I have been a journalist since 1978. I have extensive writing and editing experience. I have worked at many newspapers in South Africa, including the Cape Argus, the Sunday Tribune, the Daily News, the Sunday Times, Business Day, the Mail & Guardian and The Times. I was the senior journalist at IDASA (the Institute for Democracy in Southern Africa) and was the Communications Consultant for one of the United Nations' agencies.
My greatest achievement, I believe, was starting ChildLine in Durban in the early 1980s. I worked with a social worker, Annetjie Esterhuysen, at Addinton Children's Hospital, and wrote a number of stories on child abuse. I was working for the Sunday Tribune at the time. I brought into South Africa, with financial aid from the Tribune, the first anatomically correct dolls so as to make it easier for young children to explain what had happened to them. Since then ChildLine has become a national organisation.