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 […]

A Great Man Buried in Simplicity

Archbishop Desmond Tutu led by example in both his life and death. His central message upon death was twofold: live simply so others may simply live and embrace all religious faiths. Lying peacefully in his coffin, he wore a plain white robe, black socks, perfectly polished black shoes, and an interfaith stole around his neck […]

The Importance of Strengthening Systems and Institutions

South African institutions are limping. Nobody will dispute that the country faces huge challenges. Covid-19 has laid bare the fault lines in our society. The provision of jobs and the creation of a fair social system will not be possible if institutions are not functioning fully. The recent fire at parliament raises many questions about […]

Resting in his Shade – A Tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu

My heart breaks today with the news that a great tree has fallen. Our dearest Arch Tutu has left us. He waited to bless us with his presence for the last Christmas and then he passed onto the other world, gracious and free. He has been with us every step of the way for decades.  […]

UFS faces difficult moment

The UFS, its students and staff face a difficult moment. The tragic events on a rugby field have jammed them into a tight vice of anger that could destroy all progress

UCT Academics Lock Horns

Two senior University of Cape Town academics have locked horns about a range of matters related to higher education transformation challenges, stirring interesting exchanges. The viewpoints of professors Xolela Mangcu and David Benatar were aired on the pages of The Cape Times in recent weeks. Today, the Publisher of The Journalist, Zubeida Jaffer, wades into […]