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P.J. Haasbroek
Biographical info

Pieter Jacobus (PJ) Haasbroek was born on 30 June 1943 in Pretoria. In 1954, the family moved to the Petrusburg district where his father had bought a farm. In 1961 he matriculated at the local high school. He started his BA Degree at the University of the Free State in 1963, where he majored in Political Science and Economics. After this, he also completed an Honours Degree in Economics.

In 1967 he started working at the Planning Department and completed his MA Degree in 1968. Also in 1968, PJ was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Zululand. He was awarded his Doctorate in 1984 at the University of Pretoria.

In 1984 he was appointed as professor in Economics at the same university, where he worked until 1987.

In 1988 he became a group economist at Barloworld, where he worked until his retirement in 2004.

His first volume of short stories, Heupvuur, was published in 1974 and in 1975 it was awarded the Eugne Marais Prize. His other volumes of short stories are Roofvis (1975), Skrikbewind (1976) and Verby die vlakte (1982).

He also published a novella (Die jaar nul) and two youth books (Op soek na die Johanna and Die pad na Maputzi). Die ander vennoot, published in 2009 by Human & Rousseau, is his third novel.

Did you know?

  • He paints as a hobby and the covers of his first three books are based on his paintings.

Books still in print

Kruispunt, Human & Rousseau (2010)
Die ander vennoot
, Human & Rousseau (2009)


Eugne Marais Prize (1975) Heupvuur

List of published works

Prose: short stories
1974 Heupvuur, Human & Rousseau
1975 Roofvis, Human & Rousseau
1976 Skrikbewind, Human & Rousseau
1982 Verby die vlakte, Human & Rousseau
1988 Voornagvlug: 'n keur uit die verhale van PJ Haasbroek, Human & Rousseau
2010 Kruispunt, Human & Rousseau

Prose: novella
1986 Die jaar nul, HAUM-Literr

Prose: novels
1993 Lem, Human & Rousseau
2001 Oemkontoe van die nasie, Protea Boekhuis
2009 Die ander vennoot, Human & Rousseau

Prose: youth books
1977 Op soek na die Johanna, De Jager-HAUM
1980 Die pad na Maputzi, De Jager-HAUM

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