ISSUE #119

Covid 19: South African entry wins WHO Innovation Award

A modicum of balance must be brought to the sense of helplessness and nihilism becoming entrenched in society

Covid 19 victims are disproportionately black and brown

‘Race’ and class are big inequalities worldwide, which Covid 19 is exposing

Covid 19: Understanding the Politics of Disease and the Disease of Politics

The key is mobilisation even under the shadow of the pandemic

The plight of the Basotho under lockdown in South Africa

…better to die at home than in other people’s country where their families will not even get to see their bodies…

Virus: all that is solid melts into air

Pandemic in context of permanent crisis of neo-liberal capitalism

Network gives voice to communities resisting exploitation by mining companies

Tunatazama - We are watching

Historian Masilela dies in Thailand

He built a powerful intellectual family tree


The Nigerian press, the public sphere and sustainable development: Engaging the post amnesty deal in the Niger Delta

Poet who made black “cool” in Britain wins 2020 Pen Pinter Prize

Linton Kwesi Johnson gave poetry back to the people

Poet who made black “cool” in Britain wins 2020 Pen Pinter Prize

The world is dancing to South Africa’s Jerusalema

Master KG’s hit a feel-good song for all!

Cyclone in Indian village stirs memories on tip of Africa

Reflections of a Habshi Yemeni Kokni Batavian African

Hometown Glory

Tapping into the artistic soul and depth of Emnambithi

ISSUE #119

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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