Hans Mackenzie Main

Writer/Columnist at Mail & Guardian

How to (kind of) make it as a M&G columnist

There will be rejection in the form of no replies, which will haunt you for days. Keep going.

And the award goes to …

At the awards ceremony the billboard idea wins a grand prix prize, which is the most important prize to win.

On the road to forgiveness

Forgiveness is a lofty ideal, I find. The old recommendation to forgive and forget has always sounded to me like a bucket-list item

Let’s hear it for silence

I have a fantasy in which a salesperson knocks on my door. I open the door and they open their briefcase presenting me with silence.

Courageous thoughts on heroism

'Moving into middle age, I’m at odds with the idea of a hero, of heroism'

List of good leaders is receding

'I think it’s safe to say the world is experiencing a leadership crisis'

The pros of Myself (Pty) Ltd

"I’ve been using a company name and have played with the idea of talking to clients about “us here at the office”... but I’ve realised it’s just me. "

World Cup’s his and hers moment

'The revolution has spilled onto the screen'

You’ve got (sincere) mail

Emails from clients and colleagues by far outnumber those from friends and family

The book lover’s fallback

'Perhaps the best thing about joining the library is the deadline for finishing a book'

To have a dad like Raymond Ackerman

'Most days, however, looking at it from my side of the fence, the idea of a parent company is somewhat jaded'

An evening routine unsullied

By the time Game of Thrones is scheduled to air on Showmax, I’m asleep. That’s just the way I roll and no amount of suspense is going to change it.

Press Releases

Dr Sumy Thomas: Deciphering the human puzzle, from the inside out

The Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award recipient for 2020 will focus on internal medicine, particularly the endocrine system of patients affected by HIV

Touching lives through innovation

Africa has a high youth population that adapts to technology quickly, and this phenomenon is something which should be taken advantage of

Festive Reading

In The Whistleblowers, Mandy Wiener talks to a wide range of the people who have revealed corruption and malfeasance in government and business

Centre for Women & Gender Studies

The CWGS aims to resuscitate the histories of African women from all walks of life in an intellectual cleansing/ukuhlambulula of her story

Greening the Future

The awards are a way of encouraging progress and celebrating those who wake up every day and work to make this country a better more sustainable place

Failing to learn the lessons? The impact of Covid-19 on a Broken and Unequal Education System

If the president was serious about fixing basic education, he would appoint his most competent minister with a powerful mandate to start fixing it

National Science and Technology Forum

It's an independent SETI platform, an essential element of an active democracy and an important part of the collaboration process needed in SETI

Milestones over the NSTF’s 25-year history

The organisation celebrates its Silver Jubilee as an established player in the NSI and as promoter and influencer of SET and innovation in South Africa