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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

To Come Back from Qunu

I do not have a background in the struggle. Unlike the many people who over the past week shared their stories of their personal interactions with Nelson Mandela during the struggle, my only brief meeting with Mandela was as a journalist for the Afrikaans newspaper Die Burger, which he visited despite the editor, Ebbe Dommisse’s

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Some of my best friends are braaiers

I have always felt uncomfortable with the idea of a ‘National Braai Day’ in South Africa, and the accompanying media bombardment of feel-good messages, advertisements for meat and beer and chat shows where braai (BBQ) recipes are...

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Criminal Media

The South African Afrikaans-language newspaper Beeld has historically been regarded as the more liberal cousin of its more conservative Cape Town-based sister paper Die Burger and Volksblad operating out of Bloemfontein. It has in recent years however...

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

This man is Afrikaans

The waiter at the breakfast table here in Bulawayo starts speaking Afrikaans to me, before I even open my mouth to let my accent betray me. He had worked in Cape Town before, where he learned the...

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Actual questions from a South African journalist

“Mandela was a terrorist, yet he became an hero and international icon. Do you think the media and the way they portrayed him had something to do with this?… Why would the media choose to see the...

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Flavor of the Month

With the World Cup around the corner reports about South Africa are coming a regular feature in the British media. Even the South Africa fast-food chicken chain Nando’s gets some love in The Observer today. The same...

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