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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|Alderman Clive Keegan @ The Pavillion
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The director of the South Africa Local Government Research Centre, Alderman Clive Keegan, is the guest speaker at the Cape Town Press Club AGM dinner. He will do an overview of what we can expect from the 3 August municipal elections - with a particular focus on the battleground metros. Keegan will address the gathering over dinner which will be followed by the club's annual general meeting. Members can choose to stay on for the AGM, which should not last more than an hour after the dinner has ended.
|Jan-Jan Joubert @ 6 Spin Street
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Jan-Jan Joubert is veteran parliamentary journalist and now political editor at the Sunday Times.. He has a fascination with electoral systems – and of course, the associated politics. His topic is: What to expect from the (3 August) 2016 local government elections: A prediction of strange bedfellows and important consequences for the future of South African politics.
|Xolani Sotashe @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
ANC mayoral candidate in the City of Cape Town, Councillor Xolani Sotashe, has been a faithful servant of Cape Town for over 15 years. He has a rich background in political activism that began at the tender age of 14. He was actively involved in community upliftment throughout his schooling career, was a former deputy leader of the ANC Youth League and has served in a multitude of Portfolio Committees geared towards improving the lives of citizens. He currently serves as Chairperson for the Dullah Omar region and is the Chief Whip of the ANC on the city council. Xolani Sotashe strives to build a society that that lives in hope of a better future. Sotashe strives to bridge the glaring divisions between the rich and poor. He will speak about his vision for Cape Town.
|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.
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