Mandy de Waal is a heavyweight writer and senior journalist who reports on technology, business, science, the media sector and whatever else she finds interesting. Back in journalism after spending time in the corridors of corporate greed, De Waal has written for City Press, Rapport, Noseweek, Brandchannel (New York) and other good titles. She now writes for Daily Maverick, iMaverick and Mail & Guardian because it's the smart thing to do. De Waal accepts interesting and challenging writing assignments.
A former broadcast journalist who attended Rhodes University, Mandy de Waal spent twenty years in the corridors of greed before returning to her first love, writing. De Waal currently works as a freelance writer and journalist.
De Waal currently writes for Daily Maverick and FinWeek. She has written for Mail & Guardian, City Press, Rapport, Moneyweb, Noseweek; Brainstorm Magazine; ITWeb, Mark Magazine, MarkLives, Brandchannel in New York and Canvas8 in London. She has been published in the Guardian (UK).
De Waal currently consults to the Ornico group of companies and sits on its advisory board.
You can make contact with Mandy de Waal by emailing her at mandyldewaal [at] gmail.com, or you can call her on cell +27 (0)82 557 9190. Follow her on Twitter at @MandyLdeWaal.
[Mandy de Waal] The Sunday Times is getting fat and dominates the Sunday print market, but that doesn't mean it can become complacent. Media24 knows a thing or two about the online space, and it has the resources to give Avusa a wake-up call.
[Mandy de Waal] "If you think we're going to curl up and die, think again." That's the strong message this country's top investigative journalists sent ANC MPs who voted in favour of the Protection of Information Bill in Parliament. The local muckrakers said the bill was designed to intimidate whistleblowers and insider sources so as to make investigative journalism even tougher, if not more dangerous.
[Mandy de Waal] Media24 is opening its cheque book in a big way for City Press's new magazine, which premiered as a supplement to the newspaper this past Sunday, 2 October 2011. Big on luxurious eye-candy and sporting good writers, i magazine has potential, but is it distinctive enough to make readers want to hang on to it past Monday morning?
[Mandy de Waal] The white hyena, the gun-loving boer, that great newspaper man who gave South Africa's blue-collared hordes news worth reading, is no more. In his place a giant of a legacy - a tabloid every flailing newspaper's trying to copy in a sector where the Daily Sun remains unrivaled.
[Mandy de Waal] The countdown has begun for the premier of "Jock", the huge-hearted, animated family film that rolls out the red carpet in two weeks. Percy FitzPatrick's classic story of the legendary Lowveld canine icon, Jock of the Bushveld, is now a plucky movie that isn't dependent on local box-office takings for financial success. What's more, it could give the local animation industry serious global bite and help set SA up as a hub for this burgeoning film sector.
[Mandy de Waal] Media people shook their heads in disbelief when government spokesman Jimmy Manyi laid out his rules for media outlets to receive slices of government's advertising cake. But not many are surprised to hear that Manyi wants to convert free, independent media into government marketers. That would be the same government that is funded by taxpayers.
[Mandy de Waal] Henry Jeffreys, The New Age's editor until Tuesday, 31 May 2011, is headed back to the Cape for a quieter life filled with writing books, columns and completing his masters' degree. Meanwhile, veteran newspaper consultants Ryland Fisher and Ray Joseph are still hard at work on the paper and say it doesn't deserve all the negative press it gets about being a Zuma mouthpiece.
[Mandy de Waal] The DA's at the SABC's throat, citing bias after the public broadcaster gave the ruling party live coverage for the ANC's final Siyanqoba rally on Sunday, days before voters go to the polls. The SABC, of course, says the DA's talking nonsense. The law says electoral coverage should be equitable, but is vague enough to make deciding what is equitable fairly malleable. And yes, we've heard this all before.
[Mandy de Waal] If you've ever been online, you'd be blind or living outside the interwebs not to have bumped into Melissa Attree somewhere along the line. A digital brand champion, Attree's a specialist when it comes to online PR, how businesses should use Twitter, and how to make Facebook work for your brand. She gives us the skinny on social media.