Fonds BC1375 - Anthony Hazlitt Heard Papers

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Anthony Hazlitt Heard Papers


  • 1926-2000 (Creation)

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Anthony Hazlitt Heard was born in Johannesburg in 1937. He matriculated from Durban High School in 1954. In 1955 he joined the Cape Times as a junior reporter. He became parliamentary reporter in 1958, later becoming political correspondent. He joined the Financial Mail as Cape Editor in 1964, went to London in 1966 as senior correspondent in the SA Morning Newspapers Group office, and returned to South Africa in 1967 to take up the position of leader-page editor of the Cape Times in 1967. He was appointed to the position of editor in 1971 and held the position until his controversial dismissal in 1987. Thereafter he worked as a freelance journalist and consultant on media matters. From 1990-1994 he was media consultant to the Rector of the University of the Western Cape. In 1994, he served on the cabinet-appointed committee to implement proposals on government communications after 1994. He served as special adviser to the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry (1994-1999) and the Minister of Education (1999-2000). In 2000 he was appointed special adviser to the Minister in the Presidency, a position he currently (2008) holds.

In 1985, Anthony Heard was awarded the Pringle Award (by the South African Society of Journalists) and the Golden Pen of Freedom Award (by the World Association of Newspapers) for his courageous publication of an interview with the banned ANC leader Oliver Tambo. He was Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (1987-1988) and twice Visiting Fulbright Fellow at University of Arkansas (1989, 1992). He is the author of The Cape of Storms – a personal history of the crisis in South Africa (Ravan Press, 1991).

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The Anthony Heard Papers comprise materials spanning Heard’s journalistic career, with the bulk of the material dating from the late 1970s and early 1980s, a period of continuous tension between the state and the Press. The material had been used by Gerald Shaw in his history of the Cape Times, and a small percentage of it was loosely arranged in chronological order. Wherever possible, this arrangement was adhered to, but most of the material has been arranged to reflect a thematic logic rather than chronology. Series A contains a small number of items of a personal or biographical nature. Series B contains material that originated during Heard’s tenure as editor of the Cape Times, and Series C contains material that originated following his dismissal from the Cape Times.

The collection is open to researchers with the exception of B14, which is closed until 2015.

The collection forms a useful adjunct to the Middelmann Papers (BC 1009), the Hennesy Papers (BC1010), the Cape Times Collection (BC1091), and the Gerald Shaw Collection (BC1166).


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  • English

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  • English



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