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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.
    Bell Potty and the PR of childhood
    Bell Potty and the PR of childhood
    Three months ago, Bell Pottinger announced that it had decided to cease work for parents. We had worked for parents for just over two millennia,...
    There is no ‘I’ in open-plan office
    There is no ‘I’ in open-plan office
    On Friday a pigeon flew in the window without making prior arrangements. Linda, who works in the kitchen, threw her arms up as if praising the...
    If JZ used  WhatsApp voice notes...
    If JZ used WhatsApp voice notes...
    I have recorded two WhatsApp voice messages in my life, both of which prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that listening to my own voice brings up...
    Life in the Cape of closed hoses
    Life in the Cape of closed hoses
    Cape Town has hit level 4 water restrictions, which is the same as putting a city on a “critical” terror alert, only far worse.
    The Archbishop's new mural
    The Archbishop's new mural
    Dear Arts and Culture,
    A Workers’ Day for deadbeats
    A Workers’ Day for deadbeats
    I think it’s fair to say that President Jacob Zuma has given notice and is exhibiting all the characteristics of an employee seeing out his...
    Death by Windows updates
    Death by Windows updates
    THE FIFTH COLUMN“Please do not unplug or power off your machine,” the screen read, which I took as a threat minus the “or else” bit, so I...
    Shuffling to a standstill: A Caucasian's protest
    Shuffling to a standstill: A Caucasian's protest
    Last week, axed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan unashamedly called for mass mobilisation. Whether drunk or under the influence of a dagga, I’m...
    The last great colonialist says goodbye
    The last great colonialist says goodbye
    Helen Zille touches the tarmac of Cape Town International Airport with her toe as if to sense whether it is of colonial quality. Happy with the...
    Tell-tale signs that life’s a glitch
    Tell-tale signs that life’s a glitch
    Over dinner the other night my girlfriend and I had a lively discussion on Elon Musk’s theory — which she believed to ring true —...
    ​It’s dry, but you can’t drink it
    ​It’s dry, but you can’t drink it
    On a sharp turn leading on to a fast highway the sign makes a brief appearance flashing the words: “This course is irrigated by effluent water”...
    ​Zuma and Trump: A tale of two bullshitters
    ​Zuma and Trump: A tale of two bullshitters
    THE FIFTH COLUMN