The Early Years

Simon Bushie had always wanted a little boy to complement the two girls he already had. When his wife Evelyn conceived, it became the happiest day of his life. Everyday he rooted for a boy. But when the baby came, it came with mixed gender. A staunch traditionalist that he was, Bushie was determined that the baby would be a man like him. He went on to register the baby as a boy, naming it Raymond.



This book is about the problem of prostitution in my hometown of Mokopane, South Africa. It looks at the role players in this occupation, the reasons why women turn to prostitution, and the potential economic spin-offs of prostitution in a legalised environment.

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A Woman Denied... The Early Years is a biography of one beautiful woman named Raymond. Raymond was born in Pretoria. She spent a few years of her childhood in Soweto, Johannesburg. Her father, a stubborn traditionalist, had always wanted a boy. With two little girls in the house, he had reason to yearn for a little boy. When Raymond came, all wishes and hopes, and the pride and joy were shattered as the baby came with mixed gender. Neither could the baby be a boy or a girl... but subsequent domination from an abusive and drunkard father saw that the baby would lead life as a boy. Needles to say, it put paid to Raymond's mother, Evelyn's desire to raise a happy and healthy baby... as simply a baby she loved.

The account of the times and life of this wonderful and humble child is a tear-jerking story. Get in her shoes and walk through her trials and tribulations as she grows through life in the 70s and 80s. Experience the hurt and the abuses she had gone through; cry with her as all undeniable signs of womanhood surface.... And at the same time think that there are hundreds, possibly thousands, of people like Raymond who the world keeps denying their true identities and existence. For Raymond, it was not a matter of choosing a specific gender - it was a fight to live life to the next day as she was denied to be a woman.

I had known Raymond personally for over twenty-five years. As an investigative writer, I was always troubled by the way the world treated her. I was always at pains to justify my ignorance at doing nothing to change the life of this beautiful human being. Unable to keep quiet anymore, I began to investigate. Through most of the guilt and anguish that rocked Raymond's emotions, I was there, watching. Even when the inevitable moment came for her to publicly go out as a woman, I was there, too. The result is the heart-felt account of her life, as told by her over several years... This account of Raymond's life cover a period up to 1990, when she enters formal employment.

In keeping with the spirit and celebration of women, take an opportunity to buy this book and read this fascinating yet sad and touching story of this denied woman. And whatever you do, wherever you are, promise not to ever treat another human being the way you would never wish to be treated. Treat everybody with respect, whether you approve of their lifestyle or not. Being so close to my subject has taught me the true meaning of the saying: the body is the temple of the Lord It taught me also that all people are special and beautiful in their own ways.... We could all make a difference by laughing and loving more and hating little.


They prefer dark alleys and shady hotels.
They are regarded as filthy and soulless.
They have been called all sorts of names one can think of.
They have been blamed for moral breakdown, promiscuity and the spread of HIV/Aids... among other social problems.

Some call them the women of the night.

Some call them prostitutes...

But they simply prefer to be called sex workers.

Who are these women?

This book, based on a study of sex workers in a town of Mokopane, South Africa, one of the places where prostitution has grown at an astonishing rate, attempts to find out the reasons why women fall into prostitution.
The book looks at circumstances surrounding prostitution, who practices it, the reasons why some women cannot resist prostitution while others don't see it as a option, benefits and potential benefits that can be derived from sex work, a view of prostitution as legalised employment within the South African labour relations context, and the social impact prostitution has in the town of Mokopane.

To find out if prostitution is a scourge or a Godsend, read the harrowing stories of these women from South Africa and decide for yourself. 



The story talks about the struggle of men who are constantly abused by their wives. Is there a way a marriage can be healed?

Size: Short fiction - 6617 words (approximate)
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Countless men deal with abusive spouses in their homes... and bottle it up.

Because they were taught that men don't cry... and that women can't beat up men anytime they felt like it.

Is there a remedy for a woman who abuses her husband?

Can going through a cleansing program curb abusive women's anger?

This book looks at the heartbeats of several marriages and what makes them crumble.

In this modern society with its ills, are women prepared to admit that they contribute significantly to domestic abuse, gross violence and broken marriages?

I invite you to sit in on these women's workshops and "see" what makes these happy marriages turn sour.



Through Thick and Thin is a book about one well to do woman's struggle to overcome the ravages of breast cancer.

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Sinna Molapo had everything a girl could ever dream of:
Bobby, a handsome, successful investment banker
husband; a mansion in the most sought-after street in Polokwane City; throw in a couple of kids and she was living her dream....

But all these came crashing down one day when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Bobby had always been a pillar of strength in her life. Always passionate and loving, he was there for Sinna. Through the bliss and the evening parties; the lows of treatment and the anguish, he had been the reason for Sinna to pull through.

But when the cancer recurred, it all seemed too much for Bobby.
Cracks began to appear in the marriage. When she got fired from her job it signaled that the end was near. Will Sinna survive the ordeal? Most importantly, will Bobby stand by her through to the end?

Sinna always thought Bobby was an angel...

Until he filed for divorce.



A washed-out former entertainer turns up on the streets of a quiet suburb. Down on his last penny, he spends his days drifting, longing for the past glory and watching the sunset. Nobody knew who he was - and no one cared - until ten year old Donna stepped into the caravan.

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For Sam and Sina, watching their daughter Donna befriend a strange old man set alarm bells ringing.

But it was Donna's insistance that the trailer man was her friend that set the pair off to confront the down and out drifter.

Turns out the drifter was a forgotten down and out entertainer who had fallen on hard times.

However, one artefact displayed in the caravan reels Sina's mind back to her glory days...

And turns back the hands of time.

Was the drifting man the person she thought he was?



This is the story of one courageous woman in the wasted rural village of Africa who went on the uplift herself and become the beacon of hope in her village.

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Mrs Lina Mali could neither read nor write. Forcefully married at the tender age of twelve, Lina never had the opportunity to attend school.

But it was her desire for education, and her vision to bring about change in her village that changed all that.

Against all odds, not least risking humiliation in her village, Lina enrolled in an elementary school where she was taught the basics of arithmetic and writing.

Her zeal for knowledge saw her eventually graduate through high school and go on to university.

Lina became the first woman in her village to attend university, if not the only one to study engineering.

It was a feat unthought of for a woman her age.


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