OTHER WORK

MY FAVOURITE OF THE YEAR.’ – Deon Meyer on Shéri: Just the Way I Am

ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS OF RECENT YEARS, AND LIKELY THE MOST READABLE.’ – Imraan Coovadia on Lucky Packet

BOOK PUBLISHING
WRITING, EDITING & PROOFREADING

2005 to present

From the political to the picaresque (not to suggest there’s a difference), I have written, edited and proofread leading commercial fiction and non-fiction titles for top African and international imprints – such as Tafelberg, Human & Rousseau and Bloomsbury – for 15 years.

Two of my editing projects recently won top prizes in the Gourmand 2020 ‘Best in the World’ Awards. Duinhuis by Isabella Niehaus (Human & Rousseau) won the Entertainment category. Food Stories – With Love from the Twins by Tebo and Lebo Ndala (NB Publishers) came third in the African category.

Order your copy of my latest book, We Have a Game Changer – A Decade of Daily Maverick, by visiting my special projects page.

We Have a Game Changer - A Decade of Daily MaverickCo-authored with Tudor Caradoc-Davies and Fran Beighton, Daily Maverick’s 10th anniversary book is THE story behind the stories of one of the world’s bravest investigative online news publications. Published by MAVERICK 451.

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FEATURE & COLUMN WRITING

2004 to present

Interviews: Jane Goodall, Desmond Tutu, John Cleese, Rita Marley, conservationists, scientists and hundreds more.
Commissioned assignments: Antarctica, Botswana, England, Finland, Germany, India, Kenya, Prince Edward Islands, South Africa, Sweden and Zambia.
Publications: Daily Maverick, Sunday Times, The Times, Engineering News, Business Day, Getaway, Go, Africa Geographic, Weekend Argus, Sawubona, Taste, Khuluma, Dispatch, House and Leisure, Travel Africa, the Polar Times, The Lonely Planet Guide to Antarctica and more.

Fields: I currently write about global environmental change for Daily Maverick. See my highlights from my Daily Maverick work here. My main interests are conservation, climate, wildlife trade and science, but I have also worked extensively in most other journalistic fields: politics, finance, arts & culture, obituaries, sport and then some.

Pole Dancing | Sands of Silence | The Iceman

Writing highlight – Sunday Times environmental column

October 2010 to October 2013

I earned the Sanparks Environmental Journalist of the Year Award for this column. It was the first of its kind in the paper’s history.

The Future of the Big Five | Footprints Only | Heroes and Villains

Writing highlight – First SA female journalist to oversummer in Antarctica

October 2009 to February 2010

I was the second journalist (and first female journalist) to oversummer with the South African National Antarctic Programme as science writer-in-residence.

Download ‘The Silence of the Sirens’, House and Leisure, June 2014

2014 JUNE HOUSE AND LEISURE

Writing highlight – In search of the Knysna elephants

December 2005

Mounting the first media expedition in 10 years to find the presumed-extinct Knysna elephants. We discovered live evidence, such as fresh dung.

SUNDAY TIMES WILDERNESS/TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR

(FOUNDER/MANAGING EDITOR)

2012 to 2017

South Africa’s biggest platforms for nature/travel photography, with a strong focus on rare nature. I launched and managed these projects, raising and giving away R2,5m in prizes. With Canon and Wilderness Safaris.

Winners, 2014 | Sunday Times Travel cover, 2014 | Winners, 2015

BROADCASTING – TELEVISION & RADIO

Television field reporter/producer, 50/50

June 2006 to December 2007

My assignments for 50/50, South Africa’s oldest environmental television show, ranged from swimming with Wild Coast dolphins in a shark-infested sardine bait ball and chasing abalone poachers (not simultaneously).

Radio producer/presenter, EnviroWorld

January 2001 to June 2006

I presented and syndicated my weekly science/environment show, EnviroWorld, throughout Africa, the Caribbean and the UK via satellite and community radio.

Image credit: ‘CITES Rhino Files’. © Bernard Kotze/Daily Maverick, 2020