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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.
    ’Tis time for Steinhoff cutbacks
    ’Tis time for Steinhoff cutbacks
    THE FIFTH COLUMN
    The dark side of bitcoin
    The dark side of bitcoin
    Let’s get down to brass tacks. The bits of coin lying around the house are not bitcoin. So, what exactly is bitcoin? Few people know. Is bitcoin...
    How to publish a fees report
    How to publish a fees report
    Dear Fees Commission,
    Another Guptastic escape
    Another Guptastic escape
    My placard had the letters F-B-I written small in the bottom-right corner so as to not arouse suspicion. The agents sniffed me out instantly...
    A movie exec walks into a bar ...
    A movie exec walks into a bar ...
    A movie exec walks into a bar and joins an ex-sitcom star and a president. “Pussy Riot,” he says, ogling the performers on stage. “Great...
    Chairs to you, new regional chair
    Chairs to you, new regional chair
    Congratulations to the newly elected Eastern Cape ANC conference regional chairperson. We trust that you will lead from the front, with a chair...
    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,...