Black Beach tells the story of Daniel Janse van Rensburg's experiences behind bars at Black Beach and published by Penguin Random House South Africa.

Family man, entrepreneur and lover of the outdoors, Daniel Janse van Rensburg has worked as a business consultant in Africa since the 1990’s.
He grew up in Zimbabwe and Namibia and gaduated in Windhoek after attending school there. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, he set up a successful car hire business in his early career then later, as an experienced director of operations skilled in sales, negotiation, planning & operations management, he expanded his horizons to conduct contract work in other parts of Africa. 

He is passionate about all things African and being fluent in English, Afrikaans, German, Portuguese made it easy to work in other countries where English was not the first language. Growing up, his father, who was an accomplished bush pilot fostered Daniel’s love of aviation and taught him to be resilient, flexible and to always have faith that everything would work out in the end.

Daniel’s background in business and growing up on the African continent stood him in good stead when in 2012 while finalising a deal with a local politician in Equatorial Guinea, he was summarily arrested and illegally detained for 491 days at one of Africa’s most brutal prisons.

Shortly after his release in 2015, Daniel initiated legal proceedings against the playboy vice-president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodorin Nguema Obiang over his illegal detention in Malabo, Bioko island, Equatorial Guinea. The case was successfully concluded with the judge ruling in Daniel’s favour in 2022 and awarding him damages to the tune of R39.8million.

In 2019, he began writing about the experience and his book “Black Beach” was published in 2022 by Penguin Random House South Africa. His story is an explosive exposé on corruption and abuse of power at the highest levels of government in the oil rich nation of Equatorial Guinea.

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