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SpeakZA: Bloggers for a Free Press

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Last week, shocking revelations concerning the activities of the ANC Youth League spokesperson, Nyiko Floyd Shivambu, came to the fore. According to a letter published in various news outlets, a complaint was laid by 19 political journalists with the Secretary General of the ANC, against Shivambu. This complaint letter detailed attempts by Shivambu to leak a dossier to certain journalists, purporting to expose the money laundering practices of Dumisani Lubisi, a journalist at the City Press. The letter also detailed the intimidation that followed when these journalists refused to publish these revelations.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the reprisals against journalists by Shivambu. His actions constitute a blatant attack on media freedom and a grave infringement on Constitutional rights. It is a disturbing step towards dictatorial rule in South Africa. We call on the ANC and the ANC Youth League to distance themselves from the actions of Shivambu. The media have, time and again, been a vital democratic safeguard by exposing the actions of individuals who have abused their positions of power for personal and political gain.

The press have played a vital role in the liberation struggle, operating under difficult and often dangerous conditions to document some of the most crucial moments in the struggle against apartheid. It is therefore distressing to note that certain people within the ruling party are willing to maliciously target journalists by invading their privacy and threatening their colleagues in a bid to silence them in their legitimate work.

We also note the breathtaking hubris displayed by Shivambu and the ANC Youth League President, Julius Malema, in their response to the letter of complaint. Shivambu and Malema clearly have no respect for the media and the rights afforded to the media by the Constitution of South Africa. Such a response serves only to reinforce the position that the motive for leaking the so-called dossier was not a legitimate concern, but an insolent effort to intimidate and bully a journalist who had exposed embarrassing information about the Youth League President.

We urge the ANC as a whole to reaffirm its commitment to media freedom and other Constitutional rights we enjoy as a country.


For Kevin Bloom’s story on The Daily Maverick yesterday about Sipho Hlongwane’s campaign, click here.


Another random fact of the week

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Nepal is one of the world’s least developed countries, according to the United Nations. If you’re interested, there are currently 49 least developed countries, the majority of them in Africa.

Since I still haven’t made it to Mozambique, or even Lesotho, Nepal is the first least developed country I’ve visited. Curiously enough, Zimbabwe isn’t on the list. Yet…?

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August 8, 2009 at 10.52

Election fervour, or not…

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Was rather disappointed not to be able to vote on Wednesday, owing to my ID book´s propensity not to be in the same country as its owner.  I´ll have to leave it to the rest of you lot to cast your ballots wisely this coming week. 

But after I took the M&G´s poll predictor, I realised perhaps it was a good thing that I couldn´t have my say. According to the test, I should be voting for the DA or the IFP. Quite a shock to discover what I believe I believe isn´t actually what I do believe. The only fact I´m proud of is that I didn´t agree with the FFP on any of their policies. But then, who does?

At least COPE was my third option. And since it´s a proudly South African tradition not to consider policy when chosing for whom to vote, I reckon I would´ve stuck by them, cognitive dissonance be damned! Who are you voting for on Wednesday? Or is it a secret?

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April 18, 2009 at 23.31

SA Blog Awards 2009

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It´s that time of year again when the SA Blog Awards roll around. And I´ve chosen *you*, my precious readers, for the honour of nominating me. 

I did come third in the Best South African Overseas Blog category in last year, and I´m looking to beat that. Admittedly, it was probably because I asked all my friends to nominate and then vote for me. But I see no reason why that strategy shouldn´t work again!

Here´s what you have to do:

1. Click on the orange widget on the right-hand side of my blog. 

2. The url for Trinny in Dubai will be filled in for the most relevant categories. But you can add to others or delete from the ones I´ve chosen, as you feel is appropriate. 

3. Here´s the catch: you have to nominate at least three different blogs, I suspect to discourage people from nominating only their friends. But don´t be discouraged. See below for my list of other SA blogs I recommend, and take a moment to check out and nominate a couple that pick your fancy*. 

4. Enter your email address and the security code and click on “submit” – it´s that easy. 

5. Just make sure you submit your nomination by March 14. 

SA Blogs I recommend, in no particular order. (I´ve linked them to their approximate categories, for ease of reference.)

Most Humorous South African Blog 
Lev David writes things…
Facebook friend Lev´s  wacky sense of humour.
Plan B
Varsity friend Bec´s inimitable take on life.

* Best Entertainment Blog
Miss N-tertainment
Journo friend Nadia Neophytou leading the Dubai lifestyle in Jozi. 

Best Overseas Blog
The Canadian Chronicles
Varsity friend Bean about adapting to life in Vancouver.
Journo friend SM on living in Bangalore.
The Great Call of China
School friend Tom on living in Beijing for a year. 

Best Personal Blog
Obscurvitory friend Rustum Kozain does writerly stuff.
Ravings of the housebound 
Cape Town friend Sue´s experience of living with, and beating (yay!) an AVM on her brain stem.
Rockin´the Botdom 
Journo friend Biobot shares what´s on his mind.

I won´t deny that all these people are my friends. But I will say that all my friends have to pass a strict writing-ability test before I upgrade them from the friendship probation period. The Trinny stamp of approval is only endorses genuine talent.

Otherwise, Thought Leader is always good for South African opinion. And you can check out Amatomu or Afrigator if you´d like to discover your own favourite South African (and African) blogs.

Of course, before I say goodnight, there´s always Mahendra´s Ties. Although it is now dormant (note: dormant, not extinct), it was updated last year, if sporadically, so technically you could still nominate it. That said, I think the authors are happy enough that their blog about the Raghunath´s sartorial vicissitudes cleaned up at the South African Mahendra´s Ties Blog Awards 2008. Perhaps we should leave the blog to rest on its laurels. Who knows, the Raghunath might even be encouraged to follow suit? 

But back to the point: thank you for reading to the (almost) end of this post and now: get nominating, please pretty readers 😉 

* Disclaimer: Since the mandate of the Blog Awards is to: “endeavour to bring South African bloggers to the forefront of peoples attention, both locally and internationally, increasing exposure for South Africa’s great bloggers; and in the end reach out and touch people who are outside the realm of blogging and have them discover what they are missing” I don´t see how I´m breaking any rules by asking friends to recognise my blog, and encouraging them to read a few other South African offerings. Hope the organisers don´t either!

Shag, marry, or push off a cliff: the Tony edition

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A: Tony Blair
B: Tony Leon
C: Tony O´Reilly

Decisions in the comments box please. And you have to match each name to an action: you can´t choose to push them all off a cliff, as much as it might be tempting…

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December 7, 2008 at 17.25

Good luck to Obama!

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Okay, so it´s about a week since Obama was elected. Now I guess we all just have to wait until January to see (most of) the changes he´s promised…

And although I´m very happy that Obama is the president elect, I am definitely adopting the wait-and-see attitude. He is so the right guy from a morale perspective, but I have to admit I don´t know all that much about his policies…

I can´t help thinking about one of my favourite Beyond the Fringe skits.

Jonathan Miller: The Americans have inherited our two-party system.
Dudley Moore: How does that work?
Jonathan: Well, they have the Republican Party, which is the equivalent of our Conservative Party, and then they have the Democratic Party, which is the equivalent of our Conservative Party.
Peter Cook: Then there is the liberal element…
Dudley: Are the liberals Democrats or Republicans?
Alan Bennett: Yes… as is convenient for them.

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November 11, 2008 at 20.43

Don´t you wish you could vote?

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Fairly late in the day, but found this supercool website, where we can all at least pretend that our vote counts in the US elections. Click on the link; I know you want to!

If only Obama´s support in the US was as much as it is in the rest of the world (admittedly, among an audience privileged enough to have internet access), the networks would´ve called the election already!

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November 4, 2008 at 19.58