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Principles to protect African journalism

If we don't want unethical behaviour to infect African journalism, we should urge media houses to embrace the AMI Principles, says Guy Berger.

One final honk

The 200th edition of Converse is also its last: a swansong timed to coincide with South Africa's National Press Freedom Day.

Getting to the heart of free speech

What do the following have in common: A cartoon about rape, a song about killing boers, and a photo mash-up of teachers and gay bodybuilders.

Pluralism is a bigger priority than press ownership

There's renewed focus on newspaper ownership by the ANC, even as they're becoming less hardline about the Media Appeals Tribunal and the Secrecy Bill.

You can’t fix public broadcasting with flawed law-making

Imagine a forum on agriculture without the farmers present. The same logic applies to a bunch of people discussing a new law for the SABC.

Healing journalism, one beat at a time

Wouldn't it be grand if health journalism became the healthiest trend-setter for the whole family of journalism?

Surmounting deadlock over the state of South African media freedom

National Press Freedom Day on October 19 is a fitting anniversary to take stock of threats to South African journalism.

Losing Mandela, but winning a second liberation

Many people don't want to talk about it. Newspapers have been hammered for featuring an artist's musings on it.

Tribunal seems like an easy ANC victory, but here’s the lie

Faced with mega-messes in education and joblessness, the ANC conference this week thought it could make easy headway with regard to media freedom.

To fix SABC, break it up

It's a re-run: rather than only reporting on South Africa, the SABC is itself once again a news story. And for all the wrong reasons.

How the ANC can break the press impasse

The ANC's control-oriented steps have unleashed an even greater cacophony. So where to from here for the ruling party?

Press freedom: From daylight to nightmare?

Pinch me, somebody! Are the unprecedented protests by newspaper editors unnecessary hysteria? Is the press watchdog crying wolf?

I was a Weekly Mail mole

<b>Guy Berger</b> is now a professor of journalism. Part of his early training for the job was a mission for <i>The Weekly Mail</i>.

Four lessons on the media tribunal

Everyone, each ANC tendency included, needs a space where news that is officially out-of-favour is free to try its luck within the arena of public opinion.

Should journalism education conquer the world?

We all stand to benefit from direct and ongoing exposure to journalism education -- and not least about the reporting of Africa.

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Scores die in Western Cape’s deadly taxi tit-for-tat

Forty-three people were shot dead in the first six months of this year in the Western Cape’s intractable taxi violence, while close to 100 have been arrested and 40 are on court rolls in connection with the conflict

Ingonyama Trust Board moves to retrench staff

More than 50 workers at the Ingonyama Trust Board have been issued section 189 notices

Solar stuck where sun don’t shine: State spends R289m to store solar water heaters

The national solar water heater programme is set to take off once again this year, but meanwhile the government is spending millions on storing heaters that have yet to be installed

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Debt management amid Covid-19 and beyond

This webinar on Debt Management, sponsored by Debt Rescue, had its experts share a practical approach to debt management amid this crisis and beyond

NSTF-South32 Awards

All of the awards are made for outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa

The benefits of being a GEMS member

The scheme offers comprehensive and affordable healthcare options to all public service employees and greater access to better healthcare

The evolution of South Africa’s savings culture

A common misconception is that you need a lot of money to start saving, but this is simply not true – you can start with R50

Tobacco producers welcome new research confirming that cigarette ban has failed

Every day that goes by shows the importance of getting rid of this ban and going back to producing and selling cigarettes as we were before

Cost increases sharing of cigarettes

Many people are questioning whether the ban on tobacco in South Africa is not in fact having the opposite effect of that intended

How to tell if you have a hidden contact centre in your business

The important thing to remember is that a contact centre is defined less by the physical space it occupies and more by the customer experience it delivers

Accessing health and justice in a time of Covid-19

The similarities between the HIV epidemic and the Covid-19 pandemic are hard to ignore – the most obvious is the level of premature deaths caused by both

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