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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.
    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
    Bond: ‘We’re always in danger, boetie’
    Bond: ‘We’re always in danger, boetie’
    It was a dark night in September and a heavyset man in a two-tone shirt approached me.
    The inauguration of the end of the world (as we know it)
    The inauguration of the end of the world (as we know it)
    THE FIFTH COLUMN
    ​Parenting 101 as presented by the sugar-rush kids
    ​Parenting 101 as presented by the sugar-rush kids
    THE FIFTH COLUMNWhen a family member asked me to look after her kids for a day, I jumped at the opportunity. I had been wondering whether I...
    Q&A with a fake news writer
    Q&A with a fake news writer
    THE FIFTH COLUMN
    Prezzes Zuma and Trump, I’m rigging out of wedlock
    Prezzes Zuma and Trump, I’m rigging out of wedlock
    THE FIFTH COLUMN
    The Snap, Crackle and Pop defence of Tim Noakes
    The Snap, Crackle and Pop defence of Tim Noakes
    Now that the Health Professions Council of South Africa has wrongly issued a guilty verdict against Professor Tim Noakes on a case built on...
    Happiness is … a rubber Zuma stress ball
    Happiness is … a rubber Zuma stress ball
    THE FIFTH COLUMN
    Watching the Hlaudi show may be the best job on the planet
    Watching the Hlaudi show may be the best job on the planet
    THE FIFTH COLUMN