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Confessions of a Walmart Shopper

Confessions of a Walmart Shopper

  I NEVER INTENDED to shop at Walmart. Ever. After all, Sam Walton and family represented all I was raised to sneer at. They are well known for stomping out freedom of speech by snatching “offensive” artists such as Sheryl Crow off their abundant shelves and banning any books they deem unfit for popular consumption, … Continue reading

Going for the Gold

Going for the Gold

I’VE GOT A GREAT SCRIPT FOR A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE. Here’s the set-up: a US basketball star, known for his massive philanthropic contributions, sets up a gold deal in a New York hotel room, complete with a PowerPoint presentation, with a politically well-connected Texas oilman and a shady Houston-based diamond dealer. After a serious of run-arounds, … Continue reading

On Paris, Pot and Ziggy Marley

On Paris, Pot and Ziggy Marley

WHEN PARIS HILTON ARRIVED IN SOUTH AFRICA two weeks ago, she posted a photograph of herself in a mini dress on Twitter, her long legs crossed high, seated atop her entire Louis Vuitton luggage set: a long trunk, and bag after luxurious bag, worth — contents excluded — more than the GDP of most small … Continue reading

Masters of Our Own Destruction

DO YOU WANT THE BAD NEWS or the bad news? Because that’s exactly what veteran journalist Nick Davies says is the state of journalism worldwide, as overworked reporters turn into desk jockeys and truth takes a back seat On a recent Monday morning some of South Africa’s most senior journalists, with two dozen fresh-faced journalism … Continue reading