Allister Sparks, veteran journalist, newspaper editor, author and political analyst, has died at the age of 83.

Sparks has been the recipient of numerous awards and is the author of several bestselling books about South Africa. His writing covers South Africa from the birth of apartheid, the rise of political opposition, the dawn of democracy, right through to today.

Nelson Mandela called him: “One of South Africa’s eminent journalists, whose outspoken views have served the cause of democracy in this country magnificently.”

You will be sorely missed by all of us at BM.

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