Phillip de Wet writes about politics, society, economics, weird stuff, and the areas where all of these collide. Over the past decade and a half, he has also written about telecommunications, sexually transmitted diseases, property development, civil liberties, riot policing, mining, movies, the media, and UFOs, among other topics. But never about serious sport, which he knows nothing about. He studied journalism and has never been anything other than a journalist, except for ill-considered stints as a media trainer and starting up new newspapers, magazines and websites, a suspiciously large percentage of which are no longer in business.
In terms of both legislation and practical reality, South Africans have faced far closer scrutiny of their private communication than US citizens.
After communication from Graça Machel and Nelson Mandela's children, the focus seems to have shifted to his discharge from hospital this week.
Healing has taken on a different connotation at Regina Mundi, where the bulk of the Soweto congregation seems prepared to let go of beloved Madiba.
Nelson Mandela will loom large in general election campaigns over the coming months, when parties fall for the temptation for an easy boost.
Oscar Pistorius will run a media gauntlet on Tuesday, but real progress on justice for Reeva Steenkamp will have to wait until 2014 and beyond.
There was no news from Parliament on the health of Nelson Mandela on Thursday, although Jacob Zuma mentioned him several times in a 46-minute speech.
A Pretoria court has signed off on an agreement between prosecutors and defence to postpone the case against Oscar Pistorius until at least August.
But new radio station will avoid sensationalism 'at all costs' and aim to give context to stories.
Members of the Mandela family have for the first time gathered well-wishes from outside the Pretoria hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated.
Despite what should be a short, uneventful appearance, media have thronged to follow proceedings in the case against Oscar Pistorius.