Senekal last week had nothing to do with solutions. It was all about politicians’ testosterone. It was all about politicians’ egos. What useful idea came out of all that heat and noise generated by all those politicians in Senekal last week? There is nothing. Nothing that makes SA a better place. Nothing that leads us to a better understanding of race relations in SA after 1994. Nothing that is a solution to farm murders – many of whose victims are poorly paid, desperate black people – or a solution to the incredibly horrendous murder and crime problem in this country.
Government has the truth to communicate … the people who are going to pass on our content much more effectively to the public are the people we will focus on, I can tell you this right now… It will continue to work with mainstream media. Nothing is going to change, but you can expect – without a shadow of a doubt – that there will be more usage of media that covers areas which are generally not covered, [like] rural areas… Even if you write badly about government we will still do work with you, the criteria is not to write good about government. The criteria is to report on government work [and] once you’ve reported on government work, you can do what you like to criticise it. – Jimmy Manyi, announcing a new media strategy based on threats instead of persuasionBACK TO TOP