review LIVINGSTONE


In my mind David Livingstone is a Scotsman who travelled to the southern parts of Africa, did missionary work, started travelling and writing, sought possibilities for commerce and missionary work. Henry Morton Stanley went to look for him, I presume. After Livingstone’s death he was carried by a few of his most faithful followers to … Continue reading review LIVINGSTONE

review AH, BUT YOUR LAND IS BEAUTIFUL


This is what visitors to South Africa said in the 1950’s : Ah, but your land is beautiful. The South African writer Alan Paton (1903 – 1988) wrote this sentence in his book several times. Yes, a beautiful land, but what about the politics and the rule of law and the mutual understandings? In the … Continue reading review AH, BUT YOUR LAND IS BEAUTIFUL

review PRAYING MANTIS


Should I have remembered the name ‘Cupido Kakkerlak’ or ‘Cupido Cockroach’? I now know I came across his name several times when I read a book written by Ido Enklaar on the Dutch scholar and missionary Johannes Theodorus van der Kemp (1747-1811). In The Netherlands he founded a missionary society and he himself, after having … Continue reading review PRAYING MANTIS

Review A DRY WHITE SEASON


A boxing glove hit my stomach at full speed. It left me with a sick feeling and a painful head. The glove came with a name and the hand in it came with a name. ‘A dry white season’ and ‘André Brink’. The South African writer Brink passed away in 2015 when he was on … Continue reading Review A DRY WHITE SEASON

This is how we lost him


How many readers still remember the name of K. Sello Duiker? This South African writer took his life in 2005. Before that fateful act he wrote two novels. He was seen as a great talent. In 20906 a book emerged written by him, an unfinished work. In this article Bongani Madondo and Rofhiwa Maneta talk … Continue reading This is how we lost him

Inform children about sexual abuse with these two illustrated titles


Sexual abuse is a widespread scourge. In many countries young and old people have been the victim of a person who did not want to keep within boundaries. For all these  victims a scar, a wound will be present forever in their life. The South African writer Fanie Viljoen has written two books on this … Continue reading Inform children about sexual abuse with these two illustrated titles