Experience

Over 13 years as a professional writer, I have worked as a content manager for a payment processor for small business, as a communications specialist for an investment management firm, and as a copywriter in advertising. Disparate roles and outcomes, but all in the service of conveying ideas, concepts, and instructions.

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Content Manager :: Yoco

My assignment was to build a content hub: from web development to recruiting and managing a team of freelance writers to optimising the content for search engines. This role was analogous to an editor, bringing together film crews, photographers, writers, and designers to create content.

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Comms Specialist :: Allan Gray

Allan Gray is one of the largest investment managers in Africa and my role there was to write, edit, and create content for webinars, for PR, for the quarterly report, and the monthly publication. The content was ghost written for an audience that ranged from novice investors to seasoned professionals.

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Copywriter :: Jupiter Drawing

Created TV, radio, and print adverts for companies in the financial management, beer, and fast moving goods sectors. Work I partly worked on won a Silver Cannes, a Gold Loeries, and a Clio award. A radio advert that I wrote and directed can be heard below.

Writing

My portfolio of writing spans published academic papers, creative writing, financial writing, and technical documentation.

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More than a century ago a man was killed on a public street in broad daylight in a particularly brutal murder. The story of Ishmael Buggas’s death presents us with an insight into the neglected histories of the underclass of Cape Town; the ordinary Indians, Malays, Coloureds and Blacks whose lives are absent from the pages of South African history. On the 28th of November 1906…

The Muir Street murder of 1906: The death of Ishmael Buggas

Published in an anthology of the top history papers

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His story starts in Tsakane, a township near Ekurhuleni – in sight of the mining mounds that spread the fame of denim. In the 19th century Levi Strauss made a fortune supplying riveted jeans to mine workers and coincidentally Tshepo also makes jeans for the stylish in the city of gold

A profile of Tshepo the Jean Maker

Part of a series of profiles I wrote on small businesses

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Imagine for a moment that your life began on 1 July and ended on the 31st – say, 80 years of a life shrunk down to 31 days. What would your savings picture look like then? In this scenario, you will typically start your first job promptly at 4:30pm on 10 July at the age of 25, after growing up and completing your education…

A thought experiment to persuade people to start saving for their retirement

Ghost written for a monthly publication

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University of Cape Town

Bachelor of Social Science

Philosophy and History

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

History

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HyperionDev

Full Stack Web Development

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TreeHouse

Python Track

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