The Hour of the Jackal & History of the Namibian Road Sector

Keeping the past alive – the living museum
July 26, 2012
Mushara Outpost – Etosha area
July 27, 2012
Keeping the past alive – the living museum
July 26, 2012
Mushara Outpost – Etosha area
July 27, 2012

Bernhard Jaumann

Translated by John Brownjohn

Winner of the 2011 German Prize for Best Crime Fiction

Published by John Beaufoy Publishing, Oxford, England 2011

‘When the valiant have died, it’s the turn of the cowards.’

A terminally ill killer searching for revenge. A twenty-year-old crime that casts a long shadow. A young policewoman caught between the law and justice. And a relentless manhunt across Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.

The Hour of the Jackal is a political thriller on a grand scale, revolving around the most notorious political assassination in Namibia’s history, and asking fundamental questions about truth, guilt, and morality.

‘Bernhard Jaumann is not only a clever storyteller with a talent for exploring human relationships, but also a master in the art of suspense.’

‘Jaumann captivates his readers through his clever, subtle narrative and his perfectly observed language.’ Die Zeit


‘The novel takes place 19 years after the murder of Anton Lubowski amidst a series of assassinations, each of which has a former member of the South African Secret Police (SASP) as its victim. Young detective Clemencia Garises is tasked with finding the killer while protecting the racist former members of the SASP who seem to be the victims of an avenging angel.’         Martha Mukaiwa, The Namibian Weekender


History of the Namibian Road Sector

Compiled by Brenda Bravenboer

Published by the Roads Authority, Windhoek, Namibia 2011

This large (21 cm x 30 cm), comprehensive 354-word publication celebrates Namibia’s fine road network. It is the story of how footprints, paths and tracks evolved from the pre-colonial era, and over time became the high-quality gravel and bitumen roads that comprise the Namibian road network of today.

It tells how the German, South African and Namibian legislation necessary to develop a road network impacted politically on the country and relates the activities of the early road-building fraternity and pioneer road builders, through the years of the great depression and two World Wars.

The appointment of the Roads Construction Commission in 1950, the establishment of in-house construction units, the acquisition of Namibia’s own plant and fleet, and what was done to train local young aspiring engineers and artisans is dealt with in detail.

Namibia’s independence in 1990 led to the reform of the country’s road sector and the establishment of the Roads Contractor Company, Roads Authority and Road Fund Administration of today.


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