Woke up to the news that founding editor of the Sunday Independent, Shaun Johnson, had passed away and was momentarily incredulous. Born November 1959, he is just two years older than I am.
I have a flashback now to sitting across from him at his desk circa October 1999; he as Managing Director of Independent Newspapers Cape, I as Managing Editor of the Cape Times.
"Shaun," I said to him, "this is the third year I am drawing up budgets for the Cape Times, and this is the third year that I am asked to make cutbacks. When does it stop? When do we reinvest in journalism?"