Iqbal Survé: SA media’s Walter Mitty who got R900m from State pensioners

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It’s becoming a challenge finding new superlatives for retired journalist Ed Herbst. He continues to churn out article after article, moulding in-depth research with a distinct writing style, that’s on point. Herbst shows why, especially in the field of journalism, you just can’t buy experience.

His latest submission looks at the life and times of Iqbal Survé, the man heading up the Independent Newspaper Group, and how he’s using a R900m loan (of state pensioner money) for his own personal gain. It really is remarkable and puts the case of Alide Dasnois into perspective. Another must read. – Stuart Lowman

By Ed Herbst*

" When The Man arrived he and his entourage made a rock star’s entrance, with thumping music, and then we watched a supposedly visionary video about the “new” Independent, before he took the stage and the microphone.

    And then he told us, with eyes ablaze and Those Teeth – the ones cartoonists love to give emphasis, not that they need any – about how he and Madiba had been Like This, and how “(Mandela) said to me, just before he got ill, ‘Iqbal, are you still the same?’ I said to him, ‘Tata, I am still the same.’ He said, ‘Now I can go.’”

Tony Jackman, ‘When Iqbal met Charlie’, Daily Maverick, 30/6/2016

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