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Reporting Mandela: Of vultures and watchdogs

Nelson Mandela is a national treasure for South Africans. Our government recently issued new banknotes with Mandela’s face on it, a daily reminder of the social, cultural and political capital that the country’s first democratic president created.


Madiba communication quicker

Information on former president Nelson Mandela's admission to hospital is being made available quicker than previously, a Rhodes University academic said on Monday.


SPI – Helping Break Down Barriers Between Government and Media

Government media officers became journalists for five days at the Government Media Course of the Sol Plaatje Media Leadership Institute (SPI) in October 2012. This year’s programme placed an emphasis on understanding the contexts of the journalism profession and the media industry as a means of bridging the gap between government and media.


South African media marginalise voices

Taking stock of the media since the onset of democracy, Prof Jane Duncan of the School of Journalism and Media Studies critiqued the established systems of news in South Africa, examining specifically, the coverage of Marikana -- one of the media’s most glaring failures.