• 1 Billion Rising – more than just a hipster cause

    I once worked with a woman who was so superficial and ill-informed about life around her, that every moment (right or wrong) was an opportunity to jump on the brandwagon in a bid to be trendy. She was my manager – as much as she could manage to get to work on time with her hangovers explained away as tummy aches or lateness explained as having to drop by exclusive books first thing to buy ‘magazines for the offices’. Nobody bought it, we just smiled and nodded. I also just smiled and nodded when, on the day of a protest at parliament, she wasn’t in the least interested in the…

  • The Bucket List: 26 days to go

    And so, as we speed to the end of the year, everybody’s feeling a bit sluggish and daydreaming of time off on the beach, sipping cocktails or just spending time with loved ones. I can’t believe how busy I am as we approach the end of November, but feel incredible blessed and empowered – hey, when you’re a business owner, busy is good. Busy is happy. And while it’s been a productive year, it’s been a long one too and I can’t wait to take some time off. Pending the dreaded Schengen application, I’m scratching one off the bucket list this year – Christmas in Italy, New Years in Paris,…

  • Reporting on rape – choose to be on a need to know basis

    I’ve been thinking really long and hard about this – where do we draw the learn between access to information and press freedom vs plain ole’ voyeurism (or, my partner calls it, the “insatiable lust for gory details”)? I’m referring specifically to the issue of rape and how it is currently reported in our country. At the moment, sadly, we have quite a few high-profile cases and news reports involving rape. The ongoing ‘Sunday Rapist’ court case is one such story, the rape of an 82 year-old woman in Swayimane, KwaZulu-Natal another. And then there is the interview with Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari a few weeks back – they…