Charles Siboto is a delightful, youngish man of 29. He is a feminist because the world currently needs people who are. He believes that all lives matter but currently it seems the world needs a reminder that people of colour's lives also matter. He firmly believes that kindness matters and cannot abide people who are asshats.
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Current employment

Junior Editor
NB Publishers
Present - Cape Town
Digital publishing Following up on queries Provide assistance in all stages of the publication of books Liaising with other in-house teams, writers, photographers, printers, designers and production staff to negotiate and monitor timescales for stages in the publishing process Manage and produce the titles of a publishing plan/programme for a specific imprint/genre/list to turnover, gross profit and cost budget, deadline and quality Managing list of overseas co-production titles: • Liaising with overseas publishers regarding new projects • Receiving files for translations • Arranging for translation, page design and proofreading of files • Managing shipping process Read and evaluate (or send out for evaluation) manuscripts, book proposals and other materials submitted for publication by authors, and assess these manuscripts for suitability for the list (based on either merit or consumer trends) Make publication decisions in collaboration with publisher and marketing team


Editorial Assistant
NB Publishers
1 Jun 2013 - 1 Jul 2015 - Cape Town
Entering new books on database Allocating payments against budgeted expenses on the database Allocating and ensuring three sets of ISBNs per book Making all payments to freelancers Digital publishing Following up on queries Provide assistance in all stages of the publication of books Liaising with other in-house teams, writers, photographers, printers, designers and production staff to negotiate and monitor timescales for stages in the publishing process
Volunteer on Small Publishers’ Catalogue - Africa
Modjaji Books
1 Jan 2013 - 1 May 2013 - Johanneburg
Researching small publishers and updating the catalogue’s database.
Production Assistant
OnChannel Marketing (Pty) Ltd
1 Aug 2012 - 1 Oct 2012 - Johannesburg
Assisting with and running co-marketing campaigns for IBM and Acer. Day-to-day running of office and supplies.
1 Mar 2012 - Johanneburg
Contributing articles and reviews for BizLounge’s cinema section.
University of Johannesburg -
1 Feb 2009 - 1 Aug 2011 - Johannesburg
English 1C/1D Tutor, Cross-Cultural 1B Tutor and Linguistics & Literary Studies 1000 Tutor. Hosting 45-minute tutorials, one-on-one consultation and marking assignments, tests and exams.


Creative Writing, Computer Hardware, Public Speaking, Editorial, Social Media, Proofreading & Editing, Bookmaster Software


BA Language Practiotioners
Education level:Degree
Final year subjects:English Literature
Linguistics and Literary Studies
Institution:University of Johannesburg
Location:Johannesburg, South Africa
Senior Certificate
Year completed:2005
Education level:High school
Final year subjects:English
Physical Science
Institution:Forest High School
Copy editing and proofreading
Year completed:2014
Education level:Certificate
Final year subjects:Basic copy editing and proofreading
Location:Cape Town
Adv editing & proofreading
Year completed:2015
Education level:Certificate
Final year subjects:Advanced copy editing and proofreading
Location:Cape Town
Harvard ManageMentor ELearning
Year completed:2016
Education level:Certificate
Final year subjects:Change management; Communication; Employee development; Finance; Innovation; Leadership development; Managing workplace stress; Marketing management; Performance management; Strategy; Teams
Institution:Media24 MyAcademy/Harvard Business School
Location:Cape Town, South Africa
A1 German Certificate
Year completed:2016
Education level:Certificate
Location:Cape Town, South Africa


Charles Siboto
[Lifestyle & Entertainment] I'm scared. Very much so. It's midnight and I'm lying in bed, my mind restless as I try to unravel the digital strands of my presence on the Interwebs and order them in a more structured manner.
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Mi Casa - charismatic, stylish and sleek

The dust of our dreams for the last two weeks has finally settled and I am both filled with joy and exhausted to have come through it all.

By Charles Siboto 29 Mar 2017

#BizTrends2017: Four film trends to look forward to

The year 2016 shall go down as just the worst - seriously, just the worst. But enough of that, take my hand and let's look ahead towards 2017 and see what good things will fill our movie loving hearts with gooey goodness.

By Charles Siboto 11 Jan 2017

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Last year Disney gave us JJ Abrams' love letter to the original Star Wars trilogy in the form of Episode VII: The Force Awakens for Christmas.

By Charles Siboto 23 Dec 2016

Summer submersion with Goldfish

As you should know by now, the Goldfish duo is made up of Dominic Peters and David Poole, both of whom are classically trained Jazz musicians and hail from Cape Town...

By Charles Siboto 21 Dec 2016

#YouthMonth: Like kids these days say

Heita da! What's drugs my dealer? What's crack-a-lackin'? Umoja? Fo' shizzle my nizzle? It's all good in the hood. You'd best keep your urban dictionary close by for this one.

By Charles Siboto 7 Jun 2016

Goldfish cruise through at Shimmy

I am a Joburg kid and I love those streets, but I must say that, aside from the wine farms and the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts, Goldfish's annual Submerged Sundays residency (which usually runs for about ten weeks) at Shimmy Beach Club is a staple of mine since moving to Cape Town.

By Charles Siboto 13 May 2016

Captain America: Civil War

I was sick for a week and on my return to the land of the living I found out that we were getting Civil War on 27 April (Freedom Day)...

By Charles Siboto 29 Apr 2016

SummerWaves at Shimmy

Shimmy Beach Club is the prefect venue to host a summer party, especially when the Cape Town weather plays along.

By Charles Siboto 22 Apr 2016

The Batman v Superman verdict

Okay, you guys, this is a toughie, but we are all friends here and can be honest with each other, right? Good. Batman v Superman is difficult to review.

By Charles Siboto 1 Apr 2016

The infectious enthusiasm of Nora En Pure

In Game of Thrones Maester Aemon says: "The Starks are always right eventually; winter is coming!" Last Saturday, Cape Town lived up to those words as it was cold, rainy and downright dreary...

By Charles Siboto 31 Mar 2016

JJ Abrams' love letter to Star Wars

Okay, by now we all know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is good. It is frighteningly good.

By Charles Siboto 19 Jan 2016

The movies in review: A look back at 2015

Looking back, it's safe to say that 2015 has been an exciting year at the movies, with the trends that we've started to see carrying on into 2016 and beyond.

By Charles Siboto 15 Dec 2015

Not so Fantastic Four

The Bridgeburners, an elite military unit of the fictional Malazan Empire, have a saying that is very apt for the situation that I find myself in. Going into something with eyes wide shut they say. In my case I went to see the new Fantastic Four reboot with eyes wide shut.

By Charles Siboto 2 Sep 2015

Hilarious Ant-Man

As a movie reviewer/blogger do you ever just wake up in the afternoon (that's when everyone wakes up, right?) and just think how Marvel Studios possesses absolutely no chill? Can they just stop being so amazing with their movies and series?

By Charles Siboto 24 Aug 2015

The Furious 7

You have probably heard that Fast & Furious 7 or rather, Furious 7 made enough money to fill Scrooge McDuck's vault three times over in its opening weekend. I think that one of the biggest reasons for this is, because of all the movies in the franchise, Furious 7 has the most heart.

By Charles Siboto 10 Apr 2015

DC and Marvel's plans for the future

We all love superheroes and, over the last few years, DC and Marvel have been showing us a lot of comic book love on television and on the big screen.

By Charles Siboto 25 Mar 2015

Sci-fi space opera with Guardians of the Galaxy

Well, well, well - it would seem that Marvel Studios can do no wrong with its 2014 releases.

By Charles Siboto 6 Aug 2014

Throwing our storytelling toys

I went to go see Captain America: The Winter Soldier some time ago and it was the best movie I've seen so far this year - and that made me think about toys and storytelling.

By Charles Siboto 21 May 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Looking forward to a new instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCE) is quite nerve-wracking because you never really get what you expect in the end. This works both ways in terms of getting more than you bargained for and getting short-changed. Luckily, Captain America: The Winter Soldier gives you more than you bargained for.

By Charles Siboto 7 Apr 2014

Haunting beauty in The Book Thief

One of The Book Thief's promotional campaigns was a series of images and teasers posted on its Facebook page related to words and their meaning. One of the themes throughout the story is words and what they mean to people; how beautiful words are and how ugly they are. Words are more powerful weapons than guns and bombs after all.

By Charles Siboto 14 Feb 2014

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