South Africa: The Media, Mandela's Legacy and Transformation

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I think upper income groups are very well served by plurality of media - not necessarily by diversity of media, but the further down the funnel we go I think the less poor and working class media focus media there is and, as a result, I think the less voice there is of poor and working class and unemployed people in the media.

And I think that that is an unsatisfactory situation for us to be in 20 years into a democracy. I think it inevitably leads to a society where we are really unable to see ourselves in all complexity and with all our problems.

I think it leads to an uneven public sphere, an elite public sphere, in fact, where your ability to have voice in the public sphere is determined largely by money and wealth.

And I think inevitably we're not going to be able to address head on our most pressing problems as a society if we're unable to see ourselves accurately. And because of that we are unable to have the kind of hard conversations that we need to have to resolve our most pressing problems.

Jane Duncan, thank you very much for joining us at SACSIS.

It's a pleasure. Thank you Fazila.

And thank you to our viewers and listeners for joining us at the South African Civil Society Information Service. If you're looking for more social justice analysis, you can get that at our website at

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