Story of SA Jazz Volume 2 prepares food freedom and music


The Story of South African Jazz Volume 2 thanks Authors Non Fiction Association of South Africa (ANFASA) for the research grant and Business Arts South Africa (BASA)  for the marketing and publicity grant.


The Story of SA Jazz Volume 2 is fundraising for a nationwide celebration of food freedom and music that will take place in partnership with Roving Bantu Kitchen in Brixton and Jazz Xpressions in Durban





Trees for Soweto: Mandela Day 67-minute activation at Nka Thuto School in Dube

Dr Richard Naphtali Gugushe, the late Veteran Teacher and founder Principal of UJ Soweto campus was honoured with a tree and a commemorative stone. He was the son of Rhulumeni Gugushe and cousin of Maths genius Dr Khambule. Gugushe was a Sesotho/Vernacular, English and Mathematics teacher and founder Principal of the University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus (formerly Vista).

The memorial stone was unveiled on Mandela Day at Nka Thuto Primary school by acclaimed television producer Mfundi Vundla.  Gugushe’s son Prof Tshepo Gugushe and his loving wife Maureen, Mama-Gugushe.

Mfundi Vundla planted a tree in honour of his father, P.Q. Vundla and for the people of Rockville. Vundla was the self-confessed “King” of the people of Western Native Township next to Sophiatown

Three trees were planted for three women stalwarts connected to the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) Mamas Madie Hall-Xuma, Noluthando Mzaidume and Ellen Kuzwayo.

The three trees are a replacement of one of the two that had died and was planted at the school by the treasurer of the YWCA Mama Glorina Mohohlo three years ago on Mandela Day. 

A unique tree was planted in honour of Mama Ngatane, a great teacher at the school who also doubled as a radio presenter. Teacher MamMohulo stated that under Mama Ngatane, her own children could master reading within two months of teaching at Grade 1. Some of her current Grade 7 learners cannot read.

The tree behind the stone was planted by Gugushe in the run up to his 103rd birthday in 2016. Event organiser, writer Cheche Selepe recalled, “Except when listening to other speakers, his eyes were fixed on that tree, roaming the bottom of its roots, the middle of its stem and the top green leaves.”

The sentiment Gugushe expressed was: he does not want to be recognised alone but along with others.  Five years ago a tree was planted in honour of Veteran Sexwale at the Chapel. Three more trees were planted in honour of Dr Andrew Mlangeni, late Veterans John Msibi and Solomon Maisela.

The memorial stone was donated by a Dube Station-based Siya Memorials. The trees were donated by a greening organisation Umqhele Wemvelo Cooperative LTD headquartered on Vundla Drive in Rockville. The event and was attended by Pick It Up, Angela at Protea Books, historian Estelle Bester and editor Edward Tsumele.

Compiled by Struan Douglas

Peter Magubane’s Midas Touch

I first met Peter Magubane on his 84th birthday. Although I was half his age, we were both mentored by the same man, the late Jim Bailey.

For Peter it was 1949 when as a 17 year old he had left school early to get into the ranks of Drum. He started as Bailey’s driver and in typical fashion the eccentric Drum owner and publisher Bailey, only 32 years old at the time assisted Magubane in his emergence as a photographer.

I met Jim Bailey two years before his death in 2000 at the age of 80. I was 19 years old and both his driver and friend. Bailey impressed a love of the country and her people on me and channeled me towards writing.  

Bailey a fighter pilot in World War 2 had found his own transformation in the speak-easy’s or shebeens as they were called of South Africa. He used his wealth and position to purchase Drum magazine from a South African fast bowler and transform it into a liberated gathering of unique people. Met up against the fascism of apartheid, Can Themba in reference to Dickens called this Drum era of South Africa, “the best of times, the worst of times.”

Yet the era produced the iconic work that has never been matched. Lewis Nkosi later reflected on the inspiration as “where the now is all there is.”


To the Peace on Earth launch

Greetings all friends of Music of South Africa’s Freedom Era. The launch edition of To the Peace on Earth an independently produced book on the life and death of the music of the freedom era around 2000AD is now available :

Launch Images from around the country :

Print Copies supplied on Demand : LULU 

Digital copies : Amazon Kindle 

Digital Epub : Kobo

Also available ibook : Apple ibooks


Media location Blog:

Live Podcast of Joburg launch:

Video overview of Durban launch:

Carol Martin’s Book Review: Book Research:

RS Douglas : Obituary

The end of an era: A tribute to RS Douglas 17.02.1936 – 09.01.2018

Our father was born in East London in the Eastern Cape. At the age of 3 he became the man of the home when his father went to war and his only brother Malcolm was born.

RS Douglas 17.02.1936 – 09.01.2019

He attended Selbourne pre-primary and College in East London, completed a BA at UCT and Law at Rhodes. Like his famous grandfather’s, the Reverend R.B Douglas on his father’s side and the Reverend William Shaw on his mother’s side he was a great orator and wordsmith.

He was part of the Natal legal fraternity; an advocate registered at the B.A.R and he took silk and Senior Council from the late 80s onwards.

At the age of 23 he began his family life in Umhlanga Rocks, taking residence in Chartwell Drive and Ridge Road.  From 1969 he was on the Umhlanga Rocks Town board, becoming a councillor and eventually mayor in 1976. He stood for the PFP and came 3rd in the elections to Helen Suzman and Colin Egland.

He was a very keen jogger and developed lifelong friendships with fellow joggers Judge John Broom and Jenny and Ernie Keun, Nobby Clarke amongst others. He won medals in two Comrades marathons and a Two Oceans. Yet he was modest to the last and his achievements were nothing compared to the pride and joy he took in his children. We had the best upbringing imaginable with plenty of outdoor activities and sporting endeavours.

He is survived by his four children; Nicci the fine-artist, Ross the international fair producer, Angus, actor and writer, Struan, writer and musician. As a father he valued and supported each of his children’s lives no matter how different and divergent they were from his. Before he died he left two important commands : “I want you all to come together.” 

Friends and relatives sent heart-felt condolences and thanked him for his honour, his efforts in making a difference, his captivating story-telling and unconditional love.

“The good news is Bob (as he was affectionately known) is lacing up his shoes and joining his mates where the marathons are timeless and braai’s endless.”

Listen here to the DADDABOY song