“Chris Marais is one of the straightest, bluntest, take no-prisoners journalists I know.” – Dave Mullany, editor of Scope Magazine.
The Journey Man parachutes you back into the South Africa of the 1970s and the years leading up to the country’s first democratic elections in 1994.
It was a time when Hillbrow hummed to a different tune. When the coolest newspaper in town was the Rand Daily Mail, and the naughtiest publication around was Scope Magazine.
It was a time of nipple stars, test-pattern TV and the Soweto Uprising, as Grand Apartheid began to unravel. When the Silver Creek Mountain Band lit the night up with their magic fiddles, Eric Clapton came to visit and the Carlton Hotel was nearly blown up by three rough diamonds.
This was the era when Chris Marais plied his trade, first as a staff reporter for the Rand Daily Mail and then as an award-winning journalist for Scope. These are his stories.
Fill your glass to the brim. Get comfortable. You’re in for a helluva ride with The Journey Man and his old pals.