ISSUE #104

How to combat ‘media capture’


The age-old debate between the relative value of theory and practice is finally broken

Africa improves in wealth creation but not opportunity


Africa's large youth population presents many complex and important strategic challenges and solutions

The Future of America: What to Expect in mid-term US Elections on 6 November


Will Jamal Kashoggi’s brutal murder bring change to Saudi Arabia?


Jamal Kashoggi’s disappearance will not silence us

So this is democracy? A report on media freedom in Southern Africa


Highly contested environment and prevalence of fake news

Shifting the needle on economic growth


We need to raise a generation of men who do not rape, abuse or kill women


Women are under siege in South Africa

#DepressionIsReal is not only for the privileged


A hashtag cannot relay the experiences of 17 million people living with mental illnesses

A Need for Racial Reform in Academia in South Africa


A Response to the Call for African Renaissance

First Drum Woman Editor-in-Chief: Media shy Liz Khumalo


From secretary to Sis Dolly to newsroom leader

Trevor Noah and quantum mechanics: Two contradictory things can still be true


A strong lesson a polarized world

The silent scourge of campuses


Seeking help early is one of the main messages of our student counselling

The House of Tshatshu: Power, politics and chiefs north-west of the Great Kei River


A story of conquest, dispossession and un-naming

“I thought he would end up killing me”


Middle class black women from Soweto speak out about intimate partner violence

The ‘old boys club’ and glass ceilings for women in the SA news media


Sexist and patriarchal structures continue to hold women back

In sickness and in mental health


My grandparents’ love story did not end when my grandmother fell ill

Book Extract: Reversing Urban Inequality in Johannesburg


Where is “fanatical capitalism” taking us?

We bid farewell to theatre legend Winston Ntshona


South African theatre icon was a legend in his field

ISSUE #104

Welcome to the December edition of The Journalist


This is the last edition for 2020. Our next edition will be in January 2021.

In this edition we highlight three important issues that were newsworthy in this month - the Presidential Elections in the USA, the announcement by the SABC that it was embarking on a programme of mass retrenchment and the ongoing campaigns against violence perpetrated on women and children.

We therefore have contributions that challenge the idea that the US is some kind of gold standard of democracy and instead show that the USA is at best a very flawed democracy and in no place to lecture Africans about democracy. We feature an article which, instead of downsizing, calls on us to debate the importance of the SABC as both a vehicle and a register of democracy in South Africa.

We also spotlight an investigate journalist’s allegations about police killings in Cato Manor in KZN which have been the subject of conflicting reports in the media since 2011. He calls for a judicial enquiry into these matters.

As befits November’s activism against Violence on Women and Children we spotlight an article which calls on us to swop a brand of toxic masculinity for a different kind of masculinity. In this regard our Arts section features the musician, Kadaf, who takes stand against male violence and patriarchy.

The Craft section features Glenda Daniel’s book, Power and Loss, which highlights the extent to which job losses in the media have occurred leading to the decimation of newsrooms.

Our Book Review section features a review of Patric Tariq Mellet’s The Lie of 1652, which debunks many of the colonial myths about 1652 - the apparent first meeting between Europeans and South African indigenous people – designed to justify the dispossession and exploitation which followed.


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