ISSUE #109

Book Review: The List is a page turner


This `novel’ has a special place of honour

Sophia Yilma Deressa


Journalist, activist and politician

Our habits are destroying the environment


From sunscreen to plastic to e-waste, we need to be more conscious

The South African Communications Association partners with The Journalist


Establishing networks and rewriting history

The Making of the ‘White Karoo’


Where genocides of the indigenous and their violent subjugation are absent

From business to terrorism, the double edged sword of digital communication


African regulators work together to harmonise the regulation of creative content

Striking the media gender balance


Huge strides have been made over the decades – but we’ve yet to cover enough distance.

Ndinethembe: A young lady’s poetic journey of hope


Art exhibition: When Dust Settles


Weaving together memory and history

Bound to violence: toxic queer masculinities in South African films


Skoonheid and Inxeba broach previously suppressed discussions

Cents and Sensibility: Political parties funding secrets remain safe


Going into the voting station blindfolded

The South African Medical Research Council at 50


Overcoming the burden of history to becoming the patron of health research under democracy

Let us get this right – Women Are Not Rocks!


If you strike a woman she will bleed and die

ISSUE #109

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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