A new thriller, Cry of the Rocks, by Pixie Emslie takes place on a platinum mine.
What kind of bravery is needed to enter the bowels of the earth, and to do so again day after day, when life could be snuffed out in a moment? Cry of the Rocks by Pixie Emslie is a thriller about the world of deep rock mining.
The mystique of mining has always fascinated people, and mining is also big business, which can attract dangerous players. The book’s issues and dangers take readers into the depths of a fictional mine named Nkuti, a modern deep-rock platinum mine in post-apartheid South Africa. A mysterious man threatens the miners into sabotaging the mine, while also carrying out two kidnappings. The story involves murder, international conspiracy and trapped miners awaiting rescue.
This powerful novel encompasses the loves and lives of people working the fictional mine, as well as the politics of mining, and the efforts to rescue the miners before it’s too late.
Pixie Emslie (nee Malherbe) grew up in the Eastern Cape attending school in Lusikisiki and East London where she matriculated at Clarendon Girls High.
She obtained a BA degree from Natal University in Durban and later, a Higher Diploma in Communication from Wits.
Pixie’s began her journalism career on The Daily News in Durban before heading off to London, UK. There she worked on women’s magazines, as Assistant Editor of titles such as Beauty Plus and 101 Easy Ways to Slim. She returned to South Africa and worked as reporter on The Star in Johannesburg.
From newspapers she entered the world of corporate communication, first with what was then General Mining, then doing various stints at advertising agencies, at Wits University as Head of Employee Communication, at M&M Publications (where she met and married Robin Emslie), and became editor of a household guide, Soweto Today as well as working on various motoring magazines. She then joined Eskom as Head of Internal Communication to some 55 000 employees.
In 1990 Pixie started her own communication consultancy with several large corporates among her clients. These included mining giant BHP Billiton, with Ingwe Coal, Samancor, Impala Platinum and others.
Pixie was National President of the SA Association of Industrial Editors. She became the first South African President of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and has been a speaker at several IABC world conferences.
She received the Chairman’s Award In Toronto for her services in starting IABC in Southern Africa, and was given their highest accolade in 2009 when she was made an Honorary Life Fellow of IABC in San Francisco.