Great Texts – Ferial Haffajee

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27 Sep ’12 5:30 pm
27 Sep ’12 6:30 pm
Hiddingh Hall
+27 21 480 7156
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UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa

Editor-in-Chief of City Press newspaper and former Editor of the Mail & Guardian, Ferial Haffajee, will discuss the National Development Plan, considering many questions that arise from it, most significantly whether it is an unattainable dream, or initiates our every potential.

Often spearheading controversy, Haffajee has been lauded for her social and political savvy and courage; with stories of national and international significance, such as the Kebble murder trial and most recently the controversies around artist Brett Murray’s The Spear, rising to prominence under her editorship.

Haffajee chairs the SA National Editors Forum’s ethics and diversity committee, and sits on the boards of the International Press Institute and the World Editors Forum, as well as Gender Links – an organisation focused on improving the media’s coverage of development and gender empowerment.  She is a previous winner of the Shoprite-Checkers Woman of the Year award, The Media magazine’s Women in Media award and a Sanlam Financial Journalism award.  In 2008, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. An alumnus of the Africa Leadership Initiative, she has also worked at Financial Mail and at the SABC in both radio and television.

Business Day Editor Peter Bruce called Haffajee “the country’s first celebrity editor”, describing her as “thoughtful, conciliatory and gentle, [and] for an editor, wildly popular.“

Refreshments will be served from 17:00. No Booking is necessary. For more information on the Great Texts / Big Questions series, please contact +27 21 480 7156 or

Ferial Haffajee audio recording available for download.

Ferial Haffajee video recording:


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