In Mthatha, light-skinned Karabo is called 'yellowbone'. People expect her to coast through life on her looks but she goes to London to study architecture. At a private recital, a priceless violin binds her fate to that of virtuoso André Potgieter, who hides a secret - he sees angels. Whether it's synaesthesia or supernatural, he cannot say. But he would do anything to keep seeing them. Events on the night of the recital cause Karabo to run away to Ghana, but her plans go horribly wrong . . .
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Gangster State

In spite of Cyril Ramaphosa’s ‘new dawn’, there are powerful forces in the ruling party that risk losing everything if corruption and state capture finally do come to an end. At the centre of the old guard’s fightback efforts is Ace Magashule, a man viewed by some as South Africa’s most dangerous politician. In this explosive book, investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh ventures deeper than ever before into Magashule’s murky dealings, from his time as a struggle activist in the 1980s to his powerful rule as premier of the Free State province for nearly a decade, and his rise to one of the ANC’s most influential positions. Sifting through heaps of records, documents and exclusive source interviews, Myburgh explores Magashule’s relationship with the notorious Gupta family and other tender moguls; investigates government projects costing billions that enriched his friends and family but failed the poor; reveals how he was about to be arrested by the Scorpions before their disbandment in the late 2000s; and exposes the methods used to keep him in power in the Free State and to secure him the post of ANC secretary-general. Most tellingly, Myburgh pieces together a pack of leaked emails and documents to reveal shocking new details on a massive Free State government contract and Magashule’s dealings with a businessman who was gunned down in Sandton in 2017. These files seem to lay bare the methods of a man who usually operated without leaving a trace. Gangster State is an unflinching examination of the ANC’s top leadership in the post–Jacob Zuma era, one that should lead readers to a disconcerting conclusion: When it comes to the forces of capture, South Africa is still far from safe.
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Dragons & Butterflies

Shani Krebs didn't fall in with a bad crowd – he was the bad crowd. Born to Hungarian refugees in Johannesburg, South Africa, Shani had a tough childhood. During his national service he started dabbling in drugs and it wasn't long before he was supplying the Johannesburg party scene with marijuana, LSD, mandrax and cocaine. It was a wild life, filled with girlfriends, narrow escapes and drug binges. His closest friend was his pistol. Then, in 1994 at the birth of South Africa's democracy, Shani flew to Thailand where he was arrested for heroin trafficking and, after a trial, was sentenced to death. He was 34. Shani's sentence was commuted to 100 years, and thus begun the greatest challenge of his life. The first hurdle was to survive in one of the toughest prisons imaginable: the random violence, the appalling diet, and the filth and diseases. Shani not only survived, he eventually rose to command significant respect within the prison system. The second was to stay...
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Kitchen Boy

Luck matters. Life is chancy. Springbok legend, war hero, thriving businessman - that was JJ Kitchen, known to all as Kitchen Boy. His was a life as large as a sports stadium, as thrilling as baling out of a burning war plane. Now he lies dead in his coffin in a Durban cathedral and his life is relived as funeral goers remember a glowing Natal childhood, the thunder of the rugby field, the joy and sorrows of family. But at the core of the man remained, to the end, the memory of WWII and how it could reduce even the bravest of men. The funeral draws to a close, but in the hearts of one of the pall-bearers, Kitchen Boy's shameful secret lives on.
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Soweto, Under the Apricot Tree

"This apricot tree has multiple souls that fill me with wonder every morning and enchant me by afternoon. This tree has bitter-sweet memories, just like the fruit it bears." If the apricot trees of Soweto could talk, what stories would they tell? This short story collection provides an imaginative answer. Imbued with a vivid sense of place, it captures the vibrancy of the township and surrounds. Told with satirical flair, life and death are intertwined in these tales where funerals and the ancestors feature strongly; where cemeteries are places to show off your new car and catch up on the latest gossip. Populating these stories is a politician mesmerised by his mistress's manicure, zama-zamas running businesses underground, a sangoma with a remedy for theft, soccer fans ready to mete out a bloody justice, a private dancer in love and many other intriguing characters. Take your seat under the apricot tree and be enthralled by tales that are both entertaining and thought-provoking.
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Kill the Boer

Understand the brutal reality of farm murders in South Africa. Grasp the true extent of the problem, and the complicity of the South African government in the crisis. Equip yourself with the facts. "Kill The Boer is vital for anyone who wishes to understand the farm attack/murder phenomenon within the greater context of the South African milieu." - Roman Cabanac, Politicsweb Kill the Boer highlights why these attacks are different - in their disproportionate frequency, the extreme brutality, the crucial role that farmers have to play in uplifting South Africa, and the unique circumstances they find themselves in. To what extent is the South African government complicit in these attacks? Learn about the history of land ownership and the extent of hate speech and racism in South Africa, particularly targeting white farmers.  If you enjoy books about crime, history, and politics then you will find this book fascinating, because it illuminates for the first time the true extent of a crisis from which the world should learn. * Data driven * Personal victim accounts * Statistical analysis of the crisis * Crucial reports * Hear the shocking stories from the inside "A most brave and important book, thoroughly researched, and one that will save lives and livelihoods." - Dr. Frans Cronje, CEO of the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) **
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Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years

Assembled as a Special Exhibit on Memory Alpha, Federation: The First 150 Years celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of the United Federation of Planets. This unprecedented illustrated volume chronicles the pivotal era leading up to Humankind’s First Contact with Vulcan in 2063, the Romulan War in 2154, the creation of the Federation in 2161, and the 150 years of the intergalactic democracy up until the year 2311. Meticulously researched, this account covers a multitude of alien species, decisive battles, and the technology that made the Age of Exploration possible. It includes field sketches, illustrations, and reproductions of historic pieces of art from across the Galaxy, along with over fifty excerpts from key Federation documents and correspondence, Starfleet records, and intergalactic intelligence. Federation: The First 150 Years truly uncovers the quest for man to boldly go... Author: David A. Goodman Contributing artists: Mark McHaley, Cat Staggs, Joe Corroney, and Jeff Carlisle
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