Kristin Palitza

Getting away with murder

My husband recently got a traffic fine of R1 500 for driving through a red traffic light. (Of course he insists it was dark orange!) Now, we all know that the law is the law and we have to take responsibility for our errors … but R1 500 is a bit steep, I think. Especially when compared…

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The cut-throat method

In an attempt to rein in critical media, the government has embarked on a new trend: the withdrawal of advertising, an important avenue of income for most media. If we don’t like what you write, we’ll suspend some badly needed cash. Within the past few months, at least three South African newspapers have found themselves…

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Give us a break, Snuki!

The SABC celebrated itself, and only itself, at the 11th SABC Highway Africa new-media awards last Tuesday night in Grahamstown. It used the one-hour-long awards ceremony to promote shamelessly its new News International service and brag about its apparent excellence and professionalism in journalism. The mere fact that the SABC found it necessary to abuse…

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Media beware!

It doesn’t look too grand for media freedom in South Africa. I recently surfed the net on the search for some facts on how well we’re doing in growing our child, the new democracy with all its newly won freedoms, into a healthy teenager (now that we’re 13). What I found was a blow: according…

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Crossing a line

It’s that time of the year again — floor-crossing season. Well, that time, every two years, actually, when MPs are — for reasons still elusive to me — allowed to throw out of the window their commitment to their political party (some say their honour) and happily join ranks with those who were their political…

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