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Bernadette Ontong

Freelance Document Designer & Article Writer

Location:Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Phone: +27723999062
2 Skills
Academic Qualifications:
Matriculation Certificate 1977 (William Pescod Senior Secondary, Kimberley, South Africa)
Certificate in Education II 1978 -1979 (Perseverance College of Education, Kimberley, South Africa)
Dressmaking and Design 1982 (Intec College, Distance Learning)
Diploma in Biblical Studies III 1984-1986 (Cornerstone Christian College, Cape Town, South Africa)
Diploma in Education III 1994 (Cape Town College of Education, Cape Town, South Africa)
Current Studies:
BA Fine Art 1996-2005: University of South Africa (2nd year level)
Currently with Open Universities Australia (Curtin University of Technology)

Employment History
Teaching 11 Years of Primary School (Grade 3 - 8)
Teaching of English and Art

2002-Current Development Policy Research Unit, School of
Economics, University of Cape Town
Job Description: Publications Co-ordinator
Duties: Design, layout, editing and sub-editing of:
Research Working Papers, Annual Report, Policy Briefs, Banners and information packs with Programme and other details(for Conferences), Reports, Invitations, Certificates, Newsletters, CD Covers, Arranging Media attendance at conferences, design and updating of the
DPRU websites – see at and our Conference website as well as a Special Project website.

1999-2001 Pathcare Pathologists, South Africa
Job Description: Desktop Designer
Duties: Design, layout, editing and sub-editing of:
Newsletters, Reports, business cards, greeting cards, Pathology forms, scanning of slides, Invitations, Certificates, CD Covers, Calendars
Other Duties: Printing of personalised pathology forms and stationery on risograph printer

1997-1998 Stringing and Stationery-Label Over-printers
Job Description: Desktop Designer (labels)
Duties: Design and layout of labels for over-printing
Other Duties: Printing of labels on over-printers

Skills and Abilities
Design and Layout Proficient in using the following software:
Applemac (preferred design and layout tool)
- Freehand for Graphic Work and Layout of some documents (e.g. Annual Reports, Banners, etc.)
- Photoshop for Image Manipulation
- InDesign for the Layout of all documents
- Word for layout and design and editing of research papers for presentation and not for printing
CorelDraw for Graphic Work and Layout of some Documents (e.g. Annual Reports, Banners, etc.)
- PhotoPaint for Image Manipulation
- Word and Excel for editing
Web Design
FrontPage for layout and design of websites (limited html skills)
I also produce a website for our conferences and for the Employment Promotion Programme. See the websites of the latter at: Promotion_Program/Home.htm
Should a Conference be hosted, I create a special website for this. See at:
Team Work Team work is an essential part of research and I am therefore able to work independently as well as in a team when required.
Co-ordination: Co-ordinating the flow of printed material from:
- design and layout
- obtaining quotes from printers
- preparing artwork for printing
- dissemination of all publications:
- e-mail notification of publications available
- electronic dissemination
- surface mail dissemination
Media Relations – Co-ordinating the attendance of media at the Bi-Annual
Conferences of the DPRU
- Contacting relevant reporters at as many newspapers as possible for attendance
- Contacting television reporters and co-ordinating interviews.
- Collecting the relevant articles as they appear in newspapers
- Making sure that I meet with these reporters, supply them with an information pack
Time Management: I am disciplined and have the ability to co-ordinate my
day to complete tasks planned daily. I have a priority list, but I am flexible when urgent work needs completion.
Skills (2) Rating
Document Design
Article Writing