‘Recording the time as 12.05 am and date as 4 August, musician Moss Hills added calmly: “So I guess we’re going down”.’
In August 1991, excited holiday-makers boarded the Oceanos at East London for the trip of a lifetime. Despite treacherous weather, the captain ordered the ship to set sail for Durban. And so began the ill-fated voyage.
Hurricane force winds and giant rogue waves aggravated the hostile storm. Soon the ship started taking water. Panicked senior crew members scrambled into lifeboats leaving the ship’s evacuation to the on-board entertainers. At one point, a musician manned the bridge, at another, a magician.
Women and children clambered aboard lifeboats which were launched into terrifying seas, leaving their husbands behind, unsure if they would see each other again. After all the operational lifeboats had been utilised, 221 passengers and junior crew were left stranded on the rapidly sinking ship.
During this catastrophe the South African Air Force embarked on their biggest air rescue ever, with helicopter crews and Navy divers risking everything to evacuate the remaining passengers.
In Against all Odds, maritime lawyer Andrew Pike, who was part of the legal investigation into the Oceanos’ sinking, recreates the compelling drama and extraordinary heroism of the greatest maritime rescue in South African history.
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In his latest book, political journalist Pieter du Toit explores the roots of Stellenbosch, and closely examines its ‘club’ of billionaires. Who are they and, crucially, how are they connected? What network of boardroom membership, alliances and family connections exists? Who are the ‘old guard’ and who are the ‘inkommers’, and what about the youngsters desperate to make their mark? City Press
While claims that Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) deputy president Floyd Shivambu got friendly with businessman Johann Rupert may be damaging, one analyst believes that the party will not take action against him. Instead of taking action, said Durban political analyst Thabani Khumalo, the party would handle the issue the same way it did with damaging allegations against senior EFF members over the VBS Bank scandal. IOL
Du Toit also reveals how Shivambu, one of the most vociferous critics of white capital, is apparently far closer to Rupert than he would have the country believe.
Shivambu, when approached on Saturday, did not directly deny the Tokara meeting to News24, but denied having a relationship with Rupert. news24
In 2006 the name of Steinhoff International started to appear on rugby jerseys in Stellenbosch. Before too long other companies found themselves pushed out, and Steinhoff was sponsoring rugby at the international level – even though that holding company had no direct exposure to consumers. For some, this seemed to be more about Steinhoff kingpin Markus Jooste's ego than business, writes Pieter du Toit in his new book. Business Insider SA
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As ’n polisieman in Berlyn het inspekteur Bernie Günther reeds vroeg in die 1930’s met boosheid kennis gemaak. Nou, in 1947, is die Tweede Wêreldoorlog verby en Bernie – ’n gesoute privaatspeurder – moet die moord op ’n Amerikaanse Nazi-jagter ondersoek.
Maar daar is een gróót probleem: die vermeende moordenaar is een van Bernie se oudste vriende, ’n kollega uit sy Kripo-dae. Moet Bernie sy lojaliteit aan sy vriend bewys, of eerder seker maak dat reg en geregtigheid seëvier? Maar skuil daar nie dalk meer agter hierdie vreemde saak nie?
In Wene, ’n eens weelderige stad wat nou in puin lê na afloop van die oorlog, volg Bernie verskeie leidrade wat almal na een verdagte lei: ’n oud-Gestapo-hoof met ’n lys van wandade wat die vergrype van die oorlog na kinderspeletjies laat lyk …
Doodslied vir Duitsland, die Afrikaanse vertaling van A German Requiem, is die laaste boek in Philip Kerr se Berlin Noir -trilogie, sy historiese speurreeks wat wêreldwyd ’n topverkoper is.
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A brand new Courtney Series novel by bestselling author, Wilbur Smith.
1754. Inseparable since birth and growing up in India, Theo and Connie Courtney are torn apart by the tragic death of their parents.
Theo, wracked with guilt, seeks salvation in combat and conflict, joining the British in the war against the French and Indian army. Connie, believing herself abandoned by her brother, and abused and brutalised by a series of corrupt guardians, makes her way to France, where she is welcomed into high society. Here, she once again finds herself at the mercy of vicious men, whose appetite for war and glory lead her to the frontlines of the French battlefield in North America.
As the siblings find their destinies converging once more, they realise that the vengeance and redemption they both desperately seek could cost them their lives...
An epic story of tragedy, loss, betrayal and courage that brings the reader deep into the seething heart of the French and Indian War.
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When Siya Kolisi leads the Springboks out onto the field at the Rugby World Cup in September 2019, it will be the crowning glory of an incredible journey that began on the impoverished streets of Zwide, a township outside Port Elizabeth. As the first black South African to captain a Springbok rugby team, Kolisi’s remarkable story is unique and deserves to be heard.
His mother was a teenager when he was born. She left him in the care of his grandmother who brought him up until she died (in his arms) when Siya was twelve. He found love and acceptance playing junior rugby with the African Bombers club until his talent was spotted by the prestigious Grey High School who offered Siya a full scholarship that changed his life.
He adapted well to the posh private school, but it was on the rugby field where he excelled. Siya was rewarded with a call-up the SA schools team and a contract to join the Western Province rugby union.
Author Jeremy Daniel tracks Siya’s journey from running wild on the streets of Zwide, through some crucial games in high school, into the Western Province rugby set-up and his fight to become Springbok captain. He goes deep inside the systems that identify junior talent, the characters who shaped his journey and the moments where he showed who he really was. Siya never forgot where he came from, and ultimately adopted his mother’s other two children after she died when he was in high school.
His life has not been without controversy, and his marriage to a fiery young white woman was a lightning rod for racial politics. But he is a shining beacon of hope for South Africa, he is massively popular and there is a huge appetite from the public to know about his life and to support him as Springbok captain.
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