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Pitru Viljoen

Freelance Article Writer & Creative Writer

Location:Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
2 Skills
Tertiary education
Year: 2007 - 2009
Qualification: B.A. (Media, Communication and Culture)
Institution: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Year: April 2009
Qualification: Certificate (Intensive multimedia journalism training workshop)
Institution: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University / CFPJ (Centre de Formation et de Perfectionnement des Journalistes)

Year: January 2009
Qualification: Certificate – Tutor training (workshop) & Excel training workshop
Institution: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Year: 2006
Qualification: Certificate – Short course in Creative Writing
Institution: University of South Africa (UNISA)

Year: 2006
Qualification: Autism tutor training (workshop)
Subjects: Autism Theory, practical application of theory and training.
Institution: Victory Kids - Specialised Centre for Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Delay (Port Elizabeth)

Year: 2005
Qualification: B.A. Honours (Psychology)
Institution: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Year: 2002 - 2004
Qualification: B.A. Psychology (*** Laude)
Institution: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (formerly University of Port Elizabeth)

Year: 2001 – 2002
Qualification: Certificate
Institution: Computer Training Institute (CTI) Port Elizabeth


Language abilities:
• Mother tongue: Afrikaans
• English (speak, read and write fluently)

Computer skills:
• Ms Office 2003/2007 (Ms Word, PowerPoint) - advanced level
• Ms Office 2003/2007 (Excel, Publisher) - intermediate level
• E-mail (advanced level)

Communication skills:
• Excellent writing skills.
• Editing skills - My editing experience includes: editing the work of classmates (during our final year projects), editing the work of the students in my tutoring sessions, and assisting lecturers with the marking and editing of class assignments.
• Listening: I have received training in listening skills both during my psychology degree and my tutor training course.
• Can work effectively and confidently with the public.

Leadership skills:
• Training of staff.
• Keep thinking clearly and to stay calm while working under stressful conditions.
• Apply learned problem-solving skills while under pressure.
• Accept responsibility for my decisions and actions.

Organisational skills:
• Work in a group or alone equally well.
• Organisation of staff work schedules.
• Calculation and payment of wages.

Period: January 2010 - present
Organisation: Wimpy Fountains Mall / Wimpy Jeffreys Bay
Position: Cashier / Assistant Manager
Tasks: Dealing with the public, handling large amounts of cash, checking stock and re-ordering from suppliers, overseeing incoming supplies, handling payments, cashing up.

Period: February 2009 – November 2009
Organisation: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Position: Student Assistant / Tutorial leader
Tasks: Coordinate workshops for first-year students in Classical culture (Greek & Roman), news reporting and 2nd year television studies. Marking. Invigilating tests. Viewing sessions for TV.

Period: April 2009
Organisation: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University / CFPJ
(Centre de Formation et de Perfectionnement des Journalistes)
Position: Journalist
Tasks: Writing and reviewing articles for online publication, uploading of articles to website, interviewing, researching and fact-checking.

Period: April 2008
Organisation: Triangle South Africa / Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa 2008
Position: Journalist (Volunteer) – Media Team
Tasks: Writing articles for online publication, uploading of articles to website, interviewing, pre- and post-race press conference setup and coverage.

Period: March 2006 – February 2007
Employer: Karlien Smit
Position: Private tutor for child with autism and cerebral palsy
Tasks: Development and implementation of weekly task sheets, performance and aptitude evaluation, play therapy, skill and memory drills.

Period: 1992 – 2004 (weekends and vacations)
Organisation: Wimpy Restaurant, Jeffreys Bay
Position: Assistant manager / Cashier
Tasks: Dealing with the public; Training and supervising staff; Handling large amounts of cash; Checking stock and re-ordering from suppliers; Overseeing incoming supplies; Handling payments, cashing up and wages.

Tertiary Achievements
• Member of Golden Key International Honour Society (since 2003)
• UNISA creative writing certificates awarded with distinction.
Senior School Achievements
• Prize for English (Gr. 12);
• Prize for Mathematics (Gr. 12);
• Prize for History (Gr. 12);
• Award for History (Gr. 12);
• Full Academic Colours (1998, 1999, 2000).
• Reading;
• Writing (fiction and non-fiction);
• Crossword puzzles; sudoku.
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Creative Writing