South African Budget 2015 for AFP

South African Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene,

Yesterday I covered South African Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, presenting his first National Budget to Parliament. I was there for AFP.

Police bikes in front of South AFrican Parliament building

As the opposition politicians poured out of the building it triggered a bit of a feeding frenzy from us, the media. Mics were pushed under MP’s noses and lenses hunted for the right frame. The MP’s held their nerve and immaculately delivered their pre-rehearsed statements before they were ushered on to the next broadcaster by their minders. And repeat.  As soon as the journalists got their bite they too moved on to the next player, myself among them.

It became a speed dating ballet, and the sheer theatricality of it all stayed with me.

South African flag

 
 

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