Bongani Bingwa has been a presenter and journalist for South Africa's longest running investigative television programme Carte Blanche since 2007. He has interviewed thought leaders, senior politicians, and captains of industry, authors, celebrities and high-flyers on the global stage. His experience includes anchoring on the Oscar Pistorius Trial Channel and covering major African stories - from the Nairobi bombings, to the Nelson Mandela funeral and human trafficking in Nigeria. Many a wrongdoer has come under the glare of his probing questioning for the show.
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So when I wake up every morning, before I do anything – go to the bathroom, make coffee, stretch, perhaps even...
Growing up in the Transkei in the ‘80s, strikes and “stay-aways” were virtually unheard of. We lived in a middle-class bubble, certain of the promises that bantustan propaganda fed us. We were an independent country; the first to gain self-rule from our benevolent neighbour, South Africa. Every school child could tell you the date of Zimelegeqe with pride: October 26th, 1976.
Is it xenophobia or simply opportunistic crime? That has been the focus of much of the debate since the outbreak of the latest violent attacks against mostly foreign operated township spaza shops these last two weeks.
The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is not only the first in that region, it is the worst in recorded history. Approaching nearly 700 deaths and quickly spreading, it has a country like Liberia in virtual lock-down with schools closed and non-essential government workers sent home.
Growing up in the eighties at the height of the Cold War with its accompanying spy novels - Ludlum, Archer and even Sidney Sheldon - turned me into something of a Soviet enthusiast.
How has your life changed since you joined Carte Blanche? It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of the...