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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.
Life on a dumping site: Goudkoppies rebuilds after city of Jo'burg evicts thousands
Life on a dumping site: Goudkoppies rebuilds after city of Jo'burg evicts thousands
“We don’t live here because we like being dirty, it’s a place to work. If you can’t see, this is a factory. Even the recycling companies know...
Can fledgling Saftu unite the left?
Can fledgling Saftu unite the left?
With the newly formed South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) divided on whether to unite the country’s leftist organisations through a...
Nehawu: Don’t let Zuma address Cosatu’s May Day Rally
Nehawu: Don’t let Zuma address Cosatu’s May Day Rally
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has received a letter from one of its biggest affiliates asking that Deputy President Cyril...
​Gift of the Givers pressed for answers on Shiraaz Mohamed kidnapping
​Gift of the Givers pressed for answers on Shiraaz Mohamed kidnapping
The South African government can’t publicly take control of the search and rescue mission for photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed, who last week spent...
Calls for Cosatu leader’s head after Zuma bash
Calls for Cosatu leader’s head after Zuma bash
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini could face a motion of no confidence during the union federation’s central committee meeting for attending...
In the name of union game
In the name of union game
The founding congress of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) will go ahead on Friday April 21 despite legal threats of a rival...
Mantashe still tipped to be No 2, despite about-face
Mantashe still tipped to be No 2, despite about-face
Despite Gwede Mantashe’s U-turn on President Jacob Zuma’s unilateral Cabinet reshuffle two weeks ago — first outraged, then conciliatory...
Birthday cheers and jeers for Zuma in show of a divided nation
Birthday cheers and jeers for Zuma in show of a divided nation
The cracks in the tripartite alliance have been further laid bare by leaders from the ANC, South African Communist Party (SACP) and union federation Cosatu being largely absent from President Jacob Zuma’s birthday celebrations....
Christ and capitalism reconciled
Christ and capitalism reconciled
"People say money is the root of all evil but it’s not. How you use the money is what matters. You can have a lot of money and contribute to the...
Mbalula withdraws Ntlemeza’s bid to remain Hawks boss
Mbalula withdraws Ntlemeza’s bid to remain Hawks boss
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has withdrawn the appeal of a high court judgment setting aside the appointment of Berning Ntlemeza as head of the...
​Newly formed Saftu loses its first strike bid at Nedlac
​Newly formed Saftu loses its first strike bid at Nedlac
The newly established South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has lost its first application for a strike – a general stayaway sought at...
#ZuptaMustFall protest gets tense outside Gupta mansion in Saxonwold
#ZuptaMustFall protest gets tense outside Gupta mansion in Saxonwold
A heated confrontation between members of the Black First Land First (BLF) party and #ZumaMustFall protesters has been defused by police firing a...