Shadley Fataar

Shadley is a lover of good food, wines, music of all sorts, the outdoors, and, above all, people, none more so than Zonjia for the past fifty years.

A forty-year promise is almost fulfilled as his first book nears completion. The dedication to a twelve-year-old schoolgirl, killed by a police shotgun blast to the head in 1976, fulfils a forty-year old commitment to do something with that tragic event.

Semiretirement has allowed him the time to put together his work, which will be the first of a trilogy covering the eighteen-year period that led to the collapse of apartheid in South Africa, his country of birth.

Having grown up in a country of much depravity can make for confrontational writing with the events forged in Shadley’s own medical and societal experiences. The transcripts from the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which looked into the atrocities of a racist and violent regime which held power for forty six years, provided previously unknown, harrowing material of the demented times in the country.

As a writing exercise, his blog site aims at transcribing some of the experiences of living with apartheid in the shadow of Table Mountain in Cape Town. He provides some critical insight into the way he lived and a light-hearted look at the games he played and the food he ate. Yes, the lover of good food throws in a few recipes of his favourites!

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