Ilse is a freelance writer and editor at WordUp Communication. She is the former editor for Marketing & Media Africa (@Biz_Africa) at and is a contributing writer for the Bizcommunity Lifestyle section. She is a lover of words, travel and all things digital. View her online portfolio at Email her at ; or find her on twitter and Instagram @ilse_vdberg
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Editor: Marketing & Media Africa
1 Jul 2013 - 1 Jan 2015
Deputy Editor
1 Nov 2012 - 1 Jul 2013 - Cape Town
Editorial Assistant
1 Aug 2011 - 1 Nov 2012
Support Manager
1 May 2010 - 1 Aug 2011 - Cape Town


Editing & proofing copy, Writing & communication, Photoshop, Review Writing, Event coverage


BA Comms & Media Studies
Year completed:2009
Education level:Degree
Final year subjects:-Journalism
- Development communication
- Corporate communication
- Political communication
- PR
- Video pre-prodution
Institution:North West University
Internet Marketing
Year completed:2010
Education level:Certificate
Location:Cape Town
Search Engine Optimisation
Year completed:2014
Education level:Certificate
Location:Cape Town
Six of 2014's top buzzwords

Every year this is one of my favourite lists: the top buzzwords for the year, which have saturated the interwebs and our conversations...

By Ilse van den Berg 18 Dec 2014

Celebrating 20 years of living in Levi's locally

How better to celebrate 20 years of building a legendary brand in South Africa than transforming an old Cape Town factory/warehouse into a San Francisco streetscape, taking guests way-back-when to the very beginning of the Levi's brand in 1853?

By Ilse van den Berg 25 Nov 2014

#MyDressMyChoice, #NudityIsNotMyChoice goes viral in Kenya

Twitter has been abuzz in Kenya with news about a woman being attacked and stripped at a bus stop because she was "inappropriately dressed". Subsequently the #MyDressMyChoice hashtag has been trending in Nairobi...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Nov 2014

[AfricaCom 2014] Wi-Fi: The new basic human need

Wi-Fi has become a basic need for many people around the world. But how do we cost-effectively and sustainably provide the Wi-Fi consumers and businesses are demanding? (video)

By Ilse van den Berg 13 Nov 2014

How to navigate the complex BYOD landscape

The recent BlackBerry Experience Executive Forum, in partnership with ITWeb, provided practical and actionable insights into the latest issues, trends and developments in enterprise mobility...

By Ilse van den Berg 5 Nov 2014

Once in Cape Town: Where youth hostel meets hotel

As most people probably should know, our beloved Mother City was rated number one on the prestigious New York Times' 52 Places to go in 2014 list. She just somehow never disappoints. This of course has resulted in many, many new and returning travellers wanting to explore and soak up everything Cape Town has to offer.

By Ilse van den Berg 16 Oct 2014

Loeries 2014: "F*ck the formula" because there is no formula

With an impressive CV read out to attendees by outgoing Loeries chairman Xolisa Dyeshana, Patrick Baron, ECD of McCann Melbourne took to the stage at the DStv Seminar of Creativity on Friday, September 2014, dubbing his talk "F*ck the formula"... (video)

By Ilse van den Berg 22 Sep 2014

Loeries 2014: Yaw Nsarkoh on the Afrocentric Phenomenon

On Friday, 19 September 2014, Unilever Nigeria's MD, Yaw Nsarkoh, gave the DStv Seminar of Creativity attendees some advice on how to become Afrocentric on the African continent, and why...

By Ilse van den Berg 22 Sep 2014

Interview with Tom Fels on Publicis MACHINE merger

Publicis Groupe has made another South African acquisition by buying MACHINE, and merging it with Publicis Worldwide South Africa to launch Publicis Machine... (video)

By Ilse van den Berg 17 Sep 2014

Durbanville Hills' tasting delights

Passports and padkos ready, off we went to the land beyond the Boerewors Curtain... Just kidding, Durbanville isn't really that far, plus, I'm not one of those Capetonians... You know, those who think everything further than 15 minutes' drive is 'too far'.

By Ilse van den Berg 28 Aug 2014

City-living at Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa

Mandela Rhodes Place, part of the Three Cities hotel group, is situated opposite the St George's Cathedral in the energetic heart of the Mother City. Not the average 'hotel feel', Mandela Rhodes Place was born out of the restoration and integration of four historic buildings around a contemporary tower block.

By Ilse van den Berg 18 Aug 2014

Van Ryn's: A rich golden treasure

Pairings have been a hot trend for a while now. My most recent experience was, however, quite unique - a brandy and food pairing at Van Ryn's distillery in Stellies.

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Aug 2014

How I was converted to a steak-lover

I am sure the majority of you reading this have been to HQ more than once. I, however, experienced this much talked about steakhouse for the first time recently, and the experience has turned me into a steak-lover. True story.

By Ilse van den Berg 6 Aug 2014

Because life's better with bubbles

I've never seen myself as the typical champagne-drinking girl that loves all things glitter and gold, but something happens to you when you walk through the doors of J.C. Le Roux.

By Ilse van den Berg 1 Aug 2014

Experiencing Africa's greenest hotel

A mere 400m from the airport I potentially found the solution to make those early flights just a little bit better... Hotel Verde, dubbed "Africa's Greenest Hotel" - and rightly so.

By Ilse van den Berg 29 Jul 2014

[Habari #Tuongee2014] The creative adult is the child who survived

Habari Media's Insights and Innovations Director, Byron John, covered the topic of creativity at this year's Habari Media Tuongee which...

By Ilse van den Berg 25 Jul 2014

[Habari #Tuongee2014] Back to the future of digital

The fourth annual Habari Media Tuongee brought together the finest of the digital marketing industry to talk about the past, present and future of digital... (video)

By Ilse van den Berg 23 Jul 2014

Matthew Mole, a microphone, and a majestic church

What do you get when you put Matthew Mole behind a microphone in a majestic church building with insane acoustics, backed up by members of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra? Goosebumps. You get goosebumps.

By Ilse van den Berg 17 Jul 2014

Make your way to Empire Café

Chances are, if you're a local, or are familiar with Muizenberg (to a further extent than knowing about the fantastic family beach, colourful wooden houses, surfers, and effective shark alarm), you'll know the legendary Empire Café in York Road.

By Ilse van den Berg 7 Jul 2014

Bay Harbour Market: For every type and taste bud

As tempting as sleeping in on a rainy Saturday morning may be, don't let this Mother City and her weather moods make you miss out on a weekend at Bay Harbour Market which, I believe, is one of the best markets Cape Town has to offer.

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Jun 2014

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