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February 11 1990: Mandela’s media conquest

Nelson Mandela’s release from prison was also South Africa’s first ‘media event’. And, despite the NP’s, and the SABC’s, attempt to control the narrative, the force of Madiba’s personality meant that he emerged as a celebrity

Exposed: SA’s iconic pics plundered

Our photographic heritage is being stolen by pirates peddling ‘pictures of pictures’

Casting history to his own Drum beat

Jürgen Schadeberg’s images form a vital part of our archive but, like a photo, what his memoir reveals is selective

We mourn a friend and fighter as Zuma jols in Nigeria

Photographer, filmmaker and activist Peter McKenzie — 'who wielded his camera the way other people use petrol bombs or saxophones' — has died

​Thandi Klaasen: Defying tragedy to do it her way

From being a starlet in Sophiatown through to a disfiguring assault, Thandi Klaasen’s capacity for resilience meant she just kept on singing.

Remembering Nat Nakasa

Nat Nakasa, who died in 1965, was one of those who were ground down by the alienation of exile. A friend recalls the time.

Five good reads on Nat Nakasa

As the body of South African anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa makes its way home, we remember him in five pieces of writing.

Correction: Drum to apologise to Bonang Matheba

The press ombud has instructed "Drum" magazine to apologise to Top Billing presenter Bonang Matheba.

Iconic Drum turns 60

Cover pages of SA's iconic <em>Drum</em> magazine evoke a 1950s black fashion and jazz culture which perished when apartheid forces razed Sophiatown.

Stripped naked, our racist past is ugly

<i>British Magnum</i> photographer Ian Berry's odyssey in South Africa is charted in an exhibition at the Liverpool International Slavery Museum.

Days that shook the world

Sunday is the 50th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre. Humphrey Tyler was the only reporter there when the police opened fire.

Restoring the Indian experience

In an edited extract from his new book, <i>The Indian in Drum</i>, Riason Naidoo shares his journey to find a nuanced picture of Indian identity.

A long struggle for copyright

FOUR black-and-white images of Nelson Mandela in his autobiography are at the centre of the row between Jim Bailey and a former Drum photographer.

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Q&A Sessions: ‘My north star is the patient’

Rhulani Nhlaniki is Pfizer’s cluster lead for sub-Saharan Africa. As Pfizer starts phase III of the clinical trial of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate, he tells Malaikah Bophela that if it is successful, the company will ensure the vaccine will be available to everyone who needs it

Murder of anti-mining activist emboldens KZN community

Mam’Ntshangase was described as a fierce critic of mining and ambassador for land rights.

Hawks swoop down with more arrests in R1.4-billion corruption blitz

The spate of arrests for corruption continues apace in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

Press Releases

Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

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