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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.
    And God said: ‘Go braai, hang or whatever’
    And God said: ‘Go braai, hang or whatever’
    The lawyer’s office was filled to the brim with eight billion people — the entire population of the world — waiting breathlessly to...
    History’s sex scandals that never were
    History’s sex scandals that never were
    Mary and Joseph’s ‘roll in the hay’
    Free-rein special for our friends
    Free-rein special for our friends
    Dear Sir or Madam, welcome to the fair state of South Africa. We received your diploma and I am pleased to inform you that you qualify for premium...
    Useful tips to cleanse Parliament
    Useful tips to cleanse Parliament
    THE FIFTH COLUMN
    In praise of the sexless unicorn
    In praise of the sexless unicorn
    Women’s Month is a great time for us men to reconsider how we conduct ourselves. For dick-swinging Neanderthals to take up less space on trains...
    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...