Published 13 May 2020 By Ayanda Mdluli

Branko Brkic, founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Maverick. Public service journalism as espoused by The Daily Maverick is less about the real people of this country than it is about their own agenda, says the writer.

The media is under threat – from tightened purse strings, shrinking newsrooms and reduced magazine pages to the ever-declining readership as jaded audiences switch to news streams they trust (like social media), or simply switch off.

In effect, the media itself is a threat to its future. This is borne out on the pages and on the screens of publishers across the world, with South Africa having had its fair share of “narrative fixing”. The use of media to shape particular narratives to achieve desired outcomes is an age-old profession, and it looks like it will remain a well-subscribed one for years to come. This was evidenced, yet again, by the sterling piece of propaganda that landed in my inbox (forwarded by a colleague) yesterday morning.

Shout loudly enough from the ramparts and tell a lie enough times, and it starts to sound like the truth. History has enough examples for us to be have learned from, but because life gets busy and time moves on, we soften and forget what happened until, bang, it appears right before our eyes again.

While I have written several pieces this year about the tactics of some of my colleagues in the media, sometimes all it takes is a small event to truly bring things into focus. That was yesterday’s Daily Maverick article, courtesy of the sting in the tail Scorpio division, about the e-Learning contract in the Eastern Cape that will give students the ability to actually learn something.

Instead of focusing on the dire plight of education across this country and looking into what this contract will actually mean to the people of the Eastern Cape, the author (Pieter-Louis Myburgh) chose to head his so-called “investigative, public-service journalism” piece with a title designed only to capture eyeballs in the digital realm.

Use Iqbal Survé’s name enough times in headlines and opening paragraphs for search engines to pick up on, and any publisher would reap the benefit of additional eyeballs. Because, let’s face it, this is exactly what is going on here, along with a clearly orchestrated battle campaign to annihilate the doctor and his businesses and all their employees by casting enough doubt out there to persuade people of a different “truth”.

Please read the full article here.

Published 13 May 2020 by Edward West

Chief executive Rushaan Isaacs.

CAPE TOWN – Premier Fishing and Brands, one of the largest black-owned and managed fishing companies, said yesterday that taxed profit fell 63.6 percent to R20 million in the six months to February 29, mainly due to factors outside its control, such as the impact of Covid-19 on export markets and lower total allowable catches.

Chief executive Rushaan Isaacs said Premier had faced big challenges over the period, but “our results are satisfactory and better than expected, given that we are still facing these challenges”.

No interim dividend was declared due to the uncertain environment.

Premier is a vertically integrated fishing company specialising in the harvesting, processing, marketing and sales and distribution of marine products.

It owns and manages factories, an abalone farm, facilities and fishing vessels, and prides itself on being one of the most transformed in the fishing industry in terms of management and employees.

Please read the full article here.

Published 09 May 2020 by Dr Iqbal Survé

Level 4 lockdown arrived on May 1 and while greeted with much jubilation, also sadly demonstrated just how much homo sapiens residing in South Africa have not changed at their core, says Dr Iqbal Survé. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency (ANA)

I have felt somewhat jaded this past week. Not because of the lockdown and the battle businesses are dealing with at present – those are just givens.

Actually, in all my interactions with my colleagues in the business world, I have found new heroes and heroines who have risen to the challenge of digging deep, innovating under pressure and generally speaking, demonstrating great leadership even while facing their own personal concerns and worries about what the future holds for them and their families.

Level 4 lockdown arrived on May 1 and while greeted with much jubilation, also sadly demonstrated just how much homo sapiens residing in South Africa have not changed at their core.

I am referring here to the thousands of people who selfishly threw caution to the wind, and thronged the roads, parks and public spaces across the land. Images show countless numbers ignoring the regulations for masks or social distancing, thus recklessly endangering those around them.

Please read the full article here.