Brendan Seery
Deputy Editor
3 minute read
23 Mar 2020
5:45 am

The other side of the ‘Sun King’, taxpayer beneficiary of apartheid

Brendan Seery

In many ways, the journalistic feeding frenzy around the launch of the Lost City, back in the early 1990s, was reminiscent of the coronavirus, with the invitations from Sun International spreading virally around newsrooms.

South African hotel and gambling magnate, Sol Kerzner at one of his Sun International hotels in 1977. (Photo by Gallo Images/Sunday Times)

In many ways, the journalistic feeding frenzy around the launch of the Lost City, back in the early 1990s, was reminiscent of the coronavirus, with the invitations from Sun International spreading virally around newsrooms. Few were immune. Travel and entertainment writers and editors – that was expected. Business reporters and editors (also understandable). Sports reporters and editors – less justifiable ... unless you realised that the Lost City and Sun City had the amazing golf course which would host the “Million Dollar” tournament. But the invitations – which often included a “plus one” (a partner) and were inclusive of luxury...