JUSTICE MALALA is an award-winning journalist, television host, political commentator and newspaper columnist.
Malala writes regular weekly columns for The Times newspaper, the Financial Mail magazine, a monthly column for Destiny Man magazine and columns for The Guardian newspaper in London. He is the resident political analyst for e.tv and eNews
Channel Africa. He also presents a weekly political talk show, The Justice Factor on eNCA, on Mondays at 9.30pm.
Malala’s work has been published internationally in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age, The Observer and the Toronto Globe and Mail. He has also contributed to BBC Online, CNN Online and Deutsche Welle.
He has given talks and rendered political advisory to international and local institutions such as JP Morgan, Liberty, Standard Chartered, Old Mutual, Investec, Edcon, Nedbank and many others.
Malala is a judge on the country’s most prestigious investigative journalism award, the Taco Kuiper Awards for Investigative Journalism. He was awarded the Foreign Correspondents Association Award for Courageous Journalism in 1997. He was named by the New Yorker magazine as one of the eight most fascinating Africans of 2012 along with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Malawian president Joyce Banda.
Between 2007 and September 2011 Malala was general manager of the Avusa Media (now Times Media Group) stable of 44 magazines and, following that, general manager of the Sowetan and Sunday World newspapers.
Malala was founding editor of ThisDay, the quality, upmarket South African daily newspaper which was launched on October 7 2003 and folded a year later. Malala was an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series.
Malala was the London Correspondent of the Sunday Times (South Africa) from 1999 to 2001. He was the newspaper’s New York correspondent from 2001 to December 2002. His collection of satirical Financial Mail columns, Let Them Eat Cake, is available at all good bookshops.
The May 2014 elections have come and gone. The ANC, as expected, has won a resounding victory while the Democratic Alliance continues to grow at a steady rate.
But there are significant new developments: the arrival of the Economic Freedom Fighters, led by the firebrand Julius Malema, has brought about a shake-up of Parliament. Is this a game changer as Malema continues to call for nationalisation of mines and banks and expropriation of land without compensation?
How about economic policy? SA’s GDP grew by a mere 1.9% in 2013 and economists are sceptical about a better figure in 2014 after a 0.6% contraction in the first quarter. Will the NDP be implemented? Will this blueprint turn SA Inc’s fortunes around?
And leadership? Will President Zuma – beset by court challenges, scandals and ailing health – see out his full five-year term? And who succeeds him – the billionaire businessman Cyril Ramaphosa or the AU Commission chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma?
Will labour strikes intensify as happened in the platinum belt? Will Cosatu split in two?
What is the bigger political picture? How does all the noise affect business?
Justice Malala takes his audience on a journey through the South African political landscape as it unfolds. In a humorous and informative talk, Malala makes a point of differentiating what really matters about the South African story and what is just noise. He points out that the SA story is different from the Zimbabwe story in many crucial ways: for example, Zimbabwe has had one president in 30 years, South Africa has had four in 20 years.
Politics has an immense impact on business, says Malala. He tries to draw the thread between politics and its impact on our everyday business lives. He points out policy issues that may have an impact on business in the future.
Without glossing over the realities, Malala gives businesspeople and general audiences a true picture of where South Africa is headed politically while leaving them with an uplifting message about the great possibilities for South Africa, as demonstrated by the success of the 1994 elections, the mounting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup and SA’s centrality to the realisation of the Africa Rising story.
Significant insights into policy formulation
Justice Malala has provided political trend forecasts to various South African and international fund managers, businesses and non-governmental organisations.
After 20 years in political journalism, Malala has built up a vast array of contacts in government, political parties and various sectors of society. This has provided him with significant insights into policy formulation and its trajectory through the SA legislative and parliamentary process.
Malala has tracked mining, land, financial services and various other pieces of legislation as they have moved from proposals in the governing ANC through to Parliament and signature by the president.
In his bespoke forecasts Malala offers scenarios and probabilities about policy trajectory through the legislative process and, crucially, its impact on businesses.
He offers these services:
Bespoke political reports and updates: Specialised political analysis and forecasts based on client needs.
Presentations and scenarios: Briefings to boards and management teams.
Client briefings: Extensive experience in briefing foreign and domestic investors on the unfolding political landscape, risk and opportunities.
How to get your message across
I have been in newspapers and magazines for more than 20 years. But it was only when I started working in television that I truly understood what power means.
Television’s influence cuts across from the educated to the uneducated, the rich to the poor, the connected and those who are in the most remote parts of our land.
If you really want to communicate a message in today’s world, you need to be able to transmit that message through television. One good appearance on television has the power to change a narrative and to deeply influence perceptions. The beauty of television is that all of us can do it – and can use it to our advantage.
You need to master television if you truly want to master communication.
Many of us think television is the domain of celebrities, aggressive talk show hosts and others “who have an in”. The truth is that it is actually just a tool that all of us can use – and use profitably.
The key is to be able to use this medium. From the outside it looks tough as we all watch an interviewee being grilled on television. However, to those in the know, such a position is powerful because it is a chance to change the narrative. All you have to know is how to ensure your message gets across, whether it is Debra Patta or Bongani Bingwa or Derek Watts sitting across from you.
In these media training sessions Justice Malala will try to give you key pointers, tips and take-aways about appearing on television. I will go from pre-planning to the final stage of the television interview.
It is not rocket science. It is, however, a skill that needs to be learnt and kept top of mind as you go for your interview.
We all get nervous in front of the cameras. We all think that it is hugely intimidating. But think about it: I am a guy from rural Hammanskraal, Justice Malala has a speech defect (I can’t pronounce the letter “R”) and I have a weird accent. Yet I have my own television show and have grilled virtually every top South African politician. And I no longer even sweat! If I can do it, then you can. Let me show you how.
- Bespoke political reports and updates: Specialised political analysis and forecasts based on client needs.
- Presentations and scenarios: Briefings to boards and management teams.
- Client briefings: Extensive experience in briefing foreign and domestic investors on the unfolding political landscape, risk and opportunities.