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Rim van Winkle: Blackberry’s maker finally wakes up

  • Richard Poplak
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    Richard Poplak

    Richard Poplak was born and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. He trained as a filmmaker and fine artist at Montreal’s Concordia University and has produced and directed numerous short films, music videos and commercials. Now a full-time writer, Richard is a senior contributor at South Africa’s leading news site, Daily Maverick, and a frequent contributor to publications all over the world. He is a member of Deca Stories, the international long-form non-fiction collective.

    His first book was the highly acclaimed Ja, No, Man: Growing Up White in Apartheid-Era South Africa (Penguin, 2007); his follow-up was entitled The Sheikh’s Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop-Culture in the Muslim World (Soft Skull, 2010). Poplak has also written the experimental journalistic graphic novel Kenk: A Graphic Portrait (Pop Sandbox, 2010). His election coverage from South Africa’s 2014 election, written under the nom de plume Hannibal Elector, was collected as Until Julius Comes: Adventures in the Political Jungle (Tafelberg, 2014).  Ja, No, Man was longlisted for the Alan Paton Non-Fiction prize, shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Literary Award and voted one of the Top-10 books of 2007 by Now Magazine. Richard has won South Africa’s Media-24 Best Feature Writing Award and a National Magazine Award in Canada.

    Since 2010, Poplak has been travelling across Africa, seeking out the catalysts and characters behind the continent’s 21stcentury metamorphosis. The coming book, co-authored with Kevin Bloom, is called The Shift

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Photo: British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 23 November 2016. EPA/WILL OLIVER

Op-Ed: The impact of Brexit on South Africa

By Richard Gibb
Photo: Then Namibia's Prime Minister Hage Geingob (now President) leaves the fourth EU-Africa Summit of Heads of States at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 03 April 2014. EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

amaBhungane Namibia: Geingob’s pals ‘sank oil deal’

By AMABHUNGANE
Some of the parrots confiscated from executive member of the Parrot Breeders Association of South Africa, Dieter Horstmann. Photo: Diana Neille

Grey area: The illicit parrot trade and SA’s captive-breeding industry

By Kimon de Greef
Photo: Bottles of beer produced by AB InBev and SABMiller are pictured in London, Britain, 28 September 2016. EPA/HANNAH MCKAY

Charles Glass Half Full: The end of SABMiller, but what comes next?

By DIANA NEILLE & RICHARD POPLAK
Photo: US Investor George Soros arrives at the 51st Security Conference at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, 06 February 2015. EPA/ANDREAS GEBERT

Op-Ed: Should philanthropy be funding arts and culture?

By Shelagh Gastrow
Main photo: Protesters hold placards written in the Greek, German and English language during a demonstration in front of the Greek Labour Ministry in Athens, Greece, 04 July 2016. The Greek Communist party unions in the fields of tourism, pensions, workers and students staged a protest against the social security law and unemployment. EPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI

Greece: Rent-Seeking, Hell and the Prime Minister

By GREG MILLS and IOANNIS KOLLIAS
Photo:  Mineral Resources Minister and then  Acting Minister of Communications Mosebenzi Zwane speaks at Ga-Seleka Village Community Hall during the Imbizo focus week launch in Lephalele, 4 April 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Cabinet to seek judicial inquiry into banks’ moves against the Guptas

By BDLIVE
Photo: President Jacob Zuma and SAA Chairwoman Dudu Myeni (GCIS)

SAA: In a big tactical win, Treasury submits new board nominees

By Marianne Thamm
Photo by Petur-t via Flickr

ArcelorMittal to pay R1.5bn price fix fine

By News24
Photo: Cars drive below a road toll in Johannesburg October 7, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Sanral unfazed by foreign firm collecting e-toll fees

By News24
Main photo: Rabat Technopolis (Wikimedia Commons)

Countries as Companies: Morocco’s use of technology for development

By Greg Mills & Dickie Davis
Image of Polihali Dam, by Sunday Express, Lesotho.

amaBhungane: Nomvula Mokonyane’s alleged interference in Lesotho water project cited as causing delays

By AMABHUNGANE
Photo: Alide Dasnois (http://thebookery.org.za)

Independent Media misled public on Alide Dasnois, says Press Ombudsman

By Marianne Merten
Photo: A picture made available on 21 June 2016 and taken with wide angle lens shows two cooling towers of the nuclear power plant Grafenrheinfeld, Germany, 31 May 2016.  EPA/DANIEL KARMANN

Analysis: How much will new nuclear electricity cost South Africa?

By Chris Yelland
Photo: Protesters at the AIDS2016 Conference in Durban highlighted Gilead Science’s pricing of its hepatitis C drug Sofosbuvir. Photo: Liz McGregor

GroundUp: Anger at huge price tag for life-saving medicine

By GroundUp
Photo by Gavin Fordham.

Op-Ed: Eskom has us over a barrel. Time for a different approach.

By Dirk de Vos
Photo: James and the sluice. (Greg Mills)

Take a Chance: Welcome to the golden underground world of Zama-Zamas

By Greg Mills
Photo: A general view of the fastest computer in Africa named Lengau at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town, South Africa 08 June 2016. Lengau meaning Cheetah in Setswana language named after Africa's fastest animal was officially launched this week and is the fastest supercomputer in Africa. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)'s Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) hosts the latest Dell machine which is in the top 100 supercomputing list worldwide. The new petaflop system is the first of its kind on the continent and is aimed at enhancing services for researchers and scientists working on a wide range of subjects from the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope to weather modeling, climate change and mining. EPA/NIC BOTHMA.

amaBhungane: CSIR’s supercomputer tender and the theatre of the absurd that followed it

By AMABHUNGANE
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: ‘Show of strength’ by a declining ANC

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: A file photo dated 27 August 2012 shows Isabel dos Santos posing and making the V sign in Lobito, Angola, 29 January 2013. Isabel dos Santos, the oldest daughter of the Angolian President, is a business woman and investor, and, according to Forbes Magazine's recent calculations, she is Africa's first female billionaire. On top of her interests in oil and diamonds, she has significant shares in telecommunications, media, retail, finance and the energy industry.

Angola: Africa’s richest woman's assets were paid by state money and public funds

By Rafael Marques
Main photo: Facing a row because of ties to the South African Gupta family, Denel resurfaced in India as an exhibitor at DefExpo 2016 after years of blacklisting. (Photo: StratPost – South Asian Defence and Strategic Affairs)

amaBhungane: How Denel was hijacked

By AMABHUNGANE
Photo: Uber drivers wait at Airport Industria for their next ride. (Photo: Kimon de Greef)

GroundUp: Uber and Out in Cape Town

By GroundUp
Photo: South African motorists wait in line at a petrol station on the eve of a 41 cents per litre price hike for petrol in Cape Town, South Africa, 01 March 2011. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

DA calls for criminal inquiry after R5 billion sale of SA's strategic fuel reserves

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Beach goers walk in front of the Koeberg power facility in Cape Town, South Africa 21 January 2011. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Analysis: Awaiting ConCourt's decision on Eskom's R5bn nuclear contract

By AIMEE CLARKE
Main photo: LISCR's office on 5th Street Sinkor District Monrovia, where mail for the more than 40,000 companies registered to 80 Broad Street is delivered. (Photo by George Turner)

amaBhungane: Liberia, America’s outpost of financial secrecy

By AMABHUNGANE
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With GDP growth revised downward, SA markets brace for downgrade

By ANDREA TEAGLE
Main photo: Attorney Charles Abrahams, who has worked with mineworkers suffering from silicosis for 10 years, addresses media after a class action for miners suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis was given approval to proceed. (Greg Nicolson)

Silicosis: Court backs class action

By Greg Nicolson
All photos by Dr Mills.

Zambezi Protocol: African mining’s downward spiral can be reversed

By Greg Mills & Dickie Davis
Photo: SunEdison website front page.

Analysis: SA’s Department of Energy in a quandary as SunEdison files for bankruptcy protection

By CHRIS YELLAND & PIERRE POTGIETER