ISSUE #120

Working Class Day of Action


Call for better living and working conditions

Women’s Month: Memory over Forgetting and Gender based Violence


The system of cheap labour on the mines contributed to toxic masculinity and female dependence

John Nkadimeng and the Cuban Boy from the Cape


The young man from Salt River who joined Fidel’s revolutionary forces

Online Gender-Based Violence doesn’t hurt any less


Breaking down the dignity of women and girls in the digital era

eKhanana residents are tilling for freedom


Looking for food sovereignty in the promised land

Preserving Lovedale Press, a historical compass


Support needed to contribute to this rich archive and legacy

Leading Ladies in the Media


Growth in number of black women in leadership positions in the media industry

On Hodan Naleyah’s brave legacy, and what it means be Somali


My time at the Journalist


An insightful journey of discovery

Womxn’s Month: To celebrate or not to celebrate?


Marking the month with prayer and action

We need to act now for the sake of our children


The WHO –UNICEF-Lancet Commission’s clarion call for us to think how we advocate for the rights of children and the young

Solidarity During the ‘Outsourcing Must Fall’ Campaign: The Role of Different Players in Ending Outsourcing at South African Universities


The Crown


A short story set in the time of the pandemic

Tsitsi Dangarembga and writing about pain and loss in Zimbabwe


Writing a pain body and also reading such a body are acts of resistance and triumph

PODCAST: Women in Society


On episode 24, Thabang explores this: "Can society win and thrive if it keeps on restricting Women?"

ISSUE #120

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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