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You’ve written a book and have sent it to at least three South African publishing houses. In your mind’s eye, you see your book in all the books shops and you become a best-selling author overnight.

Alas! Five or more months have passed and all three publishers have turned you down. It is not as if you’ve never written a readable story or article before. You can write. You read a lot and you’ve had this story directing every waking hour of your life. You feel compelled to tell it.

So what are you going to do? Are you going to stop writing and hide in embarrassment because your book was rejected? Are you going to leave the manuscript lying in your desk drawer?

It is possible to write and self-publish your book without following the traditional route. If you feel your story is good enough to be read, if it is well written and a high-quality product, the possibilities of placing it in bookshops internationally are endless.

I have written and self-published 11 e-books and through trial and error they are now proudly displayed in all the big bookshops in South Africa and in Europe and the USA. It has cost me nothing.


  • Type your book in double spacing on A4 paper in Times New Roman 12 pt.
  • Have your book edited or proofread professionally. It is of the utmost importance that your book is faultless.
  • Design a cover and a blurb – the back of the cover sells the book. I designed my own covers and wrote my own blurbs.
  • Upload your manuscript for free onto on Kindle Direct Publishing.
  • Submit your completed manuscript to e-book publishers and distributors in South Africa.
  • Start your own blog and launch your book.
  • Develop a marketing strategy for your book. Readers will only buy it if they know about it.


Author: Rachelle du Bois

Rachelle du Bois is an independent author and self-publisher of 11 books. She is also a freelance writer. Contact her at, on Twitter @RachelleRomance or on Facebook.

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Why a reputable online presence is crucial

These days no self-respecting business can operate without a well-established and authoritative online presence. The new norm is for prospective clients or customers to first pay an online visit to your website or blog to familiarize themselves with what you have on offer. Customers tend to shop around with the click of a mouse to make sure they get value for their money. The internet makes it easy for customers to do their homework before setting a foot inside your physical premises.

Does your website or blog portray an accurate picture of your business or establishment? It’s imperative that your digital platform introduces products, services or ideas in a user-friendly manner that sets your business firmly above the rest. If your website contains a wealth of up-to-date information that is presented in a fresh, original and interesting way, online visitors will most definitely favour your site and may even bookmark it for future visits.

Encourage positive feedback

A good idea is to feature exciting, newsworthy and compelling content on your website and then make it easy for customers to share it to other media such as Twitter, Facebook and StumbleUpon. Another great idea is to feature interactive content where positive customer responses are encouraged. Engage and entertain customers on a regular basis with competitions, newsletters and interesting titbits and activities in order to establish your brand as a household name.

Build a reputable online presence by focusing on the core values and principles of your business and addressing concerns customers may have. Introduce your brand as a can’t-go-without necessity and keep your customers in the know-how regarding your product or service. Do all this with content that sings.

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Social Grants and poverty relief in South Africa

October is Social Development month in South Africa. For 16,8 million South African grant recipients, their monthly social grant payments stand between survival and starvation. The beneficiaries include people with disabilities, pensioners, war veterans and children.

South Africa’s monthly social grant payments have increased since April 2015. Government’s aim is to provide 17.5m people with social grants by 2018, and an additional amount of R7.1 billion has been included in the National Treasury budget to accommodate the growth in numbers.

Research show the following benefits of social grants:

  • Reduced poverty – According to Statistics South Africa’s report Poverty trends in South Africa there has been a decline in poverty between 2006 and 2011
  • Improved wealth distribution
  • Improved food security among poor households
  • Economic growth within communities
  • 11 Million children are currently benefitting from social grants
  • Improved achievement levels in early childhood development

Types of social grants

  • Child Support Grant: R330.00 per month 
  • Older Person’s Grant (pension): R1 420.00 per month (R1 440.00 for people over 75) 
  • Disability Grant: R1 420.00 per month 
  • Grant-in-Aid (for people who need a full-time caregiver): R330.00 per month 
  • Care Dependency Grant (to look after a child with severe disability): R1 420.00 per month 
  • War Veteran’s Grant: R1 440.00 per month 
  • Foster Child Grant: R860.00 per child per month 
  • Social relief of distress (temporary relief for people in dire need): food parcels or vouchers 

During October, communities will be engaged to identify their problem areas and to assist with developing and implementing action plans to deal with these challenges. The Food for All Campaign is addressing incidents of extreme hunger and malnutrition. Another campaign in conjunction with The National Development Agency (NDA) and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) aims to inform communities of the various social security programs available to them and how to get access to them.

Information booklets on social grants are available from: