Although interspersed with humour, drama and intrigue abound in this tortured life story of an exceptional man. Appalled at the desperate plight of his South African countrymen following the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), a young clergyman dedicates his life to achieving their upliftment. From Namaqualand, an isolated semi-desert, Dr. Willem Steenkamp battles near-illiteracy, superstition and intermarriage and pleads for irrigation. A fiery orator, his political opponents fear his burgeoning influence: imprisonment and slander follow his successes. But he is unstoppable...The reader also shares in the main historical events, including WWII sabotage and failed coups.
Stella Branca was born in South Africa and attended the University of Cape Town. Married to an Italian sweetheart, they had three children. She was a member of the prestigious Afrikaans Writers Guild. Her interests include portrait painting, sculpture, opera and languages. She holds a 3rd dan karate black belt.