Nope is a group of people who are not happy. They are not happy with the political situation in South Africa, the heated wars that permeate the globe, or with the current state of democracy. These people have decided not to vote in the past elections, claiming that “Our dreams do not fit on your ballots”.
Signs of division appeared in Jacob Zuma’s camp this week when the ANC president disagreed publicly with one of his staunchest supporters over media effects.
While SACP leader Blade Nzimande accused City Press of sowing division and confusion within ANC ranks, Zuma has come to the conclusion that nobody much bothers about what they read in newspapers.
What to do about the sad state of unionism amongst South African journalists? This was the conversation I had today with International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) leader Aidan White (pic below).
My explanation for the state-of-play is that it’s a journalists’ job-market – so that classic labour issues of pay, conditions and security are not pressing. An unhappy journo today can find alternative workplaces with ease – in advertising, corporate or government comms, in NGOs and in educational institutions.