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ABOUT

Aletta is a multimedia journalist and senior broadcast journalism lecturer.

 

Born in South Africa, she emigrated to England as a teenager, but was drawn back 11 years later and settled in Cape Town in 2010.

 

Her career in journalism began in radio in the Channel Islands in 2008. In 2010 she moved back to her native South Africa, where she worked as a multimedia journalist for Eyewitness News and later deputy editor for News24 Video.

She has worked on a wide variety of daily news and features, including the Oscar Pistorius Trial, the death of Nelson Mandela, the Cape Town water crisis, and the South Sudan refugee crisis.

Her work has appeared on television, both in South Africa and abroad and clients include UNICEF, TRT World, Times LIVE, Primedia Broadcasting, Chronicle, Health-e News, GroundUp, Anadolu Agency and Moneyweb. 

 

She has interviewed notable public figures and celebrities over the years, including Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson, Jane Goodall, John Cleese, Sixto Rodrigues and FW de Klerk to name but a few.

Since 2020 she has been living in the UK where she has been teaching multimedia journalism at Canterbury Christ Church University.

 

AWARDS

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)