Tuesday 20 September 2016
Cape Town Press Club pays tribute to Allister Sparks - his voice will be missed
The Cape Town Press Club notes with deep sadness the passing of veteran journalist Allister Sparks on Monday.
Allister last addressed the Cape Town Press Club earlier this year, when he spoke about his book, “The Sword and the Pen”.
Sparks observed, chronicled and participated in our country's unfolding drama for more than 66 years, covering events from the premiership of DF Malan to the presidency of Jacob Zuma, witnessing at close range the rise and fall of apartheid and the mixed results of the new South Africa.
In 2010, he delivered the Press Club’s annual Barry Streek Memorial Lecture and spoke about media freedom.
He said, “The strongest card we have to play in this brinkmanship game is the knowledge that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that any newspaper could ever publish about the Government that could do half as much damage to its reputation in the world as the act of introducing press control itself.” [ Full transcript ]
On behalf of the Committee of the Cape Town Press Club, we pay tribute to the life and legacy of Allister Sparks and extend our heartfelt condolences to his friends and family. His voice will be deeply missed.
Rest in peace Ruth Golembo
The Cape Town Press Club has learned with deep sadness of the sudden passing of one of its former vice chairs,Ruth Golembo. Golembo for many years headed up Lange PR after serving with distinction as a journalist at theSunday Times.
Ruth has been one of the club’s longest serving and most loyal committee members, and helped arrange some of the club's most successful club events and was also much involved in fundraising activities.
Her commitment to the ideals for which the Club stood for, and her energy, work-ethic and talent will remain an inspiration to the rest of us. We will miss Ruth deeply, and send our condolences to her friends, family and colleagues.
Press Club tribute by Joylene van Wyk and Brent Meersman (co-chairpersons), Martin Slabbert (vice-chairperson), Donwald Pressly (secretary general) Paul Vecchiatto, Gail Washkansky, William Smook and Jacques Dommisse.
Parliamentary Press Gallery Association
5 July 2016
Gagging of SABC journalists must fall
The Parliamentary Press Gallery Association is highly disappointed with the decision by the South African Broadcasting Corporation to start disciplinary hearings against Lukhanyo Calata on Tuesday.
Mr Calata has been a long-serving SABC television Parliamentary reporter who has developed a reputation for honest, fair and objective journalist in at times a very difficult working environment.
The disciplinary hearings against Mr Calata are allegedly for his interview with a Cape Town newspaper when he criticised the SABC for a number of corporate changes.
While the association respects the requirement of media houses to restrict their reporters from speaking to rival companies, it believes that there is an exception in this case.
Read the full press release...
CAPE TOWN PRESS CLUB
Thursday 30 June 2016
Cape Town Press Club comments on recent events at SABC
Recent events at the national broadcaster have brought back memories of undemocratic apartheid-era tendencies at the SABC, says the Cape Town Press Club.
“The cancellation of current affairs shows such as Workers on Wednesday and The Editors, the instruction for newspaper headlines to no longer be read on air, the refusal to air visuals of protest action as part of TV news bulletins, and various suspensions of journalists who have objected is all very reminiscent of a past we simply cannot afford to nor could possibly wish to return to,” says the Club’s Chair Brent Meersman.
An atmosphere of fear is reported to exist at the SABC, and does not bode well for freedom of speech and democracy. The Press Club strongly disagrees with some decisions being made by the corporation’s COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who, Meersman says, is accountable to the public as a whole not just the SABC.
The Cape Town Press Club, says Meersman, believes Motsoeneng must go if the SABC, which has a myriad problems that need serious addressing, can even begin to get its house back in order.
“The thousands of committed reporters and broadcasters at the SABC need to have the freedom to meet the commitments they have to the people of South Africa and nobody’s political agenda.”
CAPE TOWN PRESS CLUB
Monday 14 March 2016
John Caviggia's death is a sad loss for Cape Town, says Cape Town Press Club
The Cape Town Press Club is deeply saddened by the death of John Caviggia, who passed away this past weekend.
John served as a member of the Cape Town Press Club committee for many years. He brought with him not only his very eccentric manners and his fine clothing and jewellery, which reflected his great sense of humour. His immense knowledge of the arts and theatre world was of great value to the club.
"I used to call John "Mother Theresa" because he looked a little like a nun on an exceedingly decadent day - bedecked a little like an altar with gold crosses and his pretty things," says Donwald Pressley, former Chairperson and current Secretary General of the Club.
Caviggia had a great interest in the news. He was passionate about South African politics and economics. He made his views well known at our functions for years.
He also took a personal interest in all the members of the club and used to help the secretariat seat the guests and prepare for functions. He just loved helping people and socialising with press club members. On occasion he also chaired functions if they related to the theatre.
The Committee will miss him greatly. Rest in Peace John.
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|RW Johnson @ Kelvin Grove Pavilion [ LUNCH ]
Friday, April 28, 2017
RW Johnson is the author of How Long Will South Africa Survive? He has been spectacularly accurate about many political and economic predictions. He got the junk status downgrade spot-on – well ahead of the dreaded event. The best-selling author believes there will be no early recourse to the IMF. He will speak to the club on the topic: After the Downgrade: What lies ahead?
|Nazeer Sonday of Philippi @ German Club Roodehek Terrace
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Nazeer Ahmed Sonday is the force behind the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) - ‘a food and farming campaign’. He represents a group which seeks to protect the Cape Flats aquifer while, at once protecting the agricultural integrity of the green township from ‘development’. Sonday argues that the current South African narrative for 'economic development' has led to increasing poverty, unemployment, inequality, food insecurity and climate change. His organisation believes that is has a model for sustainable cities in general – not just for the Philippi area.
|Human Rights Commission Chair Bongani Majola @ 6 Spin St Restaurant [ BRUNCH ]
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The South African Human Rights Commission’s chairperson Professor Bongani Majola took over as chair in 2017. The meeting will further highlight some of the Human Rights issues that took place during this financial year. In addition the month of March is Human Rights month. Some local issues including Premier Helen Zille’s tweets have been referred to the commission. No doubt Professor Majola will take questions on this matter among others.
|Dr Theuns Eloff @ Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ]
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Dr Theuns Eloff, executive director of of the FW de Klerk Foundation, takes a look at the issues everyone is talking about – unemployment and poverty, the impact of affirmative action, problems in our education system crime, unrest at our universities in Turning Point, South Africa at a Crossroads. Based on the latest research and his extensive experience in the political and business world, Eloff, a former Rector of the University of the North West, gives a new perspective on where South Africa finds itself. His fresh, positive voice brings hope and gives the reader new ways to understand a rapidly changing world.
|ANC WC secretary general Faiez Jacobs @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [BRUNCH]
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The Cape Town Press Club hosts African National Congress Western Cape secretary general Faiez Jacobs. He will consider the state of the official opposition in the Western Cape including lessons from the local government elections, leadership challenges and the national governing party's new vision towards 2019.
|Vice Chancellor Max Price @ Kelvin Grove [BRUNCH]
Monday, February 27, 2017
The Cape Town Press Club hosts Dr Max Price, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town. He will consider: “The dilemmas of leadership in contemporary higher education” and he will take questions.
|Western Cape Government MEC Anton Bredell @ 6 Spin Street [LUNCH]
Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Western Cape is experiencing its worst drought since 1983 and dam levels are currently on average at 30 percent full. Each year the situation is getting worse. Some two million people are expected to move to the Western Cape in the next 15 years… but we are running short of water and there are more fires. Anton Bredell is the MEC for Local Government. He will consider whether desalination is an option and ponder what options there are for increasing water supply. There have been some 17 000 fires in the province this year, the worst in a decade. How are these fires starting? What is being done to tackle this challenge?
|Ambassador Evita Bezuidenhout @ Ball Room (Lunch)
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Ambassador-Extraordinary Evita Bezuidenhout will present her third Luthuli Housekeeping Report to the Cape Town Press Club . This will precede President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address – of the evening of 9 February. Join her to celebrate her freedom of speech. While she may not utter any opinions as a member of the ANC, Evita will also speak in her personal capacity as a citizen and a grandmother.
|Businessman and civil rights activist Sipho Pityana @ Pavillion at Kelvin Grove (BRUNCH)
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Save SA convenor Sipho Pityana jetted into the spotlight after he called for President Jacob Zuma to resign at the funeral of former Eastern Cape premier Makhenkesi Stofile at the end of last year. Pityana, who is also chair of both Anglogold Ashanti and Izingwe Capital, will deliver an Alternative State of the Nation address and take questions about State capture, how to change South Africa’s political – and economic – destiny for the good. He speaks ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s opening of parliament address.
|Human rights activist Thuli Madonsela @ Grill Room
Monday, January 16, 2017
Former Public Protector Advocate Thulisile Nomkhosi Madonsela will address the Cape Town Press Club and reflect on her bumpy seven years in office. During this time she was at loggerheads with many powerful interests including the presidency, most notably over Nkandla-gate and later the Gupta family’s influence. She faced formidable political pressure to toe the line. She was vilified and singled out for resisting. But she never buckled. Madonsela will be the first in our series of leaders pondering “An Alternative State of the Nation” ahead of President Zuma’s address on February 9. Madonsela will take questions.
|Cape Town Press Club End-Of-Year Lunch with Comedian Barry Hilton
Friday, December 09, 2016
Legendary South African stand-up comedian, actor and TV personality Barry Hilton will be the speaker at the Cape Town Press Club's end-of-year lunch on Friday 9 December. It will be our last event of the year. Barry – aka ‘The Cousin’ – initially worked as an electrician for about 10 years but decided to try his hand at comedy and turned professional in 1983. Considering how the past year has been described by many as a rather awful year on all fronts, Barry will give us a reason to smile and laugh as we wave goodbye to 2016.
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