Roar in peace, Denis Goldberg (1933-2020)

Roar in peace, you legend. I had the honour of interviewing you once in your home in Hangberg, Hout Bay, sometime in 2010. You were late for our talk, which lasted 2 hours, and you offered me giant samoosas as an apology. It was the most memorable interview of my entire career, for more than one reason.

#LockdownDiaries: Freelancing in times of corona

The lockdown is affecting businesses across the world, including my own freelance content business. I started the year with half a dozen regular clients and a very solid cash flow, of which only one remains., a Dutch newspaper The rest had to cut their content production contracts short, postpone them or cancel them altogether. This truly has been the scariest time ever since I started freelancing in 2007. There is a silver lining, though.

#LockdownDiaries: Stop the spread, report fake corona news!

So here is the deal: If you are too lazy to fact-check any corona-related information before sharing it on social media and WhatsApp, from the bullshit 5G-causes-corona claim to the video of a guy saying the 10,000 field workers will use Covid-19 infected swabs to deliberately make you sick: I will report you. It hampers the fight against this disease and is putting lives on the line.

#LockDownDiaries 3/21: Support your local superette

Those of you who are in lockdown (in South Africa and elsewhere) who need to go out occasionally to buy groceries: please please please support small businesses this lockdown, including your nearby neighbourhood superettes and corner shops first.

(NL story) Vrijwilligerswerk in Afrika – Goed willen, kwaad doen

Afrika wordt elk jaar overspoeld door jonge vrijwilligers van over de hele wereld, zo ook tijdens de kerstperiode. Sommigen gaan naar Kenia om scholen te bouwen of naar Ghana om les te geven aan jongeren met beperkingen, anderen trekken naar Oeganda om zich te ontfermen over weeskinderen. Hoewel goedbedoeld zijn er valkuilen waar je voor op moet passen. Soms doe je als westerse vrijwilliger in een arm land onbewust meer kwaad dan goed.

(ENG story) Digital revolution in Africa, upskilling for the digital age

The digital revolution is changing the way companies run and affecting the roles of auditors, accountants, and other financial professionals and how they are fulfilling their roles, according to Lauren Berrington, chief audit executive of South Africa-based The Bidvest Group.

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