Tag Archives: Nelson Mandela

A week’s long walk to see Madiba one last time

It has been a hard emotional week, chasing one of the biggest stories in the history of our country. Days of little sleep, mammoth queues, and a sense of comradre we are unlikely to experience again.   I hope these … Continue reading

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When it finally came.

The dreaded day has come and now we muddle through the week. Nelson Mandela died almost quietly, there were no days of panic, or media scrambling on the basis of rumours. Instead it was only during his last hours that … Continue reading

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The other Sharpeville

Something is not right with this picture. Sharpeville Township lies to the south of Johannesburg. But this photograph I snapped is in Durban Deep, to the west of the City of Gold. The bearing is all wrong To understand this … 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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Mandela’s notes

Writing those first drafts of history is a cliché lumped on us journalists. But this here is a real first draft of history. Nelson Mandela’s scrawl, notes jotted in an exercise book. A speech imperfect in its scratched out words, … 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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Mandela’s lost interview.

With all things Mandela today, with the world celebrating the icon’s 94th birthday, here is a recently discovered article that was written about him. Journalist Peter Hazelhurst interviewed Mandela in May 1961 while the leader was in hiding. It was … Continue reading

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