Miriam Mannak

Foreign Correspondent / Business and Sustainability Writer / Freelance Journalist in Cape Town, South Africa


My name is Miriam Mannak, and I am a seasoned foreign correspondent, business and sustainability writer, and freelance journalist in Cape Town, South Africa. I mainly focus on southern African issues, from politics, economics, tech, and business to human and social development, gender-based issues, and sustainability (social, environmental and economic). For an overview of the stories and topics I cover and have covered, please click here.

Working in journalism

Since I started my career in 2002 as a pipsqueak part-time business journalist in Europe, my byline has appeared in over 70 different publications in South Africa, Europe, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere (magazines, newspapers, news agencies and a variety of online titles). The list includes Forbes Africa Magazine, FastCompany SA, Business Day, Inter Press Service, MergerMarket, De Persdienst, De Tijd, Leadership Magazine, Intrepid Explorer, International Finance Magazine, Public Finance International, African Green Elements, and Leadership Magazine.

Working for corporates and NGOs

As a freelance writer, your skills set needs to be broad and the same counts for your client base. Apart from journalism related activities (news reporting, business writing, reportages, investigative reporting, and travel writing), my services include company profile writing, data journalism, (conference) blogging, report writing, research, (online) content writing, writing press releases, and quite a bit more.

Clients (apart from media outlets) include PR companies, private businesses, governmental agencies, research bodies, and NGOs.

In case it matters: I have won an award or two.

“A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens.” Nelson Mandela

Check out my new blog!


I recently started my I Am Cape Town Blog, a collection of stories of ordinary Capetonians from all walks of life – about their lives, dreams, hopes, achievements, and whatever else they want the world to know. The objective is to connect, inspire, fight stereotypes and nurture understanding by giving a voice to those who make Cape Town what she is. Everyone has a story that deserves telling and listening to.
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What a client has to say

“It was a crackerjack story on slavery for September, thanks! Your Woolworths story will go into the October issue. Keep writing” – Chris Bishop (Forbes Africa Magazine).