I am a British journalist who has been a staff reporter, news editor and foreign correspondent for a spectrum of UK newspapers during a 20 year career. I have spent more than a decade in South Africa living between Johannesburg and Cape Town and was also based in Jerusalem for four years as a consultant for the United Nations. Now based in Cape Town, I write for UK national newspapers and am available for live stand up TV and radio interviews. I am also studying for an MSc in Public Relations and Digital Communications.
Henri van Breda, 21, stands to inherit $15m if he is acquitted of butchering his parents and bother to death at the family’s luxury home in the South African wine lands in 2015. His sister Marli, now 18, miraculously survived having her jugular vein slashed in the 3am bloodbath in which Henri suffered only minor wounds, described by prosecutors as ‘self inflicted’. He is on trial for 3 counts of murder and one of attempted murder. Although Marli is suffering from amnesia and can’t remember the events, she is listed as a state witness against her brother. The family spent many years living in Perth and the Gold Coast before returning to Cape Town shortly before the killings. In South Africa, a defendant found guilty of murder or manslaughter cannot inherit from their victim.
Caster Semenya's South AFrican fans are uniting behind the trending online campaign #HandsOffCaster against a wave of negative publicity engulfing the 25 year old who is tipped for gold in Rio this weekend. Semenya has a natural hormone imbalance, resulting in elevated testosterone which critics say gives her an unfair advantage over her track rivals.
South Africa's newest sporting superstar - Wayde van Niekerk - who lit up the Rio Olympics by obliterating the 400m WR has a great-grandmother to thank for his incredible success - his trainer. Ans Botha, 74, and her protegee have both hit career peaks at the same time... despite their 50 years age difference.