• SAPOA Property Feature Journalist 2013
• Best Infrastructure Feature:
DIAGEO African Business Reporting Awards 2010
• Nominated twice for SAPOA Property Feature Journalist 2017
• Qualified yoga teacher and colour therapist
I am an African writing about African experiences. I consider myself fortunate to experience the ingenuity and tenacity of Africans to overcome what sometimes appears to be overwhelming challenges but I am neither unaware nor ignorant of the challenges that make this continent unique.
I am an observer, almost a commentator. I believe that only through research, fact-checking and qualified quotes, can journalists present the truth or express an opinion. By experiencing South African daily life, I am exposed to all the nuances that often underscore bigger issues. Africa has enormous needs that include capacity building, infrastructure development; energy and power; telecommunications; poverty alleviation; urbanisation; economic development; and educational, health and water concerns. These are the fundamentals that daily affect African people and effectively drive our headlines.
I realise that writing today needs to be more personal and conversational but appeal to a broader mass of readers, from adequately- to highly-educated. I am not interested in fluff, propaganda or scare-mongering, and endeavour always to present a balanced perspective of facts. I question when I don’t understand, scratch at closed doors, and tirelessly use technology to open my mind. Never aggressive but always persistent, I will always query facts that aren’t substantiated in an effort to find those nuggets that make the reading worthwhile.
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Sunday Times supplement: Made in SA
Can a new generation of manufacturing be the catalyst for economic growth?