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The Andrew Murray Prize Fund hereby announces the winners of its 2021 prizes and awards.

PRIZES

1 ANDREW MURRAY PRIZE FOR THEOLOGICAL PUBLICATIONS IN AFRIKAANS

Malcolm de Roubaix’s book, Hoop, heling en harmonie. Dink nuut oor siekte en genesing (Hope, healing and harmony. Thinking anew about illness and healing), published by Penguin Books, is die winner of the Andrew Murray Prize 2021. The adjudicators write: “In this exceptionally interesting book the writer challenges his readers to see and solve the medical and health issues of our day in a radically holistic way. For De Roubaix this means challenges about the meaning of life and everything that is life, but always within the holistic, specifically interdisciplinary, context of theology and science. The most significant statement for the optimal understanding of the text is surely De Roubaix’s conviction that there’s no “ultimate” answer to the “deeper” meaning of pain, illness, and suffering. The writer is also convinced that illness is in the first place a very personal experience which effects a person existentially as it radically influences one’s interaction with the world. An exhaustive interreligious perspective leads involuntarily to the insight that there is not much difference – philosophically – in how a responsible Christian, Muslim, Buddhist or Jew, each in their own context, will approach illness. Hope, healing, and harmony are especially Christian and theological “markers” and therefore so relevant.”

The adjudicators were prof Wentzel van Huyssteen, prof Fanie Snyman and dr Ronell Bezuidenhout. The Andrew Murray Prize consists of prize money of R25 000.

2 ANDREW MURRAY-DESMOND TUTU PRIZE FOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN PUBLICATIONS IN AN OFFICIAL SOUTH AFRICAN LANGUAGE

Hykie Berg’s book, Ultimate Survivor, published by Lux Verbi, is the winner of the Andrew Murray-Desmond Tutu Prize 2021. Die adjudicators write: ”Berg tells in an unassuming way of his struggle with drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling and low self-esteem. It is a personal testimony of faith, reads easily and has a clear overall structure. What unfolds is the impact growing up in a dysfunctional family can have in one’s later years. Both the complex realities of dependency and the role of faith are authentically presented. Berg is not “preaching” to his readers but tells his story honestly, thoroughly, and chronologically, and wants through that to help others to overcome their own dependency issues. To do so he draws on the same twelve steps of recovery which he used in his life. While the twelve steps themselves are not new, the way they are introduced in the book is. The interweaving of the twelve steps and the author’s autobiographical story is extremely well executed.

The adjudicators were prof Marius Nel, dr Nina Müller-Van Velden and mr Heindrich Wyngaard. The Andrew Murray-Desmond Tutu Prize consists of prize money of R25 000.

3 DESMOND TUTU-GERRIT BRAND PRIZE FOR DEBUT PUBLICATIONS

Die verlore seun vannie Gaatjie (The lost boy of the Gaatjie) by Ivor Swartz, published by Lux Verbi, is winner of the Desmond Tutu-Gerrit Brand Prize for debuted writing. The adjudicators write: “What a wonderful testimony! This is a book to read in one sitting; a book that flows and reads easily. Ivor’s story is raw and engaging, the emotions authentic with humour sometimes shining through. He is hurt and he hurts and ends up in jail. Then he shares excellently how the realization dawns that he

cannot be satisfied with his life as it is. When he gets a second chance, he embraces it wholeheartedly. The book is timeous since it tells a life story coming out of the poorest and roughest parts of society. It tells the story from below and is a simple story well told. Swartz quotes Dostojefski saying the mystery of human existence is locked up in finding something to live for instead of only surviving. While this may sound like a generalization at the end of a lesser book, it here is a striking message after the reader has been allowed into the young Swartz’s frightening story of survival in the most unsafe parts of Grabouw.”

The adjudicators were ms Jana Marx, mr Le Roux Schoeman and ms Jacobie M Helena Visser. The Desmond Tutu-Gerrit Brand Prize consists of prize money of R15 000.

— Photos of the winners of above-mentioned prizes with the covers of their books are attached, along with the prize logos.

AWARDS

1 ANDREW MURRAY-FAK AWARD FOR CHRISTIAN MUSIC

Jan de Wet, beloved Afrikaans singer of songs in different genres, receives the Andrew Murray-FAK Award for 2021.

2 CLF-ELISE TEMPELHOFF AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CARE

Acknowledging his great contribution to stimulate theological discussion and develop a Christian position on ecology within the ecumenical church in South Africa, David Botha, URC minister, receives the CLF-Elise Tempelhoff Award for Environmental Care for 2021.

3 JAAP DURAND-DENISE ACKERMANN AWARD FOR UNITY, RECONCILIATION AND JUSTICE

Two well-known South Africans recently deceased, Mary Ann Plaatjies-van Huffel and Danny Titus, are jointly posthumously awarded with the Jaap Durand-Denise Ackermann Award for their special contribution to unity, reconciliation, and justice in the church and in our country.

Because of uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 pandemic the prize giving ceremony does not as usual take place in May, but hopefully in September in Wellington.

FRITS GAUM
Chairperson: Andrew Murray Prize Fund

April 2021    

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