Brendan Seery
Deputy Editor
3 minute read
1 Nov 2021
7:00 am

What Atul would say after witnessing Iqbal Survé, Piet Rampedi’s formidable combination

Brendan Seery

'That’s why we wanted to buy Independent Media in 2013. We knew the New Age and ANN7 were not trusted.'

Independent Media chairperson, Iqbal Surve. Picture: Gallo Images / Foto24 / Lerato Maduna

The harsh Dubai sunlight glinted off his Ray Bans as the muscled African man sipped on his strawberry daiquiri next to the pool at the Oberoi Hotel. He looked around and then spoke to the man sitting next to him, whose preferred poison, even at 11 in the morning, was a double Johnnie Blue, on the rocks. “We cannot stay too long in this sun, Atul,” he said. Atul glanced at the empty pool area and agreed. “Probably just long enough to finish our drinks. Any longer and we’ll start shedding our outer skins and we don’t want that, do...