‘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
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. Since 2019, I have reported for Daily Maverick’s Our Burning Planet Unit on global change and conservation issues full time.
In addition, two of my editing projects recently won top prizes in the international 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.
Co-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
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.
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.
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.
Writing highlight – In search of the Knysna elephants
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
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.
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