ISSUE #105

Abantu Book Festival: The future is female


Black women media pioneers take their place at the book festival

Man of Letters and a Champion of Books


Tribute to Flaxman Qoopane (July 23, 1955 - November 22, 2017)

Steyn Statue at UFS falls in 2018


African communication academics gather in Ghana


Foundation for continent wide media and academic platform

HHP death puts customary marriages under spotlight


Here comes the handing over of the bride

Saleem Badat: on black professors, deracialisation and transformation


Bold programmes to facilitate development of black academics are long overdue

Research on African Digital Cultures: are children’s voices missing?


The young generation must not be left behind

Journalism tops list of “most dangerous” professions in the world


Women might be more at risk of threats to their safety

Book Extract: Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation


A first-hand account of the #FeesMustFall movement

Book Extract: Turning And Turning


How many bullets will it take to kill us all


A poem for Steve Biko, Imam Haron and Farouk Asvat

Black man you are not on your own


We need to talk about depression – it’s not a white disease

Investigative journalism in a dystopian present


Collaboration rather than competition is the lifeblood of the craft

The miseducation of “Y”: Why the Gender Summit is critical


The time is now for an inclusive dialogue

Abantu Book Festival: Tales of the hunt from the lion’s perspective


The Journalist and ACTIVATE! will stream the action

Crime on the rise in Free State’s Matjhabeng Municipality


Years of negligence must be undone to solve the crime problem in the region

Trump, Democrats prepare for trench warfare after 2018 Mid-term election


President will now have a check on his dictatorial tendencies

African community media’s survival depends on going digital


Platforms are at the coalface of change

ISSUE #105

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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