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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Akhalwaya, Ameen

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Ameen Akhalwaya was born in 1946. He studied medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin but his medical career was cut short by the death of his father. In 1971 he entered journalism as a freelance reporter with the Rand Daily Mail and was appointed metropolitan editor of the newspaper in 1982. After the closure of the Rand Daily Mail and the Sunday Express in 1985, he founded The Indicator, a pioneer in alternative journalism in South Africa.

Akhalwaya was a founder-member of the Media Workers' Association of South Africa (MWASA) in 1978. He was awarded the 1981 Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University in the United States.

In 1993 he joined the SABC as executive editor of current affairs and the documentary programme Agenda. He subsequently joined Absa Bank as media manager and in 1996 he was appointed media director of Cape Town's Olympic Bid Committee.

He died of cancer in his Johannesburg home in February 1998.

Source: http://www.dispatch.co.za/1998/02/03/southafrica/JOURNO.HTM

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