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Journalism services

I have been active in journalism for decades.

From investigative work in several fields including consumer affairs, commercial aviation and the travel industry, to general news work in the political and transport fields, as well as editing services for corporates and individuals, I am able to assist with many needs in my region.

Editing/layout/formatting

I have held editorial positions on several publications.

Editing of web site copy, annual report proofs, novels and non-fiction material, as well as news and media release copy, is available on short-lead times.

Layout formatting for e-publishing on platforms such as Kindle is also offered.

Consumer and breaking news journalism

I assist several well-known consumer desks in various media houses in South Africa with difficult cases. Most recently we have, as a team, achieved success in assisting consumers obtain redress in matters involving Volkswagen South Africa, Hyundai Motor South Africa, The Hub, Hollard, Kulula, Telesure, Telkom, MTN, Vodacom, Altech, Nedbank and ABSA.

My role in most consumer related matters is to do in-depth background research and fact checking of each case to confirm the true status of the matter. In matters with valid aspects, I am then able to engage with my network of contacts to try and facilitate an amicable resolution for all parties.

As regards breaking and general news, I am able to offer copy, photographs as well as broadcast video within the greater KZN region on relatively short notice.

Aviation and travel industry

I have extensive experience in writing for the travel industry and have been a contributor to industry publications. Examples of work covered and stories broken include the demise of Royal African Cruises, Velvet Sky Airlines and Skywse Airline.

I am able to offer a technical fact-checking service for aviation industry copy with rapid turn-around times.

Video services

I can do on-camera interviews either on location or in a sound-proof studio either to script or general brief. News coverage with on-the-spot reporting or specifically briefed footage for inclusion in programmes is also available.

Showreels and tear-sheets available on request.