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Hierdie Hans is soos Afrikaans in prentjies – Netwerk24 – 30 Oktober 2021

Posted on: December 18th, 2021 by admin No Comments

https://www.netwerk24.com/netwerk24/kunste/boeke/hierdie-hans-is-soos-afrikaans-in-prentjies-20211030

Konsternasie en stuitigheid – Netwerk 24 – 3 November 2021

Posted on: December 18th, 2021 by admin No Comments

https://www.netwerk24.com/netwerk24/kunste/boeke/konsternasie-en-stuitigheid-20211003

Rudie en Deon in die pylvak vir boekpryse – Netwerk24 – 25 September 2021

Posted on: October 1st, 2021 by admin No Comments

https://www.netwerk24.com/Vermaak/Boeke/rudie-en-deon-in-die-pylvak-vir-boekpryse-20210924

Hans bars die bioborrel

Posted on: October 1st, 2021 by admin No Comments

Huis Madeliefie se inwoners word deur die staat se vlak 5-inperking in die gesig
gestaar. Hans van Kraaienburg besef dit gaan elke faset van hul lewens raak,
want teen hierdie virus groei geen kruid nie. Maar die drakoniese reëls wat die
tehuis se interne bevelsraad uitvaardig, kry nie vatplek by Hans en kie nie. Om
sake te vererger, is Hans oor die hoof gesien as leier van die bevelsraad. Altoon
Ahlers, ’n befaamde akteur van weleeren ’n onlangse inkommer met ’n
buitengewoon hoë dunk van homself, neem die leisels.
 
Ná verskeie ontberinge en vernederinge, besluit Hans hy het klaar bek
gelek en stert geswaai. Dis tyd om die Groot Akteur se opgepompte spiertjies te
prik. Vriend Vasie voorspel daar gaan groot sports kom. Hans se plan om die
inwoners met die verbode vrug se sap aan sy kant te kry, boemerang egter sleg.
Hy sal Ahlers op ’n ander manier moet onttroon. Maar dit beteken dat Hans die
ondenkbare moet doen. Hy sal die bioborrel moet bars . . .

Moordmasjien was eens gekweste kind – Netwerk 24 – 14 Junie 2021

Posted on: September 20th, 2021 by admin No Comments

https://www.netwerk24.com/Vermaak/Boeke/moordmasjien-was-eens-gekweste-kind-20210613

Hartedief

Posted on: March 16th, 2021 by admin No Comments

KAAPSTAD SE VROUE WORD AFGEMAAI AS DIE WOLKE SAAMPAK …

En dis Kassie en Rooi wat die moordenaar moet vastrek.

Maar hoe spoor jy ’n miljoenêr-ontsnappeling op wat geen digitale spoor los nie, nie eens ’n selfoon besit nie en hope vals ID’s het? En boonop sy slagoffers se harte steel met net een kyk?

Dan is Kassie se volle aandag ook nie eintlik by die saak nie, want hy is smoorverlief op ’n mede-seëlversamelaar.

Om sake vir hom en Rooi te vererger, word hul baas by die Spesiale Spookeenheid daarvan verdink dat sy hul ondersoek doelbewus in die wiele ry.

Intussen broei daar weer onweer in die Kaap …

Hanlie Retief gesels met Rudie van Rensburg – Netwerk 24 – 15 November 2021

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https://www.netwerk24.com/Stemme/Profiele/hanlie-retief-gesels-met-rudie-van-rensburg-20201115

Rudie van Rensburg on writing ‘Piranha’ – Sunday Times – 8 November 2020

Posted on: November 11th, 2020 by admin No Comments

Published in the Sunday Times (08/11/2020)

In my case inspiration can strike any time, anywhere. And that’s what happened with Piranha. In 2014 I was tackling a new manuscript when I saw a TV documentary about piranhas. It struck me that “Piranha” would be a powerful title for a crime thriller. The next day a newspaper article about rhino poaching caught my eye. I decided to do some research on the topic as a possible story backdrop. Eventually this developed into two important storylines – rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park, and piranhas in a dam on a grisly smallholding in the Western Cape.

In my research on rhino poaching I focused on Vietnam, mainly due to a widespread revival in the belief that rhino horn is a miracle cure not just for cancer, but for a host of other things. In adverts on Vietnamese websites, rhino horn is recommended for more than 70 medical conditions and end users are prepared to pay up to $40,000 per kg (in 2015).

Most poachers operate from Mozambique, the little towns all along Kruger’s eastern border. When I did my research in 2014-15, more than 1,000 rhinos were killed each year. My biggest obstacle was to get answers from SANParks. I asked them for information on their anti-poaching strategy and how the millions of rands they received from the Dutch and Swedish lotteries and the Howard G Buffet Foundation was used to put poachers on the back foot. I never received answers, which was frustrating. Although I am a fiction writer, I like to have all the relevant facts at my fingertips before I start writing.

Another challenge was to make sure piranhas can survive in a farm dam. No-one in SA could help me. Eventually I stumbled upon a person on the Internet who claimed to be a member of the “Piranha Club of America”, who kept piranhas in large tanks. Several of the club’s members responded to queries with information to make my story credible. (One person did not buy my story about being a writer. He was convinced I was a smuggler of exotic fish, and gave me tips on how to smuggle piranhas into the country.)

Piranha in short: When SAP Captain Kassie Kasselman starts investigating the disappearance of an ex-colleague, it becomes clear that more is going on than a simple drug-related missing person’s case. Somehow it all seems linked to the kidnapping of his colleague Rooi Els’s wife. From the Western Cape’s ganglands to Kruger’s rhino poachers, Kassie must unravel the mystery quickly but with care – or Rooi’s wife will be fish food.

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