Kwela

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Kwela Books is a small publisher in South Africa specialising in African writing, both fiction and non-fiction.
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At twenty-seven, Lucky Nthini is the Head of Design and Technology at Chemtex. She is passionate about textile design and about her job at Chemtex, and wants nothing more in life than to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind materials. However, her friends think otherwise and are always trying to convince her to get onto the dating scene. But Lucky finds the idea of hunting for men distasteful, and wants the road to love to be guided by the hand of God, not flirty glances and a few glasses of wine. Then a new CFO joins Chemtex and the two are instantly drawn to each other. Not only is Eric Rukhava a financial brain to be reckoned with, he is also incredibly handsome. For the first time in her life, Lucky feels ready to give her all to a man. But Eric’s suspicious behaviour and her best friend’s scepticism have her doubting whether Eric really is the man he claims to be.
Lucky in Love, Cheryl Ntumy
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When it comes to her career, twenty-nine-year-old Nonkululeko Malashe has it all figured out — she is assistant to the senior buyer at a large retail store and also the founder and head of thriving online fashion portal called The Green Room. Yet her private life isn’t as rosy. Lulu’s mother and sister have their own aspirations for Lulu’s future. Both can’t bear the thought of Lulu spending the rest of her days alone and are hell bent on Lulu marrying a wealthy man — any wealthy man … But Lulu secretly has what she calls an Independence Plan. She has been saving every cent in order to gain financial freedom and also freedom from her overbearing family, and in five years time, she’d have saved enough to buy a lovely two-bedroomed home in a trendy new neighbourhood in Johannesburg. In the meantime, Lulu keeps the peace by going on dates with the current suitor her sister has picked for her, Mr “Moneybags” Molefe, and then rushing off for some downtime with her best friend and confidant Dumisani Sexwale. Then one such night, Dumi kisses Lulu and her whole world is turned upside down . . .
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Amarava Maake and her group of long-time girlfriends have grown increasingly tired of the dating scene. They therefore decide to change their approach to finding the perfect man — instead of every woman for herself, they’ll find potential mates for each other. This is how the Cupid Club is formed. Each friend gets a turn to find three dates for one of the others to choose from. The choice is solely made on clues given by the one who plays Cupid for the night. When Amarava’s turn comes to pick one of the secret candidates, she chooses “Mr Picture Perfect and guaranteed fun”. Professional photographer, David Kwena, is gorgeous and witty and the two hit it off immediately. But when it is later revealed that David is the same man that broke her close friend Botho’s heart many years before, tensions arise and the club’s long-standing friendship is in jeopardy. Botho and David were high-school sweethearts. When Botho had a pregnancy scare, she turned to David, sure of his support. But David disappeared and she could never forgive him for that. Botho and the friends in the “Botho camp” are adamant that Ama should break off her budding relationship with David. But it has been thirteen years since the incident and David is not that naïve seventeen-year-old boy anymore. Will Ama honour the code of the Cupid Club or will she take a shot at love with her new photographer beau.
The Cupid Club, Cheryl Ntumy
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There are only two things in her life of which Criselda Moyo is sure — her love for her twin boys and her job as Senior Program Analyst at Baikopanyi Technologies in Midrand. But when her biggest client’s system gets hacked, Criselda’s job is on the line. She must find a fail-safe plan to save Baikopanyi’s reputation, and her own. Then the suave Justice Dlangamandla, with his personalised handkerchiefs and chiselled good looks, is brought in to help with the investigation. And very soon the thirty-three-year-old divorcée finds it impossible to concentrate on the task at hand.
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The last thing Masedi Gaonabokao expects when she meets her girlfriends for an evening of music and dancing is that she will lust after the musician who serenades the crowd. But Pelo Sebata is not just any musician — a former quantity surveyor, he now runs a youth upliftment project. Masedi is drawn by his muscular good looks and soulful eyes, but she’s been hurt before — and badly. Pelo too is dealing with a painful past that keeps him from moving forward. Soon these two will learn that they have been brought together by forces stronger than themselves, and that their destiny is written in the stars.
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For impetuous events planner Rethabile Moemedi, planning outrageous wedding proposals is her forte. But her yearning for the perfect romance often leads to her falling in love with the wrong man. Believing that the twenty-nine-year-old needs an intervention, her sisters and best friend force her to take a vow of celibacy for three months. Rethabile is determined to prove to them that she can do it, but when she sets eyes on the charismatic hotel manager Lucas Khumalo, her oath becomes near-impossible to honour.
The Vow, Cheryl Ntumy
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Thirty-year-old features editor Moyomhle Duma knows a few things for certain: she excels at her job because she’s reliable; her drive and focus proves that she’s mature; and love outside of romantic books and movies is far too risky. Moya has grown to wary of reckless love and shies away from unwanted attention.Zakhele Nkosi is anything but safe. He strides into Moya's world, overwhelms her with his charm and confidence, and immediately breaks all her rules. He challenges her to welcome life's adventures — and couldn't care less about being two years younger than she is. Zakhele offers her his heart and is determined to have hers in return. But is Moya ready for the most magical adventure love has to offer?
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As the only social worker in the village of Ga-Tloung in Limpopo, Lesedi Tshukudu is constantly putting the needs of others before her own. She had always hoped that one day the man of her dreams would come to sweep her off her feet and finally make her forget how Prince Mogale Tloung had broken her heart so many years ago. But when Mogale’s father, the ruling monarch, requests that she marry his son, Lesedi knows that it is her duty to agree. Marrying Prince Tloung will secure peace and prosperity for her people and bring her one step closer to getting funding for the outreach programme she wants to establish. Can Lesedi forget about the past and vow to love and honour Mogale for all the days of her life?
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Thando Msewu is a bright young twenty-eight-year-old with a no-nonsense attitude towards life and love. She works as a communications team leader in Pretoria, and is completing a doctorate in media studies. She has sworn off men after her last boyfriend cleaned out her bank account and left her with nothing but twenty rand and her dignity hanging in the balance. So when business mogul Mandla Kunene tries to chat her up at the local gym, she’s determined to give him the cold shoulder. But there is something about the stutter Mandla is trying to hide that softens Thando to the seemingly overconfident man . . .
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Songbird Kedi Taukobong is living her dream. Enormously successful as an Afro-pop musician, she travels the continent performing to adoring crowds. However, fame comes at a price — a sinister stalker is watching her, intent on making her his. Kedi’s management team is determined to hire the best private investigator in the business, her ex, Sefhemo Phaladi. Face to face for the first time since they split, Kedi and Sefhemo can’t deny the attraction still sizzling between them. But the stalker is getting too close. He has to be in Kedi’s inner circle. Can she really trust Sefhemo, especially after he betrayed her nine years ago?
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How do you get a snapshot of a nation? What’s made us cry, laugh and nearly tear out our hair in frustration in the past year? The news comes thick, fast and more ridiculous every day and it’s all too easy to forget the headlines that had us nearly crash our cars just a few months ago. And it’s even easier to have missed that truly outrageous quote on the inside letters page. This collection of more than 450 quotes tells a story of South Africa right now, in an extensive collection from the anonymous to the contemptuous (“What did YOU do in the war, Jimmy?”). It documents the hopes, fears and funnies of our nation captured through Twitter, Facebook, and good old-fashioned reporting. Put your feet up and get ready to sigh, “Only in South Africa”.
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Albert Luthuli's extraordinary story is also that of the African National Congress, which he led for fifteen years. Luthuli's lively first-hand account tells of the repression and resistance that were to shape the South African political landscape forever: the Defiance Campaign – the first mass challenge to apartheid, the drafting of the Freedom Charter, the Treason Trial and the tragedies of Sharpeville and Langa. Albert Luthuli was the first black African man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This book bears witness to Luthuli's unfailing humility, perseverance, and passionate commitment to the values of non-racialism and non-sexism. His vision, crucial to the shaping of the South Africa we live in today, continues to move and inspire.
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Helen Joseph, founding member of the ANC’s ally, the Congress of Democrats, was one of the main organisers in the Women’s March of 9 August 1956. Arrested on a charge of high treason in 1956, and banned the next year, Helen suffered constant persecution. The first person in South Africa to be placed under house arrest, she survived several assassination attempts. In this personal account, Joseph writes about enduring the Treason Trial – one of the longest and most important trials in South African history, where she stood accused along with Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. With disarming honesty, she shares stories of the women’s prison, the behind-the-scenes discussions with their defence team, the constant daily humiliations, but also their perseverance and small triumphs. This book, originally banned and not available for decades, adds a vital dimension to our understanding of South Africa’s recent history.
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This unique collection of speeches, writings and rare interviews, with a foreword by Nelson Mandela, gives a coherent and comprehensive view of the ANC’s development, from its origins as a protest movement in the stormy 1950s, through its banning and subsequent reconstitution in exile, into the organisation that it is today. Twenty years on from the first truly democratic elections, South Africans find themselves once again in a period of flux. In “Oliver Tambo Speaks”, one of the principal architects of the “new” South Africa expresses his thoughts on what the ANC was, what it became in order to liberate South Africa from oppression and what it should evolve into in order to provide a better life for all. Aside from being a vital historical document, Oliver Tambo Speaks presents us with fresh perspectives on our current situation from one of the greatest political thinkers that South Africa has produced.
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In Mangaung: Kings and Kingmakers political journalist Mandy Rossouw takes us from the last elective conference of the ANC, at Polokwane, to the present day, where we’re introduced to the eight men who have the most influence on what will happen at Mangaung, and following that, in the race to the national poll in 2014. And then we take a tour through ANC politicking in South Africa’s nine provinces, because branch-level dynamics are still the key to understanding the ANC. This is the book to read if you’ve ever wondered whether the ANC’s claim that collective will trumps individual ambitions is actually true. Mangaung: Kings and Kingmakers explains who has been in power, and who is taking over. Most likely you’re not one of the 4 000 delegates with a vote at Mangaung, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to know more about who’ll be smiling at you from near the top of your ballot paper come April 2014.
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After a hectic morning of getting her two adorable nieces ready for school and appearing in court, Basetsana Tefo goes to work at the offices of Mogale & Mogale, a prestigious law firm in Pretoria. Colliding with a handsome stranger seems a welcome change to the morning’s madness, until the charismatic stranger introduces himself as Nare Ramathe — opposing counsel on the big case Basetsana is working on. Resisting the attraction to Nare is soon a full-time job for Basetsana, but she must stand her ground if she is to have any chance of being made partner at the law firm. And raising her late sister’s twins doesn’t leave her much time for romance anyway. But will Basetsana really be able to resist Nare, even when he offers her his heart — signed, sealed and delivered?
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After being unfairly banished by the South African modelling community, Samkelo Ntuli is forced to leave her high-flying career as a supermodel for a humdrum, everyday job as a nanny. Lili and Thulani turn out to be sweet and well-mannered children, but their father is a handful. Renowned chef and restaurateur Vusi Khumalo has had his fingers burnt by a woman once before, and isn’t keen on repeating the experience with a “silly” ex-model. But when Vusi sees how kind and hard-working Sam is, he begins to change his tune. Can Sam convince him to take a second chance on love? Or will Vusi’s painful past be too big for them to overcome?
The Nanny Affair, Nani Khabako
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For budding artist Mbali Matheba the best years of her life were during university, with her good friends Gcina and Susan and her (now ex) boyfriend Vusi. But that’s all history now — until one sunny afternoon when the gorgeous Sipho Ngubene rings Mbali’s doorbell with news of Gcina’s engagement.  How typical of sneaky Gcina to set this up, knowing that Sipho was Mbali’s secret varsity crush. Sparks fly as Sipho and Mbali spend time at his seaside resort in East London where the wedding reception is to be held. But when Vusi and Susan make an appearance, secrets are revealed that take Mbali right back to where she was two years ago. Will she turn back to Vusi or look to her future with Sipho?
A Good Man, Sibusiswe Dhuwe
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Thembelani Ngenelwa is a personable 20-something guy who can’t find a good job in Cape Town. Like many of his peers, he goes to Jo’burg in search of work and to catch up with old friends. After leaving a friend’s house in an informal settlement one night, Thembelani and three companions are attacked by a group of gunmen. Running for their lives, the friends scatter in all directions, and Thembelani is chased after and shot five times at point-blank range, before being dragged over a railway crossing to die.  Having sustained such serious injuries – and after being in a coma for four days – there is little hope that Thembelani will survive. Through his own tenacity, and the support of his friends and the hospital staff, he makes a full recovery. This is a remarkable true story of surviving the brutal and senseless violence that erupts daily on South Africa’s streets.
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Keabetswe Rantao is an ambitious estate agent. Married to her job, Keabetswe isn’t looking for any other kind of commitment apart from buying her very own home. When architect Oagile Motsumi needs a house, Keabetswe is determined to be the one to sell it to him. Soon the smouldering Oagile wants more from Keabetswe than just the perfect house. But Oagile has a seven-year-old daughter, and being a mother is the furthest thing from Keabetswe’s mind. Will she have to sacrifice her dreams or is this really the beginning of happily ever after?
Hot Property, Cheryl Ntumy
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