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Shaun de Waal: 25 Years of the Mail & Guardian

Monday, October 4th 2010 at 5:30 PM


04 October 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Shaun de Waal: 25 Years of the Mail & Guardian
This full-colour, jam-packed history of South Africa’s most interesting newspaper also provides a snapshot account of 25 turbulent and exciting years of South African politics. 25 Years of the Mail & Guardian provides diverse perspectives on the paper’s and the country’s progress, some serious, some humorous; all written by top journalists and generously illustrated.

Past editors of the M&G – Anton Harber, Irwin Manoim, Philip van Niekerk, Howard Barrell, Mondi Makhanya and Ferial Haffajee – tell the story of this iconic paper by reflecting on the pressures and the triumphs of the past, including bannings, court battles and financial problems. Current editor Nic Dawes discusses the state of South African media and how being critical of the government today is both different and the same as in the in the darkest days of the past. The story of the paper’s progress from a tiny ‘alternative’ paper to the successful M&G of today is set against the backdrop of a changing South Africa, from the oppressive 1980s of States of Emergency and ‘unrest’, into the time of democratising and moving up to the complex South Africa of today.

The lavishly illustrated book has sidebars written by some of the best known journalists and commentators at work today, comments from long-time readers, and a fascinating section called Where are they now?, updating readers on the current status of people featured in the M&G. A front-page picture of Firoz Cachalia being dragged off by the police in the late 1980s is for instance juxtaposed with a picture of him as Gauteng MEC for security and leader of the police, showing just how much South Africa has changed.

Published by NB.