Andre de Ruyter

De Ruyter’s book ‘Truth to Power’ exposes Eskom’s dark secrets

By Carmen Coetsee 19-07-23 15:33

Former CEO of Eskom, André de Ruyter, has made waves in South Africa with his tell-all memoir, Truth to Power. With cool-headedness and dry humour, de Ruyter tells his story of his three years working for the infamous electricity company. From neglected equipment, ageing power stations and crippling corruption on a massive scale, de Ruyter has […]

Cape Town librarians roll up sleeves for Mandela Day

Cape Town librarians roll up sleeves for Mandela Day

By Fazila Olla 14-07-23 11:12

As the globe gears up for the annual Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July 2023, the City of Cape Town’s librarians will celebrate the day by taking part in storytelling sessions, to spread joy to their communities. South Africans and the global community honour South Africa’s late former President and international icon, Nelson Mandela, […]

Zondo at Your Fingertips

Zondo at Your Fingertips: new book offers an accessible and condensed version of South Africa’s ambitious corruption inquiry

By Fazila Olla 04-07-23 11:48

Anti-corruption activist Paul Holden has done South Africa a great favour by summarising the work of the judicial commission that probed massive corruption under former president Jacob Zuma. No one except academics will read the commission’s 4,750 page report, but many will read Holden’s book, Zondo at your Fingertips. Holden is a former director of […]

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Author Prince Mashele apologises to Herman Mashaba

By Mimi Mfundisi 25-05-23 10:34

Author failed to disclose Herman Mashaba’s initial funding investment of R12,5million to publishing house, Jonathan Ball Publishers. Political commentator and author Prince Mashele has apologised for his utterances during his interview with JJ Tabane, eluding to the fact that Herman Mashaba had no role to play in the funding of the book The Outsider. The book […]


Makhanda literacy project shows dramatic results

By Fazila Olla 28-04-23 10:43

Just 45 minutes a day in a “Whistle Stop School” is helping primary school learners in Makhanda beat South Africa’s alarming literacy statistics. A partnership between an education organisation and a primary school in Makhanda, Eastern Cape, is showing dramatic results in teaching children to read. The “Whistle Stop School” run by community organisation GADRA […]

The Most Borrowed Books From Five Cape Town Libraries

The Most Borrowed Books From Five Cape Town Libraries

By SAPeople Contributor 27-12-22 20:52

What do Lee Child, Jeff Kinney and Michelle Obama have in common? They’re all authors of the most borrowed books at various Cape Town public libraries this past year. As the year winds down, libraries across the city will still remain a hive of activity to keep children of all ages entertained during the holidays […]

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Trolley Protests at Dis-Chem are ‘Dof’, says SA Author

By Guest Contributor 21-10-22 22:05

Sjoe South Africa. The paler ones, in particular. Those Dischem trolley acts of rebellion are doff, writes Kim Stephens, author of the fantastic Hold The Line. Here’s why… You’re angry about that leaked Dischem employment policy (see bottom of page), so you’re filling your trolley with stuff and then walking out of the store, all smirk in […]

Book Festival brings authors and poets to the Cape Flats

Book Festival Brings Authors and Poets to the Cape Flats

By SAPeople Contributor 19-10-22 10:07

Hundreds of people, young and old, came out to the Cape Flats Book Festival at the West End Primary School in Mitchells Plain at the weekend. The two-day event hosted over 30 sessions with scores of authors, poets and publishers. During the sessions, writers and artists talked to smaller audiences, discussing their craft and answering […]


SA Mom Publishes Book on Daughter’s Life-Threatening Allergy

By SAPeople Contributor 25-06-22 23:11

SAPeople sits down its co-founder Amanda Stergianos, a “mumpreneur” (digital entrepreneur and mum to three daughters), who has just launched her first children’s book – a true story about her family in early childhood, navigating life-threatening food allergies. The purpose of the book is to help other young children in a similar situation. Here, Amanda answers […]

SA’s Famous Couple Des and Dawn Memoir Launched in Johannesburg

SA’s Famous Couple Des and Dawn Memoir Launched in Johannesburg

By SAPeople 07-12-21 18:29

Bravo to ‘Des and Dawn’ – with the booklaunch of their memoir in Johannesburg on Sunday morning… writes Georg Knoke. I say Des and Dawn – because they were inseparable, as we all know! Despite Dawn Avril Lindberg passing away, literally a year ago to this date (Dawn passed away on 7 December), they wrote this […]

Author Wilbur Smith Dies Unexpectedly at 88

Wilbur Smith Dies Unexpectedly at Home in Cape Town at 88

By SAPeople 14-11-21 10:36

Worldwide bestselling author Wilbur Smith has died at the age of 88, at his home in Cape Town, South Africa. He had spent the morning reading and writing, with his wife by his side. A message on his Facebook page says: “We are sorry to announce that the beloved, global bestselling author Wilbur Smith passed […]

Winnie Mandela was among key targets for disinformation by apartheid police. Mujahid Safodien/AFP via Getty Images

A Hitman’s Confessions Expose Brutality During Apartheid

By SAPeople 07-11-21 14:38

A raft of confessions have been published in the past three decades chronicling the stories of white men in uniform who plied their trade as apartheid heavies and enforcers. The brutality they dispensed – killings, assassinations, torture, beatings – also came to light in two commissions: the Goldstone Commission, which exposed the a dirty tricks […]


South African Pilot Reveals Secrets from the Cockpit in New Book

By SAPeople Contributor 01-07-21 16:55

Robert Schapiro always wanted to fly, so much so that he had to rise above the challenge of anti-Semitic bullying, mockery and fierce rivalry to realise his dream… but rise he did. In a new book – ‘Secrets from the Cockpit’ – Schapiro reveals everything about international pilots behaving badly, and other flying stories. Schapiro […]

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South African Students Wrote ‘A World Gone Mad’ Book During Lockdown

By SAPeople 07-06-21 17:34

South African student voices have largely remained unheard in formal discussions around COVID-19. A pandemic that should not be put to waste, COVID-19, on some podiums, is seen as laying the groundwork for germination of seeds of change… write Peet van Aardt, University of the Free State and Brian Sibanda, University of the Free State. […]


Virtual Book Club Goes National in South Africa

By SAPeople Contributor 03-12-20 10:52

South Africa’s Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has invited the public to join the National Reading Coalition’s first virtual book club reading session, which will be launched on 14 December 2020.   At the launch of the virtual book club, readers will discuss the book, Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. “The objectives of this reading session are […]

Anxiety in Johannesburg: The Intimate Inner Lives of the City

By SAPeople Staff Writer 13-10-20 16:40

Within the media and popular culture of the global north, cities like Johannesburg are often presented as a site of trouble. They’re the source of the immigrants, drugs, violence, poverty, disease and environmental crisis that worry nervous citizens of more “developed” cities. Even when they take centre stage in international media production, global south cities […]

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