Twee kinders later

deur Charmé Kriel, Lux Verbi, 2019

Toe Lisa drie maande te vroeg gebore is, het baie mense gevoel dit was die ergste ding ooit. Baie het gedink hulle sou dit nooit kon hanteer nie. Ander het gesê dit was nie traumaties nie, want sy leef en dis oukei. Ook omdat sy geen operasie of ernstige probleme gehad het nie. Een ding is seker, dit was traumaties, al was dit anders as om iemand aan die dood af te staan. Ek moes elke dag vir twee maande lank voorbereid wees dat my piepklein babatjie dalk kon doodgaan. Ek moes besluit of ek met haar wou bond of nie. Raak ek lief vir haar, is dit erger wanneer sy sterf. Bond ek nie met haar nie, is ek nie ʼn regte ma vir haar nie.

The ANC Spy Bible

by Moe Shaik, Tafelberg, 2020

I stood at the window of my apartment looking down on the dark streets. It was June 1985, some months into Durban’s temperate winter. I stared at the far end of the street waiting to see them approach. Earlier I had agreed with Yunis and Ebrahim to be the decoy.

Children of the Revolution, The Young Faces of Hong Kong’s Uprising

by Laignee Barron, Time, February 3, 2020

When marchers first took to the streets in June, they had one goal: the withdrawal of a proposed bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. The legislation was eventually scrapped, but the demands broadened amid growing fears that Beijing is eroding the unique freedoms – of press, assembly, speech – that differentiate this cosmopolitan hub of 7,5 million from the rest of China. The endgame remains murky, with no consensus among protesters over whether to ultimately seek independence, universal suffrage or some other semblance of greater autonomy. For now, they have rallied around a common enemy.

Maverick African: The shaping of the Afrikaners

by H. Giliomee, Tafelberg, 2020

Segregation and apartheid were indefensible, and many mistakes were made. But it was not nugatory. A great deal was achieved. The country was steered through a world depression and a world war. By 1994 the country was the most developed in Africa, had the largest manufacturing sector, its own autonomous banks, the best infrastructure in Africa, the lowest electricity prices and a better-housed urban population (of all races) than in any other African country. The ANC inherited the richest and best-run state in Africa, and they did not have to fight a war to do so.

Twee kinders later

deur Charmé Kriel, Lux Verbi, 2019

Voordat hulle vir my en Lisa na die ondersoekkamer geneem het, het hulle haar eers geweeg, gemeet en die omtrek van haar kop gemeet. Alles het oukei gelyk, en ek het op die stoel in die gang voor die ondersoekkamer gaan wag. Die volgende oomblik het ʼn verpleegster in die gang af gekom. Sy het my gevra of my baba Lisa Kriel is. Wat? Het ek gedink. Wie is jy? Hoe ken jy ons? Sy het my vertel dat álmal van my wonderbaba weet en dat haar storie die hele hospitaal vol lê. Die storie van die groot wonderwerk. Dat sy die eerste mikroprem baba was wat hulle gehad het wat sonder probleme of komplikasies gebore is. ʼn Storie van hoop en ʼn storie van lewe.

Youthquake

by Charlotte Alter, Time, February 3, 2020

[Millennials’] startups have revolutionized the economy, their tastes have shifted the culture, and their enormous appetite for social media has transformed human interaction. American politics is the next arena ripe for disruption. When it occurs, it may feel like a revolution, in part because this generation has different political views than those in power now. Millennials are more radically diverse, more tuned in to the power of networks and systems and more socially progressive than either Gen X or baby boomers on nearly every available metric. They tend to favor government-run health care, student debt relief, marijuana legalization and criminal justice reform, and they demand urgent government action on climate change. The millennial wave is coming: the only questions are when and how fast it will arrive.

Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep finds the American present in the past he mines as an author

by Karl Vick, Time, January 27, 2020

I think also, the whole thing about who is liberal and who is conservative, who is biased, is a way of not talking about the facts of the story at hand. It’s a way of telling people, ‘Don’t think about the facts. Don’t listen to this person because I say they shouldn’t be listened to.’ The reality is that everybody who is politically engaged in America has some kind of opinion about something. As a journalist, I try to never have a final-final view of anything. Almost everybody you talk to has an opinion, which doesn’t mean they’re invalid. The question is do they make an argument that makes sense? Do they show their work? Are there facts to support what they’re saying? And that’s what we actually should be looking at, regardless of the political background of whoever we’re listening to. Do they make any sense? Do they prove their case? Do they connect dots that obviously don’t connect? Steve Inskeep

Closing the gender gap

by Caroine Criado Perez, Time, February 3, 2020

From cars that are 71% less safe for women than men (because they’ve been designed using a 50th-percentile male dummy), to voice-recognition technology that is 70% less likely to accurately understand women than men (because many algorithms are trained on 70% male data sets), to medication that doesn’t work when a woman is on her period (because women weren’t included in the clinical trials), we are living in a world that has been designed for men because for the most part, we haven’t been collecting data on women. This is the gender data gap. And if we want to design a world that works for the woman of the future as well as it works for the man of the present, we’re going to have to close it.

Kommando-lewe tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog 1899 – 1902

deur Fransjohan Pretorius, Human & Rousseau, 1991

Die burgers in die kommando wat in die guerillafase wat in die Oos- en Noordwes-Kaap deurgebring het, het kontak met die plaaslike Republikeinsgesinde gesinne in die dorpe en op plase gehad. Wanneer die geleentheid hom voorgedoen het, het die jongmans graag die geselskap van jong meisies opgesoek en die aande op dieselfde wyse as hul medekrygers in die Republieke met musiek, sang en speletjies deurgebring. J.P. Bredell en drie van sy maats het een aand, kort nadat hulle saam met Smuts die Kaapkolonie in September 1901 binnegeval het, by meisies op ʼn plaas gaan kuier. Kort daarna het drie plaaslike jong mans ook opgedaag. Op maat van kitaarmusiek het die Kolonialers met die meisies begin dans, maar toe Bredell die kitaar oorneem en hy en sy maats geestelike liedere begin sing, het die plaaslike manne een-een die aftog geblaas.

Isabel Allende

in Time, January 27, 2020

I just work. I love the work in progress, I love to tell a story. I still write on the same computer in the same place, the same stories. I always start on January the 8th. It’s discipline. If I didn’t have a time to start, I would be procrastinating forever. So nothing changes for me or for the little circle of my family and friends around me. The rest happens outside, in another place, in another dimension that has nothing to do with me.