Althaf Suleman & Vanessa Govender
Lotus FM's sports journo, Althaf Suleman & Vanessa Govender at the launch

PHOTOS: Book launch of Vanessa Govender’s book in Durban

Govender was hosted by Rakhi Beekrum at the Ballito branch of Bargain Books at the official Durban launch of her explosive memoir, ‘Beaten but not Broken.’

Althaf Suleman & Vanessa Govender
Lotus FM’s sports journo, Althaf Suleman & Vanessa Govender at the launch

Vanessa Govender shot to fame as one of the first female Indian television news reporters in South Africa.

Govender shocked the South African and international community with her tell-all memoir, ‘Beaten But Not Broken’ published by Jacana Media.

In Beaten But Not Broken, she opens up about her deepest secret – one that so nearly ended her career in broadcast journalism before it had barely kicked off.

She was a rookie reporter at the SABC in 1999. He was a popular radio disc jockey at a radio station catering to nearly half a million Indian people across South Africa. They were the perfect pair, or so it seemed.

Behind the scenes the bruising punches, the cracking slaps, and the relentless episodes filled with beatings, kicking and strangling were as ferocious as the emotional and verbal abuse he hurled at her.

Here are the pictures from the launch at Ballito last night, 27 September 2018.


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Source: Vanessa Govender Facebook


Vanessa Govender is a an award-winning television news journalist. She started her journalism career as a radio news reporter and news reader at the SABC, before she was recruited to join eTV’s Prime Time News team in Johannesburg. Vanessa is now a full-time mom and the author of the children’s book The Selfish Shongololo.

Beaten But Not Broken is available at major book stores and on Amazon. 

ISBN 978-1-4314-2679-9 
GENRE Memoir 
FORMAT Trade Paperback 
SIZE 235x155mm 
EXTENT 206pp
RIGHTS World Rights
RELEASE August 2018

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