into a period during which the eyes of the British Empire were focussed on this dusty little town on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, in one of the remotest areas of South Africa.
    As a bonus, she gives us a look at two of the most colourful charachters of the Siege – Colonel Robert Baden-Powell, later founder of the world-wide scouting movement, and Lady Sarah Wilson (née Churchill, aunt to Winston Charchill), who became one of the world’s first female war correspondents.

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    Mathematics Rocks

    Welcome to the third book in the new series of Grade 4 study guides in the School Rocks Range. This book contains information on the Mathematics curriculum for Grade 4. It is designed to assist teachers, parents and learners, with an emphasis on the home-schooling environment.

    This book contains information on the Mathematics curriculum for Grade 4. The material in this book is aligned to the National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) of the South African Department of Basic Education.

  • Mhla Latsh’ Ibhayi

    Isihloko sale ngqwebo sithi, ‘Mhla Latsh’ iBhayi’ into ethetha ukuba kuza kwaziwana. Nangona kusaziwana kunjalo ke, ubukhulu becala amabali la ayacaca ukuba umbhali ziingontsi namasuka-ndihlale ahlangene nawo kulaa mimandla ikuMneno-Nciba kwatsho kwaqandusela la mabalana angcathu ancindi ivuzisa izinkcwe. Ubukhulu becala ngamabali la ayimvula-mehlo ukuba, ‘okuze buponi kotshabalala, okuze ngamathontsi kozinza,’ njengoko oko uya kukufumanisa kwimixholo yamabalana afana no‘INENE ULUNTU NGEZISULU’. Akhona amabali oya kuwafumanisa esityhilela izizeka-bani zoxinezelelo lwengqondo kubani, ngenxa yobugewu awathi wabhungca ngezikaSibi kubo, mabali awo afana no‘ENDLELENI EBUYA E-ADDO’. Masingafinci ke bantakwethu, nqikani nizifincele. Kakade iqwela nesigananda sifincwa ngamakhwahla namagqala.
    “Amabalana anonambitheko okomsindleko kumhambi, adiza ilihlo lokhozi kumbhali olirharha nonosiba olunyumbazayo. Ebalisa nje uyahlekisa kodwa uyafundisa. Mna ndithi qha, Zizi elimnyama neenkomo zalo zabalaza mzala womntu amathunzi anabile kukud’ eBhayi, malitsh’ iBhayi!” (ilizwi likaMzoli Mavimbela, umhleli nombhali weencwadi zesiXhosa waseSajonisi).

    ‘UMhla Latsh’ iBahyi’ uphumelele iMbasa yamaBali amafutshane kaNadine Gordimer yowama-2021

  • Mholweni – igama lam ngu-Owethu

    Le ngqokelela yamabalana amafutshane abantwana iyonwabisa kwaye ivula amehlo kwiintsatshana ukuze zihlale zivundlile okomvundlana othile, eqakatha eqakatha engena entsimini. Emafutshane enjalo amshiya elenceza ulwimi umfundi kube ngaske bekungabaliswa kubhekwe phambili. Fundani nizivele.
    “Mholweni igama lam ndinguMzoli, ndiza kuba poni ke kuba nombhali ondibalisela kamnandi namhlanje – u-Onez ushort and sweet. La mabali embalwa enjalo amnandiswa kakhulu nayimizobo ebalisa ibali yona kuqala. UZizi uzizele apha ku-Onez, akachulezi, gxebe akacikozi lho mntakaZizi sundifundekela! Le ncwadi ubumnandi bayo bundikhumbuza ekaGqirha Sindiwe Magona ethi, ‘Cula’. Khuphani iisenti zenu ke ‘niculele ibank account’ ka-Onez atsho akhuthazeke abhale nangakumbi, akhule abe njeyaaa kuncwadi. Tshisa Onez kwezo ndawo maan!” (ilizwi likaMzoli Mavimbela, umhleli nombhali weencwadi zesiXhosa waseSajonisi).

  • Mom’s Home Cooking

    Most of us have fond memories of food from our childhood. Whether it was our Mom’s homemade rusks or favourite chicken dish, food has a was of transporting us back to the past.
    I decided to put this book together to help us remember her where she seemed to be happiest – in the kitchen cooking for the family. Mom enjoyed meeting people, especially if they had an interest in food, sharing ideas and recipes with them, and this book is proof of that.

    Sharon Tennant

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    My Career in Nursing: What a Journey!

    Nthabiseng Magagula (Born Tsiu) is a Nurse by profession, and this is her story.
    Her training started in 1970, and she retired in 2022, way past the normal retirement age – more than 50 years of dedicated nursing.

    Always aiming to improve the quality of her service to her patients, Nthabiseng embarked on several professional courses, starting with Midwifery and Paediatrics and picking up a BA Cur and Master’s degree along the way, as well as qualifications in Infection Control and Biotechnics. This constant drive to improve herself, and her commitment to care for her patients (instilled by her mother) led to her receiving numerous awards and rising to senior management positions in the Public Health Sector. Following her retirement from the Public Sector in 2008, she worked with a number of Health NGOs in support of Public Sector health Districts with regard to HIV and Antiretroviral rollout programmes, and was closely involved with those NGOs’ support efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nthabiseng has served on a number of boards and Committees, including the Nursing Association, which is now DENOSA, as well as the Cancer Association, the Lesedi Centre of Hope for HIV Management Committee, the Victim Empowerment Centre, and the Nursing Council Appeal Committee. She is a devout Catholic, and a long-standing and active member of the Catholic Women’s League.