This book embodies courage and strength, but it is ultimately about love. Love of family, love of community and love of country. MaNgcaba takes us on a journey spanning eight decades of her life, where she had to grow up quickly and navigate through all the difficulties of life in apartheid South Africa. She,along with her family teach us the spirit of giving, selflessness and self-worth – written with great warmth and humour. It is a heartwarming read. – Siki Mgabadeli (radio and television journalist).

As accounts of South Africa’s long, difficult 20th Century proliferate, far too little space has been accorded to the women whose lives were lived at the intersection of the political, the domestic, and the personal. Connie Ngcaba helps us to correct that record in fine-grained detail, reminding us how important it is to listen to your grandmother.- Nic Dawes (former editor of Mail&Guardian.

This true story of a girl from the rural Eastern Cape is beautiful and well-structured, with practical ideas on how to organise as an individual, family and community. The intelligence touches one’s mind very seriously. A must read for all nurses. – Ethel Attie Lesolang (retired nurse).


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