Justice Malala is a political commentator, newspaper columnist and author of the Number One South African bestseller “We Have Now Begun Our Descent”. Malala writes regular weekly columns for The Times online newspaper and the Financial Mail magazine in South Africa. His new book about the SA transition to democracy will be published in 2021 in the USA, Canada, the UK and SA by Simon&Schuster.
Until August 2018 Malala was resident political analyst for eNews Channel Africa (eNCA). He also presented a weekly political talk show (The Justice Factor) on eNCA. He was a political analyst at Lefika Securities in Johannesburg and was rated among the top five political / economic analysts of 2016 and 2017 in SA.
His book, We Have Now Begun Our Descent, reached number one on the South African best-seller lists in 2016 and was nominated as one of the top five non-fiction books of 2015 by the Jenny Crwys-Williams Book Club.
Between 2007 and 2011 Malala was general manager of Times Media Group’s stable of 44 magazines and, following that, general manager of the Sowetan and Sunday World newspapers.
Malala is a regular contributor to the Guardian in London and his 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, Al Jazeera, CNN and Deutsche Welle.
He has given talks and rendered political advisory to JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Liberty, Old Mutual, Investec, Nedbank and many others.
Malala 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.
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 2003.
Malala moved to Los Angeles, California, in 2018 to pursue new interests with his partner Justine and their two daughters.
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 I 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, I have 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.