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JS Smit

JS Smit

JS Smit is a Cape Town-based freelance writer. Formally trained as a copywriter, he took a break from ads in 2010 to write a blog for the Mail & Guardian's Thought Leader and since 2015 has written for the Mail & Guardian.
    ​Zuma and Trump: A tale of two bullshitters
    ​Zuma and Trump: A tale of two bullshitters
    THE FIFTH COLUMN
    Bond: ‘We’re always in danger, boetie’
    Bond: ‘We’re always in danger, boetie’
    It was a dark night in September and a heavyset man in a two-tone shirt approached me.
    The inauguration of the end of the world (as we know it)
    The inauguration of the end of the world (as we know it)
    THE FIFTH COLUMN
    ​Parenting 101 as presented by the sugar-rush kids
    ​Parenting 101 as presented by the sugar-rush kids
    THE FIFTH COLUMNWhen a family member asked me to look after her kids for a day, I jumped at the opportunity. I had been wondering whether I...
    Q&A with a fake news writer
    Q&A with a fake news writer
    THE FIFTH COLUMN
    Prezzes Zuma and Trump, I’m rigging out of wedlock
    Prezzes Zuma and Trump, I’m rigging out of wedlock
    THE FIFTH COLUMN
    The Snap, Crackle and Pop defence of Tim Noakes
    The Snap, Crackle and Pop defence of Tim Noakes
    Now that the Health Professions Council of South Africa has wrongly issued a guilty verdict against Professor Tim Noakes on a case built on...
    Happiness is … a rubber Zuma stress ball
    Happiness is … a rubber Zuma stress ball
    THE FIFTH COLUMN
    Watching the Hlaudi show may be the best job on the planet
    Watching the Hlaudi show may be the best job on the planet
    THE FIFTH COLUMN
    What to do about the alt-right that aren't all right?
    What to do about the alt-right that aren't all right?
    THE FIFTH COLUMN
    The G20 leaders could learn a thing or two from the rapidly rising marijuana movement
    The G20 leaders could learn a thing or two from the rapidly rising marijuana movement
    THE FIFTH COLUMNChina reportedly cleared the air above the city of Hangzhou to accommodate a successful ascent during this year’s G20...