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Filling the trough so the pigs can scoff

By Craig McKune As we sent this week’s front-page story — on how to rip off the government through state leasing — to the printers, a successful BEE property developer called us. “I just want to give you a bit of perspective,” he said, before reading out a list of state leases in commercial buildings:…

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No show from ANC

By Glenda Daniels Guess what? The ANC has not shown up for any of the Press Council review public hearings held so far this month. And yet, it is the ANC, more than any other organisation in the country, which is unhappy about the independent and critical South African press. Last year there was heated…

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The not so tender matter of tenders…

By Sally Evans Every day we are inundated with scandals relating to nepotism, tenders and corruption. And the media slogs away trying to expose those who — at the cost of development — are merrily filling their boots with cash and have just taken ownership of new BMWs. Tenderpreneurs — the mantra for jobs for…

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Unbecoming conduct and the ANCYL’s attacks on the media

By Nelly Shamase In the midst of Oprah discovering she had a sibling, the re-instatement of culpable homicide charges against former Bafana Bafana player Bryce Moon and the unveiling of Zanele Magwaza-Msibi’s new breakaway party; one story has managed to captivate me more than any other this week. And the winner is: the ANC Youth…

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Right2Know: There’s a fight to be fought

By Glenda Daniels This is my first blog. I will write about confessions of a non-blogger, non-tweeter, non-Facebooker, another time. For now, an exciting, nerve-wracking, tense, but maybe even adventurous year awaits us. There are confusing issues to digest regarding the democratic space of the media in 2011 after the traumatic flurry last year: journalists’…

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Taking the bull by the horns

By Nelly Shamase I’ve finally moved out of home. At the not-so-tender-age of 27, many would argue that it’s been a long time coming. Try telling that to my parents. When you’re the last born of seven children — and you’re a girl to boot — your parents are not as eager to let you…

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Journalists against the world

By Ilham Rawoot So what does a journalist do when he or she is being assaulted for doing their job (this is not a riddle)? This is what our photographer, Oupa Nkosi and I had to grapple with last week, when we had six angry people throwing rocks at Oupa and his camera. And what…

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The blunt truth about new circumcision device

By Ilham Rawoot Circumcision is a touchy business. And writing about it has proven to be even touchier, especially when nobody wants to talk about it. When the KwaZulu-Natal health department decided to go ahead with using the TaraKLamp (a device that strikes me as the penile equivalent of a nail clipper) to circumcise men…

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It’s not just the government that’s guilty of secrecy

By Ilham Rawoot While big things are happening on the media freedom front, it seems that some of the people on the inside of the SABC are the ones blocking the news themselves. This doesn’t make things any easier in a tense atmosphere where journalists still have to deal with difficult spokespeople who think that…

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Why won’t the NPA let me talk to Gerrie Nel?

By Adriaan Basson Since he and his team successfully prosecuted Jackie Selebi, the National Prosecuting Authority is refusing to grant me an interview with Advocate Gerrie Nel. Why? Nel and his team were the architects of Operation Bad Guys — one of the Scorpions’ final investigations that netted Selebi, Glenn Agliotti, Clinton Nassif and a…

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