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Across Bound­aries: A Life In The Me­dia In A Time Of Change by Ton Vosloo (R282, Jonathan Ball Pub­lish­ers) Any­one in­ter­ested in SA press free­dom should read this book. It’s a story that has been wait­ing to be told, writ­ten by one of the sub­ject’s great­est de­fend­ers.

Most ac­counts of this bat­tle to tell the truth con­cen­trate on the English press, but Ton Vosloo has filled the gap with an authen­tic ac­count of the bat­tles that went on in the Afrikaans me­dia. It makes for juicy read­ing.

My favourite bat­tle was the one be­tween Lang Dawid De Vil­liers’s sec­ond wife, Rae Gold­ing, and the se­cre­tive and pow­er­ful Afrikaner Broeder­bond (AB) group. It was sur­pris­ing to learn that Dawid, a lib­eral, was a mem­ber of the AB, which did not al­low its mem­bers to marry nonChris­tians, so he had to ask the group’s per­mis­sion to marry his fi­ancé Rae (who was Jewish).

Sur­pris­ingly, he gained it, but when the AB met with Dawid at their home, Rae had to de­part the premises after pre­par­ing their tea. Her re­venge? The cook­ies came from Sea Point and were kosher.

It was on Ton’s watch that Na­sion­ale Pers (now Naspers) be­came the big­gest com­pany on the JSE and in Africa. His med­i­ta­tion on whether Naspers still has a soul comes from the heart of the jour­nal­ist he’ll al­ways be. – Jane Raphaely

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