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Ryland Fisher

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Ryland Fisher is former editor of the Cape Times and author of the book Race. This is his second book, following on Making the Media Work for You, which was published in 2002. He is executive chairperson of the Cape Town Festival, which he initiated while editor of the Cape Times in 1999 as part of the One City Many Cultures project. He received an international media award for this project in New York in October 2006.

His personal motto is "bringing people together", which was the theme of One City Many Cultures. It remains the theme of the Cape Town Festival and is the theme of Race. Ryland has worked in and with government, in the media for more than 25 years, in the corporate sector, in NGOs and in academia. Ultimately, however, he describes himself as "just a souped-up writer".

Through the haze of that race cloud

My biggest fear in entering the debate about Jimmy Manyi’s comments on coloured people is that I will be seen as a coloured person speaking…

Johnny Issel: What he meant to me

The first thing I did when I heard last Sunday that Johnny Issel had passed away was to listen to my vinyl of Bob Marley’s…

A birthday with strangers

I have just spent my 50th birthday with a group of strangers in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Well, most of them were strangers until two days ago,…

Wanted: MPs on Facebook

One of the big stories of the week, which did not get much coverage, was one that would have been funny if it was not…

Freedom still a distant dream

Now that the dust has settled on Freedom Day — April 27, the 16th anniversary of the first time all South Africans voted in a…

What’s in a proper noun?

Amid all the political and other chaos in South Africa last week, we missed a potentially very important story: and that involved the planned changes…

I’m ashamed to be part of the media

There have been times when I have been ashamed to be part of the media industry: this week was one of those. The role that…

Lessons from India

Before I went to India, I was warned that it could potentially have a life-changing impact on me. And it did. Days after I returned…