We must thank President Jacob Zuma for one thing: he has advanced free speech in South Africa. Previously our journalists were reluctant to criticise ANC leaders except on specific issues such as Aids. They muted their criticism for fear of being called racists wanting to bring back apartheid. Now their criticism is loud and open. This is great progress in our political life. Last week a gang of brownshirt thugs calling themselves Black First Land First were sent (by the Gupta brothers?)
Cape Town was founded in 1652 because of water. The search for more water for its expanding population has dominated its history ever since. Recently, it has become rather desperate. In March, flying from Cape Town to Joburg, I was frightened to see the low levels of the dams supplying the city. The Dutch, looking for a refreshment station for their ships, chose Table Bay rather than Saldanha – a better harbour – because it had fresh water.
His autobiography Between Two Fires, recently published, is essential for understanding our troubled past and troubled present. The two fires are the authoritarian ideologies of apartheid and communism. JKB was one of the few during our transition to denounce both apartheid and the atrocities of the ANC/communist “people’s war”, directed mainly against innocent black people in the townships.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".