New Arrivals 25th to 1st of May 2015

Amathila (L.) MAKING A DIFFERENCE,
277pp., b/w & colour illus, paperback, WIndhoek, 2012. R220
An autobiography by Libertina Amathila - medical doctor, member of SWAPO, Namibia's liberation movement, and Cabinet Minister for twenty years.

Libertina Amathila was born in Fransfontien in the Kunene Region of Namibia. She joined SWAPO in 1962 and that same year went into exile in Dar es Salaam. She studied medicine in Tanzania, Poland, Sweden and London, and was involved in organising clinics and health projects for Namibians in Zambia and Angola. She returned to Namibia in 1989 and served in the Cabinet as Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing, Minister of Health and Social Services, and Deputy Prime Minister. She also played a leading role in the World Health Organisation. She retired in 2010.
de Villiers (M.) THE CHAMELEON HOUSE, short stories
121pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R200
A collection of short stories set in South Africa, Singapore and London by Melissa de Villiers.

"Melissa de Villiers has a way with endings. Her stories, as is the case with Raymond Carver and Tobias Wolff, are bigger on the inside." James Whyle, author of "The Book of War" and "Walk"

Melissa de Villiers was born in Grahamstown. Currently she divides her time between South Africa and Singapore.
du Toit (R.) & Claassen (R.) comps. ROOIPLAAS!, 1 Valskermbataljon
397pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R265
A history of 1 Parachute Battalion, an elite unit of the South African Airforce. This unit, formed in 1960, played a significant role in the Border War. Rooiplaas, in Bloemfontein, is where the soldiers train. Includes a 150 page history in Afrikaans, and soldiers' personal stories, in English and Afrikaans.

Renier du Toit and Ronnie Claassen were both "parabats" in 1 Parachute Battalion.
Groenewald (A.) SEAMLESS LEADERSHIP, universal lessons from South Africa
300pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R250
Adriaan Groenewald, co-founder and MD of leadershipplatform.com, presents his model of holistic leadership. Includes interviews with leaders across all sectors of South African society: Raymond Ackerman, Herman Mashaba, Gill Marcus, Bheki Sibiya, Gary Kirsten, Julius Malema, Chad le Clos, Roelf Meyer, Zwelinzima Vavi, Helen Zille, Siswe Nxasana, and others.
Gule (T.) ROUGH DIAMOND, your first-class ticket to the world of mentorship
165pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R195
Medical doctor and entrepreneur Matshidiso Gule shares her experience of a mentorship relationship with businesswoman and beauty queen Basetsana Kumalo, as well as with other mentors.

Foreword by Basetsana Kumalo.

Matshidiso Gule established the Medispace Lifestyle Institute in 2006.
Hugo (D.) TAKELWERK,
80pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R175
A new collection of Afrikaans poetry by Daniel Hugo.

Poet, writer, editor and academic Daniel Hugo was born in 1955 in Stellenbosch. He is the author of thirteen previous collections.
Isaacs (N.) TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES IN EASTERN AFRICA, vol.1, edited, with footnotes and a biographical sketch by Louis Herrman
291pp., map, paperback, Van Riebeeck Society Reprint Series, First Series, no.16, Cape Town, (1936) 2015. R230
The first volume of the journals Nathaniel Isaacs kept during his time in Natal. In this volume he gives an account of his arrival in Natal in 1825 and an extended description of Shaka and Zulu society and culture.
Lamprecht (D.) TANNIE POMPIE SE OORLOG, in die Driehoek van die Dood
224pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R185
Journalist Deon Lampbrecht tells the story of the van der Westhuizen family, who lived on a farm, Koedoesvlei, outside Tsumeb. Their farm was situated in the so-called Triangle of Death, the area through which Swapo insurgents entered South West Africa during the Border War. The story is told from the perspective of Roland de Vries, who commanded the unit, 61 Mechanised Battalion Group, and Pompie van der Westhuizen, whose husband and son-in-law were killed in a SWAPO ambush in 1982.
Leggatt (H.) ed. MAUDY OF THE LEVANT, a personal memoir
196pp., illus., paperback, Wilderness, 2012. R200
A self-published book compiled by Helen Leggatt who found Maudy Campling's notebooks and letters about her life in the Levant from 1841-1941. Maudy, born in 1898 in Turkey, eventually moves to South Africa in 1941.
McIntosh (F.) HIKE CAPE TOWN, top day trails on the Peninsula, Table Mountain National Park
252pp., colour illus, maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R240
Includes twenty hikes with thirty alternative routes, together with contour maps and information on access, difficulty, duration, and the flora, fauna and historical features.
Steinmair (D.) MOESTAS, 'n raaiselroman
189pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R210
A new Afrikaans thriller by Deborah Steinmair, author of "Marike se dans" (winner of the 2011 Jan Rabie Prize), and the two thrillers, "Die Neus" (2012) and "Wenkbrou" (2013).
Uys (P-D.) STUKKE TEATER, "Selle Ou Storie", "Karnaval", "Die Van Aardes van Grootoor", "Panorama", "Die Vleiroos"
413pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R300
A collection of five stage plays by satirist Pieter Dirk-Uys, first produced in 1974, 1987 and 1992.
van Niekerk (J.), Handler (R.) & Railoun (N.) FOR THE DURATION, poems
159pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R150
A collection of poems by Jana van Niekerk, Rosemund Handler and Natalie Railoun.

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