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).

It’s ages since I last licked a stamp!

18 July 2012

Apartheid made some things easier for those of us who were disenfranchised, and one of those things was the choice of careers.

To be a player in the intellectual economy, one either became a doctor or a lawyer or a teacher.

Not surprisingly, a number of people who became stalwarts of the struggle came from those professions as did our most celebrated citizen whose birthday it is today.

Yes, a week is a long time in politics

1 August 2012

Citizens of the United States of America go to the polls on Tuesday, 6 November 2012. For those of us who live in the real world, it's not necessarily obvious how that simple fact can impact on events in far-flung corners of the globe.

Case in point, you might not have heard about the Iron Dome. This is a mobile all-weather air defence system designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 to 70 km away.

It has proven to be highly effective since being deployed some 15 months ago.

Malema case is cause for trepidation

26 September 2012

Last week, a newspaper broke a story that expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema would soon be arrested.

City Press reported that the warrant was issued on Friday morning and that Malema was due to appear in a Pretoria or Polokwane court this week on charges of money laundering, corruption, and fraud,

City Press said the matter related to his Ratanang Family Trust and its shareholding in On-Point Engineering – a company that had made millions from Limpopo government tenders.