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May Day -Workers’ Day

1 May is a public holiday to commemorate the working class – the cogs that keep the clock ticking! Also Known as International Workers’ Day the holiday is widely celebrated, with as many as 80 countries honoring the date and what it stands for.  Historically it started with a striking workers protesting in Chicago, which resulted in law officers then proceeded to fire live ammunition at a defenseless crowd of unarmed strikers (sound familiar?). This public holiday serves as a stark reminder to governments of the power of the working class, but there is little to celebrate if you take the high unemployment figures, political chaos, and criminality in mind. But change is coming, as seen by the break-up of the  tripartite alliance, new unions, and public groups joining hands in mass protests. A   promising outcome is the court ruling against the recent nuclear project. 

There is a Chinese curse which says ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not we are living in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also more open to the creative energy of men than any other time in history.

 Please see our books available that reflect this phase in history:

(Click on the title to follow the hyperlink for further viewing)

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.

Raka die roman deur Koos Kombuis EERSTE UITGAWEraka die roman 001

Raka – die roman ontgin die vrese van die moderne Afrikaner in hierdie oorgangstyd van die oue na die nuwe, van die lokale realisme na ’n virtuele, relatiewe werklikheid.  Die ou gode het gesterf, maar daar is nog geen nuwes om hul plek te neem nie.” Koos Kombuis.

True confessions of an Albino Terrorist by Breyten Breytenbachtrue confessions albinoterrorist 001.jpg

Breyten Breytenbach recalls his seven-year ordeal in prisons in South Africa.

London, Faber and Faber 1989 ed.396p.


Strange days indeed by Shaun Johnson political history South Africastrange days indeed 001

A bestseller of 1993, describing the turbulent history of South Africa from insurrection to post-election in the eighties. A hard look at politics and politicians of this era.


Ja!  slegs die optimiste sal oorleef! deur Phil BosmansJa slegs die optimiste sal oorleef

Besielende boodskappe, kort en kragtig vir die moderne mens wat omring is van dodelike dosisse geweld, terreur, onreg, geestelike en morele las en die krag van die liefde om te oorwin. Pragtig  geillustreer.
Christelike Uitgewersmaatskappy 1991 uitgawe, 126p.

Afdraai: Kroniek deur A H Scholtz.  Kroniek van seermaak en seerkry, van vrede en veranderingafdraai 001

‘n Roman rondom oorlog en omwentelinge in die lewe van Suid-Afrikaners, , vanaf Anglo-Boereoorlog, die instelling van apartheid, en die lief en leed van mense uitgelewer aan hul gemeenskaplike lot. Kwela Boeke Uitgewers, Eerste Uitgawe 1989, 185p.

Thabo Mbeki and the battle for the soul of the ANC by William M Gumede. FIRST EDITIONthabo mebeki 001

A few descriptions of the book, which is an insightful description of what goes on behind the scenes of the ANC fight for control: “The information Gumede provides on the ANC’s metamorphosis, some of it revealed for the first time, is invaluable to a more complete understanding of key events in South Africa over the last decade”- Cape Times

 “A bold, incisive and controversial portrait that opens avenues to robust debate. A compelling read.” Sunday Independent.

 “This book wil set the proverbial cat among the pigeons ….How President Mbeki and the ANC leadership respond to this book will be a test for our new democracy.” Rapport.


Rivonias children by Glenn Frankel.  Three families and cost of conscience in white South Africarvonas children 001

Frankel follows the three lives of the three families including Hilda and Rusty Bernstein, Ruth Furst and her husband Joe Slovo and AnnMarie and Harold Wolpe through their struggle, detention and trials in the apartheid era. Jacana Media 1999.

Racists guide to the People of South Africa by Simon Kilpatrickracist guide 001

A humorous look at racism in South Africa. Illustrate with comical sketches.Good Dog Publishers, 2011, 151p


Anatomy of South Africa who holds the Power? By Richard Callandanatomy of south Africa 001.jpg

Questions include: who are the most influential men and women in South Africa? What goes on at high-level government meetings?  Who does the president listen to? How influential are spin doctors and the media?  How political are judges? Influence of big business? Is the ANC in control of the government or is the government in control of the ANC? How has the Zuma affair affected the tripartite alliance?  Who are front-runners in the race to be the next president of South Africa?

Suid-Afrika die Oplossing deur Leon Louw en Frances Kendal (Kanton-stelsel regering uiteensetting)oplossing 001

Hersiene en bygewerkte Afrikaanse uitgawe van die nr 1.-verkoper South Africa: the Solution met n voorwoorde deur Marinus Wiechers, vertaal deur Sonia Gouws.

Geskiedkundige agtergrond met ‘n sterk beklemtoning van die Kantonstelsel van regering.

 Amagi-publikasies, eerste  Afrikaanse druk, 1986, 252p.

Emerging African Leadership opportunities and challenges for peace and development

Papers presented at the colloquium hosted in Cape Town by the Desmond Tutu Leadership Academy in collaboration with the Leadership regional Network (Learn) and the Institute of Development Studies. Editorial team G Anderson et al.

Printed by Creda Communications, 2001, 206p.

Today we celebrate the working men and woman of South Africa and wish you a blessed Workers’ Day.

If you have any question or queries (books related) kindly let us know.





April Fool


“April Fools’ Day (sometimes called All Fools’ Day) is celebrated every year on April 1st by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are called April fools. People playing April Fool jokes expose their prank by shouting April Fool. Some newspapers, magazines, and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the next day or below the news section in small letters. Although popular since the 19th century, the day is not a public holiday in any country.” (Wikipedia)

But with hoax or fake news doing the round, people are increasingly paranoiac or dubious about making use of it. In Stockholm – Swedish and Norwegian newspapers on Friday said they would refrain from the tradition of publishing April Fools’ Day jokes this year over fears that it might spread “fake news”.

Here are examples of news on 1 April 2017.

Triple-decker plane

Emirates airline almost had us going with the claim that it’s planning to unveil a triple-decker plane. Why? Time zones. The UAE gets to 1 April before the UK and without that all-important date-stamp… could it possibly – somehow – be true?

No, is the answer. The Dubai-based carrier has not designed a plane including “a swimming pool, games room, gym & park”.

The Witness reported that Eskom, backed by the health department would push for emergency legislation to force everybody over the age of 8 to cycle for a minimum of 30 minutes to help save the power utility. Every household would have to buy a Power Up stationary bicycle which would convert mechanical energy into electrical current via an inverter.

Beeld reported that President Jacob Zuma had had a long hard think and finally decided that the right thing to do would be to pay back the money spent on non-security upgrades at his home in Nkandla.. “His excellency, Pres. Jacob G. Zuma, gave the matter a lot of thought and came to the conclusion that it would be in the best interests of the country to pay back all the money,” a spokesperson said.

But this is not April Fools!!!


Biodiesel Basics and Beyond by William H Kemp

Biodiesel Basics and Beyond 001 (2)

“A comprehensive guide to production and use for the home and farm. Biodiesel Basics and Beyond aims to separate fact from fiction and to educate potential home, farm, and cooperative manufacturers on the economic production of quality biodiesel from both waste and virgin oil feedstock. “   American book. Includes topics such as detailed processes and equipment, how farmers can use excess oilseed as a feedstock for biodiesel production. The use of the co-byproduct glycerine in the making of soap. Reference materials and a list of supplier data. Included. A definitive guide to responsibly producing biodiesel from waste vegetable oil while minimizing your environmental footprint in the process. Photos and examples. Azrtext press, 2006, 588p.

Spreuke van Langenhoven ‘n keuse deur Jan ScannellSpreuke van Langenhoven 001 (2)

Die beste van sy spreuke, wyshede en spitsvondighede is byeengebring deur Jan Scannell.  Ideaal vir die openbare spreker.


Land Question in South Africa Ed by Lingisile Ntsebeza and Ruth HallLand Question in South Africa 001 (2)

The challenge of reformation and redistribution are debated in this collection, written by leading thinkers on the topic. Include tables, figures and graphs. Human Sciences Research Council 2007, Press, 255p.


Totale Geheue deur Dr Joan Minninger Hoe om alles beter te onthou.Totale Geheue 001

Gee insig oor hoekom ons vergeet, hoe ons onthou, hoe om jou geheue te verbeter, hoe om te onthou en te studeer en allerlei praktiese raad. Human en Rousseau, 1984, 285p.


Warhol by Victor Bockris Biography of Andy Warhol, artistWarhol 001 (2)

Victor Bokris ‘s biography of Andy Warhol is an honest, entertaining biography  agter he conducted in-depth interviews with Warhol’s family, friends, lovers and enemy to paint a informative portrait of a complex, retiring personality with a genius streak. Photographs. Penguin Books, 1980. 660p.

Raka die roman deur Koos Kombuis EERSTE UITGAWEraka die roman 001

“Raka – die roman ontgin die vrese van die moderne Afrikaner in hierdie oorgangstyd van die oue na die nuwe, van die lokale realisme na ’n virtuele, relatiewe werklikheid.  Die ou gode het gesterf, maar daar is nog geen nuwes om hul plek te neem nie.” Koos Kombuis.

Gareth Cliff on everything by Gareth Cliff.Gareth Cliff on Everything 001 (2)

From back cover: “Gareth Cliff likes to shoot from the hip. Whether on air or judging a trembling Idols contestant… Gareth throws caution to the wind and writes about all those subjects that make him glad, sad or simply mad.” For example: “Cows? The perfect steak-making machines. Tarts? Good to have around, even if there’s no conversation to be had. Our President? A bargain-bin … Wine expo? A boring waste of time: can you imagine how devoid of meaning your life has to be before you decide to spend five hours with the most pretentious people on earth. Death? Hey, we’ve all got to go sometime! …Dip in to where Gareth takes on all comers with his brash, iconoclastic and pointed musings. It’ll engage, enrage and derange you all at once.”

Verweerskrif deur Antjie Krog Digkuns Eerste Uitgawe, eerste druk.Verweerskrif 001 (2)

Dramatiese en vreeslose gedigte oor die liggaam se verouderingsproses.  Antjie Krogh vergelyk die seisoene en Tafelberg met haar ervarings wat wissel in haar digkuns vanaf liriek tot bieg, wanhoop, woede en aanvaarding.







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
Goeie Maniere en Etiket 001

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.