By Azlan Makalima, former Grocott’s Mail social media editor and designer
I knew Sue before we even met. I remember I was with Anele Mjekula (a Grocott’s journalist at the time) at the old Grocott’s building. No, the other old building… I was showing Anele the pictures I had taken at Dakawa’s Heritage Festival.
Anele liked the photos and told me that I should wait; he will call Sue.
I don’t know what they talked about, but when I got a phone call, Sue told me to drop the photos and leave my banking details. Honestly, all I wanted was to see my photos in the newspaper; I never returned for the money.
I wanted to say; I think that’s how I bought my way with Sue. She has been gentle with me since the day I went into the Grocott’s offices with Alette Schoon to let her (Sue) know I had emailed my CV.
I got the job. We worked very long hours together doing the impossible. And she always pushed me beyond my imaginary limits.
She would tell me, “Learn to tell a story better.” I believe I have been doing a decent job of following that advice.
Thank you for believing in me. And all the best.