LAUNCH: The Disruptors by Kerryn Krige and Gus Silber


Join the Gordon Institute of Business Science to explore the world of The Disruptors  South Africa’s social entrepreneurs who are re-inventing business and society.

Meet co-author Kerryn Krige and  local social entrepreneurs Kovin Naidoo and the maverick team behind the proudly South African brand, Tsonga Shoes, as they explore the tricky questions of whether you can profit from charity and their thoughts on why social enterprises are considered to be the business model of the future.

This event is an opportunity to engage with those leading change in South Africa by combining the best that business has to offer with the best of civil society. 

Michael Marnewick & Books & Books Creative Writing Competition for Kids

THEME: “The cat sat on the mat”

Using one of the earliest simple sentences we were all taught in our first year at school, either write a composition, poem or limerick, using descriptive words to describe the theme. Use your imagination to describe the scene. You may want to explore the cat’s colour, markings, breed, personality, owner and anything else. But, remember, the basic message is that there is a cat that is sitting on the mat.

The entry must be an original work and must be submitted on an official entry form available from your school or Books & Books.

One entry per person only.

Completed entries must then be handed in to your teacher or in-store at Books & Books.

Please remember to include your name, grade, school and parent’s signature of consent and the word count on the entry form. There is no minimum number of words but must not be more than 200 in total.

Competition ends on Friday 5Th September and winners will be announced at 10am at Books & Books on Saturday 17th September. They will be required to take photos with the competition sponsors for media purposes.










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Alone-The Search for Brett Archibald

In April 2013 a global breaking-news story surfaced on social media and in the world press, and rapidly gathered momentum. A South African man had fallen overboard in the night during a storm in remote Indonesian waters, without anyone else on board realising. Eight hours later a frantic search was underway. The incident caught the world’s attention as readers were instantly transported into the terror of the moment – imagine being left alone, 100 kilometres out to sea in the middle of a storm, watching your friends sail into the distance… Had he been dealt a fraction more bad luck, Brett would have died immediately. According to the experts, he should have died within 10 to 14 hours. But he chose not to die. Instead for 28-and-a-half hours Brett Archibald endured – the ocean, the elements, the creatures of the deep, and his own inner demons. Alone: The Search For Brett Archibald is the incredible but true story of what it takes to defy needle-in-a-haystack odds and survive what should have been certain death. Outdoor savvy, astonishing imagination, mental toughness, a refusal to give up hope and a canny rescuer with an unbelievable background ultimately saw him through. Most of all this is a story of the power of the human spirit that defies rational explanation.


Brett Archibald is an international businessman and entrepreneur, who built an impressive global career, which included directorship positions with a worldwide hospitality and travel corporation in Johannesburg, Sydney, Hong Kong and London. He now lives in Cape Town where he is the chairman and shareholder of an event and hospitality company.