Over a period of ten years, I wrote articles for most of South
Africa’s top magazines, including Fairlady, Femina, House and
Leisure and Cosmopolitan and contributed for almost five years
to the radio programme Woman’s World (later Woman
Today) as correspondent from Namibia in a monthly ‘Letter
from Windhoek’ and as a travel writer.
I learned the basics when working on Air Malawi’s Reflections
magazine – of which I was Features Editor and then Editor for
several years, writing almost everything from the Contents to
the (hopefully) amusing last page. It was incredibly valuable
training for writing to order – and fast.
Art Director of Reflections asked me if I’d like to start
a magazine on southern Africa and I leaped headlong into Savanna
Magazine, of which we were immensely proud.
This was followed by a wine tourism magazine called Winescape,
which I wrote for and edited until its 14th edition.
I have also been involved in various one-off publications such
as the magazine for the congress of the International Board for
Books for Young People (IBBY).
- Editor and contributor (12 editions)
Savanna magazine - Editor and contributor (10 editions)
Winescape magazine - Editor and contributor
Souvenir magazine for IBBY - Editor and contributor
Occasional articles for:
House and Leisure
Wildside (KwaZulu Natal Parks Board)
I first became hooked on the immediacy and vibrancy of the
worldwide web when the CEO of South Africa’s wine industry web
portal asked me to be involved in a daily Newsfeed to, and about
This involved managing large numbers of publicity releases,
writing and commissioning new articles and acting as a liaison
between the Internet site and the industry. I worked at this for
ten years (1995 – 2005) until the demands of educational
publishing claimed my full attention once more.
In 2007 I was lured back – both to working on the Internet, and
to working with San people and the organisations that represent
This has been a long-standing interest,
dating back to the research for my novel Song of Be in 1990. I
have been involved ever since, mostly on a volunteer basis, with
the Village Schools Project (VSP) of which I was a co-founder
with Megan Biesele and Patrick Dickens. This project, in Nyae
Nyae in eastern Bushmanland in Namibia is now government run and
brings mother-tongue education to Ju/’hoansi children in remote
The new website aimed to bring a
connection between widely separated groups of San people
speaking many different languages and living in South Africa,
Namibia and Botswana. It will also provide up to date and
accurate information to the many people, worldwide, who look to
the Internet for information about the San.
The website was under the auspices of the Kalahari Peoples Fund (KPF).
I ran this website for four years, including organizing and
conducting nine major training courses for adult San youth in
Namibia, Northern Cape and Cape Town. (See under PROJECTS). In
all, we trained around 50 San students in basic technology,
writing and reporting for the website and general writing skills
(some people attended more than one course).
was archived in 2014 as the focus changed to social media and
cellphones became more generally available to people living in
remote areas. It will be permanently archived in an American
University (still under discussion) as a record of a unique
period of transition for San people.
Children’s Book Network
In 2012 I began a reading
activism project with colleagues Gcina Mhlophe and Sindiwe
Magona. (See under PROJECTS). This included a very active
I am responsible for
editing all material and writing most of it, as well as
providing photographs of workshops and events.
Work in progress
I am currently working on a
website to be launched in February 2016 for a project in which
Children’s Book Network was closely involved. The Clanwilliam
Dam Community Project reached adults as well as high school and
primary school children to educate them about the landscape of
the Cederberg Mountains and the Clanwilliam dam ahead of the
raising of the dam wall, and subsequent flooding of prehistoric
and rock art sites.