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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. But she was drawn back to her birth country in 2010 and specialised in video and stills in Cape Town.
During this time she worked on a wide variety of daily news and features, including high-profile events such as the Oscar Pistorius Trial, the death of Nelson Mandela and the 2015 Malawi floods. She gained recognition for her environmental stories, including water pollution and marine poaching as a multimedia journalist for Eyewitness News.
In 2016 she pursued bigger projects and television pieces as a freelancer, including the South Sudan refugee crisis, a documentary on the diabetes epidemic and marine conservation.
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. She also helped the head of video to run a team covering daily news. 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 and Moneyweb.
She has interviewed notable public figures and celebrities, including Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson, Jane Goodall, John Cleese, Sixto Rodriguez and FW de Klerk to name but a few.
Since 2020 she has been living in the UK and currently teaches 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)