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A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 Years of Democracy [Kindle Edition]

Max du Preez
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Democracy in South Africa turns twenty on 27 April 2014. In A Rumour of Spring, Max du Preez investigates and analyses the progress and lack of progress the country has made during these twenty years. A Rumour of Spring looks at the legacies of Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki in an attempt to understand how we got here, and examines Jacob Zuma’s presidency to better understand where we are.
In the context of blatant corruption, populism and tragedies such as the Marikana massacre, the book considers the current state of the ruling party and the opposition, and dissects the big issues currently afflicting our society, including the state of education, land reform, crime and policing, the judiciary, nationality and race. And then, with images of the Arab Spring fresh in our collective memory, it dares to look to the future and what it may hold.
An honest and balanced account, A Rumour of Spring tackles the questions asked by ordinary South Africans every day: How are we really doing? What is really going on in our country? How should we understand what is happening here? And will it get any better?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Press (Random House Struik); 1 edition (27 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GJJ5KZQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,380 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a must read for every South African and particularly every ANC member or voter. World leaders should also be briefed on its contents. Clearly, unless there is serious intervention to stop president Zuma and his cronies raping the country are not stopped in their tracks there is little hope that the majority of South Africans will ever enjoy the fruits of 'democracy'. I could go on but I suggest rather that the book be read by anybody who would like to see South Africa and all its citizen fulfilling their full potential.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great update on SA history and perspective 27 Aug 2014
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This book has filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge about my mother land. The country I left was in the Rainbow Nation era but has since been put much more to the democratic test. There was only ever one path for the country: full democracy for all its people. Whatever good and bad has occurred since does not change that reality surely? The author had me flipping back and forth, feeling like a fist punching revolutionary, then a head shaking sceptic, leaving me as unsure as ever as to what the verdict might be on this changed nation. Great read by an author with a humbling wealth of knowledge and experience who takes a down to earth (modern Afrikaner) view on the day to day realities of how a fundamentally changed South Africa is running and being led!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must 7 Mar 2014
By Lyn
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This was a recommendation by a very good friend. A must for anyone remotely interested in SA politics. Max Du Preez takes no prisoners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Max du Preez at his brilliant best! 17 Feb 2014
By Ryan
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A sharp take on the current situation in Sa and where we could be headed. Cautious optimism and clear thinking are the results for the reader.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting opinion piece on SA current and future 4 Jan 2014
By Richard Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting and well researched book providing an important opinion about SA today and what may transpire in the future. I liked the intent to provide a balanced view as well as not "pulling any punches" on controversies in the news.

Reccomended reading for all South Africans and those interested in the country
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REQUIRED READING FOR ALL IN RSA 2 Jan 2014
By gorgee - Published on Amazon.com
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Max du Preez established his credentials over many years as a courageous and fluent commentator.

With A Rumour of Spring, MR du Preez has put together a very comprehensive assessment about what ails RSA & the people who live there. Every concerned citizen in RSA should read this book, A reading of the book might motivate people in RSA to clear their minds about the seriousness of the situation and the need for society to act together for the common good and rid the country of the individuals who have brought us to this sorry state. There are many many good and competent people in RSA - the country (& the whole region) should not suffer at the hands of people of low calibre.

Thank you Max du Preez for A Rumour of Spring.

Gordon Beattie
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Insight into SA Political Scene 31 Jan 2014
By Richard Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
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A good synopsis of the current and short term outlook for SA. Though may be a little obsessed about race.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 27 Jan 2014
By Beth Cost - Published on Amazon.com
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A very excellent summary of SA politics for the 20 years after the end of apartheid! I definitely recommend it for anyone interested in the future of South Africa!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all South Africans 19 Dec 2013
By Augusta Dorning - Published on Amazon.com
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Great insight great reminder of a special history which can be shared by the whole world, the pain of it as well as the passion. Contextualises our unique reality.
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