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‘The Unexploded Boer’.

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In the winter of 1975, Erich Rautenbach’s life took a serious turn for the worse when he was bust for selling weed by gun-toting undercover cops. He’d been selling the dope to raise money to leave South Africa in a bid to escape his army call-up and resist having to shoot people in the name of apartheid. But instead he found himself in the infamous John Vorster Square, at the mercy of drug squad policemen who seemed convinced that he was part of some notorious drug ring. This wild memoir recreates the Cape Town of the 1960s and ’70s, where Erich hung out with people from District Six and the Bo-Kaap and jammed with fellow musicians at The Office on Long Street. He describes his travels around the country, to Durban,                  

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Independent bookshop opens in de Waterkant.

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Great news indeed! At long last de Waterkant has it's very own independent bookshop. Situated in the new Cape Quarter Extension, The Bay Bookshop is a sister shop to the one in Hout Bay, started by Steve Davies and Pierre Engel in 2002. Laverne Parfitt has joined the new shop as manager - who has been a bookseller since she was a "babe in swaddling clothes" initially at Adams and Co. in Durban and then at Exclusive Books - both in Durban and Cape Town. She is joined by Carol Duveen, formerly of Exclusive Books. The Bay Bookshop stocks a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, children's and South African titles, selected by the staff to be the best in each category. They also stock a small range of magazines,