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Aletta is a freelance journalist, filmmaker and educator with a passion for environmental and conservation video storytelling.
Born in South Africa, she emigrated to England as a teenager, and started her career at a local radio station in the Channel Islands in 2008. In 2010 she settled in Cape Town where she worked as a multimedia journalist for 10 years.
During this time she covered a wide variety of daily news and features, but quickly gained recognition for her environmental stories, including water pollution and marine poaching as a multimedia journalist for Eyewitness News.
In 2016 she pursued longer-form pieces as a freelancer, and travelled to Uganda to cover the South Sudan refugee crisis, co-produced a television documentary on the diabetes epidemic as well as television pieces for international clients.
A year later she joined News24, where she was responsible for overseeing online short documentaries and interactive features at the largest news site in South Africa. During this time she won more awards for stories with environmental themes, specifically looking at the impacts of drought.
Her work has appeared online and on television, both in South Africa and abroad, and clients include UNICEF, Mongabay, TRT World, Times LIVE, Primedia Broadcasting, Chronicle, Health-e News, GroundUp, Anadolu Agency, Moneyweb, Where The Leaves Fall and Research Professional News.
She has interviewed many notable public figures, including Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson, Jane Goodall, John Cleese, Sixto Rodriguez and FW de Klerk.
Since 2020 she has been living in the UK and currently teaches part-time at the University of Kent's Centre for Journalism.
WAN-IFRA African Digital Media Award - Best use of Online Video (2020)
Bookmark Awards Silver Pixel for News or Feature Writing (2019)
Bookmark Awards Silver Pixel for News Innovation (2019)
Vodacom Journalist of the Year - Regional Winner: CSI/Sustainability (2018)
Vodacom Journalist of the Year - Regional Winner: CSI/Sustainability (2017)
Bookmark Awards Bronze Pixel for News or Feature Writing (2016)
Vodacom Journalist of the Year - Regional Winner: CSI/Sustainability (2015)
SAB Environmental Media Awards Video Merit Award (2015)
Bookmark Awards Journalist of the Year Nominee (2015)