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 August edition of The Journalist


August has a particular significance in the life of South Africa. It is the month in which we honour the women who marched against the extension of Pass Laws to African women in 1956. And it is also the month of darkest event of our democracy – the Marikana massacre of 2016.

We therefore have contributions which reflect on both the triumphs and the challenges facing women today as well as the spotlighting the ongoing struggles for social justice as the Covid 19 pandemic exposes our inequalities.

Some of these are original pieces and some are from new networks of community journalists who delve into events that the media mainstream fails to engage.

In addition to spotlighting Women’s Month the August edition has a great collection of articles, including on the arts, on our pioneer journalists and a longer academic feature on student struggles in the campaign to end outsourcing.


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