I'm looking at a photograph of the front page of a South African passport.
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).
The whole idea of communism, given shape by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in the 19th century, was the theory that all property is owned by the community as a whole and that each person would contribute and receive according to his or her ability and needs.
I gave my six-year-old daughter an iPad as a birthday present in May. It quickly became an addiction to the extent that I have now drastically curtailed her unsupervised use of the device.
Avoid clichés like the plague, I've told would-be journalists over the years. Our media are riddled with them – clichés, not plagues, although some of us no doubt find the media to be a plague. (Hi Schabir!)
There was scattered debris on the tarmac at New Germany Road, Reservoir Hills, in Durban on Saturday afternoon when I arrived for a funeral at the Clare Estate Crematorium.
It was 11 August 1984. US President Ronald Reagan, running for re-election, was standing by to deliver his weekly radio address on National Public Radio.
For almost his entire life, including when he bathed, my grandfather wore a thin hand-crafted gold chain around his neck. At the end of the chain is a pendant with a classic image of Ganesha.
If you're in the southern hemisphere at this time of year and have the opportunity to look up into the sky to the east just before dawn, you should be able to see the constellation Virgo just above the horizon.
La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid – revenge is a dish best served cold.
On 15 July 2010, journalist Brian Krebs reported on his cybersecurity blog that researchers had discovered a sophisticated new strain of malicious software – what most of us would refer to as a virus.