Aakash Bramdeo is a former colleague from e.tv news who moved on to the SABC before being offered the editorship of Post in Durban — which was the newspaper which published my first story back in 1980. Before accepting the job, Aakash picked my brain as to what he could do to make the paper relevant to a wider readership. "Get a columnist who reflects the audience you're trying to attract," I said.

Shortly after accepting the position of editor, Aakash called me and asked, "when can you start?"

"View from the Top" ran in Post every week from 1 May 2011 to 9 April 2014 (which coincided with Aakash's departure from Post to edit the Sunday Tribune).

So what’s it take to be a dragon-slayer?

4 September 2013

“Journalists acquire special status in our society on account of the Constitutional right to exchange information and the right to freedom of expression and the right to publish.

“However, if they could bypass the unlawful acquisition of information by saying that the information they published was not from the tainted source, but information that was confirmed by persons other than the tainted source, one would in effect be allowing journalists to taint society as a whole, for it is to society that journalists must be answerable.”