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’No flags were harmed in the making of this ad‘

10 May 2024 — Let's move on. We have a country to fix.

Thoughts on the Ukraine and Israel conflicts

16 October 2023 — War is not a football match. War is a very rational act. The object of war is to win.

The back story to the Russian 'coup'

25 June 2023 — …it ended with a whimper rather than a bang. Wagner fighters agreed to halt their advance and return to their base in exchange for a guarantee of their safety.

The Saudi-Iran deal — 10 things you need to know

10 March 2023 — China, Saudi Arabia, and Iran issued a joint communique announcing normalising of diplomatic relations between the Saudis and the Iranians. This is huge.

A 10 point history of nuclear arms treaties between the US and Russia

1 March 2023 — Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow was suspending participation in a treaty with the United States limits their numbers of strategic nuclear warheads.

Ten things you need to know about Nigeria's upcoming elections

23 February 2023 — Nigeria goes to the polls this weekend. Here are ten things you need to know about the issues facing Africa’s most populous country:

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Democracy Unplugged : Jonathan Witt, Kanthan Pillay and Phumlani Majozi.

 

5 April 2024

In the latest edition of Democracy Unplugged, three arch-capitalists get together to discuss the South African economy, social class, global influences, politics and job creation. Dr. Jonathan Witt, who is outspoken on social media about many issues; media man Kanthan Pillay, founder of The Capitalist Party and Phumlani Majozi, social commentator and author of Lessons From Past Heroes agree and disagree on many of the most controversial issues of the moment.

What I wrote on this day...

Can Jacob Zuma get a fair trial?

23 June 2020

Good journalism comes down to three simple things: accuracy, objectivity, fairness.

The first two are easy. Accuracy? Get the facts right. Objectivity? Don’t take sides. Almost everyone understands these.

Fairness is a more difficult concept for most people to grasp. Example: Sit down to watch a soccer match where the ref makes a call against the team you are supporting; chances are your standard for fairness goes right out of the window.

Here’s my simple take on fairness in journalism: Don’t bring in information unrelated to the facts at hand.

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My favourite writings

Angels in desolation

'In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty,' Phil Ochs once said ...

DAWN was breaking over the magnificent desolation of the Karoo landscape as cats eyes flung themselves...

The butterfly that stamped

This is the 9th month of the year 1999. There are 99 days to go to the last year of this century. Do you feel a sense of destiny?

A BUTTERFLY flapped his wings in East Timor, setting up...

Death of a friend

Living in South Africa has a numbing effect on a human being. One soon becomes almost unaware of the daily cycle of violence, destruction, and death. Reports of children being...

Jo'burg, the place of miracles

How we deal with death is as important as how we deal with life...

Picture a modern-day Rip van Winkle, rising from slumber in the area north of Pretoria. He walks down the...

Happy birthday Mr Morris

"It was the worst of times, it was the best of times; it was the age of foolishness, it was the age of wisdom; it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the epoch of belief; it was the...

Lamenting the loss of innocence

If you knew that a rose would scream, would you still pluck it?

CHILD ABUSE is one of my psychological buttons. I suppose my reaction to someone who is accused of doing any...