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» Penguin Random House to publish film tie-in edition of I HAVE LIFE: ALISON’S JOURNEY
May 23, 2016

The South African classic I Have Life: Alison’s Journey as told to Marianne Thamm is the inspiration behind a new film Alison: A Tale of Monsters, Miracles and Hope and Penguin Random House South Africa (PRHSA) will publish a film tie-in to coincide with the first screenings of the film i...
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» Imran Garda’s novel The Thunder That Roars wins the 2015 Olive Schreiner Prize for Prose
May 20, 2016

Imran Garda’s debut novel, The Thunder That Roars, has been announced as the joint winner of the prestigious Olive Schreiner Prize for Prose. The prize is awarded annually by the English Academy of South Africa for a work of prose, poetry or drama. Garda’s taut and thrilling novel d...
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» Press Release: New Zealand production company Stinkwood Films options Zirk van den Berg’s novel HALF OF ONE THING
March 31, 2016

Movie rights to Zirk van den Berg’s period novel Half of One Thing have been optioned by independent producer Neil Sonnekus of Stinkwood Films. ‘It’s a wonderful read,’ Sonnekus said of the book. ‘I fell for the “historical record” hook, line and sinker. It&...
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» Tips for positive meal times
March 07, 2016

Monique le Roux Forslund, author of Healthy Food for a Healthy Baby, gives seven tips for positive meal times. Include baby in family meal times, let baby sit with at the table and also taste foods and find out about the world ‘out there’. Make sure there is something to occupy your...
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» In the kitchen with Zola Nene
February 22, 2016

  1. My first food memory is… Crushing green mealies with my grandmother to make steamed mealie bread. 2. My top tips for home cooks are… Keep your knives sharp. Don't be so hard on yourself - if a recipe doesn't quite work out the first time you make it, give it another...
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» New from Darrel Bristow-Bovey {One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo}
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
October 31, 2014

If you don’t choose your midlife crisis, your crisis will choose you. Darrel Bristow-Bovey has tried his best to deny to himself that he’s getting older, but you can’t hide from the truth in the changing-room mirror. One day, surrounded by sharks on a small boat in the Indian Ocean...
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» Heppie-heppie-heppie
Theunis Engelbrecht
August 21, 2014

Malletjie Malan* sê hy kan nie meer aldag al die dinge glo wat in die wêreld aangaan nie. En dat hy sy sterre dank dat hy nie ’n akademikus, intellektueel, ’n professionele mens, ’n diep siel of ’n man met status is nie. Want dié van hulle wat Unisa-afgestu...
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» The devil's chasing us
Kobus Galloway
July 09, 2014

This competition is now closed. Watch this blog for another one soon!   Ons is al halfpad deur 2014 en die Junie/Julie skoolvakansie is ook amper weer verby! Terwyl ons probeer om soveel as moontlik in die laaste helfte van die jaar in te pas (asof die ‘duiwel’ ons jaag!), brin...
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» Grimms Fairy Tale
June 24, 2014

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm (Vintage Classics)  By: Women24 What a marvellous little collection of tales.  Strange, creepy, romantic and filled with all manner of twisty things, Grimm’s anthology of fairy tales is one of those classics that should be on every fabl...
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» The Thunder That Roars - Imran Garda
June 24, 2014

The Thunder That Roars - Imran Garda (Umuzi - Random House Struik, 2014) Let the world become a brotherhood before it becomes a neighborhood," is a 20th century expression that implores us to improve the quality of our relationships before technology increases their number and complexity. The bad ne...
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» A conversation with Arianna Huffington, author of THRIVE
May 12, 2014

What’s wrong with the current definition of success? Our definition of success right now is based almost solely on money and power. In fact, success, money and power have practically become synonymous. And so to succeed, we lead lives of overwork, sleep-deprivation and burnout. These are actua...
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» Winter Warmer - Kobus Galloway Cartoon
Kobus Galloway
April 24, 2014

This competition is now closed. Watch this blog for another one soon!  Winter is upon us and what better way to keep warm than to throw ourself into work. This month's cartoon depicts a recently published book from Zebra Press imprint. Clue: Business book to bring in more income Browse the...
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» Stones against the Mirror - Wins Award
April 22, 2014

Hugh Lewin’s Stones against the Mirror wins International Human Rights Book Award The jury of the International Human Rights Book Award has awarded Hugh Lewin’s Stones against the Mirror a special prize for its importance in increasing awareness of human rights. The memoir, a moving stor...
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» Nick Norman's road trip | Third week's highlights
November 27, 2013

Nick Norman is in his third week of traveling the routes covered in his book, Geology off the Beaten Track, and you can follow him on his road trip. Visit www.randomstruik.co.za/geology to see the route map and click on your area to RSVP to one of the events. We mentioned last week th...
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» Follow Nick Norman on his Geology off the Beaten Track roadtrip
November 14, 2013

Struik Nature have recently published Nick Norman's new book, Geology off the Beaten Track. It follows on the success of Nick's earlier Geological Journeys (co-authored with Gavin Whitfield), which has sold more than 20 000 copies in the last 6 years. This new book helps rea...
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» Dis uiteindelik Vrydag - ons gunsteling dag van die week!
Kobus Galloway
November 01, 2013

Dis uiteindelik Vrydag - ons gunsteling dag van die week! En die beste manier om ‘n week af te sluit (en ‘n nuwe maand te begin) is om ‘n bietjie pret te hê, so ons het ‘n splinternuwe Kobus Galloway tekenprent vir julle om die kop ‘n bietjie wakker te maak. ...
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» The (almost) lost art of letter-writing
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
September 10, 2013

All my life, I’ve wanted to be a correspondent. I don’t mean a foreign correspondent or someone who goes to wars – I mean someone who writes letters to someone and receives letters back: long letters and quick notes; letters written in leisure and in haste at writing desks or on th...
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» Kan jy die volgende Kobus Galloway spotprent raai?
Kobus Galloway
August 21, 2013

Dis tyd vir die tweede tekenprent van Kobus Galloway. Soos met die eerste een, beeld dit ‘n nuwe boek (uitgegee deur Zebra Press) uit – kan jy die titel raai? Gaan loer op ons Random House Struik webblad as jy sukkel om die antwoord te kry. Vul dan jou besonderhede hieronder in en jy kan...
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» The secret agent within my head
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
August 12, 2013

I have just finished reading Pico Iyer’s The Man Within My Head, his account of how he has been haunted at strange moments in his life by the plots and characters of Graham Greene’s novels. I envy Pico Iyer for having so admirable a phantom as Graham Greene: mine is James Bond. The first...
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» Welkom by Random Reads, Kobus!
July 16, 2013

Ons is baie opgewonde om vir Kobus Galloway van Idees Vol Vrees faam op ons Random Reads blog te verwelkom! Kobus is ‘n illustreerder en ontwerper vir Media24 se weeklikse publikasies, en in sy vrye tyd is hy ‘n komediant en doen hy vryskut ontwerp. Hy is die eienaar van Komedia Media CC...
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» 'Against the dying of the light'
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
July 11, 2013

Like most South Africans in recent weeks, I have been thinking about what it means to grow old, to grow weak and to run out of time. If I take too much after my father, I am two-thirds of the way there. If I take after my grandmother, ninety-eight last weekend, I’m still short of halfway. Eith...
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» Become Your Own Financial Advisor
Warren Ingram
July 03, 2013

Over the last couple of months Warren Ingram - award-winning financial planner and regular guest on Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk - has been guest blogging for us, dispensing practical advice on all things financial and sharing the REAL secrets to becoming financially independent. In his first p...
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» Economic growth not related to stock market PERFORMANCE
Warren Ingram
June 19, 2013

ECONOMIC GROWTH NOT RELATED TO STOCK MARKET PERFORMANCE Would it surprise you to know that there is almost no relationship between the way the economy grows and the stock market’s performance? If you are spending time worrying about the economy when making your investment decisions, it is like...
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» Reflections on love
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
June 06, 2013

Recently I’ve been thinking about love stories. Perhaps it’s because I am myself in love. I am no longer young and have been in love before, so maybe that’s why it feels as if all the love stories we most love are either incomplete or overly complete – they either stop when l...
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» Ignore financial NEWS
Warren Ingram
June 04, 2013

IGNORE FINANCIAL NEWS It might seem strange for a person who appears regularly in the media to state that financial news is noise. However, I feel that very little financial reporting contains valuable information. Real-time financial news actually inhibits good financial decision-making. Most inves...
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» New from Umuzi: Zebra Crossing by Meg Vandermerwe
May 30, 2013

In June, Umuzi will be publishing Zebra Crossing by Meg Vandermerwe. It is a bold, lyrical imagining of how it might feel like to live in another’s skin. Meg is an exciting young talent who holds a degree in English literature from Oxford University and published a collection of short stories ...
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» It pays to be an OPTIMIST
Warren Ingram
May 16, 2013

OPTIMISTS MAKE MORE MONEY It would not surprise you to know that wealthy people are generally happy optimists. Most of us would say that affluent people are happier because they are wealthy. However most of us would be wrong. Those who have achieved a measure of success in their lives have generally...
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» In praise of Sea Point
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
May 07, 2013

In Paris recently I became depressed by the thought that I don’t live in a first-floor apartment on the rue des Fossés-Saint-Jacques, across the way from a Tibetan restaurant, around the corner from the Pantheon, rue Soufflot and the eastern entrance to the Luxembourg Gardens.  &nb...
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» It all starts with a PLAN!
Warren Ingram
April 30, 2013

IT ALL STARTS WITH A PLAN Money is a source of stress for most people, they either don’t have enough (that’s the problem for the majority of folks) or they are scared of losing what they have. It is not a very complicated process to manage your stress around money, no matter what your pr...
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» Welcome to the Blog, Warren
April 29, 2013

There's no better way to start a Monday morning than with good news! Yes, Wednesday is a public holiday and we're really excited about the mid-week break but the good news we are chuffed about is that award-winning financial planner and regular guest on Talk Radio 702 Radio and Cape T...
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» A legacy of books and stories
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
April 05, 2013

My father would be ninety-two this month if he hadn’t died in 1981. In the final years before he died, my father mainly did two things – or three, if you count banging his walking stick on the ceiling and shouting at the Houghton kids upstairs to turn down their music. The black rubber t...
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» Darrel Bristow-Bovey on murder, meat and good old-fashioned mystery
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
March 08, 2013

I’m outraged. No, don’t try to talk me out of it, I’m jolly outraged. My rage has been outed. My out, formally unraged, no longer is. My outrage is incandescent, magnesium-flamed and only slightly dimmed by the fact that I’m not sure exactly what it is I’m outraged abou...
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» Coining new words a sorry tale
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
February 08, 2013

Coining new words – a sorry tale For some time now, I’ve been trying to invent a new word. Well, that’s not quite true – I’ve invented plenty of new words, mostly late at night while enjoying a glass of liquid late-supper in the slightly furtive company of RuPaul’...
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» The Art of Losing by Luke Alfred
January 29, 2013

Taken from the review done by Drew Forrest of Mail and Guardian. Despite its subtitle, Luke Alfred's thoughtful and nuanced book about South Africa's serial failures in the Cricket World Cup does not set out to show that the national side are "chokers". In fact, using a distincti...
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» Rat Roads by Jacques Pauw
January 28, 2013

Taken from the review done by Victoria Schneider and Charles Cilliers of City Press. The book tells a remarkable story of a man who lived through the 1994 machete killings – the most intense and bloodiest example of genocide in modern history – only to later head out on an incr...
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» Julian Rademeyer (author of Killing for Profit) talks to City Press
January 21, 2013

Extracted from the interview done by Yolandi Groenewald of City Press. Since the release of his book about rhino poaching, Killing for Profit, Julian Rademeyer is now very much in the thick of exposing wildlife trafficking’s sordid underbelly. “Joburg is pretty much the wi...
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» Extreme Environment by Ivo Vegter
January 08, 2013

Taken from the review done by Environment, People and Conservation in Africa magazine. In a nutshell, Vegter argues that in many cases exaggeration by environmental activists, journalists, and even scientists, about the severity and impact of a wide variety of human activities, results in misinforma...
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» Moranthology by Caitlin Moran
January 04, 2013

Taken from the review done by Cassey Toi of Women24. The book started me on a “must read more of what she wrote” and “oooh she’s on Twitter must follow” course. I find Caitlin Moran to be a lot of what the modern feminist should be.  She discusses how she...
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» 100 Moments That Mattered by Peter Joyce
January 04, 2013

Taken from the review done by Wilma den Hartigh of Media Club South Africa. The book is divided into seven parts, and includes well-known events such as the Great Trek; the birth of Johannesburg; the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak which killed 140 000 people in seven weeks in South Africa;...
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» The Terrible Ones by Piet Nortje
January 03, 2013

Taken from the review done by Martin Rhodes of Business Day Live. Picking up the first volume of The Terrible Ones was a bit daunting — I had to adjust to the fine print and the weight of the book in my hands. I thought I was in for a long and tedious read, but I flew through the pro...
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» Wool by Hugh Howey
December 04, 2012

Reviewed by Angela Thomson of Random House Struik. I realise that dystopian fiction is not for everyone and I certainly climbed into my proof copy of Wool by Hugh Howey with long teeth. I was expecting the usual dystopian set-up: soupy, porridgey gruel for every meal; dark, dank, cramped living...
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» Succeed Under Pressure by Gary Bailey
December 03, 2012

Succeed under Pressure is based on Gary Bailey’s highly successful business talks, which are largely inspired by Sir Alex Ferguson’s leadership abilities as manager of Manchester United. Extract from the book: Parallel to dealing with difficult individuals, a manager has to maintain...
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» The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle wins the "Bookie" Prize
November 27, 2012

The Secret Race wins the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. Taken from the William Hill Press Room. Former US Olympic gold medallist and seven-time Tour de France rider, Tyler Hamilton, and acclaimed writer Daniel Coyle have scooped this year’s William Hill Sports Book of the Yea...
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» Meat-free Monday recipe: 10-minute summer bean salad with nut-crusted halloumi
November 22, 2012

Taken from Luscious Vegetarian by Sonia Cabano and Jade de Waal. INGREDIENTS: 1 x 400 g can four-bean mix 1 cup (250 ml) sweetcorn kernels 1 cup (250 ml) cherry tomatoes, halved 3 stalks celery, very finely chopped 1 small onion or 6 spring onions,finely chopped 2 t (10 ml) dried tarr...
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» Ardmore - We Are Because of Others by Fe Halsted
October 26, 2012

"In my experience, there are four kinds of people who use the word "ubuntu".  There are the windbag politicians and pseudo-ideologues, entrepreneurs and corporations, and naive citizens and consumers. But there are also people who use the word with integrity and sincerity, becaus...
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» A Wanted Man by Lee Child
October 26, 2012

"Ex-military cop and now the man who wanders the US with nothing more than a disposable toothbrush (sometimes), Reacher has become one of the best-loved heroes in fiction. Obviously, he’s tall, handsome, super-smart and deadly to bad guys. Women fall in love him wherever he goes, and men envy ...
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» The Miracle of Crocodile Flats by Jenny Hobbs (LitNet)
October 25, 2012

"The Miracle of Crocodile Flats hits the shelves marketed as “an affectionate satire”. With the sighting of a brown-skinned Virgin Mary in a small South African village as its starting point, Hobbs offers readers some cascading, character-driven impressions. It is a vision of oursel...
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» Yotam Ottolenghi speaks to the Mail & Guardian
October 25, 2012

"There are so many good ideas in the Jerusalem cookbook that I have taken to carrying it around with me, planning for the next meal. This is Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's third book. Does the book contribute to ­making a new tradition in Middle Eastern food? The idea that the...
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» Zulu Zulu Foxtrot by Arn Durand
October 25, 2012

Review by Stephen Timm: "Durand tells of how, back in the early 1980s, he bribed a sergeant with two bottles of whisky to help him join other police members on a counterinsurgency training exercise, because he was bored with his job as a policeman at the law courts in Durban. After that, he never lo...
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» The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle
October 25, 2012

Review by Yves Vanderhaeghen: "While this is Hamilton’s personal story (and it’s profoundly moving in a tragic way), it is inevitably also a story about Armstrong. That he triumphed while on drugs is now beyond doubt, in spite of his protestations, and Hamilton’s account of those y...
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» Killing for Profit by Julian Rademeyer
October 12, 2012

If you read only one book this year, you want it to be this one… A teaser extract from the book: "For some time now, the embassy in Brooklyn, Pretoria, has been a thorn in the flesh of the cops investigating the illegal rhino horn trade. Two years before Tommy Tuan’s arrest, police had ...
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» Ivo Vegter talks to Times Live
October 05, 2012

"Extreme Environment's concerns are broader than dealing with the claims of the "anti-fracking movement" - most are exaggerations or patently untrue, he claimed - and examine a trend among environmentalists of using fear "to promote a perversely conservative and oppressive form of government". ...
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» The perils of appearing on the internet
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
October 04, 2012

Well, so here we are, and if you don’t mind my saying so, I’m a little nervous about it. I’ve never appeared on the internet before, you see, other than that clip a so-called friend posted on YouTube of that time in Vegas I thought I was playing strip-billiards with Prince Harry, w...
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» Brothers in Arms by Chris Schoeman
October 03, 2012

Brothers in Arms tells the story of Dutch expatriates who joined the Boers and fought alongside them in the war. Schoeman starts out by providing a general historical background to the links between the Dutch and the Boers before the war. Click here to read the full extract posted by BooksLIVE ...
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» Ivo Vegter (author of Extreme Environment) talks to 2oceansvibe Radio
October 01, 2012

Ivo Vegter was on the Premier Show on 2oceansvibe Radio on Friday 21 Sep to talk about his new book, Extreme Environment. Could this be one of the most controversial books of 2012? That’s what some are saying... To listen to the podcast, click here to go to 2ocean...
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» Nougat and Ice Cream Cake with Hot Raspberry Sauce
September 27, 2012

Taken from Scrumptious Food for Family and Friends by Jane-Anne Hobbs. “What I love about ice-cream cakes is that they’re so versatile – you can add anything that takes your fancy.” Jane-Anne Hobbs shares this recipe from her delightful cookbook, Scrumptious Food for Fam...
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» Frozen Lemon Cream with Summer Berries
September 27, 2012

Taken from Scrumptious Food for Family and Friends by Jane-Anne Hobbs. “There is no gelatine in the mixture, which relies on a reaction between the condensed milk and the acid in fresh lemon juice to thicken it. In this quick, simple dessert, I’ve frozen the lemon cream with be...
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» Delectable Pinot Noir-poached pear brle tart
September 19, 2012

Taken from Entertaining at Hamilton Russell Vineyards by Olive Hamilton Russell.  One of the earliest references to pears is found in Homer’s Odyssey, where pears are called ‘a gift of the gods’. With its warm sweet flavours, this tart is the kitchen’s winter g...
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» Ben Freeth (author of Mugabe and the White African) go-kart's through Zimbabwe to raise funds for farm workers
September 14, 2012

Last month, Ben Freeth (author of Mugabe and the White African) and his sons Joshua and Stephen Freeth, undertook an adventure with the aim of raising funds to provide training, medical assistance and educational support to farm workers effected by the political violence in Zimbabwe. The e...
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