Hack with a Grenade: An Editor's Backstories of SA News

Date: 8 December 2020
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/99273229875?pwd=S1FSUk1YTW1KZkxlOFNJZzlRb1Uzdz09

Discussants:
•    Khadija Patel, Investigative Journalist, Previous Editor-in-Chief of the Mail and Guardian
•    Jade Otto, Editor of the Saturday Weekend Argus
•    Ryland Fisher, CEO and Founder, Ikusasa Lethu Media (Pty) Ltd
•    Gasant Abarder, Media and Communications Professional

Chair:
•    Asanda Ngoasheng, Western Cape convenor of the South African National Editors Forum

Hack with a Grenade: An Editor’s Backstories of SA News is a newspaper editor’s perspective on the characters that shape South Africa’s psyche. The author, Gasant Abarder, is a journalist who worked in print, radio and television newsrooms in both Cape Town and Johannesburg for 21 years. Along the way, he encountered homeless people, reformed prison gangsters, struggle heroes, artists and sports personalities. In Hack with a Grenade, Abarder uses the stories of these characters to provide social commentary on issues like religion, prejudice and injustice – all with a healthy dose of humour. It is a book about journalism but also about South African life. It is also a social commentary that begins to strip away our prejudices as South Africans and to shine a light on our common humanity.