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COVER STORY A myriad transformations effected by one birth

VICTORIAN POLITICS Andrews hacks away at another way of life and source of jobs

CANBERRA OBSERVED Labor must own up to why it took the thrashing it got

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Hong Kong voters reject Beijing and its proxies

LIFE AND FAMILY On the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, how are we doing?

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Brexit: Quintessentially British party politics

OBITUARY Fr Paul Stenhouse: The thoughtful editor for the 'ordinary' reader

OBITUARY Vale David Milne, paragon of loyalty and perseverance

ASIAN AFFAIRS Taiwan and Hong Kong: Pawns in a bigger game

U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS How and why the U.S. should stop financing China's bad actors

HUMOUR You can't stop the music, Paddy

MUSIC 2020 foresight: A musical odyssey

CLASSIC CINEMA North by Northwest: The immaculately produced nightmare

BOOK REVIEW Truncated truths for post-truth times

BOOK REVIEW Food for a summer immersion program



THE QUEEN V PELL: A blight on the whole of the criminal justice system

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“Colonel Schalk Visagie’s book, Under Fire in South Africa, provides fascinating and important insights into the life of a policeman who was eyewitness to tumultuous events and dramatic developments, which continued to affect our world today.

“Coming from a police family, Schalk’s incredible life story includes the Border War in South West Africa/Angola, guarding President P.W. Botha, working in the Security Branch, including dealing with the traumatic St James Church Massacre, the bombing of Planet Hollywood, leading the Gang Investigation Unit to counter the hit squads, terror campaigns and bombs of PAGAD and QUIBLA.

“The very fact that Schalk Visagie is alive today is a powerful testimony to the grace of Almighty God and His answers to the timely prayers of a devoted mother. As the surgeon and ballistics specialist testifies, no one should have survived the deadly ambush on Black River Parkway on Friday, 19 February 1999.

“It has been a special privilege to know Schalk and Rozanne Visagie, for over three decades and witness their faith and life in most difficult circumstances. Under Fire in South Africa is a riveting dramatic story written with a policeman’s attention to detail. I look forward to this story being brought to the big screen because it has tremendous relevance and inspiration for our troubled times."

– Dr Peter Hammond Frontline Fellowship


“I have known and had the privilege of journeying with the author since 2005. Every book has a cover and as the proverbial saying goes a book is judged by its cover. Every person has a story to tell and until we read the account of each person’s own life story we will truly understand without judging. Instead we will have greater appreciation for them.

Under Fire in South Africa gives the reader a clearer understanding that all events, including loss, tragedy, love and triumph is God’s tapestry, purpose, plan and will of one’s life being woven together from the moment of birth until death which is unfortunately often only seen from an earthly perspective, but seen from a Divine perspective, it is His beautiful plan that He has designed to prepare each person, like the author, for His Divine purpose here on earth.

This book is more than the history and transition of South Africa, it is the events, accounts of history and personal journey which have transitioned the author’s life and also will hopefully help you in your own personal journey through life.”

– Pastor Brad Espin COTR Cape Town


“I read this book from cover to cover. What an amazing God we have, with amazing plans and grace for each life when we obey. This is a journey through life of a family I have been honoured and blessed to know. Painful memories, but true and relevant facts through a difficult history. It is time to learn, forgive and forget, South Africa. This is one of the most beautiful countries of the 140 countries my God let me serve him in. May He who created this country beautify her with love, unity and brotherhood. There is room for every South African … all races, colours and background to live together in peace and harmony, away from hatred and crime which only leads to destruction. This book by my brother and friend is a must read to rediscover the grace and guidance of a loving and forgiving God. Learn from mistakes made, repent, forgive and forget. Go on South Africa. Live and let live. Bury the past or the past will bury you.”

– Dr Bahjat Batarseh Apostolic Arch Bishop D.Min,Th.D, Ph.D, DLett, D.D, D.Ed, D.Coun Ph.D, L.LD,D.Hum,C.R.P.S. Brice, Ohio, U.S.


“I found Under Fire in South Africa to be a very interesting read. I gained much insight into the recorded events and was left with huge respect for the author and the work of the police and the special forces in our country. The book is written and documented in a very easy to read style and thus made even the finest detail come alive to the reader.

“It is good to get first-hand recorded history before it is forgotten or distorted.

“One is left with absolute admiration for the bravery and noble call of Security and Police officers in South Africa.”

– Erin Georgiou, Editor JOY! and JUIG! magazines

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