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The writer was born near Nylstroom, went to school in Fouriesburg, Hobhouse and matriculated at Clocolan High School.  She received a B.Soc.Sc degree at the University of the Free State and got married in 1973.  Since then she lives on a farm outside Bloemfontein.  During 1981 she received a BA degree at Unisa

 (Afrikaans/Nederlands and Communication Studies). She is a part-time social worker.

 

PRECIOUS EN DIE ASEMDIEF

Precious lives with Papa. They receive a visit from the breath thief (asemdief) and Precious's life changes drastically. She must now relocate to the other side of the city and adapt to the new youth care centre.

Published by Maskew Miller Longman

YOUTH BOOKS

SHORT STORIES

AND NOVELS

REVIEWS
 

LINKS

record of Publications:

Marita has already published several Afrikaans youth books. most of these books have been translated into South Sotho and/or English. She has also published a number of short stories.

Marita has produced some essays for radio as well as short stories, serials, articles and humoristic sketches for numerous magazines.

The magazines that published some of her works include: 

Serials in DIE LANDBOUWEEKBLAD: eg. Tango in Londen. 

Short stories  in Finesse:  eg. Die Parfuum-verkoper.

Sarie and Rooi Rose have also published some stories.

Numerous articles done for Finesse, interviewing people like Father Claerhout, Ryk Neethling, Winkie Direko, San-Marie Cronje (Hansie Cronje's mother ), etc.

Do book reviews for DIE VOLKSBLAD.

WHY DO I WRITE?

I am writing because it is part of my passion - a passion for life and for people. I write about the magic of everyday life, a magic one sees in the capacity of people to rise above their misfortunes. I am particularly fascinated by the resilience of the children around me. Children, of whom many are abused and deprived but their fighting spirit remains remarkable, that, inspires me to write about them.  My writing is influenced by the rural, impoverished world around me and by my background as a social worker. Living on a drought-stricken Free State farm keeps one down to earth but this reality becomes magic in my writing about it. My books have already found a home in several countries across the globe. In this way the rest of the world can share in my truly South African stories.

 

 

 

PHAPO'S GIFT

Ten-year-old Phapo is clever, pretty and happy. But she has a big burden to carry: her father, who she loves very much, isdying from Aids. When the boys start to look at her, her grandma tells her a very special secret: Phapo has a precious, perfect fruit inside her. She alone has the power to treasure or to destroy that fruit.

 

Phapo’s Gift

• is a truly South African story

• teaches children about the effects of Aids and the advantages of abstinence

• is full of colourful characters

• has dozens of beautiful illustrations

• is highly relevant for our time.

 

Published by Knowledge Thirst Media in English, Afrikaans and Sotho.

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THE KROONSTEEN READING SERIES

Best Books’ exciting new Afrikaans reading series will capture learner’s imagination with excellent children’s books, short stories, poems, rhymes, dramas, jokes, folk tales and much more. The ‘Kroonsteen’ series is a graded reading series for the Intermediary Phase (grade 4-6). Each book is linked to certain reading skills and special attention is given to vocabulary, sentence construction, and context. The books also include questions, fun activities and word explanations.The best South African authors’ work is represented in the series of 30 books.

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