Joburg libraries roll out the red carpet for South African authors and Africa Month!

Joburg libraries roll out the red carpet for South African authors and Africa Month!

South African authors will have all their hours of blood, sweat and toil recognised this month when Africa month is celebrated.

From the challenges of diversity in South Africa, to business finance, from being an entrepreneur in Soweto to being a girl growing up in Alexandra to the world of Sandton’s sugar daddies and their side chicks, local authors have a wealth of subjects at their finger tips, and they are using them to fill shelves at local bookstores.

Johannesburg residents will get the chance to ask their favourite local authors about the real stories behind their latest books and celebrate Africa Month, courtesy of the City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services. A series of book talks in celebration of Africa month kicks off on Saturday, 23 May 2015, with the rather apt subject of diversity with Stanley Bongwe, author of 100 Lessons in Diversity.

In 100 Lessons in Diversity, Bongwe gives readers an incredible insight into human nature and human behaviour through an examination of people’s core beliefs about people, beliefs that lead to attitudes and behaviours that in turn affect the relationships between individuals and groups. Employing and weaving artful storytelling and applied behavioural science to real-life experiences of diverse individuals and organisations, Bongwe has captured the essence of human diversity in a practical, powerful, and gentle manner. Join him at Johannesburg City Library in Braamfontein from 13:00 to 16:00.

Precious Mvulane, author of The Essential Finance Handbook for Business Owners will present a talk on Monday, 25 May 2015. Chartered accountant Mvulane wrote her first book for start-up business owners, entrepreneurs and general managers who don’t have backgrounds in finance but who need financial knowledge. Mvulane will be at the Norscot Manor Recreation Centre from 13:00 to 15:00.

Entrepreneurs and those interested in starting their own businesses will be interested in an evening with Thabang Molefi, author of Dollars to Soweto, on Thursday, 28 May 2015. . Thabang overcame obstacles faced as a result of her humble beginnings in Soweto to qualify as an iridologist and ethno medical practitioner. In Dollars to Soweto she shares that knowledge and experience, to encourage those who are destitute not to be limited by their background but to strive to reach their goals against all odds. Catch her at the Sandton Library from 19:00 to 21:00.

Sandton Library will also play host to gender activist and social entrepreneur Lebo Pule, who will chat about her book Alone, a candid memoir by a girl who grew up in Sandton’s teeming Alexandra township. Alone paints a disturbing picture of a society which preys on its own young females. Pule will be at the library on Friday, 29 May 2015 from 18:00 to 20:00

Join Jackie Phamotse at Sandton Library on Saturday, 30 May 2015, as she discusses the topics of sugar daddies and their side chicks. Her book Shattered Innocence is a semi-autobiography based on her own and others’ experiences, and promises to delve deeply into the seemingly superficial world of having a relationship with a rich, married man. Phamotse has first-hand knowledge of it, having had an affair with a millionaire businessman for four years before she left him. The discussion will take place from 19:00 to 21:00.

Written by Africans, for Africans, these books all tackle important issues facing South Africa. Some of them offer solutions. Some of them will get society talking. They are important books, and deserve the time that the City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services has afforded them. For more information contact Maryna Moolman on 011 226 0935 or email MarynaM@joburg.org.za

The book talks are:

Author: Stanley Bongwe
Book: 100 Lessons in Diversity
Venue: Johannesburg City Library, Indaba Room, Beyers Naude Square, Cnr. Albertina Sisulu and Fraser St, Braamfontein
Date: Saturday, 23 May 2015
Time: 13:00-16:00

Stanley Bongwe, Director of The Diversity Institute (Pty), based in Johannesburg, South Africa, is one of the most experienced diversity consultants and trainers in South Africa, with experience of over than 20 years in this field.100 Lessons in Diversity captures the reality of a changing society and the vital need for people to learn to adapt and to co-exist for the purpose of minimizing disadvantages and maximizing advantages of diversity to the individual, organisations, and society. A guiding and navigational tool in today and tomorrow’s diverse landscape, 100 Lessons in Diversity provides a new lens through which to view other people and understand these issues.

Author: Precious Mvulane
Book: The Essential Finance Handbook for Business Owners
Date: Monday, 25 May 2015
Time: 13:00-15:00
Venue: Norscot Manor Recreation Centre, Boardroom, 16 Penguin Dr, Norscot Manor

Mvulane is the managing director of GAD Consulting Services, an auditing and accounting firm that provides its services to NPOs and SMEs. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, honours degree and a diploma in advance auditing. She believes that developing SME business owners to run and manage their businesses will lead to financial stability and contribute to South Africa’s economy as a whole. Her first book, The Essential Finance Handbook for Business Owners, is designed for start-up business owners, entrepreneurs and general managers who don’t have backgrounds in finance.

Author: Thabang Molefi
Book: Dollars to Soweto
Date: Thursday, 28 May 2015
Time: 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: Sandton Library, Nelson Mandela Square, West St, Sandton

Thabang, an iridologist and Ethno medical practitioner, came from a humble beginning in the Soweto, met challenges, and overcame those obstacles, and now shares that knowledge and experience with other, to try help and encourage those who are destitute not to be limited by their background or where they come from but to strive to reach their goals against all odds.

Author: Lebo Pule
Book: Alone
Date: Friday, 29 May 2015
Time: 18:00-20:00
Venue: Sandton Library, Nelson Mandela Square, West St, Sandton

Lebo Pule is a seasoned entrepreneur and social activist. With over thirteen years as an entrepreneur, she coaches and gives talks around the country. She is also a coach and facilitator for ENABLIS Entrepreneurial Network South Africa. The book is a candid memoir by a girl who grew up in Sandton’s teeming Alexandra township paints a disturbing picture of a society which preys on its own young females.

Author: Jackie Phamotse
Book: Shattered Innocence
Date: Saturday, 30 May 2015
Time: 19:00-21:00
Venue: Sandton Library, Nelson Mandela Square, West St, Sandton

Jackie Phamotse is an author, inspirational speaker and TV producer. Shattered Innocence is not so much a novel as it is a self-published, self-marketed semi-autobiography based on her own and others’ experiences. Shattered Innocence reveals the secrets of Sandton’s sugar daddy and side-chick world. Phamotse has first-hand knowledge of it, having had an affair with a millionaire businessman for four years before she left him.

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