Phillip De Wet

Die Wêreld in dire straits

Staff at Afrikaans Sunday newspaper <i>Die Wêreld</i> have not been paid their salaries for May and unless a white knight is found, the paper will not be published this Sunday. <i>Die Wêreld</i> published its first issue in mid-April and has been moving towards being a fairly traditional tabloid.

Sasani nears deal completion

Movie company Sasani could announce a final deal to dispose of its remaining assets within a week to ten days, closing the book on its short existence as a JSE-listed one-stop-shop for the film industry.

SAA out to pitch?

The massive South African Airways (SAA) advertising account is likely to come up for tender some time this year and - if rumours hold true - incumbent HerdBuoys McCann-Erickson may find the going tough. The SAA account is one of the largest and most prestigious in the country. Pitching for it has been a close-run thing in the past.

“Gag” legislation — empty threat or big stick?

Threatened legislation meant to discourage whistle-blowing or to punish those who release information that causes public panic is unlikely to pass muster, lawyers say. But the media has reason to be afraid of the shoot-the-messenger thinking behind the concept.

Failure’s Lessons

What does the demise of <i>ThisDay</i> tell us about the daily newspaper model in South Africa? Phillip de Wet analyses the reasons behind his former employer's downfall and asks whether the remaining crop are comparatively healthy.

Govt mag: propaganda or public service?

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) hopes to appoint an editor for a planned bi-monthly magazine by the end of May and could be distributing around a million magazines by September. The as-yet unnamed magazine will aim to "disseminate information about economic opportunities to those who need to improve their lives".

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