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Being Chris Hani’s Daughter By Lindiwe Hani & Melinda Ferguson (Jacana)

For years after her father was slain in the driveway of their home in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, Lindiwe Hani nursed a wish to meet the killers who had upended her happy childhood, made her mother a widow and denied South Africa of a highy regarded politician many believe could have succeeded Mandela as President.

Lindiwe needed closure. After her dad’s loss, she became unhinged as a young adult, descending into a life of marijuana, booze and cocaine.

After kicking her addictions, Lindiwe resolved to own her life story by writing a book. Co-writer and publisher Melinda Ferguson enters the picture….
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Being Chris Hani’s Daughter By Lindiwe Hani & Melinda Ferguson (Jacana)

Q&A with AtholPlace Executive Chef Willie Malherbe

AtholPlace Restaurant is located within the elegant, boutique-styled AtholPlace Hotel & Villa in Sandton. Known for its creativity in food preparation, the restaurant – which extends out onto a beautiful terrace overlooking the manicured lawn and sparkling hotel pool – has fast-established a reputation of being one of the best eateries in the city.

The restaurant is about to launch a new winter menu that promises to continue titillating the taste buds of its discerning clientele. Sawubona caught up with the restaurant’s Executive Chef Willie Malherbe to chat about the ins and outs of the new menu.

When are you launching your winter menu?

In…
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Q&A with AtholPlace Executive Chef Willie Malherbe

Zakifo Music Festival at a glance

Assuming you only stop for fuel, Durban is about a six-hour drive from Johannesburg. We got an early start on Monday morning, as we set off for Zakifo Festival. As a festival first-timer, I was a little underwhelmed by the size of the festival grounds and facilities. The stages were set up next to each other and acts ran back to back without the vacuous “are you ready?” and “thanks to our sponsors” emcee refrains you often have to tolerate at festivals. But when I missed Jojo Abot, whose set was feloniously swapped with Sax Machine’s, I missed having someone announce…
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Zakifo Music Festival at a glance

What a drag! A Review of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Ah, Australia… Where men are men and sheep are, um, nervous. Anyone who recalls the eponymous Australian cult movie of a decade or so ago (starring the inimitable Terence Stamp) will be eager to catch this stage version of what’s probably the ultimate camp carnival in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Only the Australians could have given the world the wonderful spectacle of a pink bus – filled with drag queens in way-over-the-top, sequinned drag, massive neon-coloured wigs and 12cm heels ­– wending its way through possibly the most homophobic, arch-conservative terrain in the world: the farmlands of the Outback.

This stage version is…
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What a drag! A Review of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Our Must-Read: Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime And Other Stories

BORN A CRIME By Trevor Noah (Pan Macmillan South Africa)

As one of South Africa’s most recognisable entertainers the release of Trevor Noah’s autobiography should come as no surprise. What may surprise you though is that his book makes almost no mention of his comedy career through which the world has come to know and love him. Instead it delves into his childhood, growing up in South Africa during the apartheid era.

Having been born to a black mother and white father during this time, Noah’s conception was literally a crime, and his mixed-race status came to colour much of his…
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Our Must-Read: Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime And Other Stories

Book review: It’s Me, Marah by Marah Louw

The sweet-honeyed singer who’s been a fixture on the South African entertainment landscape for more than four decades has penned a tell-all autobiography to heal the pain she has endured in both her private and professional life. She also hopes the book will help her vanquish the “demons that stopped me from finding my roots and my voice”.

Louw starts off by tracing her ancestry to the Eastern Cape and her family’s move to Soweto in Johannesburg. She eloquently evokes the spirit of growing up in this sprawling township in the era of gangsters and the ever-present danger and political…
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Book review: It’s Me, Marah by Marah Louw