So much has been said about Marikana since the tragedy of 16 August 2012 where 34 miners were gunned down and police were killed. The news and the images of the massacre made headlines around the globe, for weeks. What the world didn’t take into account was who and what it took to bring that news from the small town of Rustenburg to the world.
Reporting from the Frontline is about Gia Nicolaides' personal experiences describing incidents behind the scenes from the main action. Many journalists spent weeks covering the unfolding events at Marikana, but many did not get the opportunity to tell their own stories. A large group of journalists, producers and television presenters gathered at the North West Platinum Mine when several deaths were reported and the violence broke out, often discovering dead bodies themselves. Gia’s story and account will take you to the heart of Marikana where journalists fought, often their own emotions, in order to deliver the bulletins.
This book will be compulsory reading for all journalism courses and should also be compulsory reading for everyone. This lady has guts and a way of conveying the job that is remarkable. I couldn’t put it down and will never see her the same again.— John Robbie, 702 talk show host
Watch Gia's webstory below...Caution - this video does contain graphic images filmed at the Marikana massacre.
To mark the launch of her book, Redi spoke to Gia on her radio show - and took calls from interested listeners. Listen to the interview here...
For the latest updates from the Farlam Commission - investigating the Marikana massacre, visit EWN's special topic page.
This article first appeared on 702 : Reporting from the Frontline. Untold Stories from Marikana