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Endorsement

I read it virtually in one sitting. A lovely, affirming story in the energetic language of Fietas and Eldos.

Professor André Odendaal, Honorary  

  

Book information

ISBN: 978-1-919855-08-0

Trim size: 230 x 150mm

Binding: paperback

Page count: 264 pages

Cost: R265.00

Genre: Biography

Publication date: 2003

 

Description

Now Listen Here is the biography of Bill Jardine, ANC activist and campaigner against racism in sport.

The following words of praise for the book explain its nature perfectly:

Bill hated what history had done to the Coloured community. But more than anything else, it hurt him to see what many were doing to themselves — acquiescing to being Coloureds in their own country. They were Africans, just as he was, with rights, which had been won at a great price, including paying the ultimate sacrifice. Bill lived and died for all South Africans.

— Don Mattera, writer and poet

 Bill was a team player and there were many others of equal passion and talent in his team. But this is Bill’s story: a story of sacrifice and courage; a story of humour despite often tragic circumstances. But most of all it is a story of a man who elected to be part of one of the greatest moments in South Africa’s history: the dawning of his freedom and ours.

— From the Foreword by President Thabo Mbeki

 A fine contribution to both the literature and historiography of Johannesburg, it is a delight to read, from its charming account of Jardine’s childhood to the story of his adult political activism. Jardine’s tough, kindly and courageous persona is brilliantly conveyed.

— Professor Jonathan Hyslop, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris van Wyk

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