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Max du Preez
Max du Preez
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Category:
Speaker
Location:
Cape Town South Africa
Preferred Language:
Afrikaans, English
Tags:
Businessman,Journalist,Political Analyst
Profile:
Guest Speaker Max du Preez is a veteran South African journalist, author and public speaker.
 
He holds the dubious record of being the most prosecuted journalist during the last two decades of apartheid (he survived two assassination attempts and a bombing of his office), but has also received more international and national awards for bravery and integrity in journalism than any other South African journalist, the latest being honourary doctorates from the universities of Stellenbosch (2018) and the Free State (2017).
 
Max is a highly-regarded political analyst because of his deep insight into the political dynamics of the last three decades, his access to the main political actors and his honest, forthright approach. He is in demand as a public speaker because he successfully translates these attributes into stimulating, accessible and informative presentations.

Max’s presentations include context, analysis and inside information regarding the power struggles in the ANC and opposition parties, the undercurrents in the national discourse and what this means for business and the economy.
 
He is a graduate of Stellenbosch University and a former political correspondent of Financial Mail, Sunday Times and Business Day. In 1987 he was a member of Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert’s group that held talks with the ANC’s exiled leadership in Dakar, Senegal. In 1988 he founded and edited the pioneering anti-apartheid newspaper Vrye Weekblad. When it was closed down in February 1994, he joined the SABC where he was responsible for award-winning programmes such as the TRC Special Report and Special Assignment. He was fired by the SABC in 1999 because he “did not respect the SABC leadership”, a charge he could not deny.
 
He has since written fourteen books on South African politics and history. His latest, A Rumour of Spring, won the coveted Alan Paton Prize for Non-fiction in 2014. He is a widely read syndicated columnist and publisher of the weekly boutique news offering vryeweekblad.com. Among his many awards are the Louis M Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism from the Niemann Fellows at Harvard University, the Nat Nakasa Award for Courageous Journalism from the SA National Editors Forum, the Pringle Prize from the SA Union of Journalists, the Award for Outstanding Journalism from the Foreign Correspondents Association, the Distinguished Leadership Award from the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership and was named the 2006 Yale Globalist International Journalist.
 
He is married, has three children and lives in Cape Town.

Guest Speaker Max du Preez is a veteran South African journalist, author and public speaker.
 
He holds the dubious record of being the most prosecuted journalist during the last two decades of apartheid (he survived two assassination attempts and a bombing of his office), but has also received more international and national awards for bravery and integrity in journalism than any other South African journalist, the latest being honourary doc
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