Twenty years into democratic freedom, here is where South Africa is.
A year ago I accepted what would become the first regular online political cartoon position in the South African media landscape. The print industry is dwindling and, by extension, so are cartoon positions. (Unfortunately, it’s a global trend.)
Eyewitness News and I innovated a digital space never before seen in our news sphere. It was a gamble and a successful gamble it has been, thanks to a superb editor (Katy Katopodis) and her superb editorial team. As a result, the online cartoon space is gradually expanding (which should come as a relief to my colleagues).
Following an invitation from eNCA, I excitedly considered the prospects of “drawing for TV”, after being the first cartoonist to “draw for radio”. The sad news is that I will no longer be drawing for EWN. The happy news is that, in another first, I will be drawing for eNCA.
One might say that I am, you know, changing the channel.
My eNCA cartoons will appear on eNCA’s website - and related media – from Tuesday 8 October.
Tune in next week to follow the next episode of my rollercoaster career.
A painting by Ayanda Mabulu, the politically outspoken painter from Cape Town, was taken down from the FNB Joburg Art Fair. Apparently “it will offend sponsors and important people”. Like Ayanda’s previous work, this one mocks Jacob Zuma.
However, after media attention and protests from artists, the organisers put the painting back up. But only after it was sold.
There was a hyena running around Joburg , but I would argue that it has been on the loose, across South Africa, for many years.
Despite the cartoon being deliberately multilayered (and co-written by City Press cartoonist Curtis), my editor felt that it is too offensive and, as such, chose not to run it.
Kids, in a museum, learn about an extinct animal called a ‘rhino’.
The police minister, Nathi Mthethwa, is equally outraged by things like bruised apples, running out of Corn Flakes, and thousands of women being raped.
The Department Of Home Affairs is investigating visa irregularities at ANN7. Basically,
minions Indians (from India) have been working at the station after telling the South African government that they are/were here on “holiday”.
The president gives three reasons why he sent the Secrecy Bill back to parliament.
The DA apologised for distributing fake ANC posters in the North West.
Jacob Zuma addresses journalism students at Tshwane University of Technology.
Julius Malema’s party has officially been registered, and the road ahead is as clear as day.
The latest World Economic Forum’s figures show that South Africa’s economic competitiveness is dwindling. One wonders why…
Obama believes that Assad has crossed the “red line”. Which “red line”? Well, the one painted by Uncle Sam, obviously.
The foreign media breaks the news that Madiba has been discharged from hospital. The presidency quickly denies it.
And then breaks the news that Madiba has been discharged from hospital.
Jacob Zuma puts on a show – and has been putting on a show – that is something to behold.
A morally superior Uncle Sam is concerned about Syria and wants to bomb the crap out of it. (Which is fitting, since Obama is a Nobel Peace Prize winner.)