The Clutches of Melchizedek
Devi Govender
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The Clutches of Melchizedek

Vrot. That’s how Carte Blanche producer, Graham Coetzer described the living conditions atMelchizedek, a huddle of condemned buildings in the Pretoria CBD. “Devs, it’s hectically vrot,” Graham said qualifying Melchizedek’s level of decay after he had spent an evening there→ Read more

Not a Drop of Water to Drink
Devi Govender
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Not a Drop of Water to Drink

It’s dry in the Free State.  Dry and hot.  You can feel the dust in your throat.  Matted into your hair.  Pushed deep under your fingernails.  Printed into your eyeballs.  Five minutes in the sun is long enough to cause→ Read more

Birth of Death
Devi Govender
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Birth of Death

This was one of the most difficult stories I have ever had to work on. Heart-wrenching. What if you fell pregnant and, at 25 weeks gestation, you lost your baby?  Just like that.  One day you could feel your baby→ Read more

Wild Pets
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Wild Pets

You’re either an animal person or you are not. I’m an animal person. You’re either a dog or cat person. I’m a dog person.  Cats make me feel like staff. Now, for the big money question … Are you an→ Read more

Gita November
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Gita November

It’s after 10pm on a weekday night and transgender sex worker Gita November and I are standing on a Saldanha street corner. Hours earlier I realised I’m not appropriately dressed. Black boots, black shift dress and too much makeup. I→ Read more

Just a spoonful?
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Just a spoonful?

At first, I didn’t get it. Why would somebody pile teaspoons of sugar into their mouths on a regular basis and like it? Drug addiction, alcohol addiction - I get that. Socially unacceptable, with devastating effects on the addict and loved ones.→ Read more

Money or Medals
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Money or Medals

Most of us didn’t even know we had a world-class rowing team until they won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games. While it was an unexpected bonus that our rowing (rowing?) team had brought home gold in the Men’s Lightweight→ Read more

Meeting The Doctors
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Meeting The Doctors

When producer Joy Summers took me along to interview two returning South African doctors who’d been working on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak, I wondered whether I should make a mental note not to shake hands with them.  I→ Read more

Too Old To Drive?
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Too Old To Drive?

My grandfather, who passed away at 95, drove until around 80 years of age when he became a hazard on the road – bumping other cars, forgetting where he had parked his car and then reporting it missing.  This was→ Read more

Devi on the Gas Catastrophe
Devi Govender
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Devi on the Gas Catastrophe

Do you know if your gas cylinder has been safely and legally filled? Devi Sankaree Govender talks a bit about what we uncovered as we looked into the gas filling situation. Don’t miss this Sunday’s upcoming Gas Catastrophe story. What→ Read more