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Heather Robertson answers 20 Questions

Editor of Daily Maverick 168, Heather Robertson, answers our questions.

Heather Robertson

Editor of Daily Maverick 168

Phew there are loads, but top of mind now is Cutting for Stone by Ethiopian-born writer Abraham Verghese.

Beach – preferably anywhere on the Indian ocean on the Southern and East African coastline or the Andaman sea.

Why we needed a landline telephone, tape recorder, Sony Walkman, turntable, Tomy Tronic Pacman game console, Kodak camera, notebook, paper maps for road trips, torch, measuring tape and wrote letters to pen pals when all they need for all of the above is a smartphone.

Working with a team of some of the most talented, hard-working, dedicated, unsung heroes and heroines of local journalism when I edited The Herald in Port Elizabeth from 2010 to 2015. Highlights include being threatened to be burnt down by a local ANC leader because we dared to cover local elections fairly and the amazing creativity, camaraderie and teamwork in the wee hours of the morning to bring out a fresh four page front wrap Hamba Kahle commemorative edition, the night Madiba died.

The Dutch magical feminist film Antonia’s Line that won the Best Foreign film at the Oscars in 1995.

My nine year old son so I can understand what he is really thinking and feeling when he answers “I’m fine” to most questions.

The absence of humility.

I defeated Dr Zomboss right up to the Dark Age level in PVZ2. Neon Mixed tapes are killing me though.

I mean one place online for readers to get answers for all puzzles on puzzles page by clicking a url through a QR code.

Stevie Wonder


Thai chicken chilli cashew nuts and veg stir fry.

Driving over a gun-toting, ranting racist, sexist, homophobic, religious fundamentalist in a Pretoria parking lot.

The worst were the most boring and those were student jobs – a toss between hovering around the clothes racks as a store hand at Jet and stock-taking at Pick and Pay. Great motivators to get my BA degree and become a journalist.

Black hat hackers and fake news bots.

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama

Appointing Ministers who are qualified to lead in their fields of expertise.

Being human (mostly).