Ilse is a freelance journalist and editor with a passion for people & their stories (check out Passing Stories). She is also the editor of Go & Travel, a platform connecting all the stakeholders in the travel & tourism industry. You can check out her work here and here. Contact Ilse on or on Twitter.
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Current employment

Freelance writer and editor
WordUp Communication


Group Editor: Motoring | ICT | Logistics
1 Feb 2017 - 1 Jul 2018
Copywriter & Content Strategist
Grapevine Interactive
1 Oct 2015 - 1 Apr 2016
Editor: Marketing & Media Africa
1 Jun 2013 - 1 Jan 2015
Deputy Editor: Marketing & Media South Africa
1 Jun 2012 - 1 Jun 2013


Travel Writing & Tourism, Wine Writing, Writing, Editing, Proofreading & Copy-Editing, Translation, Profile Writing, Journalism, Interviewing skills, Motoring Journalist


BA Communication & Media
Year completed:2009
Education level:Degree
Institution:North-West University (NWU PUKKE)
Location:Potchefstroom, South Africa
#UnsungHeroes: Asanda Jonga of Grace Vision

The rolling hills of the Eastern Cape make you delve into your deepest thoughts, even if you don't like your thoughts travelling so deep...

By Ilse van den Berg 1 day ago

#UnsungHeroes: Migail and Morgan de Klerk of Rural Reach

Lepelsfontein has a population of approximately 1,000 people. There are no street lights, no running water, and no paved roads...

By Ilse van den Berg 1 Apr 2020

Why you need to keep your eye on the Peugeot 208 GT-Line

Roughly a year ago, Peugeot unveiled its new 208 GT-Line which marked the arrival of a revitalised new flagship for the range, and an impressive one at that. Then, at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the French manufacturer revealed the all-new 208 hot hatch which will make its appearance in South Africa in 2020.

By Ilse van den Berg 25 Apr 2019

5 reasons why the Jimny is a great 4x4 for a female

Give me mountains and undiscovered roads and I am a happy gal. But give me a capable vehicle that can take me there...

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Mar 2019

Going to great lengths to tell the truth of the vine

What would take the largest commercial wine farm one day to produce would take De Toren up to 15 years - if they had to. But they don't. Because this small, hands-on wine farm prides itself in favouring quality over quantity...

By Ilse van den Berg 22 Feb 2019

If Constantia could be captured in a bottle, this is how it would taste

Something big is about to happen in the South African wine industry and it is led by none other than top wine connoisseur and negociant, Wade Bales...

By Ilse van den Berg 28 Jan 2019

What to expect at Leopard's Leap's South African Table

Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards in Franschhoek has decided to celebrate this lekker side of Mzansi with its "South African Table Experience"...

By Ilse van den Berg 14 Jan 2019

Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn arrested over financial misconduct

NEWSWATCH: Nissan chairman and motoring industry legend, Carlos Ghosn, was arrested on Monday, 19 November 2018 for allegedly having pocketed some company cash...

By Ilse van den Berg 20 Nov 2018

5 reasons why the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a great SUV

One of the semi-finalists in this year's South African Car of the Year competition is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. This is the car brand's first SUV, and an impressive one at that...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Nov 2018

Fancourt is not only fancy, but sustainable too

As the big black entrance gates open and you drive through the lush, tree-lined avenue, you are transported to a different world. This is the heritage of Henry Fancourt White which dates back to the mid-1800s...

By Ilse van den Berg 30 Oct 2018

Biltong never tasted this good, thanks to Alto Rouge

Taking French friends who have never been in South Africa around Cape Town is a treat - especially when there's wine involved...

By Ilse van den Berg 26 Oct 2018

#TriedAndTested: Why the Hyundai Grand i10 is a pretty grand city car

Hyundai has been selling Grand i10s like hot cakes with 5,000 more of the entry-level vehicle sold in 2018 than in 2017...

By Ilse van den Berg 9 Oct 2018

#TriedAndTested: Refreshed Hyundai Creta and Tucson

I know comparisons can be a bit cliche, but that's basically what Hyundai has done with the Creta and Tucson...

By Ilse van den Berg 14 Sep 2018

Benguela Cove: more than just a wine farm

Drinking a glass of bubbly is not what I particularly felt like when I arrived at Benguela Cove on a cold and rainy winter's morning...

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Sep 2018

#TriedAndTested: Renault Megane RS Lux EDC

If you find yourself at Aldo Scribante Racetrack in Port Elizabeth and you have the opportunity to hop in the passenger seat with Michael Briggs behind the wheel of a new Renault Megane RS, you don't even think twice.

By Ilse van den Berg 27 Aug 2018

Failing at Flammkuchen, winning at wine tasting

Give me any recipe, or not even a recipe at all, and I'd be able to whip you up a finger-lick'n-good meal in no time. Pasta alla Norma, any type of risotto your heart desires, bobotie, or braaibroodjies...

By Ilse van den Berg 27 Aug 2018

Durbanville Hills reveals whimsical new wine range

Situated 20 minutes away from Cape Town's CBD, against the Tygerberg Hills, the winery not only offers an unobstructed view of Table Mountain, Table Bay, and Robben Island, but also an extraordinary terroir which makes for great wines - sold in many restaurants and shops nationwide...

By Ilse van den Berg 24 Aug 2018

#TriedAndTested: Meandering in the Midlands in the new Ford EcoSport

With its newly launched EcoSport, Ford decided to properly put it to the test...

By Ilse van den Berg 15 Aug 2018

#TriedAndTested: Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI

If you were hoping to get your hands on the new Volkswagen Touareg, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news. It turns out they're all sold out already...

By Ilse van den Berg 13 Aug 2018

#TriedAndTested: Volvo XC60 D5 Geartronic AWD

In my younger mind, I always used to think a Volvo was the car of choice for older citizens...

By Ilse van den Berg 6 Aug 2018

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