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).

If you gaze into the abyss . . .

20 December 2012

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Our beloved first president who, 50 years ago on 16 December 1961, became the founding leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe is a prime example of this maxim.

For my part, I have been very clear about the distinction in my mind. When one deliberately targets unarmed civilians whether using the might of the state or attempting to overthrow that state, it is an act of terror.

Would you buy a used platinum mine?

23 January 2013

Last week, Anglo American Platinum announced that it planned to stop production at four of its shafts in Rustenburg (which could result in the loss of 14 000 jobs), and to sell a mine considered unsustainable.

The backlash that followed from our ruling party was impressive. The ANC said Amplats wanted to divert its business from South Africa and send the country's mining industry "to the dogs".

Toss a coin . . . and a cripple walks!

6 February 2013

A guy comes up to my car window with a large garbage bag tied around his neck. He pauses and looks entreatingly in my direction. He then moves his hand to his mouth presumably to indicate hunger (although in Italy, the same expression generally translates to "what the f… are you doing?"). He then clasps his hands together and does a half-hearted curtsy.

Is there some kind of begging school somewhere that teaches guys this stuff?