16 December 2017

South Africa: #ANCDecides2017 - Reporter's Notebook - Smile and Wave Boys, Smile and Wave


The plus, perhaps the only one, of working a very early shift during the week is that when your alarm goes off at 05:00 on a Saturday morning, you're already awake. The dogs are whining for breakfast, the cat is blaming you for the fact that he refused to come inside last night. At this time of year, even the sun is up, the day is ready. Nasrec was ready too. By STEPHEN GROOTES.

The cops at the media entrance were friendly, running a scanner up and down and chuckling that there was no need to walk through the metal detector. On the left hand side were the remains of funfair amusements, the clowns' grin more grotesquely scary than welcoming.

Just off the main press conference venue was the 702 studio. The ANC has copped a lot of flak for its treatment of the media over the years, it's clearly trying to make amends. There is free wi-fi, free food, a media centre with plenty of space. It is impossible to compare it to the Polokwane experience, which brought only mud and tears.

Wandering around it allowed time to catch the vibe of the commentariat:

"Who's it going to be"...

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