Meet The Team


Amanda Watson

Amanda Watson

News Editor

Amanda began her career in journalism as a crime reporter with Caxton Community Newspapers in 2005. She was promoted to news editor of the North Eastern Tribune and Randburg Sun, before moving to The Citizen as an all-round journalist in 2013. There, she became senior journalist, deputy news editor, and then News Editor. Business, environment, and crime remain her favourite topics.

amandaw@citizen.co.za

Andre de Kock

Andre de Kock

Senior Journalist

Andre de Kock has been writing about motorsport and cars for The Citizen the last 42 years. When he wrote his first story, they said he must keep on doing it until he gets it right. He holds two current Guinness World records and Motorsport South Africa gave him a Life Time Achievement award in 2002. Premature, since, at age 66, he still previews and reviews local circuit racing.

andrek@citizen.co.za

Brendan Seery

Brendan Seery

Deputy Editor

After cutting his teeth in newspapers in the 1980s, Brendan worked for the Argus Africa News Service, covering Africa for 10 years. He held various editorial management positions, including at the Sunday Tribune, Sunday Independent, The Star and Saturday Star, from 1990 until 2016. He has also worked for various global print and electronic news media organisations, including the Voice of America, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Canadian Press, as well as the Daily Mail in London.

brendans@citizen.co.za

Brian Sokutu

Brian Sokutu

Senior Journalist

Brian Sokutu is a senior journalist and columnist with The Citizen, covering general, political, economic and human-interest stories. He has worked for the New Nation, South African Press Association, Eastern Province Herald, The Star and the Sunday Times among other publications. He has covered the South African political story from apartheid to constitutional democracy.

brians@citizen.co.za

Charl Bosch

Charl Bosch

Motoring Journalist

By age four, there was only one thing that mattered to this Eastern Cape native: cars. A child of the 90s when motorsport was king, Charl grabbed the opportunity with both hands to realise his dream in 2016 after a four-year stint in PE as a general print and online journalist. Ever since moving to Johannesburg, he maintains to have never worked a day in his life and instead gets paid to drive and write about cars from A to Z.

charlb@citizen.co.za

Dr. Dulcy

Dr. Dulcy

Dr Dulcy is a social entrepreneur with a passion for providing healthcare and wellness solutions for low and middle-income communities in South Africa. As the 2016 Social Entrepreneurship Regional Business Achiever award winner for Business Women Association, she started Accessible Quality Healthservices (AQH) in 2013 after being a general practitioner in Vryburg then Carletonville for 11 years. Dr Dulcy said her purpose in life was to make an impact on how healthcare was delivered in this country, especially to the poor.

Christelle du Toit

Christelle du Toit

Digital News Editor

Christelle du Toit is a multiple award-winning journalist with more than 15 years of experience in broadcast, print, and digital news. She is the co-founder of an NPO aimed at empowering women practically, financially, and sustainably called Don’t get mad, get pretty.

christellet@citizen.co.za

Hendri Pelser

Hendri Pelser

Data Analyst and Acting Digital Editor

Hendri Pelser has held a number of senior editorial posts at leading media organisations including Moneyweb, Media24 and The Citizen. He cut his teeth in financial and business journalism.

hendrip@citizen.co.za

Jaco van der Merwe

Jaco van der Merwe

Motoring Editor

His first car, a 1978 Golf GLS automatic, never really lived up to the Austin Mini Cooper S trio he lost his heart on during the classic 1969 film The Italian Job. After spending the best part of the last two decades in sports journalism, he is now trying to overcome his obsession with those cute little gold-hauling machines on a full-time basis by sampling the latest cars on offer for a living. Despite all the modern day marvels out there, he is not convinced that it will happen soon.

jacov@citizen.co.za

Jonty Mark

Jonty Mark

Phakaaathi Editor

Jonty Mark has been writing about South African football for 20 years, and has been to eight Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, which in the case of Bafana Bafana makes him either an eternal optimist or a bit of a masochist. He is also an avid supporter of Chelsea FC, and is enjoying the first part of the Frank Lampard revolution.

jontym@citizen.co.za

Ken Borland

Ken Borland

Sport Journalist

A sports journalist since 1992, His main beats are cricket, rugby, golf and hockey, which he has covered for various local and international media outlets across the spectrum of print, Online, radio and TV. When not being a wordsmith, Ken can usually be found in the bush, keeping a close eye on the birds and wildlife.

ken@kenborland.com

Khaya Ndubane

Khaya Ndubane

Digital Manager - Phakaaathi

Khaya Ndubane is an experienced football writer. His passion for football writing started in 2005 when he decided to quit mainstream news reporting to focus on it. His main highlight is covering the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and interacting with some of the global football soccer stars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

khayan@citizen.co.za

Thami Kwazi

Thami Kwazi

Lifestyle Print Editor

Thami has over 12 years experience in media and has worked for Media24,New Media Publishing and DSTV. Her experience includes Anglo Gold, 8 Seventeen magazine and Blaque Magazine, as well as being a regular commentator on Power FM and Mix FM. She was part of the team to launch hair and beauty supplements for True Love Magazine.

thamik@citizen.co.za

Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Motoring Journalist

Mark Jones is a high performance road tester with over 20 years of experience, and occasionally a bona fide crash test dummy too. His job is to burn rubber and crunch the numbers so you get to see how your car performs in the real world. And when life slows down a bit, he gets to travel around and scribble his opinion down about the latest vehicles on offer.

markjones@citizen.co.za

Michaelson Gumede

Michaelson Gumede

Sport Journalist

Michaelson Gumede enjoys the privilege of being the last born of the football department and has been with the company since 2016. He focuses mainly on football action in the capital city where he has witnessed the 2016 Caf Champions League final and the 2017 Caf Confederation Cup final. It is remarkable how his love and passion for the game has not run out yet considering that the only teams he supports, Arsenal, pierces his heart at every chance.

michaelsong@citizen.co.za

Neil Mccartney

Neil McCartney

Chief - Photographer

I'm Neil McCartney, the Chief - Photographer of The Citizen, I'm very into sport and take part in the Comrades marathon and Ironman triathlons and well as many smaller races through out the year as well as play indoor football each week. In between all this, I take pictures of daily life in South Africa.

njm@citizen.co.za

Nica Richards

Nica Richards

Digital Journalist

Nica Richards is journalist with a particularly keen interest in environmental issues, ever since she had a six-month stint in the Amazon rainforest. She wants to give as many people as possible a chance to read about our planet's inconvenient truths and has with a passion for animals, nature, random facts and sustainably-sourced rusks.

nicas@citizen.co.za

Rudolph Jacobs

Rudolph Jacobs

Rugby Writer

Rudolph has been a Rugby Writer at the Citizen for the last 16 years since 2004. My main beats include Lions and Springbok rugby. Previous experience includes working as a sport/rugby writer at the Klerksdorp Rekord and Transvaler newspapers as well as being a production editor for the Farmer's Weekly magazine.

rudolphj@citizen.co.za

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Reporter

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni is a reporter for The Citizen. She writes about issues that affect marginalised communities, young people and women.

simnikiweh@citizen.co.za

Ken Borland

Sean van Staden

Columnist

Sean van Staden is The Citizen’s resident sports scientist focusing on health, wellness and sports performance. As founder and owner of Advanced Sports Performance, TheChillTub and Performbetter.co.za, he empowers athletes with technique and tools of all ages to reach their full potential. You can find out more about what he does advancedsp.co.za

Sonri Naidoo

Sonri Naidoo

Intern

Sonri believes she can bring a more sunny side to the publication by telling the stories of those who are unable to voice their concerns, worries, and difficulties through other platforms. She also lives by trying over and over again no matter how many times you fail.

sonrin@citizen.co.za

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

Phakaaathi - Content Creator

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane is a content creator who switched to writing about football in 2014 after three years of producing content and doing voice over work for different platforms at a digital agency. He has since grown fond of TK, the name he is known by in the office

thembinkosis@citizen.co.za

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Football Writer

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe is a sports fanatic, obsessed about football having played at amateur level. He studied at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), majoring in advanced feature writing. He is a versatile journalist, able to write about anything in the world of news and not just sport.

ntsoelengoet@citizen.co.za

Wesley Botton

Wesley Botton

Chief sports reporter

Wes has worked in the sports media industry for 15 years, covering a multitude of different codes. Previously the cricket correspondent for The Citizen and the sports editor of the SAPA, his career has since focussed largely on the coverage of athletics. He is a recipient of the Comrades Marathon Association Journalist of the Year award.

wesleyb@citizen.co.za

Letshego Zulu

Letshego Zulu

Letshego also has a passion for all things regarding a healthy and active lifestyle. She is a qualified Biokineticist, a Mom, an MC and the Co-Founder of PopUpGym, a movement that promotes healthy and active lifestyles by showing people that they can train anywhere, anytime. PopUpGym has 2 service offerings: Corporate Group Training sessions and Outdoor Fitness Activations which are open to the public. Letshego’s expansive presence in the media confirms her commitment in inspiring South Africans to enjoy the best of a fitter, healthier lifestyle. She has, on numerous occasions, loaned her vast knowledge regarding health, wellness and fitness on various radio, television and print media. She currently has a weekly fitness column in The Citizen Newspaper called Fitness At Large.

Farrah Francis

Farrah Francis (Saville)

Managing Editor

Farrah Francis (Saville) is the managing editor: lifestyle for The Citizen, Parenty, All4Women and Living and Loving. She is passionate about issues affecting parents and mothers. In her downtime you can find her eating, and eating some more while curling up with a good book. She’s focusing on raising a strong, independent child with good values but who’s also a little bit of a rebel. Her 15 years of experience in media includes working for some of SA’s biggest magazines and newspapers including the iconic True Love Magazine, and City Press. She has worked in marketing and communications in Doha, Qatar and has scooped numerous awards along the way.

farrahf@citizen.co.za

Karabo Motsiri

Karabo Motsiri

Karabo Motsiri is a first-time mom, over-sharer, lover of life, chronic napper and married to her best friend. She loves a good party because the dance floor is her happy place. She enjoys good food, good conversations, laughs a little too hard, and cries during every episode of Grey’s Anatomy. She started her blogging journey because she wanted to share all the ups and downs of being a young modern mama in South Africa. Her blog Black Mom Chronicles has been featured on Ayana Magazine & SA Mom Blog. She has enjoyed airtime on Power FM and frequently writes for the parenting section of Saturday Citizen. She also works with MamaMagic on their Product Awards, Milestones Magazine, Heart to Heart blog, and the Baby Expo, which is South Africa’s biggest parenting expo.

karabom@citizen.co.za

Tracy Lee Stark

Tracy Lee Stark

Photojournalist

Tracy Lee Stark is a seasoned Johannesburg based photojournalist who has been a photojournalist and storyteller for over 12 years. She is always looking at the real side of life and wants to be part of documenting history. She has covered everything from burning tyre and teargas filled protests, xenophobic attacks to celebrities and the amazing ordinary people with their own extraordinary stories.

tracys@citizen.co.za

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Football Reporter

Sibongiseni Gumbi was born in rural KZN and has only ever really known one sport which is football, or soccer if you must. He spent the first years of his journalism career as a news reporter but has been a soccer journalist for the past 13 years, five of which have been with The Citizen. His passion for football saw him swap politics reporting for the beautiful game in 2007. Having been writing previews, reports and reviews for so long you would think he gets bored, but he still feels the same sensation as when he wrote his first sport story every time he tackles a new story.

sibongisenig@citizen.co.za

Trevor Cramer

Trevor Cramer

Senior sports sub-editor

Trevor is the senior sports sub-editor at The Citizen and a regular columnist. He is a 29-year veteran of sports journalism, and started out as a junior cricket and field hockey writer at The Citizen back in 1992 before moving on to radio, and subsequently digital media. He is a boxing enthusiast and is known for his honest, hard-hitting coverage of the fight game.

Earl Coetzee

Earl Coetzee

Premium News Editor

Earl started his journalism career as a junior reporter at Media24 more than a decade ago. He has since worked across multiple media platforms. This includes radio, television, and several more years in print. He has won multiple awards across each medium, and has been with The Citizen since 2018, when he joined as Deputy Print News editor. He holds an Honours Degree in Mass media and journalism.

earlc@citizen.co.za

Rorisang Kgosana

Rorisang Kgosana

Premium Journalist

Rorisang is a journalist for The Citizen's Premium offering, focusing on in-depth and analysis of current general news including politics, economics, social issues and health. With experience as the first online reporter for a community newspaper in Pretoria nearly a decade ago, Rorisang developed extensive knowledge on online reporting and digital news. Rorisang has a B-Tech degree in journalism from Tshwane University of Technology.

Marizka Coetzer

Marizka Coetzer

Journalist

Marizka covers breaking news, investigations, crime, current affairs, human interest and news. She started in the Caxton West Rand branch in 2012 and worked under titles such as Roodepoort Rekord, Roodepoort Northsider, and Krugersdorp News. In 2016 she joined Huisgenoot. In 2019 Marizka joined the Pretoria Rekord newspaper. At the end of 2020, she joined The Citizen. She has authored two books and was the Caxton Awards winner for 2015 and 2019.

Jacques van der Westhuyzen

Jacques van der Westhuyzen

Head of Sport

Jacques manages the daily sports offering for online and print at The Citizen. He previously worked as a senior rugby and golf writer, for national daily and weekend newspapers, and online publications. He has close to 25 years’ experience in mainstream media. He is a former recipient of a Sasol Springbok rugby writing award. He is passionate about road and trail running and enjoys playing golf.