Muizenberg Beach Trader to Battle City in Court

By Zubeida Jaffer On the shores of Muizenberg beach, a small trader is waging a Herculean battle with the City of Cape Town. After five years of trading, Lucille and Quinton Abrams, owners of the mobile business, The Pancake, were denied a permit and subsequently lost their appeal recently. They have taken the unprecedented step […]

An Open Letter to the President of Columbia University

Nelson Mandela once said that the Palestine issue is the greatest moral question ofour time.13 October 2023 Dear President Minouche Shafik, Thank you for your letter addressed to Columbia alumni and friends on 10 October. Iread it carefully, pondered over it and discussed it with other friends who respectColumbia University, our alma mater.These discussions did […]

Sindiwe’s Gold

Photograph by Ruschka Jaffer “Miners produce tons of rocks to access a small amount of gold. They do not let the rocks distract them – they focus on the gold. They bear no-ill will to the rocks – they never contemplate their non-existence.” These words popped onto my telephone screen while I was mulling over […]

Wynberg loses Yousri Hartley

By Zubeida Jaffer The mood is sombre. No smiling faces. Cosy Corner and Sabria’s in Wynberg are open for business as usual, but the staff are constrained. The owner of the two establishments passed away this week on Wednesday 8 February, 2023. Yousri Hartley was 57 years old and died after a long battle with […]

Acceptance Speech on receiving Honorary Doctorate at Stellenbosch University 2022

Whereas Ms Zubeida Jaffer has achieved exceptional merit and given proof of eminent gifts of intellect, character and leadership, and in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the South African media industry, her commitment to factual and accurate reporting as a tool to inform and empower, and sharing her knowledge to guide a new generation […]

In Memory of Phindile Xaba on Black Wednesday

Zubeida Jaffer, Shepi Mati, Frank Meintjies and Phindile Xaba South Africa has come a long way from the dark day of October 19, 1977 when the Apartheid regime squeezed the noose tightly around press freedom. Known as Black Wednesday, the day has appropriately become the official South African Media Freedom Day. On that day in […]


By Zubeida Jaffer I am an African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land. My body has frozen in our frosts and in our latter-day […]

A Thousand Books In One Day

By Zubeida Jaffer Modderdam High School in Bonteheuwel collected one thousand books on Saturday 28 May 2022 when they organized a library book fair at the school and made one book the entrance fee. Some attendees ranging from learners, educators, guests, and other education administrators surprised them and brought stacks of books that were piled […]

Banning of RT, a Dangerous Moment.

By Zubeida Jaffer The extensive banning of the international news channel Russia Today (RT) in the world represents a dangerous moment for journalism. It pushes back the commitment to freedom of expression that many have sacrificed much for. Journalists across the world should carefully consider the implications of turning a blind eye to the banning […]