Jacob Asher Singer was born in 1935 in Potchefstroom, a town near Johannesburg, in South Africa. After attending the Potchefstroom High School for Boys, he studied pharmacy at Chelsea Polytechnic in London, England. He was a practicing pharmacist in Potchefstroom for the next 25 years. Although Jacob was not politically active, he met and knew many active players on both sides of the political fence. When he was threatened by the security police for withholding information, he encouraged his children to emigrate, and once they had established themselves, he and his wife, Evelyn, joined them in 1992. His first book, Brakenstroom, is a book of short stories about life in Potchefstroom.
About the Book.
When one lives a life as full as I have, there are many stories to tell. One story that I lived with, and have now put down in black and white, is the story of Emma O’Neil and her daughter Marla. It is a story that has to be told. Of course names have been changed, and events altered to fit in with what I can remember, but on the whole, what happens in the story, truly happened in real life. Will any reader recognize the people in the story? Possibly. Will I confirm and answer their questions? No, I will not. One thing I can say is that the way I described the apartheid policies of Hendrik Verwoerd and his minions, John Vorster and others, was what we truly believed would happen were there not activity against those policies.
The book, and I have called it The Vase with the Many Coloured Marbles, as a reflection of the diversity of the various races and tribes that lived in South Africa, is worth reading, especially for those who know very little about South African history with its apartheid horror.
Unique traits: Trades the stock market daily to earn a living. Writes articles for Traders.com and technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities under the name Koos van der Merwe.
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