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Govan Whittles

Govan Whittles

Govan Whittles is a general news and political multimedia journalist at the Mail & Guardian. Born in King William's Town in the Eastern Cape, he cut his teeth as a radio journalist at Primedia Broadcasting. He produced two documentaries and one short film for the Walter Sisulu University, and enjoys writing about grassroots issues, national politics, identity, heritage and hip-hop culture.
‘We’re going to change the Jo'burg skyline’
‘We’re going to change the Jo'burg skyline’
The City of Johannesburg is due to unveil a plan to “transform the inner city”, partnering with private developers to build mixed-income...
Zweli Mkhize: Push for unity to dismantle slates
Zweli Mkhize: Push for unity to dismantle slates
ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize is pushing for the party’s branches to...
Taxi industry ‘running on empty’
Taxi industry ‘running on empty’
Surrounded by taxi drivers on the streets of Pretoria, taxi owner Siyabonga Mpungose is as grim as he is angry. “I don’t see any future in this...
A family’s unspoken curse
A family’s unspoken curse
Family reunions are as rare as chicken teeth, as my aunties would say. But every time we connect, I look at my cousins and wonder who among us will...
Finally, the SACP takes on the ANC
Finally, the SACP takes on the ANC
Amid reports that the ANC and its tripartite alliance partners will hold another crisis meeting at the end of the month in an attempt to salvage...
New SRCs shift political goalposts
New SRCs shift political goalposts
South Africa’s largest student movement since the fall of apartheid, #FeesMustFall, is being held back by the shifting priorities of changing...
Sons and daughters of the soil seek to claim the land that shaped them
Sons and daughters of the soil seek to claim the land that shaped them
There are plans to build a memorial to honour the 44 men who died during the unprotected strike that culminated in the Marikana massacre. But...
Parliament asked to probe Mokonyane about mine’s water-use licence for wetland
Parliament asked to probe Mokonyane about mine’s water-use licence for wetland
Nature conservationists in Mpumalanga have turned to Parliament in their attempt to preserve 14 300 hectares of wetland known for its birdlife,...
DA: ConCourt to settle funding impasse
DA: ConCourt to settle funding impasse
A Western Cape high court judgement compelling the disclosure of political party donors has no bearing on the parliamentary committee investigating...
Poor Mozambicans accuse Sasol of bleeding them
Poor Mozambicans accuse Sasol of bleeding them
Petrochemical giant Sasol should be forced to pay the Mozambican government more money for gas and stop selling it to itself at grossly reduced...
Mining industry on alert over violence on the platinum belt
Mining industry on alert over violence on the platinum belt
The recent spate of killings on North West province’s platinum belt mirrors the murders that happened before the Marikana massacre in August...
Challenge to NEC decision on KZN
Challenge to NEC decision on KZN
A top ANC leader has challenged the party’s national officials, including President Jacob Zuma, about their backing of a high court appeal by its...