Charles Siboto is a delightful, albeit mischievous, youngish man of 27. When he's not standing perfectly still in the hope that people will leave him alone, he's reading something to do with horses and/or spaceships or blogging (goodbuddies inc. and The Jot Book) about that sort of thing. Call cell +27 (0)84 891 1726, email or connect on Facebook
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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 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, Tutoring, Educational Facilitating, Computer Hardware, Public Speaking, Editorial, Social Media, Proofreading & Editing, Bookmaster Software


BA Language Practiotioners
Year completed:2012
Education level:Degree
Final year subjects:English Literature
Linguistics and Literary Studies
Institution:University of Johannesburg
Matric 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


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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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 09:58

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 14:13

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 11:02

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 11:25

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 10:38

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 10:45

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 12:01

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 08:48

47 Ronin fails to excite

From the outset of this review, you need to know that this is a terrible movie. Save yourself some money and just wait for it on DVD. Even then do not buy it, just hire it from the video store.

By Charles Siboto 16 Jan 2014 15:08

There's a Disconnect

If there is one thing you should learn in this digital day and age (albeit not as digital as science and science fiction speculated in the 20th century) it's that social networks will undo you in a matter of seconds if you are not careful.

By Charles Siboto 1 Aug 2013 10:40

Go see Iron Man 3

1 May was Worker's Day and that's all well and good. What's more important is that it was also Iron Man 3 day and because there was no work to go to (thanks Worker's Day, you're awesome) we got to enjoy Tony Stark's new adventure all day long! Okay, I'm lying; we got to enjoy it for the 130 minutes we would have on any other day.

By Charles Siboto 7 May 2013 10:51

Underwhelming GI Joe

Expectation and hype are killers. After approximately two years of waiting GI Joe: Retaliation hits the screens and it's underwhelming to say the least. I'm not too proud to admit that I fell headfirst into the hype machine.

By Charles Siboto 11 Apr 2013 10:57

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Fairy tales have been getting their fair share of fun in the sun and now it's Hansel & Gretel's turn to shine on the silver screen.

By Charles Siboto 11 Mar 2013 09:21

A Good Day to Die Hard: a rubbish movie through and through!

I'm very excited today. It's the first time that I'm going to sit down to write a review for a movie that's rubbish for BizLounge. I should also put in from the outset that I actually liked it, though. A Good Day to Die Hard is a rubbish movie through and through! But it's a fun movie.

By Charles Siboto 8 Mar 2013 11:20

Storytelling across platforms

One of the truly great things about stories is that there are many ways to tell them and share them with each other. Stories are in our DNA as a species. We tell beautiful stories and we tell ugly stories.

By Charles Siboto 25 Feb 2013 11:19

Tarantino at his best

When a Quentin Tarantino movie hits the big screen we all pay attention. People like me get wildly excited and forget to wear pants to the cinema. Other folks throw their hands in the air in disdain at the amount of blood that will be spilled on-screen and worry about the direction in which our society is headed. Add American slavery to the mix and you have Spike Lee refusing to see the film.

By Charles Siboto 4 Feb 2013 10:42

The year that was: the hard men

Now that we're reaching the end of January my brain is finally accepting that it's a new year and I don't put down 2012 at the end of everything I have to date anymore. This, of course, means that it's as good a time as any to look back at the year that was and smile at how many great movies were released (it truly was a great 2012 at the movies) and to look forward to what 2013's going to look like in terms of cinema.

By Charles Siboto 28 Jan 2013 09:58

An Unexpected Journey

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." Thus, one of the greatest children's books introduced our little furry-footed friends to the world and all were amazed, and the world has never got over hobbits since.

By Charles Siboto 7 Jan 2013 10:34

If the Sky Should Fall

"The name's Bond, James Bond". These words, though iconic and catchy, have never mattered much to me. I like James Bond, but not to the degree that I care whether he takes his martini shaken or stirred. As Daniel Craig's Bond says in Casino Royale (2006) when asked whether he wants his martini shaken or stirred: "Do I look like I give a damn?" Bond's just a guy who kicks ass, has cool toys and gets laid more often than not.

By Charles Siboto 28 Nov 2012 11:38

BMXing Back to the Future

I'm addicted to Jack Parow's nostalgia-inducing song I Miss, in which he lists some of the coolest things that kids experienced when growing up in the 1980s and 90s. This song takes me back to summer days spent exploring the neighbourhood on my BMX, rushing home after school to watch shows like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983 to 1985), always reciting the show's iconic phrase along with Prince Adam as he held his sword aloft and would say: "By the power of Greyskull ... I have the Power!"

By Charles Siboto 22 Nov 2012 11:51

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