New light on anti-apartheid activists’ deaths


The past is not over. It has not passed away. It is still present in many ways. The Dutch investigative journalist Evelyn Groenink, who lived for many years in South Africa, has written a book on the death of three anti-apartheid activists. The names are Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani. The content of … Continue reading New light on anti-apartheid activists’ deaths

South African police summon author of book critical of Zuma


The story unfolds and unfolds. The writer and journalist and cook Jacques Pauw wrote a book on the life of the people who are supporting president Jacob Zuma, president of the Republic of South Africa. South African politics and police are writing new chapters to this book. Unpublished chapters, but public ones. It seems that … Continue reading South African police summon author of book critical of Zuma

MR BIGSTUFF AND THE GODDESS OF CHARM


The writer of this travelogue is Fiona Stax Ledger who worked for the BBC Africa Service for about ten years. During this period she travelled to many countries, met many people, saw many sceneries, she travelled in many way to many places. In this book she recounts moments of this period chasing news, but in … Continue reading MR BIGSTUFF AND THE GODDESS OF CHARM

EATING THE FLOWERS OF PARADISE


The use of the khat leaves is in some countries forbidden, at other places the use of khat is a national passtime, surrounded by rituals, a way of life. When the United Kingdom decided to ban the use of khat, the khat farmers in Kenya were very angry. They saw a loss, an immense loss … Continue reading EATING THE FLOWERS OF PARADISE

review WE MOETEN GAAN


We meet Coen and Veerle Schippers in their small appartment in the medieval Dutch town of Amersfoort. They live on a meagre income. A few years ago they were the owners of an extensive farm in Zimbabwe, worth over $ 1.000.000. Someone else has taken their farm. When we think of Zimbawe and farmers that … Continue reading review WE MOETEN GAAN

THE TEETH MAY SMILE BUT THE HEART DOES NOT FORGET


I just finished a brilliant book, written by the American investigative journalist Andrew Rice. In this book I found three lines of investigation that all come together: * the story of Duncan Laki who searches for his father Eliphaz Laki who disappeared during the reign of president Idi Amin. He was a chief in Ankole. … Continue reading THE TEETH MAY SMILE BUT THE HEART DOES NOT FORGET