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John Webb

John Webb

John Webb began his career in journalism as a wide-eyed cub reporter at news agency Network Radio News in 1997. He joined Talk Radio 702 in 1999 as a reporter and news reader and was assigned to major news stories. John then joined Carte Blanche in 2004, where he presented current affairs programmes from the field. He spent four years with European sports broadcaster Setanta Sports as a presenter and producer, returning to South Africa in 2013 to take up a six-month contract as host of "Talk at Nine" on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. In March 2014, John was the Pretoria field anchor for the highly successful Oscar Pistorius Trial.

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Determined to Dream

28 March 2017, 10:41

There’s a Willow tree in front of an unremarkable house at number 8 Le Bourget Avenue.  At least there was when I...

Of Guns and Gangs

25 January 2017, 16:51

Senior Superintendent Chetty cuts an impressive figure. A dyed in the wool law-enforcer, his tunic is immaculately...

Finding Joy in Negative Spaces

17 October 2016, 16:23

One look at a photograph of Samuel Beckett tells you everything you need to know about the man: he possessed, amongst...

Deep in the DRC Jungle

19 September 2016, 8:00

The Hotel Ishango was a lonely place in 1998. Laurent Kabila’s government, only a few months old, was starting to...

Google Trekker: Mapping the Cape’s Contrasts

24 July 2016, 19:00

Two weeks ago, I found myself atop a mountain, at once nursing a sun burn while fighting off frost bite.  The trail...

Oscar Pistorius’ Sentencing: The Intricacies

21 June 2016, 15:50

The South African judicial system requires that you bow each time a judge or magistrate enters or leaves a court room....

Micro Babies and Miracle Men

05 June 2016, 19:00

I once had a friend with a ponytail and an acoustic guitar. He lived on a hill overlooking the Cape’s False Bay....

Farming Fatalities of SA’s Drought

10 April 2016, 19:00

Prieska, in the Northern Cape, is a long way from just about everywhere else. It takes over an hour to get there from...

Survival Of The Fittest

29 February 2016, 11:49

In the early ‘90s, Tony Blair was still struggling to convince elements of the UK electorate of his Prime Ministerial...

Taunted by Clouds – By John Webb

01 December 2015, 15:55

If Andre Roux is feeling uncertain about the future, he’s doing a good job of hiding it.  We’re sitting on an old...

Fees Must Fall: South African Spring?

27 October 2015, 14:00

The house is Victorian, built by colonialists enticed by this side of Cape Town’s cooler temperatures.  The irony...

CANCER: The Indiscriminate Assailant

30 June 2015, 14:28

On the day my mother was laid to rest, at the very instant her coffin was being lowered into the ground, a breeze picked up and plucked at the branches of nearby trees.  It had been a typically biting Highveld winter, and that day had seemed particularly bleak.  But it hadn’t been windy.  Not until that moment.  I mentioned it to my family later, but they hadn’t noticed.  Perhaps I’d imagined it.