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Synopsis of the book
About the Author
Ten videos taken during 2007 book launch
Top fifteen photos taken on the tour
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On the way to South Africa - Queensland to W
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S African tour
One of the great revelations of my visit to S Africa was the independence of the media. Reporters and Editors who were being arrested for challenging the integrity of the ANC Government under Thabo Mbeki - they even compared him to Robert Mugabe in newspaper pieces.
The impact on me was even greater as, as an Australian, I have seen what happens when a power hungry media proprietor, Rupert Murdoch, strangles this independence out of the media in what is supposed to be one of the world's "great democracies" - Australia.
Yes South Africa faces enormous challenges but there are a lot of good people who have hung in there and continue to believe and hope that the corruption raging through the halls of power now will slowly be cleaned out.
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