The media lacks a grand narrative on the political economy said SACSIS columnist, Saliem Fakir, at a roundtable discussion co-hosted by SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office.
Fakir argues that the media does not even understand its own role in society.
The roundtable discussion, which examined the media's perspective of the South African economy, put the following questions to editors: Is the economy on the right growth path? What are the prospects for making it more inclusive? How does the media report on the economy? Does the media have a vision for South Africa's economic development?
Media speakers at the event included, Mondli Makhanya (Editor in Chief, Avusa Media/Chairperson, SANEF), Nic Dawes (Editor in Chief of the Mail & Guardian), Reg Rumney (Head of the Centre for Economics Journalism in Africa, Rhodes University) and Alide Dasnois (Editor of the Cape Times).