Here we are again, our well-meaning rainbow nation is about to celebrate Heritage Day. Though full of good intentions, it has become a day on which we are forced to scramble about for heritage what-what. Most of us are a glorious blend of what we are genetically, culturally and ideologically. Suddenly, in September, we have to find an outfit to wear with that. Along the same vein, February 14 is no longer a normal day. Instead, red and white outfits have become the norm.
SA has come a long way since only a few were allowed to give culturalexpression to their heritage, while the customs of the majority were not even recognised. Dumisane Lubisi catches up with Sonwabile Mancotywa, head of the National Heritage Council. After reading a note that his grandson brought home from his preschool in Pretoria, a grandfather was infuriated. He went to the school the next morning to discuss it with the teachers.
On May 15, Brian Molefe danced his way to the foyer of Eskom’s headquarters where a large crowd waited for him – in song – to reclaim his job. Seduced by the warm reception, Molefe took on the role of a populist and played to the gallery. He made several announcements around continuing “with our mission of keeping the lights on”, building power plants and addressing salary disparities. All this while the gathering cheered him on.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".