Ben Trovato is working on many things, but mainly on a way to spend winters in Durban and summers in Cape Town. A print journalist and television producer by trade, he was recently released into the wild by his erstwhile employer, the Sunday Tribune. He can often be found surfing instead of meeting his deadlines. He has written twelve books, although you wouldn’t think so if you had to see his living conditions. Trovato lives alone with two regrets and a hangover.



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    1. Dear Ben,

      Your vitriolic criticism of Errol Naidoo, a man who pursues the noble values of Jesus of Nazareth our blessed Saviour, was unkind and unnecessary. I also used to be like you, i.e. cynical & obnoxious, but Jesus Christ changed it all. The Bible says:

      [1 John 1:7 KJV] But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. [1 John 1:8 KJV] If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [1 John 1:9 KJV] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

      May God bless you anyway and by His precious Holy Spirit (the ‘Paracletos’ or ‘Comforter’) lead you to an appreciation for the ministry, teachings, sacrifice and righteousness of that humble carpenter-rabbi from Nazareth.

      Kind regards,

      Piet Stassen
      South Africa


  1. I always knew that you were a clever chappie, but now it is clear that you are an even more cleverer chappie than I first thought. I was looking up a word that I had read and didn’t know the meaning of. It wasn’t in my dictionary, but near to where it should have been, I found you. So, ben trovato, you are a very clever chappie. Most appropriate. dme27.


  2. What a pleasure to read your posts – nothing like a rare treat of genius to brighten up an otherwise miserably overcast and rainy Cape Town day!


  3. Mourned the loss of your column In the Witness. Relieved to be able to return to reading the gospel of the insane. Thanks for brightening up my life!


    1. Too many awful supplements in Sunday papers. Doing my bit to preserve the rain forests. Plus I’m too miserly to spend the cash


    1. Oh no, that would destroy the mystique. Plus he would probably be arrested or shot for using words as weapons of mass destruction. Perhaps he’s really Brenda?
      Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!


  4. I cannot seem to find your contact details. I have a film offer for you. Oh, by the way, I’m Paul from Watercolours International Pictures – and no, this is not a joke!


  5. Trying to find images to add to an interview you’ve recently done. Found this site – http://bentrova.to/ – so whenever someone searched Ben Trovato, these half naked, suggestive images come up. hahaha. It’s great.


  6. During May this year he asked for your email address stating that he had a legit offer for you. I’m curious as to how legit it was…..


  7. It was quite legit – although Ben indicated he would not be interested in anything with a Christian slant – a feature of our film work. I did indicate that we would still be interested at looking at the synopsis he had already concluded for a third party. We still are….

    And yes, how did ‘Diana’ know about this. Who are you Diana?


    1. I also saw the same as Diana. Paul posted a comment re the film offer on 27 May.
      Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!


    2. Just a big fan of Ben Trovato – nothing more – and curious as to what transpired after you initially requested his email details and mentioned a film offer.


  8. Ok, so varsity is overrated. Now I know, having spent the last six or so years there.

    Anyway, call me a doos if you will, but I’ve only discovered and begun to follow your blog recently. It seem your balls are bigger than mine, and so I’ve enjoyed your posts, particularly such good advice on how to conduct one’s self during that interview which never seems to come.

    Sir Ben, I would consider it an inestimable honour if you could take some time out of your very busy schedule to follow my blog. You may be interested to know that I have heeded a call to duty and proceeded to do some gentle JuJu bashing. It now appears that I need to up the ante as the red berets have now proceeded to appropiate my favourite watering holes.

    Nevertheless, We’ll keep in touch. Yes?



  9. Cheers for your rants – you are a fucking laugh and three quarters. I’ll keep coming back and looking forward to it – it’s a bit late for me just now but i will write again. Until then – all the best to you. (Raising a glass of black stuff – ”Glug”.)


  10. Ben Trovato….oh…. may have hated your mother…but her lady bits initiated your miserable and vitriolic existence! You show no signs of gratitude…and sincerely hope all women you deal with are hiding their lady bits as obviously no joy from you. `hope a TG or manbits help you.


  11. Dear Ben, I notice that you are still as cynical and bitter as ever. Everyone can see that you are a very unhappy and confused man … why not make peace with God and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour? You are miserable probably because you are avoiding and running away from the only One who can help us all … that humble carpenter-rabbi from Nazareth. Reminder: [John 3:16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [John 3:17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Kind regards, Piet Stassen.


      1. You’re right, Ben, your dad did start all of this (bad-tempered old man, smiting, brimstoning and sacrificing his kids). I try hard to clean up after him and keep the peace but it’s a never-ending task. Now go and play nicely, boys.
        Your loving mother, Goddess


  12. Hello Ben, thanks for your p*ss taking. Refreshing, especially living in Oz where do-gooders, the politically correct and the sensitive roam untethered, moaning about Everything. Right now the news has front face about the deputy prime minister making a junior staffer with child. The complaints are about using tax payers money inappropriately.
    If the opportunity arose for you to visit Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne,Australia, please take it. I am too poor to make it happen but you you surely have some rich friends. You will have fertile ground for p*ss taking, especially in Sydney. The locals surely will dismiss your work as puerile satire, but for those who enjoy life will follow you until the collection plate is passed about.
    All the best, Colwyn Scheepers


  13. Howzit Ben

    I read about you being fired and I have to say I was completely agog.

    Not like that time I took your advice and tried LSD on the golf course (although I must have a word with you about that). More like most people feel like on a Monday. Not me though Monday’s are my favourite day.

    It looks like I’m not the only one who likes making a mockery of the week. I was wondering if you being let go had anything to do with our wonderful Ministers who love having their daily master strokes high-lighted in the press? They are the real pros at making a mockery of everything, especially the voters. I guess the Sunday Tribune editors must do their bidding before, well before they um get let go.

    I’m going to cancel my subscription.

    I promised myself yesterday that I would today, but well it’s Monday. Anyway tomorrow, and I sincerely hope I’m not alone. Viva freedom of the press from the press and by the press.

    Shit I think I’m gonna have another drink. Its a bit early I know, but it is Tuesday.


  14. I cancelled my Subscription on Monday 30th July. I was asked why I was doing so. I said that it was simply because Ben was bombed. Idiots!


    1. Trevor – Ben is searching for Jesus Christ … he just doesn’t know it yet. The Bible says: “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”[Colossians 2:8].


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