8000 DAYS, Mandela, Mbeki and beyond; the inside story of an editor in the corridors of power

: Heard (T.)

R 285.00
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296pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019


Foreword by Bheki Khumalo. 

Former Cape Times editor Tony Heard worked in government from 1994 to 2016, first as adviser to Minister Kader Asmal, then a decade as special adviser in the Presidency, and a dozen years elsewhere in government advising and speech-writing.

While working as editor of the Cape Times Tony Heard was awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom by the World Association of Newspapers and the Pringle Medal after his interview with then banned ANC leader in exile Oliver Tambo in November 1985. He openly defied censorship laws, was arrested in his office under apartheid security laws, and later dismissed as editor of the broadsheet.