Category Archives: stories behind the news

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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RIP Alf Kumalo

Veteran photographer Alf Kumalo died today. He died in his sleep, aged 82. Alf was a warm, good man. This is a blog post I wrote a year ago about Alf and one of this great friends. The press always … Continue reading

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When you know the dead

It is not often that the dead I report on I know. But the 30-year-old police constable who lay dead beneath the medic’s space blanket, last night I knew. He was a communications officer and in the past I phoned … Continue reading

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The Sandmen of Kya Sands

Their battle honours stretch back over a century, but on this night the Rand Light Infantry were on a different mission. Rioting had broken out in the informal settlement of Kya Sands to the north west of Johannesburg. Foreigners had … Continue reading

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Death by media

“Maybe the hippo has gone to the big pool in the sky,” I said to photographer Alon Skuy. “Ja, he hasn’t taken a breath in a while,” Alon replied. It was meant to be a joke but Solly the hippo … Continue reading

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Recognition for a brave man

Siyanda walked to the podium and accepted a medal on behalf of a man he hardly knew. The medal was for bravery and it was for Siyanda’s father Looksmart Ngudle. Siyanda was a small boy when his father disappeared. As … Continue reading

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A little crime scene humour, or humor to my American friends

Spotted at a crime scene, on the bumper of a South African Police Service’s forensics vehicle.

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More pictures from the Dawid Kruiper funeral

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Some more pics snapped on my Blackberry from my time up in the Northern Cape province covering the Dawid Kruiper funeral. Enjoy.          

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Hope lies broken in desert sand

This is an op ed piece I wrote on the San Bushmen. I met Jan van der Westhuizen who sees a world filled with spirits and believes if we return to nature we will become a better people. It is nice to know there are still people like that around. … Continue reading

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Even the famous chimps led sad lives.

When Nikki was rescued by the Jane Goodall Institute, he was found dressed like a little boy. He had on a gold watch, was wearing denim shorts, and carrying a suitcase with a change of clothes.   The chimpanzee was … Continue reading

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