I am a highly skilled media and communications professional committed to lobbying and advocacy in Africa. Over the past three years, I have worked as an independent consultant based in South Africa for international charities to address poverty. My work has involved media strategy and publicity. By working on press campaigns, I have helped raise awareness about social and environmental issues. My experience in communications comes from working mainly with international charities like Actionaid International as a consultant. My most instrumental work has been in steering the media strategy for an international human rights campaign to fight the removal of rural communities from their ancestral land by giant mining companies in the Limpopo Province in South Africa. The consequence of mining in these areas is large-scale famine, as these communities are small-scale farmers with no other livelihood. The other issue is extreme environmental and water pollution resulting in serious health crisis. My work has involved community interviews to write journalistic case studies, undertaking publicity events, including organizing lobbying rallies and press management for the campaign.
I have worked in impoverished regions in Malawi, Mozambique and other parts of Africa, finding relevant journalistic stories to depict the plight of communities affected by climate change and famine. The media work has been used to drive campaigns for hunger, women’s access to land and climate change especially leading up to COP 17 in Durban.
I have experience working at the international level as a press person at global events, including the G8 in London, the G20 in L’Aquila, Italy, and the UN Financial Summit in New York; and I have a media list of more than 100 international foreign correspondents, most of who live in or cover Africa.
Through my work, I have gained experience interacting with global leaders such as Elders Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Graça Machel, and Mary Robinson. But at the same time I have the empathy and sensitivity needed to talk to families that live in difficult situations.
I have experience drafting media strategies, planning press events, arranging press interviews, and writing op-ed columns and other external media communications. I’m also capable of writing NGO Annual Reports as can be demonstrated by published copies of Actionaid South Africa 2009 and 2011 Annual Reports. I’m adept at multi-tasking and meeting tight deadlines.