Artificial Intelligence in position


Art-Official Webber Wentzel and Luminance partnership

The fast-growing Artificial Intelligence platform, has been adopted by the leading South African law firm, Webber Wentzel, to enhance its due diligence processes for M&A transactions. This agreement marks another major achievement for the AI platform.

The firm, who recently dominated the 17th Annual Dealmakers Awards, winning M&A, Africa as well as BEE Legal Adviser of the Year 2017 chose to deploy Luminance due to its ability to effortlessly aid the work of its legal teams. Webber Wentzel particularly values the platform’s built-in collaboration tools which will allow its lawyers to quickly group and assign documents, track live progress, and significantly reduce the amount of time spent organizing workflow.

Legal Project Manager at Webber Wentzel’s Legal Services Centre, Celia Pienaar says the firm has been using a number of innovative technology solutions to continuously improve efficiencies and add value when they deliver their legal services to their clients. “Its unique visualise dashboard provides an immediate, holistic understanding of the data room content.  We’re excited to deploy Luminance across the firm and work with our clients to further enhance the top-tier service they have come to expect of our brand” she adds.

Luminance’s CEO, Emily Foges, says they are thrilled to have Webber Wentzel on board and adopting their language agnostic technology. She also explained how Luminance provides legal teams with an instant, unparalleled insight into the data room, and for a firm that understands the innovative legal sector, they are delighted that their platform will assist Webber Wentzel’s lawyers on many of South Africa’s largest and most complex transactions.

“Our investment in Luminance comes at a time when Webber Wentzel is celebrating 150 years in business.  This investment is just another example of the constant innovation that has been at the heart of the firm’s success,” says Sally Hutton, Managing Partner at Webber Wentzel.

Luminance uses advanced machine learning techniques from the University of Cambridge to automatically sort, cluster and classify a data room, pinpointing even subtle differences between contracts so that hidden risks can be uncovered early on in a transaction.

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South African journalists or media endorsing political parties

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Source: Matters India

A US Media academic, Elizabeth Medsger once said, “Journalism is story gathering and storytelling in words and visual elements – using rational and empirical methods, on behalf of the public interest and through any means of ‘distribution’ by independent gatherers, organizers and analysers of information and ideas – rather than by representatives of special interests, like advertisers and PR practitioners.”

Journalists commit themselves to the highest standards and avoids unnecessary harm; following the utilitarianism ideology that explains how journalists should strive to make decisions that maximises the value and minimises the cost to the public by putting the interest of the public first.

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Whenever a journalist is in conflict with something it is important to know and refer back to the basics; the ethical frameworks. The classical and meta-ethical framework helps to recognise the problem that you as journalist might feel is the right thing; the framework evaluates the problem according to the principle described; it helps with reaching and motivating a decision that they can live with and it will only benefit the journalist and the quality of their work.


‘As an emerging democracy that has recently undergone dramatic change in both its political system and its media; media and journalists stands as channels of communication and are the lifeblood of the democratic process. The media plays critical roles in a democracy or democratisation processes – information, analysis, social representation just to name a few. When it comes to media and politics, media usually plays the watchdog role and with that, the challenge is in relation to the media it needs a diverse, free & professional media which actualises the right to freedom of expression – a right critical when it comes to politics and political reporting.’ [Davids, T; 2016]

Journalists should have the rights that every citizen of South Africa has; freedom of expression, free to have choices and take part in elections and we sometimes forget that journalists are humans too – you are a human first before you are a journalist, but of course for a journalist there is a limit when it comes to what they let out to the public.

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As a journalist, knowing what your principles are and actually following it makes you a better journalist anyway, but having the ability to use the law as reference when reporting on a story, is a big plus. So law is used to govern the action and behaviour of the journalist and can be enforced by striking penalties.


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When it comes to South African journalists or media supporting political parties, yes you can support and take part in elections and elect for the party you as journalist think is the right party to run a country, but it is necessary to not let a party or your opinion influence the way you communicate with or to your readers and these key roles are vital because the media needs to be free from all powerful forces and vested interests; ‘such as ownership, policy and regulatory constraints, the influence of funding and financing and in addition the


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media needs to be ethical and professional and serve the public interest, as well as being free from the  government and party control.’ [Davids, T; 2016] The code of ethics and conduct for South Africa media and print clearly states that “the media shall not allow commercial, political,personal or other non-professional considerations to influence or slant reporting. Conflicts of interest must be avoided, as well as arrangements or practices that could lead audiences to doubt the media’s independence and professionalism”.

For a journalist to play the role of information, analysis and open forum for debate and discussion, the media act as institutional aid and guide to citizens in making decision when it comes to politics. These roles are critical because it comes to a point where political journalism is not just a form of journalism as one, but it links to Ubuntu journalism where if these roles are played well citizens stand a greater chance of making choices based on knowledge rather than being influenced by blind loyalties. In Ubuntu Journalism, the journalist is not a lone wolf separate from the community but of the community and one who assesses the value of information to a community. Independence is also of critical importance where media should enjoy editorial & programming independence from vested interests of all types and be professional and ethical at the same time.

Different from watchdog liberal journalism role, in Ubuntu journalism it gets to the place that takes a greater guide dog role. The guide dog role is one which empowers people and communities to solve their own problems and with the help of journalism in the correct form, without endorsing a specific political party it can happen.

Media has developed just as quickly as South Africa has and with that Politicians have become smarter, they know that the media is the one thing that gets across citizens and influence the actions, beliefs and perceptions of the people; thus it is seen as a way to enhance their parties and campaigns or even themselves. Where media has the urge to always get the story first and fast, so this would mean both would benefit from the connection it builds at the end of the day, but in the end it still comes to a point where you have to look at what does the ethical theories, teleology or deontology say – what will the consequence be? And what is your duty as a journalist? or what does the law say about a specific situation you are in.




  1. Davids, T; 2016. Media and elections. Live Presentation. July 21. Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
  2. Oosthuizen, L. 2011. Media Ethics as a field of study in Media Ethics in the South African Context. Juta
  3. Oosthuizen, L. 2011. Meta-ethics as a guideline for individual conduct in Media Ethics in the South African Context. Juta
  4. Code of Ethics and Conduct for South African print and online media accessed 9 October 2017

The reality of community food insecurities

We all know the saying that says you are what we eat. So if most of South Africans live on refined and processed foods, which is very unhealthy, then what are we?

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Atlantis Shopper at refined foods section

Walking around in my community I see a need for change and that is mostly an awareness of foods, especially healthy foods and getting to the point of household food security, mainly known as food poverty. The people of my community – Atlantis, choose to be ignorant when it comes to complex problems and using money on things that seems wasteful and because healthy foods tend to be more expensive because it takes longer to process, it is fresh and comes from a place that is expensive from the beginning to the end – people turn the other side. The poor are specially exposed to the foul trend that consist of foods that has very little nutritional benefits, like maize meals, basically food that fits the pocket.

Before a solution can be enhanced, understanding what the problem is and where it exists is the first step to getting to a solution for the existing problem, like the conflict that exists between the young and the old over how income is used; poor communities that faces problems of crime and instability, as well as the feelings of separation and hopelessness that grips the youth; also people often forget how strong communities are, so they lack in building on resources a community already has – all  these that can make a change.

As a journalist, creating awareness in my community by writing about the issue – daily food columns on ‘need to know’ facts or interviews with city councillors or organisations; could bring change. Also to build connections with organisations or individuals that focuses on fostering a healthier food system in small communities, not just in the community but also bringing people from surrounding areas to train, support or participate in reaching the goal. As well as finding a way in bringing government in to support the attempt of addressing the issue, even if it is just by speaking with city councillors, it is a step forward.

Health is not about the weight you lose but about the life you gain -Food Matters

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Organisations like FOOD MATTERS acknowledges the issue of food poverty – the causes and the impacts involved in food poverty. Food Matters also understands that effectives strategies to create change and approach the issue is mostly aimed at the short-term response. The community of Atlantis needs the kind of support that food matters offer to get to the point where the people of Atlantis wants to and chooses to make a change in which foods they consume and even if they just think about it, it is one step towards fostering a healthier and conscious food system.




Bad Blood through a reader’s glass


Will Storr


Source: The Guardian

The award winning multi-talented Will Storr has made headlines all over the world. A Journalist, novelist and photographer who loves telling stories and his stories has featured in magazines and newspapers all over the world, like the Guardian Weekend, The Times Magazine, Marie Claire and the Sydney Morning Herald. Multiple popular books behind his name,


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like ‘Selfie’, Will Storr Vs the Supernatural and the unpersuadable, just to name a few.

Will has won many awards that honours his writing and the type of stories he delivers, awards like the New Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year, the National Press Club award for excellence. He also won the AFM award for the Best Investigative journalism for his investigation into the kangaroo meat industry. In 2012, he was presented with both the One World Press award and the Amnesty International award for his work on sexual violence against men. He has also won the AIB Award for Best Investigative Documentary for his BBC radio series. With all his achievement and successes, he also finds the time to teach popular journalism and storytelling classes in London, at Guardian Masterclasses and The Faber Academy.


Bad Blood through a reader’s glass

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A biographical book that covers mystery, crime, politics, as well as a look at health and medicine; Bad Blood, written by Will Storr – a feature story based on the true life story about the mysterious life and brutal death of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko.

Written by Will Storr, narrated by Ian Parkinson, who brings it to life and published by Matter, which also makes Bad Blood there sixth story published in the series of investigating the fall of the USSR and the death of Alexander Litvinenko, with a rare radiating toxic product.


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Alexander Litvinenko escaped the fury of the Russian President and his feared security service. With he was free but he also knew that with the escape it would cause political conflict – consequences of a secret agent fleeing to a different country. On that chilly afternoon in November, 2006, Litvinenko was having tea with some Russian acquaintances, not knowing that a brutal toxicity fight was waiting ahead, one battle he could not survive.

kgb_badgeThe book speaks of expensive and rare poison, poison that only governments have access to, which explains a lot about how governments work; they have the power to do get and do what they want. The former Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (KGB); the committee for state security, who was the main security agency for the Soviet Union from 1964 until its break up in 1991 and it is said that the KGB has supposedly killed a Russian dissident in England – Alexander Litvinenko. The way this true story is written, gives life to the actual happenings. The story makes you rethink a lot of things, like the political systems in various countries and it gives you an insight on Russia and its government.

a great example of “you die the way you live” kind of stories.

This story is written for readers who is much likely into investigative journalism, politics and find it intriguing to read about how people get murdered – a great example of “you die the way you live” kind of stories. It is also recommended for people who like to be informed about anything happening in the world, in this case the rise of the Russian Mafia and corrupt politicians all over the world.



South Africa’s Violent Legacy

On 16th June we celebrate Youth Day – one of the biggest historical events that changed South Africa.

Youth Day commemorates a protest which resulted in a wave of protests across the country known as the Soweto uprising of 1976, also recognizing the young people of South Africa and how violence played a big role in transforming the country.

The grounds of the movement in the Soweto uprising, was because of the official order that Afrikaans (seen as the language of the oppressor) be made compulsory in schools. All of these resulted in anger and hate in students and teachers, leading up to protests – violent protests.

Young people now are still experiencing violence in different forms. Young people are being denied to meet their basic needs; the #FeesMustFall movement is proof of that. Students asked for free education; they were denied, which is a form of structural violence and things got out of hand. In both movements, it was intended that it would be peaceful protests. It started off as peaceful protest rallies, until violence was needed to voice what they feel.

The result of our history and the role of violence in transforming most of our country’s history have left more of a violent legacy behind, our country cannot shake off. According to, violence cuts across social status at home or among friends and violence in our communities has gotten out of control. Community members are killing each other, because of the anger and bitterness that lives inside them. ‘Individuals aged 15–34 years contributed the highest percentage of assault offenders, where the motive is usually because of anger or jealousy amongst family and friends; about 35, 1% of murder incidents in urban metros and 38,2% in rural areas were perpetrated by people aged 35–54 years, all causes of jealousy and financial problems’. [Bremund, D; 2016]

Speaking to a student who lives in the Kraaifontein community where violence in all forms happens daily. She says that youngsters kill each other for drugs, money and territory and it has become unsafe for anyone trying to build a home in the community. She adds that being a young woman in her community can be hard, because of the sexual remarks you often hear from boys and it makes you afraid of not knowing what could happen after that. “For what I saw in my community is that I don’t think anyone is doing anything in my community to change the situation; all I try to do is be a positive role model to young people and the children of my community, especially my little sister, because I think my community lack that” she explained.

Our history has left us an unfortunate legacy, yes! But it does not mean the future of South Africa and its people should live with it; having a day set out for remembering the lives of the youth that fought for freedom in the past, then we already one step ahead for transformation to happen.




  1. Bremund, D; May 06; 2016. Saferspaces; GIZ South Africa; StatsSA: Violent crime remains high and occurs at home and among friends.

Big-league Blogging

download.jpgBlogging has become a worldwide trend for citizens who loves writing, for student journalists, freelancers and even professional journalists. Blogging is a more creative and freely way of expressing your taught and opinions, that is why it is so popular amongst many writers.

People follow blogs or websites that covers their level of interests, so if you’re a specialist in your specific field blogging would be a good way of engaging with the right type of people; a platform where research for new ideas can be gained and sharing can take place. Sharing the same interests as other people, helps you built an audience for yourself.


Most importantly, blogging is a necessity for student journalist. This is where you practice your writing, building a community of audiences and getting use to the discussions on anything happening in the world. Blogging would be your main platform to practice on and to promote yourself – making yourself known to the public and constantly writing and updating content to keep your writing and blog fresh and new, for job-seeking purposes.

“Discovery happened when I started my blog”

“Blogging would be your profile for your career started, when looking for a job.”


Even if you are not a journalist or freelancer, blogging helps you connect with people and gives you the ability to establish your own fan base – a place where people can see your blog as a source for information on a specific topic. A place where debate and discussion can take place.






Roeland Street: Creativity and originality, lives here.


Photo taken by Robyn Lucas

Roeland Street is where you can find anything, from designing shops to business ranging from motor vehicle services, to cafe’s that sells the best coffee, you can find.


The street has been around since Cape Town’s earliest days. It is seen as the main gateway from the city centre onto De Waal Drive, and it is how travel bloggers describes it. This street is situated on the east side of town and starts right in front of Parliament where St. John’s Road and Plein Street meet.

Parliament is one of the most visited places in Cape Town, which makes it a perfect introduction for Roeland Street. The South African flags at the entrance to Parliament greet the locals and attract the tourist along with the statue of Louis Botha, a boer war hero during the second world war who became the first Prime Minister to the Union of South Africa.


Roeland Street is a place of learning…

On the opposite side of the road between St. John’s Road and Hope Street lies St. Mary’s Cathedral built in 1841 and completed in 1851, which is open to go and visit. In the pictures on the right, is the two tertiary institutions, where creativity takes its roll at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and City Varsity College.


Roeland Street is where local business owners feel at home, because this is where they are almost every day, which they never get bored of;

“something new and interesting happens here, on this street and we meet new people and hear new stories every day” says Carpenter’s Shop owner.

The Carpenter’s Shop provide food, employment, clothing, accommodation and training in carpentry, panel beating and handicraft skills.

The popular corner of Roeland Street and Buitenkant Street gives way to Kimberley Hotel. The Kimberley Hotel, more known for its genuine and typical olden day pub that was once the starting point for horse-drawn carriages leaving the mother city for Kimberley. Further on, the Kimberley Hotel and Backpackers offers 11 bedrooms, the large and famous sunset balcony.

The last business before reaching Harrington Street on the left is Mike Hopkins Motorcycles; agent, Kawasaki and Aeon. Between Harrington and Canterbury Street on your left, stands SAHRA South African Heritage Resources Agency (021 4624502). SAHRA is an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture and is the body responsible to protect South Africa’s cultural heritage.20170328_135346

The early morning delicious smell of coffee, when you walk pass is, crossing Roeland to the right, Vida e Caffe at no.62 Roeland Street, it is one of the successful string of coffee shop franchises found throughout South Africa. Striving to capture an original and cosy feel to it, and creating their own culture. Vida e Caffe is a simple and modern take on a quick coffee pit stop. A place for chilling, working and most importantly to get great food.


To get your perfect shot, Orms Print Room is situated at no.66 Roeland Street and specializes in professional fine art printing, décor and business print solutions, customised photo gifts, high res scanning and instagram art.O.jpg

To get a quick bite, on the opposite side of the road across Roeland Square, Fruit&Veg City is situated between Canterbury and Drury Street. Accompanied by a large parking area for a quick pop in and out, whether it is for breakfast, lunch or dinner. F.jpg

At no.103 Roeland Street and find Harold Cressy High School, with sports fields and school buildings and situated on the right hand side of Roeland Street at no.72.


Cape Archived

The perfect place for digging up your past, is the Western Cape records and archive services. Originally the site was where the old Roeland Street Prison used to operate, this building was constructed for the Cape Town Archives Source that moved into the new building in 1990. Access to the archives is free and after signing a register one can view archives in the reading room. The records involve maps, photographs, microfilms, books, pamphlets and official publications. The holdings consist of 33 thousand metres of archives and date back as far as 1651.

Fre.jpgFurther up the street named De Villiers only breaks out to the left, taking one to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and then finally the street ends of with the Cape Town Fire station, with a great view of Table Mountain behind it.


Journalism Equals Math?


Data Journalism – A new approach of storytelling and another look at the future.

The words “Data Journalism” may sound like it is something new and different, but it is actually a way of describing journalism, a shift that is becoming stronger and making ready for what the future holds.

This is not only predictions, but looking at the history and current state of the media industry, news organizations and companies, like The Guardian are doing good in this specialty called data journalism, they have adapt to these new approaches; seeing it as new ways of gathering information and delivering news.

With automated journalism and data journalism on the horizon, it makes things even more interesting for a journalist in training, seeing what the digital future has in store for them. Organizations like Panama Papers, one of The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) projects, are proof of how powerful data journalism is and will become.


Data Journalism makes reporting easier, in a way where the only thing a journalist needs to do, is to take what the data has collected, analyse it and tell the story in a captivating manner, for the reader to understand what the development means.

The fact that numbers are being added in journalism, it keeps journalists on their toes and actually makes them more eager to keep on building and improving their journalistic skills. Becoming more knowledgeable in the profession of information gathering, and hitting that transformation mark in the media industry. Data journalism has a great effect on journalism as a whole, Mirko Lorenz, a contributor to the data journalism handbook, describes the process as “Less looking for quotes and less guessing”.


Data journalism helps getting the finer detail of a story, without getting the facts wrong or taking a long time to get the full story. “This is why data journalism is so important. Gathering, filtering and visualizing what is happening beyond what the eye can see has a growing value. The language of this network is data: little points of information that are often not relevant in a single instance, but massively important when viewed from the right angle.” [Lorenz, M; Deutsche Welle]

Personally, I think this is an excellent way of transformation, and I am a big fan of transformation, in all aspects, but this actually makes me less interested in being a journalist in a digital future. The whole point of seeing myself as an investigative journalist, is being free and in the field with a note pad and camera, collecting powerful stories to share with others. Looking at the process of the FeesMustFall campaign protests, where the journalists’ risk getting hurt to get the story, the adrenaline and the action in front of the camera, that excites me the most, but does it seem that it will all be over soon? While machines are taking over the media industry and organizations end up with, only needing a handful of people working for them.

Today news stories are coming in from multiple sources, such as blogs, ordinary citizens and social connections being used for sharing and delivering information faster and as it happens. This shows that society has already experienced and accepted the big transformation in the media landscape. Transformation is key, and if adding numbers to where numbers are not used to be, then I am all in, it makes the ordinary journalism, extraordinary.

Although this field is still a work in progress, but journalists should see this evolving field as an opportunity to become multi-talented journalists and the advantage of getting a big pay check behind this transformation, but not forgetting the roots of journalism; where it all started, how it is evolving each day, and making ourselves ready for what’s ahead.

The questions still remain, am I really studying journalism to do maths, or is it a question to consider; when the future of journalism looks a lot more digital?




Is automated journalism taking away the art of writing?

Automation is what we looking at for the future of journalism. This could only mean good things for the industry of journalism, but what does it mean for future journalists?


Automated journalism is defined as algorithmic processes that converts data into a story news, where there is no human intervention outside the original programming
Automated journalism has been there for a long time, and has recently made its way into newsrooms. The implementation of this type of journalism was mostly because solutions for in-house problems, like help to increase both the speed and exposure of news coverage.

Automated journalism gives basic facts and necessary details people are looking for, where journalists just add more additional info into the story. Even though this could mean that less work for journalists, but many journalists were actually open minded towards the automation process; accepting that this process is not necessarily replacing reporters, but actually enhancing the role of reporters, meaning that crime reporters uses the automatically generated stories, that is “written” by the automated journalist, as opening leads for exploring a particular case in more detail, for example by adding information about the victim’s life and family.

Andreas Graefe says that automated news already developed almost half a century ago, in terms of weather forecasting, where the outputs of weather forecasting models the different elements, like the wind, speed and temperature, and organizes them by importance. She also said that the software is freeing meteorologist for the more challenging roles of meteorological consultants and specialists on high-impact weather situation. What I see is that this software is actually creating an interpersonal relationship between the meteorologist and his job; taking away a part of a meteorologist’s work, the passion and the role behind their jobs.




“You can’t compete, if you don’t automate”

I would understand that this software will work perfectly, and where this software is a necessity is where people seek financial news, but want the details quick and short as possible; the software will make it easier to understand. Economic benefits include the increases the quality of news coverage, as well as how quick the readers get their news.

The future of journalism would also mean that the readers get exactly what they want; which is quick news, in an accurate and most importantly in an objective way and in the language the reader prefers. This will lead to people having their own views and opinions on a story, without someone else giving them a direct idea of what to make of it.

For journalists, this will mean that they would understand big amounts of data, and would know how to make it more detailed and interesting for their audiences, also getting the chance to tell their story in an improved way.


Even though automation has its perks, it also has its disadvantages, like for instance algorithms follows a set of rules for generating news, and that means the software cannot originate or transform. Because of the challenge to implement this program many newsrooms have, like the necessary resources and skills to develop automated journalism, media organizations have started to come up with ways to develop a technology that will help with the natural language, like automatically adding human language (Humour, sarcasm and metaphors) in.

The number of media organizations that automated journalism providers currently report as customers are small, it still stays an open question. This is the best time to experiment or to be an early-market phase. While it is, it can also find ways for journalists to accept and find creativity within the program.