review THE BOER WAR DIARY OF SOL T. PLAATJE


The second Boer War (or Anglo-Boer War) lasted from 1899-902 and was an important war in southern Africa. The colonial power of the British Empire was up against the tiny republics of Transvaal and Orange Free State. The Boer and the British had decided this was to be a white man’s war, but in reality … Continue reading review THE BOER WAR DIARY OF SOL T. PLAATJE

review DOG HEART. A TRAVEL MEMOIR


The man Breyten Breytenbach is an accomplished writer, poet, painter was born in 1936 in South Africa. During the heady days of apartheid he left the country of his birth and went into exile for a long, long time. He settled in France. He married a French woman of Vietnamese descent, and that marital crossing … Continue reading review DOG HEART. A TRAVEL MEMOIR

review DE AFRIKAANSE WEG


How many people have travelled from Cape to Cairo over the years? Some have become famous, some have stayed in the background. Some have travelled on foot, some used a pushbike, others used a car. Ton van der Lee has joined the long list of travellers. For the writer of this book Africa was not … Continue reading review DE AFRIKAANSE WEG

review SUNDOWNERS


As far as I could trace this is the debut novel by Lesley Lokko (Dundee, Scotland, 1964), a trained architect, who spend part of her childhood in Ghana, when she was 17 years young she went to a boarding school in the United Kingdom. After a lond career of studies and teaching positions at many … Continue reading review SUNDOWNERS

review CAPE TOWN COOLIE


The London-born writer Réshard Gool (1931 – ?) describes  in this novel ‘Cape Town Coolie’ a vibrant community in Cape Town, at the southern most tip of South Africa. People from all different kinds of backgrounds and status in life and education mix freely and enjoy life and love.  The novel is set in the … Continue reading review CAPE TOWN COOLIE

review THE ROOT IS ONE


The South African writer Sipho Sepamla (1932 – 2007) was born in a township near Krugersdorp. In his novel ‘The root is one’ he writes about the township Johnstown near Bergersdorp. So the topic is not far from his own roots.  The local government of the white Bergersdorp has decided  to flatten Johnstown. This location … Continue reading review THE ROOT IS ONE