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By Siyamthanda Binza

2017 has been a year of learning from some of our public figures as they shared their stories with us.

This list could also double-up as gifting ideas if your loved ones love to read.

Somizi: Dominoes

Our very own Somgaga!! An actor, choreographer, presenter, socialite, reality star and Idols SA judge launched a biography this year. Dominoes: Unbreakable Spirit almost reads as a very long magazine article, and smacks of something of a vanity project, rather than a meaty biography.

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh: Democracy & Delusion- 10 Myths in South African Politics

A South African author, musician and activist, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh launched a book earlier in the year. Sizwe gives a fresh different perspective on South African politics. In this book, we find Sizwe's opinion on new solutions to old problems.

Rami Chuene: We Kissed The Sun and Embraced the Moon

This book is a collection of memoir essays where Rami talks about her personal journey and experiences. Rami's debut book is also a self-published book. Bringing that “Girl Power” flavour too!

Thando Manana: Being a Black Springbok

Thando Manana was the third black african player to obtain a Springbok jersey after unification in 1992. This is his share of a remarkable sports biography.

Bonang Matheba: From A to B

After Queen B released her book in “Binglish” causing a havoc on social media. Her grammatical errors covered in her entire book was the talk of the nation. The relentless Media personality went on and relaunched a reprint of her book. This book is about her journey as well as why she and former bestie, Somgaga, stopped being friends.

Jacque Pauw: The President's Keepers- Those keeping Zuma in power and out of jail

Author and journalist, Jacque Pauw launched a book this year. However, during the launch there was a mysterious power outage and the generator started 15 min after the outage.In this book, Pauw makes several revelations about how Jacob Zuma has been propped up for years by people protecting him in the Hawks, National Prosecuting Authority, Crime Intelligence, Police and State Security.

Trevor Noah: Born a Crime

The South African comedian and talk show host launched a book called Born a Crime which is an autobiography with his childhood stories.

Teko Modise: The curse of Teko Modise

The former Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns player launched his autobiography sharing his trials and tribulations during his football and personal life. The book offers details of Modise's failed marriage, excessive drinking and the time he consulted a medicine man from Congo to break his title-winning drought.

Redi Thlabi: Khwezi

Broadcaster Redi Thlabi's book on President Jacob Zuma's rape accuser, Fezekile Kuzwayo, was launched this year. It continues to attract phenomenal levels of public interest.

Zapiro: Hasta la Gupta

Political Analyst, Cartoonist and provocavateur Zapora also known as Jonathan Shapiro launched a book based on the “Gupta events” we experienced this year. This book helps us make sense of headline news happening in South Africa by the Guptas, President Zuma, former Eskom boss Brian Molefe and the Saxonwold Shebeen.

Thuli Madonsela: No Longer Whispering to Power

Our former Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela shared her story with us as well this year in her book. It is the story of South Africa's people's attempt to hold power to account through the Office of the Public Protector.

Dikgang Moseneke: My Own Liberator

Justice Dikgang Moseneke launched his first memoir. It's a personal autobiography covering the remarkable life of one of South Africa's pre-eminent and most respected leaders.

Vatiswa Ndara: I Am...Because Of You

The South african award winning thespian launched her book this year. This is a collection of fans, colleagues and supporters. It also includes a foreword by multi-award winning musician Sibongile Khumalo.


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