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Freelance Article Writer & Travel Writer

Location:Vereeniging, Gauteng, South Africa
2 Skills

Name : Jabulile Bongiwe

Surname : Ngwenya

Nationality : South African

Marital Status : Single

Languages : English and Zulu

Driver’s Licence : Code 10

Interests : Exploring new cultures; reading; music; theatre, literature
and spirituality.


Primary School

1984 – 1990 : Barham Green Primary School
Grades 1-7
1990 : Completed Junior Certificate

Secondary School

1991 – 1996 : Girls’ College Secondary School
Forms 1 – 6
1991 : Completed Zimbabwe Junior Certificate

1994 : Completed Ordinary Level Certificate
: History A
: Mathematics A
: Combined Science A
: Add Combined Science A
: Geography A
: English A
: Add Mathematics A
: Food & Nutrition B
: English Literature B
: French B

1995 : Received Full Colours Award for Excellent Results
1996 : Completed Advanced Level Certificate
: Physical Science B
: English C
: Mathematics D

1997 : Educon Business College
: Completed Secretarial Course

1998 : University of Cape Town
: Studied Bachelor of Arts (English)
Subjects : English
: History
: French

2004 : University of South Africa
: studying BA (English) Honours
2005 : Completed BA (English) Honours


UCT – Baxter Hall : Member of House Committee
: Head of Media Portfolio

Duties : Editor of the House Newsletter – Baxter Bugle
: Secretary to the Head Student
: Organising general house events such as meetings, typing of minutes, : Organising events and promotions for the students residing in Baxter

UCT : Junior Reporter for the university Newspaper
: Newsreader and co-presenter for UCT radio
: Marketing Co-ordinator for university Newspaper
Duties : Organising the Brand Exercise for Varsity – university newspaper
: Organising business cards and promotional gifts for newspaper staff
: Liasing between students and staff for newspaper content


November 1998 – February 1999 : Receptionist at Monitoring South Africa, Media Watch Company

Duties : Manning the frontline desk
: Typing of office memos and transcribing media content
: Research of media content from TV, radio, and magazines

November 1999 – February 2000 : Temporary Fund Administrator for Fedsure

Duties : Involved in filing project
: Member maintenance and data capturing
: Administer withdrawal claims

November 2000 – February 2001 : Various Temp assignments with PAG

Duties : Frontline Receptionist
: Typing and Liasing with clients telephonically and personally
: Filing

September 2001 – February 2003 : Fund Administrator at Investec Employee Benefits

Duties : Processing of withdrawal; disability and death claims
: Member maintenance and data capturing
: Liasing with clients and brokers telephonically and face to face
: Processing revisions
: Typing and basic filing

February 2003 –May 2005 : Service Consultant at Investment Solutions

Duties : Work in the Client Interaction Centre dealing strictly with client
: queries that come via fax; e-mail; mail; telephone or walk-in

June 2005 to July 2007
: Business writer at Alexander Forbes

Duties : Writing of all business material to external and internal clients,
: Conceptualisation and implementation of copy to be used on advertising
: Working with designers to create marketing branding for company and projects
: Editor of online newsletter sent to clients – writing, layout &editing
:Co-editor of business magazine sent to staff – writing & editing
: Presenter and co-producer of internal television channel – AFTV

August 2007 to date : Freelance writer
: Top student award for the South African Tourism travel writing school
: Web content for South African Tourism – trade and consumer content.
: Features - ‘White people staying in Soweto’, ‘Fertility’ and ‘Polygamy’ for Mail & Guardian
: Travel feature – ‘Polokwane’ for Mail & Guardian
: Travel features - ‘St. Lucia’, ‘Largest tree in Africa’ for The Weekender.
: Travel feature on St. Lucia for The South African.
: Travel feature for Africa Geographic on Modjadji and the nature reserve.
: Travel feature on Thailand for The Saturday Star
: Travel feature – Johannesburg for
:Ongoing business content for web and print for Alexander Forbes Financial Services.
: Editing and presenting skills official for South African National Biodiversity Institute
:Co-founder and representative of Raspberry Prose –writing school and writing services
:Lifestyle feature for Dance Gazette for the Royal Dance Academy in the UK
: Appeared in a commercial for Vuyo Mbuli’s company.
: Various travel features for Sawubona South African Airlines magazine
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Travel Writing