If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had a look around our brand-new website, named after the Rand Daily Mail, a newspaper with a proud history which was closed down in 1985.

This site will endeavour to carry forward the values of the Rand Daily Mail, a fearless, critical and independent media voice for a free society under apartheid.

Of course, much has changed since 1985, when the last edition of the Rand Daily Mail was published. The Berlin Wall has fallen, the Cold War has ended and apartheid has been abolished — although some of its negative effects continue to linger.

The media landscape has changed dramatically.

We want this site to navigate you through that torrent of information by providing you with well-written, informed and clear-thinking opinion and analysis on an uncluttered, easy-to-navigate site

Back in 1985, when I did a brief stint as a student reporter at the Rand Daily Mail, there were no cellphones; personal computers were a rarity; the internet as we know it today was not yet invented; and Google, Facebook and Twitter were yet to be born.

The advent of web connectivity and, more recently, social media has changed everything. These days, the torrent of news, opinion and analysis that is accessible on computers, cellphones, TV and tablets is bewildering.

We have rebooted the Rand Daily Mail brand and adapted it to the needs of this new media age.

We want this site to navigate you through that torrent of information by providing you with well-written, informed and clear-thinking opinion and analysis on an uncluttered, easy-to-navigate site. We are not about adding to the noise so much as allowing you to hear the stuff that’s important to you.

We will bring you all the top writers from our stable of print and online publications, including the Sunday Times, The Times, Business Day, the Financial Mail, Sowetan, The Herald and Daily Dispatch.

We will showcase the work of writers such as Justice Malala, Tony Leon, Jonathan Jansen, Peter Bruce, Hilary Joffe and S’thembiso Msomi, among many others.

Let’s get the national conversation to focus on what we need to do to make South Africa a great country.

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