Media must be diligent about its independence - Ton Vosloo

2018-10-15 11:21

"The biggest lesson for journalists today is that you have to be diligent about your independence – also the media bosses, must have the conviction to stand up against injustice," says former Naspers chair Ton Vosloo.

Nasty Women Talk Back: Political correctness is dead

2018-10-14 06:00

Political correctness is dead. There is a new lease on life for those little donald trumps to make America great again, or, one could say, "white, heteronormative and male" again.

BOOK REVIEW: Learn to speak body language

2018-10-11 06:00

Our limbic system works faster than our powers of rational thought. And while some people may have a natural gift for reading body language, anyone can learn to do so, says Ian Mann.

Poacher: 'I didn't know I was being taken for a fool'

2018-10-10 05:00

When Shuhood began diving for abalone, in his early twenties, he had no idea what he was getting into. An Afrikaans man named Johan walked over one morning and asked Shuhood if he knew how to swim.

Book extract: The assassination of Dr Asvat

2018-10-07 23:25

An explosive new book by award-winning foreign correspondent Fred Bridgland reinvestigates the Mandela United Football Club’s reign of terror. This edited extract offers new information about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s role in the murder of Dr Asvat.

30 years on, why 'The Satanic Verses' remains so controversial

2018-10-01 13:54

Since the publication of The Satanic Verses, Rushdie has argued that religious texts should be open to challenge. This view, however, clashes with the view of those for whom the Quran is the literal word of God.

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Truth, Lies and Alibis:  Fred Bridgland retraces Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's story. (Tafelberg Publishers)

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8 questions to Kimon de Greef, author of Poacher

2018-10-10 12:18

Poacher is an unprecedented inside view of South Africa’s illicit abalone trade, a lawless underwater treasure hunt for a marine snail prized as a delicacy in China. Author Kimon de Greef answers our questions.

Truth, Lies and Alibis: 'The truth is rarely pure and never simple'

2018-10-08 15:51

The motive of this book was to try to tease out the buried, hidden facts, after I had stumbled in this case – and in my reporting elsewhere – on stories in which the truth, to quote Oscar Wilde, was rarely pure and never simple.

BOOK REVIEW: Make management simple, not simplistic

2018-10-04 06:30

If you are a senior manager or executive and you read only one book this year as part of your professional development, this should be the book, says Ian Mann.

The price of the All Blacks' culture of winning at all costs

2018-09-30 07:00

There is one damaging consequence of New Zealand’s obsession with winning at rugby. At times, some of their leading players have gone too far in pursuit of their Holy Grail. Victory.

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BOOK REVIEW: Five ways to turn businesses around for good

2018-09-27 06:01

There's a particular tool that must be the most underutilised but most promising method executives can use to achieve their strategic goals, says Ian Mann.

What the driver saw at the Gupta compound

2018-09-19 10:39

Security guard and driver John Maseko watched the car enter through the steel double gate that opens onto Saxonwold Drive. A man stepped out, walked up the half-moon stairs to a colonnaded portico and disappeared inside.

Across Boundaries: Does Naspers still have a soul?

2018-09-07 08:30

The question of Naspers's 'soul', and 'the cause' Nasionale Pers had to advance, fixes one's attention again on the evolution the Pers underwent in the 1970s and 1980s in terms of its political orientation and relationship with the National Party.

The Last Words of Rowan du Preez: Murder and Conspiracy on the Cape Flats

2018-09-06 12:32

It was when I first heard Raoul Barnardo tell this story that I knew that I had to write about the death of Rowan du Preez, and the trial of Angy Peter, writes Simone Haysom.

Getting to the bottom of what happened on Bird Island

2018-09-10 07:05

When The Lost Boys of Bird Island hit shelves in August it dug up a painful part of South Africa's history barely hidden under the past 23 years' efforts to restore the dignity of its people.

Minnie would have charged Pauw with 'sloppy journalism'

2018-09-07 09:25

I stand by the book on the basis of having personally spoken to dozens of people prior to – and following – its publication. Since the book hit the shelves I have received leads and emails daily from people with personal knowledge of the events described.

Mark Minnie: A sloppy, negligent and careless policeman

2018-09-06 10:32

Why did Minnie wait 30 years before publishing his allegations? As a result, there will be no justice for the boys because the alleged paedophiles – with exception of the elderly Barend du Plessis – are dead, asks Jacques Pauw.

Swapo Captive: Tortured to admit we were Boer spies

2018-08-22 11:18

The pit was five metres deep and five by six metres across, its mouth covered with wooden logs and sand. I was terrified by this unforeseen predicament.

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