The year 2020 has started well for the EW Blog family. EW Blog has managed to secure a spot
at YOU FM. All EW Blog contributors will have an opportunity to review the books they have
read live on the radio on selected Thursdays. It is yet another achievement for this baby, which
will be turning three years later this year.
It is also an honour to announce that EW Blog has 10 contributors. I am so glad and happy the
team continues to grow at a very rapid pace. I owe my sincere gratitude to Haafizah Bhamjee,
Thembi Mazibuko, Rego Mputle, Boitumelo Thage, Makhosizana Mavundla, Ntando
Sindane, Refilwe and Lucy Sekhota.
It is my pleasure to announce our first EW Blog eBook edition of the year. The edition is
dedicated to the late Elsie Kekana. This year marks exactly two years since God decided to
call Elsie to heaven. It is on this edition that her friends remember her for the spiritual warrior
she was. I would like to thank Thapelo Mercy, Dr Zwivhuya Tshivenga, Dr Nthabiseng
Rapeta, Linda Tjale and Kutullo Mapheto for honouring their friend.
As per usual, there are exciting reviews from the latest books in the market, including Adriaan
Basson’s Blessed by Bosasa, Born Freeloaders by Phumlani Pikoli and Siren by Kuli Roberts
among others. The primary objective this year is to increase our readership base and also sign
more writers. We would also be printing T-shirts, caps in order to grow the brand. EW Blog
continues to be amongst the best book reviewing websites and it is all thanks to our loyal
subscribers. I still urge each and everyone to continue subscribing to the blog, so as to not miss
any latest posts. As the year is still in its infancy, I encourage everyone to keep oiling their
brains by reading books, especially African literature. I special thank you to our friends at
Jacana Media, Jonathan Ball Publishers, Pan MacMillian and foxwrite publicity . I hope this
year will continue to be a great one for our working relationship. Enjoy our first instalment of
the year and let love reign supreme this month of love.
The month of August has been a very gruesome one for many South Africans. The scourge
of gender-based violence and femicide continues to dominate news headlines daily. Women
and young children are sexually assaulted and then murdered by the men, who mostly are
their relatives, husbands, and boyfriends. August was also a month where we remember those
that have lost their lives due to this pandemic. It has been a year since Uyinene Mrwetyana
was murdered and our hearts are still hurting from her death. While one thought it will end,
the police once again go on to kill young Nathaniel Julies in the community of Eldorado Park.
We call all men to end this war against women and children. This generational war should
end with us, not be intensified by us. Women give birth to humanity, and we should celebrate
them all the time.
As we start the new month of September, EW Blog dedicates our latest eMag, the summer
edition, to all women across the globe, but most importantly to our new EW Blog partner,
Maletjema Mathiba. Maletjema, an accountant, avid book reader, book reviewer, motivational
speaker, fitness enthusiast and all-round businesswoman has decided to partner with EW
Blog. In this partnership, we will share our content on different platforms, celebrate each other
success and help build each other’s brands. The theme for this edition is titled ‘Building With
a Woman’ in celebration of this partnership with the iron lady. In this edition, we have book
reviews ranging from different categories such as business, politics, nature, crime, and
agriculture. There are also exclusive interviews with leading and powerful female authors
such as Lerato Mogoathle, NR Brodie, Jackie Phamotse, Fiona Snyckers, Busisekile Khumalo
and many other more. This is an edition where we celebrate women power and their indelible
mark in the different spheres of our lives. Enjoy our edition and remember to always buy local
This edition is dedicated to all women in the country, but most importantly, to our sister and fellow writer Immaculate Meje. While we were still celebrating her joining the team, our beloved sister Immaculate sadly left us on the 8th of September. It is on this sad background that we decided to honour her with this edition.
On this edition, we take a look at the measures which the government should look at in solving the issue of gender-based violence directed to women and children. We also celebrate strong women in entertainment, business and politics industry. There are also latest book reviews, from Mcebisi Jonas’s After Dawn, Vuvuzela Dawn, Vagabond of Lerato Mogoatlhe and celebrated author Niq Mhlongo’s latest offering titled Black Tax among others
In this EW Blog- elections edition we look at political stories that caught our attention prior to the Elections and lessons for political parties going into 2025 elections. Fixing our state-owned entities and addressing women issues in the country will be key mandates for whoever will be elected to lead the nation. We discuss why fixing Eskom matter to every citizen and why women should be allowed a space to be who they want to be. The last part will be based on the books we have reviewed in the past four months, that is, the January to April period. Genres range from memoirs, financial literature and politics. Please enjoy this second edition of the EW blog eBook edition.