An email interview with Debora Patta, the journalist who heads up e.tv’s 3rd Degree. ‘After a show on racism at a whites-only resort, I received the most vitriolic hate-mail I have ever seen, including somebody saying, “You deserve to be raped.”’
Although South Africans win gold the world over for their extra virgin olive oil, back at the ranch it's a different story. The oil might be extra virgin, but the industrial farmers and artisanal types who chase after it can be in for a rude – and rough – deflowering.
In 2000, Monique Strydom and husband Callie were among 21 holidaymakers taken hostage in the Philippines by militant Islamic separatists. ‘We started every day not knowing if we’d be alive that evening. It’s a feeling so terrifying you cannot imagine it.’
Zimbabwe’s Marange fields have been called ‘the biggest find of alluvial diamonds in history’. But they are also the hottest flashpoint on the world diamond-map today, putting into a crisis a global system for telling the good stones apart from the bloody.
British busybody Peter Hain slated white South Africans as ‘whingers’, but maybe the Uitlander has a point. ‘Whingeing’ is a social pastime that offers perverse, kinky pleasure … otherwise why do it 24/7 despite its ostensibly irksome subject-matter?
Mouths are frothing, eyeballs bulging and embolisms erupting as South Africa reels from its latest assault by the forces of evil: Max Du Preez's remark that President Mbeki is a ‘womaniser’. Once again the news is not in the news: the news is the news.
You're a meddling foreigner. You're an outsider to the cause. You didn't fight in the war. You're a racist bastard. You've been duped by the Western media (you twit). You're a British imperialist. You're a terrorist. You're a pawn of the Antichrist …
In 1999, aged 26, he sold his business, Thawte Technologies, for four billion rand, but Mark Shuttleworth doubts that he peaked too soon. ‘Perhaps this is the biggest deal I do, but I hope it’s not the greatest thing I ever do.’
Novelist, poet and painter Zakes Mda speaks about prophecy, writing, TV philistines, bee-keeping – and The Heart of Redness. ‘There are so many stories to write in this country that one can't afford to fool around waiting for inspiration.’