Don Pinnock

Membership Number: SAF04344

Contact Details

Province:Western Cape

Profession Details

Media:Books, Consumer Magazines, Internet - Website and Blogging, Newspapers
Speciality:Columnist, Environment, Science & Technology, Travel
Profession:Journalist, Photographer, Researcher, Writer


Dr Don Pinnock is an investigative journalist and photographer who, some time back, realised he knew little about the natural world. So he set out to discover it. This took him to five continents – including Antarctica – and resulted in five books on natural history and hundreds of articles. The Last Elephants, published in 2019 with Colin Bell, is his 18th book.

 His other books include:

Gang Town, which won the City Press Tafelberg Non-Fiction award,

Writing Left, a biography of the journalist Ruth First.

Voices of liberation

The Brotherhoods,

Gangs, Rituals & Rites of passage

Rainmaker, a novel shortlisted for the 2009 European Union Literary Award.

Natural Selections,

African Journeys,

Just add dust,

Loveletters to Africa,

Blue Ice: Travels in Antarctica,

The Woman who Lived in a Tree and Other Perfect Strangers.

Wild as it Gets,

He has degrees in criminology, political science and African history and is a former editor of Getaway travel magazine.

 He was one of the primary drafters of the White Paper that became the Child Justice Act, a trustee of the Chrysalis Academy for high-risk youths, a board member of the Widerness Foundation, a member of the Conservation Action Trust and was the facilitator of the Western Cape Government’s gang strategy roadmap.

 His day job is as environmental investigative journalist.

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