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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.
    Wake up to what woke is
    Wake up to what woke is
    A question you’re probably asking yourself is: What does it mean to be “woke”? And what are people referring to when they say it’s time to...
    The sacred versus the profane
    The sacred versus the profane
    If you have just tuned in, welcome. We’re live at a bout for the ages as the World takes on the Catholic Church once more and, my God, is the...
    The Lille city that could
    The Lille city that could
    As I write this, Cape Town has run out of mayors for a full nine days. It’s odd, yes, and also unprecedented — by all indications the first...
    Thank you for vaping
    Thank you for vaping
    Of all vapers, devotees with large handsets interest me the most.
    ‘Now arriving: Mama Winnie Airport’
    ‘Now arriving: Mama Winnie Airport’
    “All members in favour of renaming Cape Town International Airport to Project Runway, say aye,” the leader of the renaming committee said.
    Zuck and I: Facebook friends forever
    Zuck and I: Facebook friends forever
    Yes, it finally happened: the whole world ditched Facebook and it’s just me and Mark Zuckerberg left.
    Earth Hour and a life in ruins
    Earth Hour and a life in ruins
    My Life in Ruins (SABC3, 7pm); The Bank Job (e.TV, 8pm); The Voice (M-Net, 8pm). These are the shows you’ll miss,...
    Ham, polony and the whole bang(er) shoot
    Ham, polony and the whole bang(er) shoot
    “Has anyone noticed Polony acting strange of late?” asks Lettuce.
    How to fill an a-hole's budget hole
    How to fill an a-hole's budget hole
    The thing about budget holes is that they’re easy to spot.
    The state of the nation’s pressers
    The state of the nation’s pressers
    THE FIFTH COLUMN
    Talk around a Cape Town water cooler
    Talk around a Cape Town water cooler
    Accounting was the furthest from the water cooler, and this was a problem. Conrad from accounting turned the corner from his office and spotted...
    An H&M mannequin speaks
    An H&M mannequin speaks
    It was horrendous, as you can imagine. A wave of red overalls — a veritable sea — came rushing down the aisles frothing, fuming,...