I opened my company as a part-time concern in 2005 and, at the end of 2012, retired from the formal working sector to pursue my dream of freelancing and growing my company.
I graduated from Rhodes University in 1975 with a BA Degree in English and Speech and Drama.
My formal working career comprised two years as an advertising rep, four years as a photojournalist, eight years as a communication and public relations officer (private sector – gold mining industry), and eight years in the communication unit of the National Department of Health, the last four of which were as deputy director responsible for internal communication.
The numerous communication-related courses and workshops I attended during my formal working career enhanced my insight into effective communication processes. Courses included project management, newspaper reporting, effective writing, internal communication, drafting effective communication strategies, and disaster management.
Apart from a good command of the Microsoft Office package, I have mastered Adobe InDesign, and have a fairly good working knowledge of Corel Draw and WordPress. I ‘get around’ in Adobe Photoshop and have completed courses in Adobe Illustrator and Dreamweaver.
Dancing was my passion in my young days and, while my three children were growing up, I taught ballet, tap and Highland dancing – this allowed me to be a stay-at-home mom.
While at the Carletonville Herald I was appointed as the unofficial editor of Seipone, a weekly newspaper for the township of Khutsong.
I achieved placements within the top ten journalists in the annual Sanlam Awards for Regional Newspapers over a period of four years in the 1990s. Placements were achieved in the categories editorial, human interest and environmental reporting.
In 1996, just before joining the mining industry and moving out of journalism, I was nominated the runner-up in the Environmental Category of the Sanlam Awards for Regional Newspapers.
I love to think I could have chalked up more accolades if I had stayed in journalism …
Both these organisations are members of the Alliance of Language and Media Practitioners (LAMP).
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