One of the most important journalistic lessons I learnt was at the feet of former editor, trainer and activist Mathatha Tsedu, who warned of the danger of using facts to distort the real story.
When news broke that President Jacob Zuma had fathered a child with a woman who wasn’t one of his wives, those around him defended him by saying he had not committed a crime.
In the popular soapie Generations, she is everyone’s favourite villain who would do anything to save her own skin, including committing murder.
I bumped into a former colleague the other day and I was dumbfounded by how idle chat about how he was doing very soon degenerated into how badly things had deteriorated at our former workplace.
I miss Steve Biko. I don’t know what he would have said had he been around or what political party he would be with.
For some South Africans, ours is a nation ever on the precipice. They can hardly find anything of value to say about it. These people exasperate FirstRand Bank founder Paul Harris.
There is a school of thought that says the South African government has a vested interest in keeping the majority in the same material position as they have always been.
Thabang Skwambane’s vision for what he wanted to do with his life, and for his nation and continent, was very clear when he decided to give up his life as an investment banker in London eight years ago. But despite that moment of clarity, he could not have foreseen how it would all pan out.
It’s not often that I am stung by criticism of what I write. I tell aspirant journalists and columnists that they must never take things personally.
Linda Twala calls himself a son of Alexandra, the township north of Joburg. If he liked, he could as well call himself its groom, chief town crier and local Samaritan.
The controversy around Khanyi Dhlomo’s loan has a lot more to do with the fascination and sometimes sheer jealousy that many harbour towards the wealthy.
It was inevitable that in the wake of the killing of the 34 mine workers near the Lonmin Marikana platinum mine by South African Police Service members, there would be comparisons with other state-led mass killings.
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Tuesday. I’m catching up on some reading after a week of higher learning. A pretty damned fine gig. Hanging around Wits, learning shit from cats not much older than my offspring, Small James and Big James.
The silence is about protecting white male privilege, which is under scrutiny in South Africa’s university system.
The ANC has lost moral authority. The public, even its voting public, no longer believes the party will do the right thing.