Miriam Mannak

Journalist - content writer - correspondent | Cape Town, South Africa

About me

I am a senior freelance journalist in South Africa with 18 years of media and private sector experience.  Since the start of my career in 2002, my byline has appeared in 120+ publications (magazines, newspapers, online platforms, press agencies, and internal publications) in South Africa, Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East. 

Whilst I write about anything, the following topics fall within my speciality range:  current affairs (South Africa and Southern Africa), business & economics, politics, energy, technology,  sustainability, the SDGs, climate change, and human rights.


breaking news – features – business writing – long-reads –  copy for in-house publications – reportage-style pieces -Investment insights – political reports – analysis – opinion pieces  & columns – editorial assistance – commentary

website overhaul – website refreshing  – online content – brochures – presentations – annual reports – sustainability reports – case studies – conference reporting – corporate blogging – research – translations (NL <-> ENG)

press releases – media announcements – opinion pieces – content marketing – content strategy – social media content – angles development – editorial support – data-gathering – research – tactical/pitch writing – other 

All of the above

Client snapshot

print Journalism

Forbes Africa - Business Day - FinMail - City Press - Renewable Energy Monitor - Africa Report - The Guardian - The Big Issue SA - De Persdienst - Business Report - Vrij Nederland - Financial Times Group - Earthworks Mag - Fast Company SA - AfrOil & Gas Monitor - Emerging Innovation - Africa Electricity Monitor - Sunday Times - Intrepid Explorer - De Telegraaf - Financieel Dagblad - more

ONLINE Journalism

Business Day Live - RISK Africa - AllAfrica - Financial Management Magazine - Inter Press Service - Afrinection.com - CapeTownMagazine.com - South China Morning Post - GroundUp - International Finance Magazine - Public Finance Magazine - Property24 - Opulent Golfer - Demotix - Young Business Leaders - Radio Netherlands Worldwide - iNet Bridge - eTravel Africa - more

Private & PUBLIC sector

Sanlam - Climate investment Fund - Business School Netherlands - Exxaro - Mining Indaba - Irvine Partners - SA Department of Health - Mindspace (Old Mutual) - Because Communications - Synergetics Sustainable Solutions - Magna Carta - Resulta Exporters - Built-Professionals Export Council - AZ Communications - Climate Neutral Group - Grid Arendal - Transnet - Solar Plaza - more

NPOs, civil society & others

International Rivers - Global Integrity - Goethe Institut - The Hikers Network - Run4Schools - UNICEF - Health Enabled - Southern African Aids Trust - Performing Arts network of South Africa - Treatment Action Campaign - Danish Development Agency - EU Festival Association - SADC Research Centre - more

Contact me

If you are in need of a seasoned, multi-skilled, experienced and reputable freelance journalist in South Africa (I am based in Cape Town) or a media consultant, researcher, storyteller, and content writer to help out your marketing, communications and PR team, please get in touch with me: 

+ 27 72 882 2852 / mmannak (skype) / miriam@africajournalist.org  / miriam.mannak@gmail.com

Latest stories and scribbles

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Post-cyclone recovery Mozambique photos

Last year, I travelled to Mozambique for a field trip organised by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for some post-cyclone recovery stories for De Telegraaf. Whilst there, The Globe and Mail, a Canadian newspaper, asked me to take pictures for some of their stories, too.

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The White Genocide myth: Rwanda, that was a REAL genocide

The white genocide is a myth. Rwanda in the 1990s, that was a real genocide. Every single day between April and July 1994 8,000 to 10,000 women, children and men were dragged out of their homes, churches, hospitals, clinics, schools, universities, and buses and killed for one reason: they were Tutsi or moderate Hutu. That is what genocide looks like. Sure, farm murders are bloody horrific and this issue deserves/needs/has to be addressed NOW. They are however no genocide.

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#LockdownDiaries: Freelancing in times of corona

The lockdown is affecting businesses across the world, including my own freelance content business. I started the year with half a dozen regular clients and a very solid cash flow, of which only one remains., a Dutch newspaper The rest had to cut their content production contracts short, postpone them or cancel them altogether. This truly has been the scariest time ever since I started freelancing in 2007. There is a silver lining, though.

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