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Khadija Patel

Khadija Patel

Khadija Patel pushes words on street corners. She is the editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian, a co-founder of the The Daily Vox and vice chairperson of the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI). As a journalist she has produced work for Sky News, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Quartz, City Press and the Daily Maverick, among others. She is also a research associate at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Witwatersrand) and has previously worked in community media. In 2017, she was among 11 people from across Africa and the diaspora who were awarded the inaugural Africa #NoFilter fellowship from the Ford Foundation and in 2018, she was awarded honorary membership of the Golden Key Society. She is passionate about the protection and enhancement of global media as a public good. 
Slice of life: A gathering to say farewell
Slice of life: A gathering to say farewell
The garage door stood open, an awning over the heads of the women squeezed inside. In the driveway, brothers, cousins and friends stood talking,...
Denel wants to sell arms to Egypt
Denel wants to sell arms to Egypt
Nearly 2 000 people were arrested in Egypt this week. Their crime? Daring to protest against the country’s military government. The act of...
What we do is important. Trust us
What we do is important. Trust us
This week, a grade seven scholar visited me with a notebook and 10 questions. She was completing an assignment and had decided to focus on “women...
Now FNB probes Mkhwebane
Now FNB probes Mkhwebane
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has come under intense scrutiny following a series of controversial findings. Judges have been scathing in...
Report dims Cyril’s halo
Report dims Cyril’s halo
‘In the end you will fall prey to the perverse logic of those dictating the direction of politics through their control of the purse strings,”...
Mo Sa-la-la-la-lah reduces Islamophobia
Mo Sa-la-la-la-lah reduces Islamophobia
In April 2015, Liverpool fan Stephen Dodd became famous — internet famous. He posted a photo on Twitter of two men praying during the...
North West opts to keep ANC in power
North West opts to keep ANC in power
Weeks after Jacob Zuma’s recall from the presidency, North West was at a standstill. Thousands of protesters took to the streets, shutting a...
ANC: From Everyman to Faust
ANC: From Everyman to Faust
Jacob Zuma sold himself to South Africans as Everyman, that allegorical character that could so easily be you. With his lilting laugh and easy...
Silence surrounds SA doc in Syria
Silence surrounds SA doc in Syria
It has been several weeks since Fatima Ganchi has heard from her son, Firoze. She usually receives a call from him at least once a month. But there...
The world according to Dr Survé
The world according to Dr Survé
Seated in a plush leather armchair in his office in the silo district of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, Iqbal Survé is more reticent than his...
'You watch this space!’ — Ramaphosa
'You watch this space!’ — Ramaphosa
Hope, optimism, resilience and progress — that was the message of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address on Thursday. He...
EFF seizes on divisions in the ANC
EFF seizes on divisions in the ANC
It was described as more of a State of the Nation address than a budget speech.