ANC wrings benefits from absence of SABC board
Sometimes it is the smaller things that tell you the most. Sometimes you understand what is happening in this country not by the big national picture, but in the commonplace
Between the powerless and the mob: the uses of woke and cancel culture
There can be few phrases more abused – and weaponized – than “woke” and “cancel culture”.
Reward whistleblowers and investigative reporters for uncovering corruption
A few recent news stories deserve to be highlighted, in case people missed them or their significance.
Jacob Zuma targets professionals doing their jobs
Court reporters get information and documents from both sides of any case they are covering, routinely.
Why government’s attitude to the media has shifted
The recent attack on Salman Rushdie revived a piece I published a decade ago about the author’s aborted visit to South African in the week when the fatwa against him
Some gains, but much lost in switch to digital news
I had cause this week to look back at an old South African newspaper from the 1970s, when newspapers were at their financial peak. I was struck by the wide