ISSUE #45

John Knox Bokwe


A short man with tall deeds

Writing News Stories: Six Honest Serving Men


Master the Basics

Women of Marikana: Remembering Aug 2012


Women's Month Focus

Visiting the birth place of Saul Msane


Strengthening the connections with our past

Reporting on road safety


Journalists called on to apply for fellowship

Sophia Foster: The Lady is a Vamp


Five decades in entertainment

Opinion – Media 24 Apartheid Apology Incomplete


Khulumani Support Group calls for reparations fund for victims

Together We Write Together We Rise


Women in Africa are dancing at airports but they never get inside

ISSUE #45

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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