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Fiona de Villiers

Freelance Editor & Writer

Location:Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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1. Personal Particulars:

Date of Birth: 28 October, 1965
Marital Status: Single
Current Street Address: 34A Wimbledon Rd, Brixton, 2092
Current Postal Address: Suite 160, PostNet X9, Melville, 2109
Cell phone Number: 0829303375
E-mail address:
Nationality: South African
Languages: English, Afrikaans (write, speak, read)

2. Experience/abilities:

• Writing (textbooks, education resources, training manuals, press releases, promotional materials, guides, prospectuses, news stories, magazine features, education and performing-arts-related articles, reviews, adaptations (for various media contexts), plays, scripts).
• Editing (in publishing, print and broadcast media).
• Design and layout.
• Research in all aspects of the arts, media, popular culture, education and social development issues.
• Teaching.
• Training and facilitation.
• Archiving.
• Curriculum design and development, interpretation and critique of curricula.
• Community work (especially theatre-in-development).
• Working with young people.
• Directing (stage and other media).
• Marketing.
• Public speaking.
• Exceptional communication skills.
• Meeting deadlines.
• Lateral thinking and problem-solving skills.
• Focused and organized approach.
• Ability to work well in a team.

3. Academic Qualifications:

1972 – 1984 Diocesan School for Girls, Grahamstown
1985 – 1988 Rhodes University, Grahamstown
1987 Bachelor of Arts degree
1988 Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Speech & Drama
And Television Production
1993 Higher Diploma in Education, University of South Africa
2000 Diploma in Information Technology, Rand Afrikaans
University (year 1 only)
2004 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts, Dramatic Art, University of the Witwatersrand

4. Recent employment:
1989 Appointed full-time, permanent head of the department
of Speech & Drama at Kingsmead College, Melrose,
1996-7 Appointed Convenor of the Independent Examination’s
Board (IEB) Speech & Drama Teacher’s User Group,
1992-1995 Taught TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
courses to foreign-language students.
2000-02 Appointed Head, Faculty of the Arts, Kingsmead College
Melrose, Johannesburg.
2003 Joined a scriptwriting team developing a democracy education television series produced by Memar/Kagiso Television for the Ethiopian Education Ministry.
2003-04 Commissioned by the Teacher (educational supplement to the Mail&Guardian) to develop a series of democracy education resources for educators and learners.
2003-06 Ongoing book reviews, democracy education resources, and educational articles for the Teacher (educational supplement to the Mail&Guardian)
2005 Awarded grant by the Centre for Civil Society (University of KwaZulu-Natal) to undertake 6 month research project investigating teaching and learning conditions in public schools in Limpopo and Eastern Cape provinces.
2005 Assisted CASE (Community Agency for Social Enquiry) with GCIS (Government Communication and Information System) project.
2006 Appointed as Bookings Coordinator and Senior Trainer at the Themba HIV/AIDS Organisation.
2006-007 Appointed editor on new magazine “Education, Southern Africa”.
2006-007 Appointed Theatre Groups Manager at the Themba HIV & AIDS Organisation.
2009 Appointed as Editor and member of the board,
Independent Education magazine, Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) Publications.

5. Aims:

• To work with young people through community-based social development projects and initiatives to empower them to make responsible life choices.
• To continue to hone my training skills, to offer effective Voice and Communication skills to clients.
• To consistently investigate the state of education in South Africa, with a view to suggesting ways to make schools and tertiary institutions effective centres of development for all South Africans.
• To assist previously disadvantaged young South Africans to gain access to quality educational opportunities.
• To create and develop learning materials that will make learning an enriched and accessible experience for all learners.
• To contribute in various meaningful ways through community-based projects to the fight against HIV/AIDS and poverty eradication in our country.
• To create, publish and teach effective democracy education programmes for South African educators and learners.
• To further the development of my scriptwriting and editing skills.
• To use and develop my research, editing, literary and organizational skills in productive and meaningful ways.
• To help previously disadvantaged South Africans achieve literacy and numeracy.
• To commit myself to a programme of life-long learning in all spheres that will enhance my personal growth and contribute to the creation of a better South Africa for all.

6. References:

• Mr. Gerhard Hope
1338 Iffley Rd
Henley-on-Klip 1962
• Mr. Neil Jardine and Mrs June Jardine
37 4th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg, 2193
Tel: (011) 880 6454
• Mrs Trish Robinson
8 Avril Crescent, Beverley Gardens, Johannesburg, 2194
Tel: (011) 7877985
• Dr Dale McKinley
Cell: 0724294086

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