Acumen News

September 10, 2021


An Acumen Media Report over 30 Days I am gutted.  Let that word sink in.  The gravitas of the word. #Gutted Gutted is an adjective.  One meaning is to remove or destroy completely the internal parts of (a building or other structure). Some suggested synonyms are devastate; destroy; demolish; wipe […]
September 3, 2021

#LockedDown #TooLong #WeWait

It’s September, the last quarter of 2021 and the beginning of Spring.  It feels like it’s been sixteen years since we rang the New Year’s bell on a humdinger of a year that most of us want to forget.   We no longer say things like “this year has flown” anymore, […]
August 27, 2021

#AntiVaxxers and #Scamandla

Is it just me or is the nation suffering from #PTSD and #BurnOut?  I watched the news like a robot, very little emotion and even less interest.  Mmmh hang on, this was when the #AntiVaxxers lined up outside #GrooteSchuur.  Let’s see if these guys have a point, perhaps I’ve been […]
August 20, 2021

#Marikana – A #DecadeTooLong

An Acumen Media Report over seven days. It was a strange media week where international news trumped local news.  The biggest story across SA this week was the horror of #Marikana. It is nine years later, and the families have still not been properly compensated. Questions are left hanging in […]
August 13, 2021

Presidents, the Dock and #AllofThat

An Acumen Media Report weekending 12th August 21     We expected so many court cases that I prepared to juggle YouTube channel subscriptions to keep up. We had a line up that was meant to start with #JacobZuma in court; followed by #AceMagashule, and then #PresidentRamaphosa would make an […]
August 6, 2021

A #CabinetReshuffle & Other Hustle

An Acumen Media Report week ending 5th August 2021 #CabinetReshuffle chucked a curveball on this report: I was done and dusted when I heard the news that the #President would be addressing the nation on a #CabinetReshuffle and that #ZweliMkhize had “resigned”. I was amped for his speech, and I […]
July 30, 2021

#InstigatorsRevealed #VaccineHesitancy and #RiseRamaphosa!

An Acumen Media Report over Thirty Days I read how the Daily Maverick dropped files on the instigators according to a social media study and the statistician in me can’t let it go. There’s a saying in our industry, “Stats will do what you want them to. Stats will change […]
July 23, 2021

Insurrection and Resurrection – #WhatWouldMandelaSay

An Acumen Media Report over 7 days ending 22nd July 21 How are you South Africa? How are you coping?  Are you healthy and virus free?  Are you safe?  Have you got food?  Are you able to work? Are you able to study? I can only guess that in most […]
July 16, 2021

South Africa: #YouveBeenPlayed

Last week I wrote that Zuma’s Arrest was an anti-climax – I have eaten my words, they were as bitter as they were dismissive. And now, I don’t know if words can do justice to the shockwave that unfolded in our beloved country over the past seven days. #CryTheBelovedCountry. What […]
July 9, 2021

#ZumaArrest – An Anti-Climax

Can you believe it South Africa?  JZ went to jail. He’s in an orange overall, eating prison food, using a call phone and sitting behind the traalies?  Can you believe it? (ok, the food and phones are a “stretch”, but I’m certain he’s incarcerated). Let’s wind back the clock a […]
July 2, 2021

SA Judiciary – #WeSaluteYou

An Acumen Media Report over 7 days How much news can be crammed into a single week?  What a cracker! I jumped from headline to headline (with my fake news hat on) not believing what I was reading.  Let’s start with the headline grabbers #Concourt and the #Judiciary.  The eyes […]
June 24, 2021

#Gauteng – a Funeral Pyre

An Acumen Media Report – 7 days How did we get this so wrong South Africa?  The #Thirdwave poured fuel on a province and our inability to make quick decisions lit the match and dumped it into the #Gauteng Funeral Pyre.  Bodies pile up and the Funeral Homes are parked […]