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Title: Dis koue kos, skat

Author: Marita van der Vyver

Format: Braille

Summary: Dis Koue Kos, Skat tells the story of Clara Brand (Anna-Mart van der Merwe, a food writer who discovers that her husband is cheating on her with one of her best friends. As a result, Clara and her two kids move from Johannesburg to Cape town, where Clara attempts a fresh start. Here she is reintroduced – at the insistence of her best friend, Minette (Elzabé Zietsman) – to the world of dating. Clara undergoes this journey not only of healing, but of rediscovering her passions in life, all the while plotting her revenge on her ex husband and his new, much younger wife.

title: Period pains

author: Kopano Matlwa

format: Audio

Summary: “…Period Pain is a novel about Masechaba, who we meet as a teenager who has just gotten her first period. Matlwa takes us through Masechaba’s story in a way that makes it seem like you are having a deep conversation with your newly found best-friend over WhatsApp into the early morning hours. At the very beginning, she draws vivid images of Masechaba’s struggle with “the issue of blood” that the reader can almost feel the embarrassment she felt, especially when she stains the seat of her brother’s new car…”

Title: men of the south

Author: Zukiswa Wanner

Format: Braille

Summary: Modern chick-lit from an author named one of South Africa’s ‘Phenomenal Women’.  A fascinating novel about three men out from three worlds. Mfundo the musician and dad, Mzi – gay, but married, and Tinyae – a displaced Zimbabwean in South Africa.

Title: Agaat

Author: Marlene van Niekerk

Format: Braille

Summary: Set in apartheid South Africa, Agaat portrays the unique relationship between Milla, a 67-year-old white woman, and her black maidservant turned caretaker, Agaat. Through flashbacks and diary entries, the reader learns about Milla’s past. Life for white farmers in 1950s South Africa was full of promise — young and newly married, Milla raised a son and created her own farm out of a swathe of Cape mountainside. Forty years later her family has fallen apart, the country she knew is on the brink of huge change, and all she has left are memories and her proud, contrary, yet affectionate guardian. With haunting, lyrical prose, Marlene Van Niekerk creates a story of love and family loyalty. Winner of the South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize in 2007, Agaat was translated as The Way of the Women by Michiel Heyns, who received the Sol Plaatje Award for his translation. Set in apartheid South Africa, Agaat portrays the unique relationship between Milla, a 67-year-old white woman, and her black maidservant turned caretaker, Agaat. Through flashbacks and diary entries, the reader learns about Milla’s past. Life for white farmers in 1950s South Africa was full of promise — young and newly married, Milla raised a son and created her own farm Set in apartheid South Africa, Agaat portrays the unique relationship between Milla, a 67-year-old white woman, and her black maidservant turned caretaker, Agaat. Through flashbacks and diary entries, the reader learns about Milla’s past. Life for white farmers in 1950s South Africa was full of promise — young and newly married, Milla raised a son and created her own farm out of a swathe of Cape mountainside. Forty years later her family has fallen apart, the country she knew is on the brink of huge change, and all she has left are memories and her proud, contrary, yet affectionate guardian. With haunting, lyrical prose, Marlene Van Niekerk creates a story of love and family loyalty. Winner of the South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize in 2007, Agaat was translated as The Way of the Women by Michiel Heyns, who received the Sol Plaatje Award for his translation.

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Update on the new Library Management System:

The teams from Universal Knowledge Software (UKS) and SALB are busy finalising the outstanding modules and the system should be up and running tentatively by end October 2018.

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