Stephen Grootes

Stephen Grootes

EWN political reporter & Business Day contributing editor
Location:South Africa

Profile

Stephen Grootes is political reporter for Eyewitness News (www.ewn.co.za) and contributing editor for Business Day (www.businessday.co.za). He used to write for The Daily Maverick (www.thedailymaverick.co.za). Follow him on Twitter at @StephenGrootes.
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When Twitter met South Africa - a match made in a train smash

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has suggested that Twitter in South Africa has become less of a force for good for national debate, and more of a force for evil...

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 28 Jan 2016

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Mandela in hospital: let the media do their job

As the nation awaits news of Madiba, an inevitable debate has sprung up around the coverage of his stay in hospital.

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 2 Jul 2013

The fine art of telling 'national importance' from damp squib
The fine art of telling 'national importance' from damp squib

Good communication is priceless. When something is communicated badly, there is a cost to be borne. On Friday our currency bore that cost. It dropped 2% simply because of one announcement, that turned out to be about a shiny new design for our...

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 13 Feb 2012

Press freedom as the ANC sees it
Press freedom as the ANC sees it

On Tuesday, 31 January 2012, in front of the Press Freedom Commission's members, the ANC had its say. Parts of its submission make you think the ANC is paranoid, and parts make you think it has a serious point.

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 1 Feb 2012

Zuma's Monday Massacre and the importance of free media
Zuma's Monday Massacre and the importance of free media

It's interesting to note that at a time of increased hostility towards the media in general, and the print media in particular, newspapers would be celebrating one of their greatest victories. It hasn't been put like this yet (and it may still be...

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 26 Oct 2011

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Zuma picks Big Mac as his voice

President Jacob Zuma has announced a big shakeup in the premier spin-doctoring role in the country. From now on, the old-generation stalwart Mac Maharaj will be the voice, the public visage of the president. What an interesting choice.

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 7 Jul 2011

From the start, it was all about You. And Huisgenoot.
From the start, it was all about You. And Huisgenoot.

This year, various ANC politicians have accused the media, and journalists generally, of being skiving gits. Of being people with no moral code, who'll do anything for a story. Of being people who think they are above the law, who don't care about...

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 1 Dec 2010

Of Superman ministers and developmentally-aligned broadcasters
Of Superman ministers and developmentally-aligned broadcasters

There seems to be a lot of frightening legislation doing the rounds, which naturally means some drafts don't get the attention they deserve. But, not to be alarmist or anything, you need to have a look at the proposed new law on public broadcasting....

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 17 Nov 2010

SA media tribunal wars: is that an armistice we see?
SA media tribunal wars: is that an armistice we see?

A joint indaba between the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) and Government this past weekend yielded some surprising results - the most important of them being a call by the deputy president for cooler heads. If only that had been the...

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 18 Oct 2010

Amid strikes and chaos, Cosatu enters media tribunal debate with a home run
Amid strikes and chaos, Cosatu enters media tribunal debate with a home run

What is it with Cosatu and Zwelinzima Vavi these days? On the one side, the striking nurses senselessly walk past a patient in clear need of help, and on the other, Cosatu comes out with the most sensible suggestion yet on how to proceed with changes...

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 23 Aug 2010

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Analysis: Wa Afrika's arrest, a bigger picture

The big questions behind Wednesday's melodramatic arrest of Sunday Times journalist, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, cast an ominous shadow over South Africa's fragile...

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 5 Aug 2010

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Protection of Information Bill, a story about a special kind of divorce

As any divorcee will tell you, falling out of love sucks. You understand that life as you know it is about to come to an end. It is how most journalists feel when they read the proposed Protection of Information Bill. So we have to ask, how did it...

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 27 Jul 2010

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Media tribunal, the way it should be

As the season of calls to curb the media's power in South Africa is upon us again, maybe there is a way to bring warring parties together in an institution that would be trusted and respected by everyone - and have some real teeth.

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 19 Jul 2010

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ACSA's Hlahla and how not to talk to an angry public

There's some competition for the 2010 "Worst media move of the year award". There's Julius Malema's "bloody agents" tirade, Sepp Blatter's let's-arrest-good-looking-girls-in-mini-skirts moment and, of course, "don't touch me on my studio". Now the...

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 9 Jul 2010

A reporter's personal story about brush with untouchables
A reporter's personal story about brush with untouchables

It's a terrible sight. To see your colleague, the guy you've bonded with, your mate, your brother in journalistic arms, kicking and screaming and shouting for help. He's being held back, five large black-suited men surrounding him, shouting at him,...

Stephen GrootesBy Stephen Grootes 17 Mar 2010

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