About me

Freelance journalist in South Africa

Me, in a nutshell

I was born in The Netherlands (1977), grew up in Angola and Rwanda, spent quite some time what was then called Zaire, lived in the US for a year and a half (New York and Michigan), and visited quite a few countries over the past few years. Education wise, I have university degrees in Journalism (2000),  American Studies (2004), and finally International Development Studies (2004). Currently, I am spending my working days as a writer and freelance journalist in South Africa.

I have been in the field since 2002, the year I joined the newsroom of a Dutch daily newspaper as a part-time business journalist. I did this for 2.5 years whilst studying American Studies and International Development Studies. After obtaining these two degrees in 2004, I moved to Cape Town, initially for a 6-month contract at the Cape Times. After that, I joined capetownmagazine.com as its first online editor. HWB Communications subsequently snapped me up in 2006. While I enjoyed my work at this Cape Town-based PR agency, I decided to explore the world of freelancing in 2007. I haven’t looked back.

More than a journalist

Besides in my capacity as a freelance journalist, one who works for newspapers, magazines, and news agencies, I also offer media-related services to companies, NGOs and NPOs, social enterprises, PR agencies, and research bodies. These services include corporate writing (reports, case studies, etc), NGO and business profiles, online content writing (including websites), (conference) blogging, press release writing, translating (Dutch fluent / English fluent / French advanced), and research. Contact me to find out what I can do for you and your company / organisation or have a look at the clients I have worked for in the past.

Miriam Mannak is a sustainability writer and freelance journalist in South Africa

Past years in a nutshell

  • 2007 & 2008: Feature on gangs in Lavender Hill (Big Issue SA) shortlisted in two competitions
  • 2007: Served as a conference rapporteur during a high-level SADC water security conference (Zimbabwe)
  • 2008: Produced daily newspapers at the Third High Level Forum on Development in Ghana (Inter Press Service).
  • 2009: Won an International Aids Society fellowship (National Press Foundation, USA).
  • 2009: Invited by Jordan’s Royal Family to attend a week-long Generations for Peace conference in Abu Dhabi
  • 2011: Finalist Brandhouse Awards (Best Print & Journalist) with a feature on drinking/ driving in South Africa, and the economic costs.
  • 2013: Won the silver award at the International TABPI Awards for a Madagascar massacre exposé (Leadership)
  • 2013: Received my SA permanent residency and working permit.
  • 2014: Participated in a spoor survey of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana, and wrote various conservation stories
  • 2015: Started working for a wide variety of exciting clients including Forbes Africa Magazine, Public Finance International, and Africa Green Elements
  • 2016: Invited to attend the 2016 Abu Dhabi Sustainability week. Interviewed Gro Brundtland and other sustainability high-fliers
  • 2017: Celebrated my 10th anniversary as a freelance journalist in South Africa