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.
CAPE TOWN PRESS CLUB
Tuesday 11 August 2015
Cape Town Press Club elects new office bearers for 2015/2016
Following a successful Annual General Meeting last month, the Committee of the Cape Town Press Club has elected its office-bearers for 2015/2016.
Brent Meersman (co-editor of Groundup, columnist for This Is Africa and features writer for Mail & Guardian) and Joylene van Wyk (parliamentary correspondent for Landbou Weekblad) have been elected to serve as Co-Chairs for the Club.
They will have the support of Martin Slabbert-Capper (news anchor with Smile 90.4 FM) as the Deputy Chairperson.
The remaining members of the committee are Paul Vecchiato (parliamentary writer for Bloomberg), William Smook (former Chairperson of the Cape Town Press Club), Andisiwe Makinana (parliamentary correspondent for City Press) and Jacques Dommisse (publisher).
Donwald Pressly (contributing editor to noseweek) has succeeded Gloria Barrett, and will now serve as the Secretary General to the Club.
CAPE TOWN PRESS CLUB
Friday 6 February 2015
The death of SAPA is a blow to press freedom, says Cape Town Press Club
The news that the South African Press Association (SAPA) will be wrapping up its operations and be closing down at the end of March is bad news for the entire country and a blow to press freedom. SAPA reporters have on so many occasions been in the right place, at the right time, and delivered the level of quality reporting that was so sorely needed by other media outlets.
Their contribution to the social discourse of South Africa can never be over-estimated.
This closure will mean a loss of at least 40 journalism jobs, and considering the major media houses are also cutting such jobs it places the future of journalism in this country in jeopardy as career prospects are severely restricted.
The closing down of a domestic news wire service means that South Africa now becomes beholden to international news wires for news not only of itself, but of its neighbours and around the world.
We lament the closure of a credible source that acted not only independent of government but also free from the biases of any single powerful media owner.
The Cape Town Press Club pays tribute to the fearless SAPA reporters who have served news journalism with such dedication for the past 70 years.
CAPE TOWN PRESS CLUB
8 January 2015
Attack on Charlie Hebdo: Honour the dead by keeping free speech alive
The brazen attack on the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo has very correctly been condemned far and wide. By the latest count, 12 people lost their lives for expressing or defending the freedom that so many of us across the world take for granted.
The Cape Town Press Club believes that the best way to honour the lives of the 12 people, who died in this incident, will be to vigorously campaign for the right to freedom of expression across the world.
When free speech dies, everyone loses.
No matter where you live, you should have the inalienable right to express yourself freely and not to fear a physical or violent act of reprisal in response.
The Cape Town Press Club hopes that the perpetrators of this abhorrent act will be made to face the full might of the law as soon as is possible.
The Cape Town Press Club is the oldest press club in South Africa and we draw our membership from professionals who work in the media in Cape Town.
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|Tony Ehrenreich, ANC City of Cape Town councilor @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, June 30, 2016
ANC City of Cape Town councilor Tony Ehrenreich has been leader of the opposition in the Cape Town city council for five years. He is part of the club’s speakers’ programme ahead of the 3 August municipal poll and will be followed by the ANC’s mayoral candidate Xolani Sotashe who addresses a breakfast on 6 July. Ehrenreich, who is also Cosatu Western Cape secretary, will discuss the state of the city and the upcoming election.
|Michael Spicer @ Old Mutual House
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Michael Spicer is a former president of Business Leadership South Africa and a former Anglo American executive director. He has ‘retired’ to Cape Town from the Big Smog and is now a director of a few interests – including Wesgro. Spicer will consider the business and government relationship “to hell and back” to use his words. He will ponder whether the closer working relationship post 9/12 – that fateful Nene-gate day of December 2015 – represents a positive reset. He will also take questions about junk status and other economic (and at a push political) matters.
|Martin Plaut @ 6 Spin Street
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Most people believe that black South Africans obtained the vote for the first time in 1994. In fact, for almost a century suitably qualified black people had enjoyed the vote in the Cape and Natal, and in certain constituencies had decided the outcome of parliamentary elections. Little wonder, then, that when the first South Africa came about in 1910, black people were keen to see the principle of non-racialism entrenched in the constitution that was drawn up for the new Union. Martin Plaut's Promise and Despair is the story of that struggle. Its centrepiece is a lively account of the delegation that travelled to London in mid-1909 to lobby for a non-racial constitution. Led by a famous white lawyer and former prime minister of the Cape, Will Schreiner, brother of the novelist Olive Schreiner, it included some of the great African and coloured leaders of the day, who were perhaps equal in stature to the great black leaders who helped found the second South Africa in 1994.
|Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille @ The Pavillion
Monday, May 30, 2016
Cape Town MAYOR Patricia de Lille has been invited to discuss the upcoming local government election campaign from her perspective as the DA’s mayoral candidate for Cape Town as well as the provincial DA leader in the Western Cape.
|General Bantu Holomisa, UDM leader and MP @ Wild Fig Restaurant
Thursday, May 19, 2016
The Public Investment Corporation manages a portfolio of about R1.8 trillion. It includes the pension fund for policemen, teachers, and nurses (and other public servants). General Bantu Holomisa, the United Democratic Movement leader and MP, has put in an application to the Public Protector for an investigation into the misuse of the assets under its management – he alleges that the ANC is paying its staff with public money, or at least, pensioners’ money. He said that money was transferred from the PIC in December to Deutsche Bank. R40 million was allegedly meant to fund ANC staff salaries and the costs of the ruling party’s 104th anniversary celebrations. A further R2 million was allegedly funneled through the Harith Company for the ruling party’s benefit.
|Malusi Gigaba, Home Affairs Minister @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba returns to the Cape Town Press Club on this coming Wednesday 18 May. The Minister will address the Cabinet Concessions on Immigration Regulations; the launch of the eChannel in relation to the collaboration with banks; the process of establishing the Border Management Agency; as well as SA's counter corruption efforts in a bid to eradicate fraud and corruption in the Department. He will take questions.
|Glynnis Breytenbach and James Selfe consider the Spy Tapes saga
Friday, May 13, 2016
Upon seeking a legal opinion and further reading of the North Gauteng High Court ruling, it has become clear to the Democratic Alliance that the charges that were erroneously dropped by the NPA in 2009 are automatically reinstated and the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Adv Shaun Abrahams, is duty-bound to proceed with the prosecution against President Jacob Zuma. This comes after the DA was successful in its review application to have the decision to drop the charges (relating to the arms deal) set aside on the grounds that the decision was borne from undue political considerations and was therefore irrational in the first place. MP Glynnis Breytenbach, the DA justice spokesman, and the party's federal executive chairperson James Selfe MP will make sense of the spy tapes saga. They will tell us where the justice system goes from here - especially in relation to President Jacob Zuma's legal predicament.
|Economist Chris Hart @ The Pavillion
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Former Standard Bank global market strategist Chris Hart - who got in a spot of trouble with his bank over a tweet - has bounced back. He no longer works for the bank, but is setting up an asset management company which will focus on impact investing. That is the sort of investment that leads to good outcomes. He also is working on getting corporates to back a day of the year to promote good community citizenship. Hart will be talking about the health of the economy, what to do to withstand a possible IMF bailout. He will ponder nationalization by stealth and the "capture" of corporate entities in the private sector by the state. Hart will take questions including those about what to do with your savings, if you are lucky to have any.
|Don Pinnock @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Why is Cape Town one of the most violent cities on earth? What is it that makes gangs so attractive to young people? Why are drugs so easy to find and so widespread? Why are the police seemingly losing control of the crime situation? Why is it getting worse? These are some of the many penetrating questions in a new book, Gang Town, by top-selling investigative journalist and criminologist Don Pinnock. This is not merely an academic book about the city’s problems. It gives the context to these questions and offers some startling answers.
|Ann Bernstein @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Far too many South Africans live in poverty, largely because far too few have jobs. This has serious implications for our society: South Africa's considerable democratic achievements are being put at risk by the political, social and economic consequences of low growth, unemployment, poverty and inequality. For the past two years the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) has worked on a major project to identify national priorities for faster economic and employment growth. These catalytic priorities form the essential building blocks for a fundamentally new approach. They comprise a basis for encouraging a wide conversation across the country, by offering a diagnosis of what is going wrong and focused recommendations for getting the country back on track.
|Celebration of the life of John Caviggia
Friday, April 01, 2016
Please join us for a celebration of the life of John Caviggia. Dress for celebration (no black please).
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