Dougie Oakes

Dougie Oakes is in his fourth decade as a journalist and writer, having written extensively in South Africa and the United Kingdom. He has specialised in sport politics, and features and leader writing. He was also commissioned by Reader’s Digest to conceptualise, edit and, to a large extent, write a book on South African History. The Illustrated History of South Africa – the Real Story sold almost a quarter-of-a-million copies in South Africa and about 40 thousand copies in other parts of the world. He is also the Opinions Editor for the Independent Media Group. 




Young people must be actively involved in shaping SA


The recent boycott of the elections by eligible young South Africans places the country on precarious grounds and down a slippery road to a bleak future that can only spell disaster for our developing nation. Granted, there are a myriad of challenges that face the youth with high unemployment topping the list. But it is […]

Ramaphosa can emulate Mexico’s successes


As President Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to unveil his strategy for turning the country around, it would be useful for him to take a leaf out of Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador’s book. South Africa has more in common with Mexico in terms of its developmental challenges than perhaps any other country, and Obrador has moved […]

Fraser’s fight for cold facts


A new parliament, a new president and a new promise. These are the direct results of the democratic elections held earlier this month. The new legislature and new executive, democracy once again affords us the opportunity to correct the errors of the past and address those issues which need attention. It is probably with this […]


On memory of humans

Last week I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. The museum covers all aspects of the history...


Book review: Breaking A Rainbow, Building A Nation

‘Breaking A Rainbow, Building A Nation’ is a first-hand account of the university protests known as #FeesMustFall that gripped South Africa between 2015 and...


South Africa and Nigeria: Africa’s Sleeping Giants?

In a year packed with many African elections, Nigeria went to the polls in February and South Africa votes this week. This begs the...