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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: Minister Malusi Gigaba, Deputy Minister Sifiso Buthelezi, South African Revenue Service Commissioner, Mr Tom Moyane, 3 April 2017 (Photos GCIS)

Tax Season: Systemic IT glitch raises red flags at SARS

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President Jacob Zuma conducts a monitoring visit to SAA, 6 May 2016 (GCIS)

Op-Ed: The Endgame for SAA?

By GUY LEITCH
Photo: Ajay and Atul Gupta.

amaBhungane & Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: Software giant SAP paid Gupta front R100-million “kickbacks” for state business

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Main photo: Ducati’s Borgo Panigale factory in Bologna produces three-quarters of its annual sales.

La Passione + Innovation, Branding and Markets = Success

By Greg Mills
Photo: Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba addresses a breakfast hosted by the Progressive Business Forum at the ANC policy conference at the Nasrec Expo Centre, 30 June 2017. Photo: IHSAAN HAFFEJEE

Public Protector can’t order the Constitution to change, Gigaba states

By Greg Nicolson
Main photo: Protesting community members from the platinum belt carry placards as they march through the streets of Sandton on their way to the JSE. Photo: IHSAAN HAFFEJEE

Miners rise up and march as Anglo Gold Ashanti fires salvo to cut 8,500 jobs

By Ihsaan Haffejee
Photo: Minister Mosebenzi Zwane visits Harmony Gold's Doorknob Mine, 20 Oct 2015 (GCIS)

Chamber of Mines: Mining Charter is 'illegal', 'unconstitutional' and 'stupefying'

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane (YouTube via TechCentral)

Rand tanks as Public Protector opens Pandora’s Box on currency laws

By News24
Photo: Brian Molefe (EE Publishers)

Eskom: Molefe's return as CEO has Lynne Brown's approval

By Jillian Green and Marianne Merten
Main photo: President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa holding a bilateral meeting with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of the Republic of Uganda on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban. 03/05/2017, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

Why foreign investors choose Peru and not, erm, Uganda?

By GREG MILLS & LYAL WHITE
Photo of President Jacob Zuma by Jordi Matas.

Op-Ed: Where is the FICA Bill, Mr President?

By Magda Wierzycka
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Fitch downgrades SA to junk status

By Jillian Green
Photo: A general view at dawn of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm in South Africa 08 July 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Analysis: Highly critical written responses received by DoE to its Draft IRP 2016

By Chris Yelland
Photo: A US Government Survey map indicates that the location for the tremor which shook much of the subregion this week was underneath the gas well drill sites where Tlou has been operating for at least the last five years.

Did fracking in Botswana cause Johannesburg to tremble? 

By Jeffrey Barbee
Photo: Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, David Nicholls (EE Publishers)

Interview: Eskom’s chief nuclear officer on renewed interest in the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor

By CHRIS YELLAND & PIERRE POTGIETER
Photo by Pixel Kisses Photography via Flickr.

Competition Commission: Fresh produce dealers ‘collude’ to up food prices and muscle out emerging black farmers

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: American dollar notes are displayed in this photo illustration in Johannesburg August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Corporate Collusion: The harsher penalties challenge

By Greg Nicolson
Main photo: Dhaka, by Mariusz Kluzniak via Flickr

Bangladesh: An African Path to Prosperity?

By Greg Mills
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Report: Another bank seems to be closing its doors on Gupta-controlled companies

By Jillian Green
Photo: South African Rand coins are seen in this photo illustration taken September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Interview: Corporate collusion in the spotlight

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (C) arrives with his staff to present his Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 22 February 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Gordhan’s Budget 2017 meets broad approval

By Marianne Merten
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presents his Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 22 February 2017. The speech outlines the current state of the economy and governments plan going forward.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

2017 Budget Speech

By Pravin Gordhan
Photo: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas, Cape Town, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)

In numbers: Budget 2017

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson)

BUDGET 2017: Political uncertainty overshadows tight “transformation” budget

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma reacts before replying to the debate about his State Of The Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 16 February 2017. The president responded to the debate in Parliament following the 09 February 2017 SONA. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

SONA, The Rebound: Battered Zuma bounces back, puts bank collusion in the spotlight

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: New South African bank notes featuring an image of former South African President Nelson Mandela are displayed at an office in Johannesburg January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

TRAINSPOTTER: Currency collusion scandal – the Great Global Bank Heist comes to South Africa

By Richard Poplak
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amaBhungane: Gupta-owned newspaper in line of fire of new Nielsen report

By AMABHUNGANE
Photo: Early morning light catches rainway carriages as they wait for the Monday morning rush hour at the Johannesburg station, South Africa, 18 November 2007. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

World Bank to SA parliamentarians: The key to economic growth is private investment

By Marianne Merten
Photo:Workers underground at Lonmin Rowland Shaft setting up for drilling and later drilling. (Greg Marinovich)

TRAINSPOTTER: Waiting for Charter at Mining Indaba

By Richard Poplak