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Guestspeaker- Jacques Pauw
Jacques Pauw
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Category:
Speaker
Location:
Riebeek Kasteel South Africa
Preferred Language:
Afrikaans, English
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Author,Entrepreneur,Journalist,Politics,South Africa,Writer
Profile:
Guest Speaker, Jacques is an investigative journalist and author of the best-selling The President’s Keepers: Those who keep Zuma in power and out of prison.
 
The book, published in October 2017, has been widely hailed as the most important book published in post-apartheid South Africa. Within two months of its release, The President’s Keepers became the biggest selling book in South African history. The film rights of the book has been sold and it is being published in North America and the United Kingdom. 
 
Jacques, named by Nelson Mandela as one of South Africa’s greatest journalists, has worked as a reporter, television documentary producer, commentator and columnist for more than 30 years. 
He has been named twice as CNN’s African Journalist of the Year, has won the Daniel Pearl award in the United States for the best cross-border investigative journalism in the world, Italy’s Ilaria Alpi, South Africa’s Journalist of the Year Award and was the recipient of the Nat Nakasa Award for bravery and integrity in journalism. 
 
He was in 1988 a co-founder and the assistant-editor of the Afrikaans anti-apartheid newspaper Vrye Weekblad (Free Weekly). The newspaper became one of the most persecuted and prosecuted newspapers in South African history. Jacques exposed the existence of police death squads in November 1989. He left the newspaper in 1993. 
He has also worked as the head of investigations for The Star and Sunday Star before co-founding the Truth Commission Special Report for the SABC in 1996. In 1998, Jacques was a co-founder of Special Assignment, the premier current affairs show of the SABC. He became the Executive Producer of the programme in 1999.
 
Special Assignment was an award winning and highly respected current affairs programme. During Jacques’s stint at the programme, he produced a host of current affairs documentaries throughout the African continent. Amongst them were exposés on drug smuggling, the international trafficking of women and children, child labour, child soldiers and blood diamonds. He has also produced documentaries on the genocide in Rwanda, the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea and civil conflicts in Sierra Leone, Sudan, Burundi, Zaire (today DRC), Algeria, Liberia, Rwanda and Angola.  
 
Jacques resigned in protest from Special Assignment in September 2007 after a series of political appointments at the national broadcaster. 
He was the Director of the Justice Project in the Department of Journalism at Wits University in 2009 before becoming the head of investigations at Media24 newspapers, the biggest newspaper group in South Africa. He specialized in in-depth reporting on state corruption, the police and the intelligence services. He left Media24 at the end of 2014 to pursue freelance writing. He also owns a restaurant, bar and guesthouse in the Western Cape village of Riebeek Kasteel. 
 
He is the author of six books, five of non-fiction and one of fiction. He has been shortlisted for three major literary awards. Jacques has through his long journalism career gained an inside knowledge of South African current affairs and has regular interactions with high-level politicians and decision-makers. He has contacts in both the highest echelons and lower echelons of the law-enforcements agencies, which has enabled him to write The President’s Keepers.
 
Whether he gives you his unique view of our country and its future or the realities and challenges facing our new president, his talks are speckled with unique personal experiences on journeys that have taken him from Africa’s most notorious warmongers and genocide and into the heart of South Africa’s death squads and the murky world of intelligence. 
 
A columnist for a Sunday newspaper once wrote that if journalists were the ‘nagkardrywers’ (sewage car drivers) of society, Jacques is grubbier than any of them. His talks centres around his personal experiences in writing The President’s Keepers, how Jacob Zuma hollowed out and destroyed the law enforcement agencies, the state of justice in the country and the challenges facing Cyril Ramaphosa. 
Guest Speaker, Jacques is an investigative journalist and author of the best-selling The President’s Keepers: Those who keep Zuma in power and out of prison.
 
The book, published in October 2017, has been widely hailed as the most important book published in post-apartheid South Africa. Within two months of its release, The President’s Keepers became the biggest selling book in South African history. The film rights of the book has been sold and i
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