Monthly Archives: June 2013

Mandela’s notes

While the current news cycle fixates on a dying old man, it is good to be reminded of what Nelson Mandela did for us. Some of those reminders are in the objects he left behind. One of these artifacts I … Continue reading

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Death by a thousand panics

Every day Nelson Mandela dies a score of times in our newsroom. He is killed off when a reader phones in to say they have just heard … Twitter, that Ted Bundy of social media, has killed off the former … Continue reading

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When the day nearly came

In our newsroom it is called Operation M. Now Operation M is bit like the US president’s football, that emergency satchel that contains the codes and authorisation for a nuclear attack. What Operation M is is the paper’s plan for … Continue reading

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This is CSI Africa!

Jasper* doesn’t know the faces of the men he hunts; he recognises them from the soles of their shoes. He gathers shoe prints left in the dust, like other men collect stamps, or rare coins. There is a whole database … Continue reading

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Bigfoot versus the rhino

This is Part 2 of the expose we did on rhino poaching on the border of Mozambique and South Africa. Johannesburg – The man with the big feet would leave his flip-flops at the fence. Barefooted he’d slip across the … Continue reading

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The town that thrives on rhino horn

I know it has been a while, but I guess it is time to fire up them blogs again. So let me start by posting some articles of a series I wrote for The Star newspaper. Some of you might … Continue reading

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