Category Archives: My work

Could common ‘fake news’ be traditional media’s canary in the coal mine?

When referring to “fake news”, there is a strong argument for stopping using the label “news” at all given the implied endorsement the word gives the content. However, instead of closing ranks and distancing themselves from the phenomenon, traditional media could interrogate the content of common or garden “fake news” to find out why it so often appeals to readers.

Blockchain & cryptocurrencies: gungho or hell no?

Luno, the digital currency company with offices in Cape Town, had just announced a US$9-million Series B funding round, and its plans to expand to several new European markets, taking its Bitcoin wallet to 40 countries in total.

It seemed like cryptocurrency and blockchain interest might be finally tipping from a fairly geeky quadrant of the internet to something a bit more mainstream.

Until in walked Gartner with a hefty, and probably justified, dose of realism around blockchain during its Symposium/ITxpo last week.

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Shaking up the digital property pie

It is easy to dismiss low-commission, online estate agencies as corner cutters with unsustainable business models. They are alright for some, but surely the discerning property seller will pay for excellent service and the novice realises it would be foolish to go it alone when negotiating possibly the biggest deal of their lives? That dismissive view would be a mistake.

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The Whale Trail: views for days

img_9440The Whale Trail and I had some unfinished business. Three years ago I set off to do the trail in the middle of the massive storm that hit the Western Cape in November 2013. Of course we were sent straight home, but first enjoyed a lovely braai, and drank up all our wine and ate all our snacks at the Potberg hut before returning to Cape Town the next day. It was a fun overnight in nature with great people, but not really the 5-day trail extravaganza we’d been anticipating!

So this year I leapt at the chance to tackle the trail again, and it was well worth the wait.

Read the rest of my article on the Cape Nature blog.


Help is literally at hand for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in South Africa

In amongst all the frothing at the mouth about the latest Apple iPhone-this and Samsung Galaxy-that, I do love a good “feature phones change lives” story. So I eagerly joined today’s Cape Town launch of Help@hand, a mobile information service that provides people who are refugees, asylum seekers or migrants with a way to stay informed about their legal rights in South Africa. The USSD-based feature phone service is also a platform to report xenophobic attacks, corruption or unlawful arrests.

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