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Tag Archives | Biography

Author Profile: Liz McGregor

History . Liz McGregor was educated at Wykeham School in Pietermaritzburg and the University of Cape Town. McGregor is a veteran author and journalist who started off her career on leading South African newspapers including the Sunday Times and the Rand Daily Mail before subsequently moving to Britain where she worked for the Guardian as deputy editor […]

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Author Profile: Riaan Manser

History . Riaan Manser was born in 1973 in Pretoria.  He grew up in Zululand and attended John Ross College in Richards Bay.  After studying Human Resource Management he took a job in the medical industry.  He has been a lifesaver, a surfer and a rugby player.  When he took his bicycle to ride around […]

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Author Profile: Rian Malan

History . Rian Malan (born 1954 in Johannesburg) is an author, journalist, documentarian and songwriter. He first rose to prominence as the author of the memoir My Traitor’s Heart, which, like the bulk of his work, deals with South African society in a historical and contemporary perspective and focuses on racial relations. Malan grew up […]

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Author Profile: Michiel Heyns

History . Michiel Heyns grew up all over South Africa – Thaba Nchu, Kimberley, Grahamstown, Cape Town – and was educated at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cambridge. For much of his adult life he was an academic, lecturing in English at the University of Stellenbosch, but after publication of his first novel, The Children’s […]

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Author Profile: Anton Harber

History . Anton Harber is the Caxton Professor of Journalism and Media Studies and director of the Journalism Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Harber has had a long career in journalism, media management and the training of journalists. After graduating from Wits University in 1980, Harber began his career as a cadet journalist […]

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Author Profile: Mark Gevisser

History . Mark Gevisser is one of South Africa’s leading authors and journalists. His next book  “Dispatcher”, about his personal relationship with his home-town Johannesburg, will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux and Atlantic Press in 2013. Gevisser has been awarded an Open Society Followship for 2012/13 working on The Sexuality Frontier. During his fellowship […]

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Author Profile: Mario Cesare

History . Mario Cesare’s career has taken him from Timbavati and Mala Mala to Olifants River and beyond – and he delights in sharing his good fortune. His latest task: to develop and nurture the Olifants River Game Reserve as the fences of the Greater Kruger National Park area fall, undoing generations of damage. His […]

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Author Profile: Michael Cardo

History . Michael Cardo was born in Durban in 1977. In 2003 he gained a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. He has worked for the Democratic Alliance since 2003: as Director of Research; as Helen Zille’s speechwriter during the 2009 election; and currently as a policy adviser. Between 2006 and 2008, he […]

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Author Profile: Bruce Bryden

History . Bruce Bryden was born in Johannesburg and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, followed by Honours in Wildlife Management at Pretoria University. In 1971 he started his career in the Kruger National Park as a graduate assistant biologist. He progressed through the ranks as ranger, district […]

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Author Profile: Antony Altbeker

History . Since 1994, Antony Altbeker has worked on issues relating to crime, policing and criminal justice in government and in a variety of think-tanks. In government, he worked for four years (1994 to 1998) in the Ministry for Safety and Security, where he was responsible for establishing systems for monitoring police performance and was […]

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