Imagine if you discovered a plant that was so versatile that it grows just about anywhere, requires almost no maintenance, could be used for a huge range of products including incredibly strong rope, durable clothing and was also highly nutritious.
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).
UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whatever your feelings about her, was an extraordinary British woman.
She met with China's leader Deng Xiaoping in what was then known as Peking in late September 1982.
Dali Mpofu, advocate now turned politician in the cause of Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters, was in the YFM studios at Hyde Park on Monday night.
On 28 February, labour minister Mildred Oliphant published regulations made in terms of the Employment Equity Act for public comment.
Parys. It's difficult to think of another South African town that immediately evokes such a wide range of contemptuous hilarity. Except maybe Pofadder. Or Boksburg. Or Pietermaritzburg. But I digress…
After driving in more than a dozen countries around the world, I'm longing for the not-too distant future when cars that drive themselves will be a reality.
...the thought occurred to me as I navigated through Johannesburg traffic to the office this morning: what if this were to be my last column ever in this publication?
There are some 345 000 readers who browse through Post every week. Of these, about 24 000 people will read these 800 words every week. What would I say to you, dear reader, if I had this one final opportunity to leave you with a message?
It is simply this: We have more in common than that which divides us.