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Taking a leaf from Ruda Landman’s book

Ruda Landman is one of South Africa’s best known journalists and television personalities, famous for her interviewing flair. She co-anchored the top investigative news programme Carte Blanche for 19 years, hosted Veranderdinge on KykNET and Talking Change on BrightRock’s website. She is a Non-Executive Director of Media24.

She grew up in the Northern Cape, matriculated in Upington and went to Stellenbosch University to study languages. Shortly after her graduation she married J P Landman, now a well-known political and economic analyst.

“How can we know each other, or understand the whole of our reality, if we don’t hear each other’s stories?”

In the book, she talks to prominent South Africans about their life choices and about how change has affected them. A colourful mosaic of experience emerges as people share stories – from changing careers, to coming out, losing a partner or following a calling.

The book includes insights by the likes of John Kani, Ferial Haffajee, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Katlego Maboe, Gugu Zulu, Zapiro, Mam’Khanyi (who takes in orphans and street children), Arno Carstens, ProVerb, Nick Binedell and Marc Lottering.

All royalties from the sale of this book will got to StudyTrust, an organisation which supports university students. Read more on

She recently paid Eloise Pretorius a visit at Smile90.4FM, and shared her thoughts on why we have many reasons to be very positive about the future of our country.

Ruda also shared a memory of the day she got pranked on the TV show LOL (Lots Of Laughs).

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Eloise Pretorius – Weekdays 9am – 12pm Anchor, Smile 90.4FM