Books for March – Week 4

Do your part this March and participate in the 2017 global initiative, Earth Hour in Cape Town on Saturday, 25 March 2017. This save the environment theme is a call for ordinary people to take a stand against climate change by turning off all non-essential lights between 8:30pm and 9:30pm. The grassroots movement was started by World Wildlife Fund in 2007 in Australia, where 2.2 million residents in Sydney turned off their lights for an hour. To date, more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide have taken part in this worthy cause. SO ENCOURAGE YOUR NEIGHBORS TO DO THE SAME.


 Human Rights Day in South Africa on March 21 every year as a celebration of democracy and remembering the events and sacrifices for those who helped achieve it. The country’s struggle for justice and equality does not however mean that freedom of speech must be sacrificed. More terrifying is the influence of social media who can say what they want, crucify the concept of freedom of speech and use it stripped of context. Even worse, blacken reputations with personal attacks of a person.

This brings me to the new swear word starting with a C – “Colonialism.” And the storm in a teacup that resulted from two tweets.

According to Oxford Dictionaries, “colonialism” means “the policy of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers.   Many South Africans are the descendants of slaves, migrants who was brought or fled to the Cape Colony from 1653 until 1822. Jan van Riebeeck, of the Netherlands who founded the first colony at Cape Town in 1652, was a dedicated official who found a few bushmen and Hottentots the area, and apart from his directive to start   a halfway house  for proviand  which was a method one nation controlling another for economic gain.  This made the Boer farmers so mad that they decided to trek into the unknown interior.

 But does Zille’s tweets not also have a layer of truth? Far be it for moral justifiers like Max du Preez to say she “ must go” Premier Zille posted a number of tweets in the context of her visit to Singapore; a country that was colonised, but has made great strides to develop, empower its citizens, and prosper. In two tweets, Premier Zille said that the legacy of colonialism has benefitted South Africa in several ways, AND I AGREE that colonialism, also has a good side such as economic growth, enculturation, technology, and not being an isolated society.

We as a society has forgotten the lessons about tolerance and understanding that Madiba taught us. Instead debate has deteriorated into stereotypical and personal attacks.  Of course this is the old story of the tail wagging the dog, and a way of deflecting us from more serious issues such as murder, corruption, misuse of our tax money and the shenanigans of politicians.   It is time to heal the divisions, unite in our diversity and strive for democratic values, social justice and human rights.

And remember… “The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.” – Garry Kasparov

 I have included the first four books that give and insightful look in our society…good or bad.

 Andy Warhol Bela Lugosi Dracula the Kiss poster framed rare9 kiss

 Size poster approx.70×108 cm, in black and gilt frame with glass front  83x113cm 

 Condition: excellent, belonged to a discerning art collector for years. R2500.00

Shipping: can be viewed in Cape Town prior to sale on appointment. Shipping due to size to be undertaken by buyer.

Let not my country die by Credo Mutwalet not my country die 001

Mutwa, a visionary and witchdoctor and famous author of Indaba my Children writes about racism around the world, apartheid, black on black violence and culture and religion. His message is “South africa needs salvation and not crucification and skilfully brings home the message that South Africans must embrace peace or perish.

United publishers international, 1987 second impression, 228p.  142

A Human Being Died That night a story of forgiveness by Pumla Goboda-Madikizela –Eugene de Kock encounter.a human being died that night 001

Pumla Goboda-Madikizela, a clinical psychologist who served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Human rights Violation committee, spent forty-six hours interviewing Eugene de Kock, who was accused of crimes against humanity. Tis book about her encounter with the man named  ”Prime Evil”, is an insightful look at the psyche of Eugene de Kock but also an exploration into forgiveness, and the capacity of understanding and compassion.

Davidphilip   Publishers, 2003, First edition, 192p.  

Let my People go by albert Luthuli Autobiographylet my people go 001

Albert Luthuli, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was a great and revered leader of the ANC and this autobiography also portrays him as a Christian which had a profound effect on his activities. His political struggles also encouraged restraint, and his love for his country transcends his loyalty to any racial group. Photo. .

Collins Publishers, London, 1962 third impression, 255p.

Tribe to Township by Dr. Peter Becker From the kraal to the citytribe to township 001

The way of life of Southern Africa’s black inhabitants in transition from traditional tribal culture to the urban white man’s social structure. Age-old attitudes and lore and cultural encounters with the white man’s life-style and the challenges. Photographs and illustrations.

Panther Books, Paperback, 1974 Ed.  256p.

Vyftig, Vurig en Fabulous Brumilda van Rensburg deur Analieze Steyn. GETEKENDE KOPIEVyftig, vurig & fabulous 001

Subtitel: inspirerende gedagtes en vertellings van ‘n dinamiese vol lewe.

Beer and Braai

 A detailed book on methods, implements, recipes and everything the dedicated braaier needs to know. Illustrated.

Dark Rider by Tatamkulu AfrikaDark Rider 001

A story of life in a struggling South Africa in poem-form.

Snailpress, 1992 first edition, 131 p.

Condition: soft cover no dust jacket, well-bound.

Goudbaronne Mannheimsage III, deur Lerina ErasmusGoudbaronne 002

Die derde boek in die Mannheim-reeks wentel ook om twee Johannesburgse Families, die Mannheims en die Molloys en speel af in die stormagtige jare voor en tydens die uitbreek van Eerste Wêreldoor

Goeie maniere en etiket deur Emsie Schoeman
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Die immergroen boek van raad vir elke denkbare situasie, van bankette tot begrafnisse, kleredrag, protokol, ens.

Human en Rousseau-Uitgewers, Tweede druk, 1981, 176p.


Picture Framing and Wall Display by the editors of Sunset Books and Sunset Magazine.Picture Framing and Wall Display 001

Detailed instructions and colourful decorating ideas for framing and displaying art. Including fabrics, crafts photographs.

Operation Q-018 by Gerard Ludi South African spy saga.Operation Q-018 001

The story of a deep-cover spy, Gerard Ludi, a secret service double agent who was tasked by the ANC to penetrate Moscow (Kremlin) in order to turn South africa into a Marxist state. 

Books For March – Week 3

International Women’s Day (IWD) was on  March 8 with the  2017 campaign theme: “Being Be Bold For Change”, came and went with a whimper amidst the corrupt and wrong decisions of our women in Government.:  Just think of  She of the SASSA scandal, Dlamini’s ‘smallanyana’;    the “gender-based” candidate, Dlamini-Zuma with an albatross on her shoulder (ex-husband); Dudu Myeni who cut the wings of the SAA, Faith Muthambi and her golden boy of the SABC; Baleka Mbete  who shields no. 1 in Parly; She of the Stompie murder case,  Winnie Madikizela-Mandela; Tina JoematPettersson   who muddied the waters for the fishing industry before being appointed in a nuke position. And don’t forget whose face was as red as the beet she proclaimed could cure HIV/Aids, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. I can think of many more, can you? Please fill in the blanks. And then there is a true lady, Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout, naughty but with a spotless political reputation, who could get away with murder by means of her koeksisters (see review below.) Just a pity that a fictitious woman overshadowed the lot above.

  1. Part Hate a Part Love the legend of Evita Bezuidenhout by Pieter-Dirk UysPart Hate A Part Love 001

The biography of a character that Pieter-Dirk Uys created to show the satirical but true situation in South Africa. As an ambassador for the fictitious homeland, Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout became a famous household name, relentlessly showing up the follies of the nation. Photographs even a family tree in back of book.

Hond Publishers, 1994 ed.381p.

2. No room for error by peter van der Spek account of light aircraft crashes in No room for error 001South Africa

Causes, consequences of light aircraft crashes in south africa, incorporation over 35 chilling account that ended in tragedy due to human folly, technical errors , environmental factors of just sheer bad luck. Photos, maps, transcripts of pilots’ last words included.

Spearhead publishers, 2003, 121p.

Condition: soft cover no dust jacket, good condition, well-bound. 

3. One Life by Richard E. Leaky Autobiography.One Life 001

In his autobiography Richard Leakey recounts his childhood which he spent exploring the African wilds with his parents, his involvement in the study of human ancestry and Kenya’s museums, and his struggle against a kidney disease which required a life-saving kidney transplant donated by his brother.

Michael Joseph, 1983, 207p

Condition: hard cover, dust jacket, Very good condition.

4. Continent Ablaze: Insurgency Wars in Africa 1960 to the Present John TurnerContinent Ablaze 001 Border Wars

A study of the conflicts which raged through Africa between 1960 and 1998. Especially at the Operational Level, counter-insurgency warfare in South Africa.  Strategic photographs, maps.

Jonathan Ball Publishers, 1998, 280p. FIRST EDITION

Condition:  soft cover, very good condition.

5. Scourge of the ANC by Dan Roodt and   Afrikaner survival under black ruleScourge of the ANC 001

In these two polemical essays Dan Roodt denounces the ANC rule since it came into to power in 1994. It describes the staggering amount of crime, criminality, and corruption in government, the hundreds of foreign crime syndicates, money laundering, and increase in drug trafficking, prostitution, money laundering, child pornography, rape, murder, and car hijacking Praag publishers, 2004, 143p. FIRST EDITION

Condition: soft cover no dust jacket, covers well-bound, clean.

6. Global Warming Deception by Grant R. Jeffrey How a Secret Elite Plans to Global Warming Deception 001Bankrupt America and Steal Your Freedom

Jeffrey maintains and provides proof in The Global-Warming Deception, that the   political pressure, flawed science, and falsified data are orchestrated to sell an environmental lie and bring the West to its knees. He argues that United Nations agencies use the threat of rising ocean levels, crop failure, expanding deserts, and the extinction of species to convince western nations to surrender their sovereignty. As these developments play out, we see the globalists consolidating their power.

Waterbrook Press, 2011, 217 p.

Condition: soft cover no dust jacket, well-bound. Clean.


7. Criminal Law by C. R. SnymanCriminal Law 001

LexisNexis, 5th edition, 2008, 625 p.

Condition: soft cover no dust jacket, well-bound.


8. Leipoldt’ Cape cookery by C Louis Leipoldt FIRST EDITION.Leipoldts Cape Cookery 001

Cooking was one of the many talents of this poet, author, and medical man.

“This manuscript, published now for the first time, can be regarded as the definitive work in English on the Cape Table. “ It  contains  chapters on the origins of Cape cooking, spices, herbs and flavouringFish, meat, vegetable, eggs, veldkos, game and camp cookery and fruits and sweets.

 Published in 1976 W J Flesch and partners. 159p. Illustrated by Keri Swift.

March – Week 2

This week we have a compilation of South African Law books available, as Poggio Books aims to broaden its genres and meet the needs of all book lovers, this week will be a treat for Law students, legal professionals or knowledgeable academics. We have a variety of law books at unbelievable prices, take some time to review the below books as this week we will be diving into South African Law:


  1. Eckards Principles of Civil Procedure in the Magistrates Courts, TJM Paterrson

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2. Dispute Resolution, Paul Pretorius

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3.  Principles of Evidence, Schwikkard and van der Merwe

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4.  Statutory Interpretation an Introduction for Students, Christo Botha

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5. Essential Labour Law, A.C Basson et al

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We are dedicated to bringing you the best books (at the lowest possible prices) of each genre and would appreciate your feedback to hear about the books you want to read.

Top reads for March – Week 1

Dear Reader
My sincere apologies for the long delay in following up my blog, but now I am ready to carry on. I am a retired librarian and my love for books started me on hunting for and selling second-hand books, especially Africana, Afrikaans books and English books published in South Africa. This “Hobby” has kept me extremely busy the past few years. Not only do I scour bazaars, flea markets, second-hand book shops, charity shops, etc. for specific books and am based in Cape Town, I keep on finding treasures in the most surprising places. Do you know that your local library also sell unwanted books? The best treasure trove I found was in a “Friends of the library” sale in a neighbouring town who had a box of wonderful Africana under a table, classified as “foreign books”.
The old saying in Afrikaans “elke skewe pot kry ‘n deksel” is so true: people collect books because of their love of an area (especially Karoo people), their predilection in reading genres (crime, war) or their high regard for a specific author (the late Hennie Aucamp).
Please tell me what you like/need/ want ….
Here is a selection of books I found the most interesting and which is for sale on my BOB site,

Principles of the law of sale and lease.Kahn, Havenga, Lotz et al. 2nd edition.



H Strafkamp in die berge
Oorlogroman Sub-titel: Lotgevalle van twee Duitsers in Sowjet – Rusland. Vertaal uit Duits.


Wording deur T C Pienaar Graaff-Reinet boere Rebellie geskiedenis.


Laat Vrugte deur C M Van der Heever Landelike roman Laat Vrugte beeld die mens se stryd teen die natuur, die drang om te leef en te oorheers, maar ook die wete dat alle aardse ding en ook alles verganklik is.


Losing my virginity by Richard Branson autobiography firstly and secondly how Virgin became a famous brand name. Photographs.



Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 by F Pretorius FIRST EDITION
Outlines the course of the war, through the formal first stages to the guerrilla struggle of the ‘bitter enders’.


Voetslaan in Suid-Afrika deur Helmke Hennig

Behandel onder meer: die regte toerusting, die voor- nadele van sekere toerusting, volledige lyste van noodsaaklike toerusting, raad om die rugsak te pak, kookgereedskap en resepte , kerninligting oor bekende roetes, kaarte, inligting oor klubs en organisasies vir die stapper, en ’n lys van aanbevole leesstof.



Incredible Tretchikoff by Boris Gorelik

Tells the story of this flamboyant artist from his humble beginnings to the spectacular highs and lows of his later career. Illustrations, biographical data and copies of some of his paintings and their backgrounds.

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Stel self jou testament op deur A Meyer et al.
‘n Praktiese handleiding wat jou deur al die stappe van ‘n boedels opstel, neem.


Haunted by Sian Hall ghosts spirits of South Africa.
Haunted incidents in the veld, farms, spectral hoarders, haunted public places, psychic pets, ominous lights, ghosts lost in time haunted houses and ghostly sounds are examined.

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Kaap van Slawe deur Marthinus van Bart
“Die Britse slawebedryf van 1562 tot 1910, met spesiale verwysing na die Kaap die Goeie Hoop vanaf 1680”.