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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.
Faction-riven and bleeding, NUM turns on itself
Faction-riven and bleeding, NUM turns on itself
A bitter feud between rival groups in the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will come to a head at its elective conference next month, when...
Land hunger spreads across Cape
Land hunger spreads across Cape
Squares of red and white tape wrapped around four wooden pegs dot the once-vacant field between Parkwood and the M5 highway in Cape Town. Men and...
Ramaphosa yields to wage concerns
Ramaphosa yields to wage concerns
President Cyril Ramaphosa this week reassured ANC alliance partner Cosatu that talks about the national minimum wage would be reopened and agreed...
DD must tell Putin the deal’s off
DD must tell Putin the deal’s off
South African Deputy President David Mabuza’s trip to Russia this week was not only to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries...
Mbeki’s African dream comes full circle
Mbeki’s African dream comes full circle
Former president Thabo Mbeki could soon be back to finish what he started if the international relations department has its way and brings him on...
BLF wants the ANC’s pro-Zuma votes for 2019
BLF wants the ANC’s pro-Zuma votes for 2019
Two years after its formation, Black First Land First (BLF) has 100 000 members and plans to catapult itself into the National Assembly after the...
Thousands march on Parly to condemn ‘Israeli apartheid’
Thousands march on Parly to condemn ‘Israeli apartheid’
Nearly two thousand people marched to Parliament in Cape Town calling on the South African government to downgrade its Israeli embassy to a liaison...
Unions take on ‘unsafe’ mining sector
Unions take on ‘unsafe’ mining sector
Two earthquakes preceded the deaths of seven mineworkers at Sibanye Stillwater’s mine in Westonaria, the company said this week. The mineral...
Masualle to reshuffle Eastern Cape PEC but tensions remain
Masualle to reshuffle Eastern Cape PEC but tensions remain
Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle this week finally yielded to pressure to reshuffle his provincial executive committee (PEC) after being...
Whistleblower fingers North West leaders in ‘farm scam’
Whistleblower fingers North West leaders in ‘farm scam’
A company that secured contracts worth hundreds of millions of rands from the North West government was allegedly a conduit to funnel funds, farms...
Cyril to Supra: Step down or be fired
Cyril to Supra: Step down or be fired
In a last-ditch bid to save the embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo the embarrassment of being recalled, President Cyril Ramaphosa met...
Saftu opens the door to Cosatu’s Western Cape leader
Saftu opens the door to Cosatu’s Western Cape leader
Cosatu’s Western Cape secretary, Tony Ehrenreich, has informally met...