Darren has resigned as Bureau Chief in Johannesburg. He and his family are heading back to England. I’m sad to see Darren leaving. He has been an avid supporter of my work here.
However, Darren’s recommended me as his replacement – Bureau Chief of the Joburg office. This effectively means I would be in charge of all African news coverage. I’ve also been offered a four-part series profiling the Jackal and the conflict here. It seems the job is mine. All I need to do is say yes.
It’s all so sudden. The decision may appear obvious to some of you, but for me it’s unclear. Of course my dear family is there, so settling down to a desk job seems a natural progression and good for the family.
Yet as a reporter, my work has thrived in the field. I’m at my best when I can feel what I’m reporting. When I can smell it and get my hands dirty. I’ve never been the sort to lounge behind a desk. I worry that my effectiveness will be hampered considerably.
And my work here is far from over. I have a tough decision to make.