“Sometimes I hear things when I’m doing interviews on live radio that I have to stop and be like WTF.”

July 18, 2020

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It feels like the country has a hangover today.
LISTEN Exclusive interview with Presidency Spokesperson Vincent Magwenya: Ramaphosa is considering his options, consulting and will address the nation. He will act in the interests of the country. https://t.co/m4lhcyTXvM
Vincent Magwenya: No, he has not received any delegation from the ANC.
Vincent Magwenya: He will be guided by what is in the best interests of the country and that the country and government remains stable.
Vincent Magwenya: He is aware of the options. He has held discussions with key stakeholders in government and the governing party. He has held consultations with members of his team. He is aware of the different options he has available.
Vincent Magwenya: It will be in the form of a national address. I'm not able to commit to a timeline. It will be fairly soon. We don't want to sustain a level of uncertainty and anxiety and speculation to take root.

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Mandy Wiener2 days ago
Today was a hard day to sell hope in South Africa!

I walked into my keynote at 3pm this afternoon with all indications that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s resignation was imminent and he would be addressing the nation. His spokesperson had told me that he was considering his options and consulting.

There was a lot of uncertainty and anxiety about the crisis we found ourselves in as a country. What would a Ramaphosa resignation mean? Who would replace him? Would Kgalema Motlanthe be an interim stop gap? Would DD Mabuza or Paul Mashatile take over? Could we see early elections?

The rand dived as investors worried that all the work that had been done to uncapture the state would be rolled back and we would return to that dark place we had been to in the past.

I normally speak about how there is more than one story to tell about South Africa. There are other narratives to tell about active citizens, hope dealers, good civil servants, whistleblowers, entrepreneurs, the media… I don’t gloss over the very serious failures we face. Unemployment, crime, corruption, service delivery. But there are other stories to tell too.

This point is more important now than even. We have to learn from what happened in the state capture era. We have to make sure we are ready to defend our constitutional democracy and the rule of law. The judiciary must stand firm. Civil society must be ready to act to hold political leaders to account. The media, investigative journalists, have to go harder than they have before. Whistleblowers need to have the courage to expose wrongdoing. Corporate South Africa must stand up. Citizens will have to vote for change if they want it.

We have been here before and survived. In 2008 when Thabo Mbeki was recalled. In 2015 when Zuma fired the Finance Minister for a weekend. In 2018 when Zuma was recalled. We are resilient and we will survive this too.

I know we have resilience fatigue. It’s easier to be apathetic and ignore the situation. But we can’t afford to check out. We have to fight.

Who knows what the next day or week will bring politically. Hold on tight.
Mandy Wiener
Mandy Wiener3 days ago
LISTEN Exclusive interview with Presidency Spokesperson Vincent Magwenya: Ramaphosa is considering his options, consulting and will address the nation. He will act in the interests of the country.
Mandy Wiener
Mandy Wiener4 days ago
Naomi has this spot on. This year has been busier than I’ve ever experience and we are feeling wrung dry exhausted and depleted. Go slowly and be kind!
Mandy Wiener
Mandy Wiener6 days ago
Reasons to be happy! Thanks 702 for the celebration. #SARadioAwards winners.

The cake is by Bread Box Bakery, winners of the 702 Small Business Awards. Last week I announced the winner and this week they baked us this cake for an award. Full circle!
Mandy Wiener
Mandy Wiener1 week ago
The Midday Report on 702 and CapeTalk won the Best News and Actuality Show at the SA Radio Awards last night. So incredibly proud of our all women team - Camagwini Mavovana and Palesa Mabuye - who bring the magic every day between 12 and 1. It’s special to work with ladies who are perfectionists like me and the hard work pays off! If you’re not a listener yet, please join us.
Mandy Wiener
Mandy Wiener1 week ago
Two key judgments handed down this week once again demonstrate how our Constitution holds us on the right path.

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ABOUT MANDY

Mandy is one of the country’s best known and most credible journalists and authors. She is the current host of the Midday Report on 702 and Cape Talk and is a regular columnist for News24.

She has published numerous best-selling books and is a prominent social media commentator.

For the past two decades Mandy has worked as a multi award-winning reporter specialising in investigative journalism and legal matters.

Covering stories such as the trial of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi and the murder of Brett Kebble, she earned a reputation for her work in exposing South Africa’s criminal underworld. These included exposes on Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, Teazers boss Lolly Jackson and other mysterious murders.

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WRITING

Mandy was short-listed in the prestigious ‘Alan Paton Sunday Times Literary Awards’ for her book, ‘Killing Kebble’ which was a local publishing phenomenon, selling in excess of 100 000 copies. It was also chosen as Jenny Crwys-Williams’ ‘Book of the Year’ in 2011.

Her second book, ‘My Second Initiation’, written with former head of the NPA Vusi Pikoli, was also short-listed for the Alan Paton award and was Crwys-William’s non-fiction book of the year in 2013. In 2014, she published ‘Behind The Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story’ with her colleague Barry Bateman.

The book was released internationally and contained new, exclusive information about the trial. Her 2018 book, Ministry of Crime, took a deep dive into organised crime, police corruption and politics. In 2020, Mandy published The Whistleblowers highlighting the stories of several South African whistleblowers and advocating for a change in legislation and culture.

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SPEAKING

Mandy is a regular feature on the speaking circuit. She addresses conferences, corporates and gatherings and also facilitates panels and discussions with a unique perspective on current affairs and how history unfolds in South Africa.

She focuses on ‘Hope Dealers’: the good people who did their jobs, the whistleblowers who felt compelled to speak truth to power, the civil society activists who stepped into the breach and the journalists who dug up the dirt to hold authorities to account.

There are lessons in these stories for corporates and for individuals on what needs to be done to improve governance, to change legislation and to create a speak-up culture in order to root out corruption. Most importantly these stories will inspire the audience not to be apathetic or complacent, but to fight for a better South Africa.

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MEDIA TRAINING

Thanks to her extensive background in media and journalism, Mandy has gained a lifetime of insight into how best to handle interviews and media.

In personalised training sessions, she offers theory and practical training, covering topics such as the SA media landscape, messaging for media, media rights and how to deal with journalists and crisis communications. Sessions also include training on writing for media, including thought leadership and opinion pieces. Click the button below to book Mandy for media training.

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ACCOLADES

Mandy has won a number of National and Regional Vodacom ‘Journalist of the Year’ awards, has been named ‘The CNN African Radio Journalist of the Year’ and has received several commendations in the Webber Wentzel ‘Legal Journalist of the Year’ awards.

In addition, she has received the National Press Club award in the Radio Category and the Social Media category and was awarded the ‘Rising Star – Women in the Media’ award in 2011.

On the writing front, Mandy was short-listed in the prestigious ‘Alan Paton Sunday Times Literary Awards’ for her book, ‘Killing Kebble’ which was a local publishing phenomenon, selling in excess of 100 000 copies. It was also chosen as Jenny Crwys-Williams’ ‘Book of the Year’ in 2011. Mandy’s second book, ‘My Second Initiation’, written with former head of the NPA Vusi Pikoli, was also short-listed for the Alan Paton award and was Crwys-William’s non-fiction book of the year in 2013. Ministry of Crime was long-listed for the Alan Paton.

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Killing Kebble

A gritty, fast-paced chronicle of how one death blew the lid off Johannesburg’s shadowy underworld.

The Whistleblowers

Raw and evocative accounts of South Africa’s whistleblowers, told in their own voices and from their own perspectives.

My Second Initiation

This memoir traces Pikoli’s journey from his graduation to manhood, to his experience in the corridors of government.

Behind The Door

Behind the Door is a compelling narrative that unpacks the true facts of the Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp story.

Ministry of Crime

Ministry of Crime examines the nexus between organised crime figures, corrupt police officials and powerful politicians.