Elbé van Heerden

Membership Number: SAF02519

Contact Details

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Province:Western Cape

Profession Details

Media:Newspapers, Internet - Website and Blogging, Public Relations, Social Media
Speciality:General, Travel, Health, News, Politics, Education, Columnist, Culture, Profiles, Science & Technology
Profession:Writer, Photojournalist, Translator, Subeditor, DTP, Copyeditor


For the eight years I have worked as a journalist for various community newspapers in the Eastern and Western Cape. My goal has always been to report news accurately and objectively with perseverance, initiative, stability, ingenuity and physical stamina. 

I learnt how to deal with the pressures of the newsroom and keep to deadlines, while at the same time following up on news as it happens. Time spent in small communities has taught me to build strong, sustainable relationships. Over the last few years I have also learnt the art of desktop publishing and have been responsible for the content of our websites as well as social media networks, not only for our own publication, but also helping set up and give new ideas for other newspapers in our group.

During 2015 I spent a year working on a project, researching the history of the Owl House in Nieu Bethesda, documenting the historical views of the local people who knew her, while doing freelance work for different companies, including Noblesfontein Wind Farm.

I am currently working as a translator, translating from English to Afrikaans, and travel blog writer (in both English and Afrikaans) for LekkeSlaap and TravelGround in Cape Town.

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