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on 23 June 2017
Written by: Glenda Nevillon South Africa could face a massive cyber assault this year. At a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) and Microsoft event on cyber threats, the IDC’s Jon Tullett said one of the company’s predictions for 2017 was the country could see an attack at “public service level… Continue Reading
on 05 June 2017
Fake news and yellow journalism has undoubtedly become the new norm. From false reports and fake missing friends, to photo-shopped images, government scandals and sensationalism, this scourge has organisations and news outlets fighting for their credibility. The President of the United States has been accused of providing fake news only… Continue Reading
on 10 March 2017
So if adamantly refusing to answer questions from journalists and blaming the media for an unfolding social crisis counts as a press conference, then the whole notion of press briefings is nothing short of a cruel joke. Following last Sunday's Social Development press conference called for urgently by none other… Continue Reading
on 15 December 2016
2016 has been a dramatic year for news -in fact, it has been nothing short of a death-defying global roller coaster ride of impossible ups and devastating downs. Unfortunately, any hint of good news has been overshadowed by catastrophes, including rampant corruption, state capture, nepotism, a  leadership that has lost… Continue Reading
on 18 November 2016
On the back of a straight shooting opinion piece on the necessity of communicating with brutal honesty, Janine Lazarus will be  joining seasoned talk show host Ashraf Garda on media@safm this Sunday 20 November to take the debate on communications even further.  As both a panelist and presenter at the… Continue Reading
on 14 November 2016
Last week, I took part in a robust IABC Africa panel debate in Cape Town on communicator readiness for 2020. The thing about discussions like these is that if they are facilitated well, they can spark discussion that sets the tone for the entire conference. And ignite unbridled dialogue under… Continue Reading
on 11 July 2016
It’s no easy task to put the crazy trajectory of over three decades in journalism down on paper – let alone to make sense of it all. Save to say that apart from a few well-meaning ‘tweaks’ here and there, I would have had it no other way. It’s been… Continue Reading
on 22 April 2016
When the East African paradise of the Spice Islands is the idyllic destination for facilitating a talent management development programme, long days of communications coaching are nothing to complain about. The fact that it was held during the rain season, provided welcome relief from the humidity. Glorious bird song and… Continue Reading
on 07 March 2016
It struck me as I was eating my Shakshoukah for breakfast - a tasty Lebanese twist on our rather dull scrambled eggs - that Lebanon, not unlike South Africa, may boast loudly about its free press, but their newspapers aren’t much more than ‘viewspapers.’ Paging through their one English daily,… Continue Reading
on 06 November 2015
‎Is some life more valuable than others? Or does expressing solidarity with one sector of people mean that we are ignoring another? While attacks in other parts of the world seem to barely make it onto the international stage, the terrorist attacks in the French capital have drawn an outpouring… Continue Reading
on 06 November 2015
I am sick of it. Absolutely and utterly done. If one of my compatriots in the media gets charged just one more time with covering only the bad news and doing diddly squat for nation-building, I think I might blow a gasket. My fellow reporters may not provide their readers… Continue Reading
on 18 September 2015
It’s official. (Well, at least in the land of the fabled Queen of Sheba.) I am not yet 50 – in fact, I am a mere hop and skip off 40 years of age.You see, in Ethiopia with its own calendar of 13 months, the New Year falls in my… Continue Reading

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