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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.
    Me, myself and my DVD Nazi
    Me, myself and my DVD Nazi
    I joined a new DVD store. They’re called VideoRite, they claim to be“your link to the stars” and they only rent out DVDs.
    Celebrate! It’s in the bag
    Celebrate! It’s in the bag
    A while ago, I wrote a radio spot for a leading retailer to promote a celebration sale they have each year. The idea was to stage an everyday...
    This is why ‘Catbook’ won’t work
    This is why ‘Catbook’ won’t work
    Last week the chief executive of The New York Times, Mark Thompson, urged Facebook to consider removing news from the site and...
    Urinals – target the urinals!
    Urinals – target the urinals!
    Dear Mavericks
    Chasing birds is a dog’s life
    Chasing birds is a dog’s life
    I’ll be flying to Jo’burg from Cape Town for the first time in a while, leaving a drenched city with level 6B water restrictions for a parched...
    A note from Igor, the lonely goalie
    A note from Igor, the lonely goalie
    Hello friends! This is note from Igor, your goalie. I’m just writing to say hi, we haven’t spoken for maybe forever.
    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.