Bonny Schoonakker

Bonny Schoonakker has worked as a journalist in South Africa, Europe and, now, Asia, reporting on war and peace, and everything in between, for more than 30 years. Despite being in newspapers for an uncomfortable length of time, he feels he still has a lot to learn and cannot shake off the suspicion that you are only as good as your next story, no matter how good your last one. However, he does know that truth is a lie’s best cover, and remains constantly on the alert.
Bonny Schoonakker
Bonny Schoonakker has worked as a journalist in South Africa, Europe and, now, Asia, reporting on war and peace, and everything in between, for more than 30 years. Despite being in newspapers for an uncomfortable length of time, he feels he still has a lot to learn and cannot shake off the suspicion that you are only as good as your next story, no matter how good your last one. However, he does know that truth is a lie’s best cover, and remains constantly on the alert.

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Awestruck over lunch with a legend: a personal memory of Nelson Mandela

Ever since his release from jail, Mandela said, he had met many, many journalists. On the whole, we were a decent bunch. However, there were some bad ones among us – “and you”, he said, raising both voice and index finger, “are the worst.”

7 Dec 2013 - 1:49PM

Ever since his release from jail, Mandela said, he had met many, many journalists. On the whole, we were a decent bunch. However, there were some bad ones among us – “and you”, he said, raising both voice and index finger, “are the worst.”

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So who's afraid of president Jacob Zuma now?
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26 Jun 2007 - 12:00AM
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Mummy's little darling, Julian Assange, should go to Sweden to face accusers
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10 Jul 2007 - 12:00AM
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21 Aug 2007 - 12:00AM
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Lucky numbers are a zero-sum game
One man's island, another man's dream
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28 Aug 2007 - 12:00AM
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Rumours of demise greatly exaggerated
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Looking back in shock and awe on five years of war
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Fog warning on the road to Damascus
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My Take | How a year goes by in a blink

What on earth happened to 2012? It was here just a minute ago but I seem to have mislaid it somewhere, along with the notebook in which I scribbled down the notes for the column that was going to fill this space.

1 Jan 2013 - 4:12AM

What on earth happened to 2012? It was here just a minute ago but I seem to have mislaid it somewhere, along with the notebook in which I scribbled down the notes for the column that was going to fill this space.

How a year goes by in a blink
Good news for those of us of little faith
A wake-up call for our sleeping dogs
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