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 moc.noitacinummocpudrow@ofni 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
Between cows and cornfields in the Nissan Qashqai Midnight Edition

The Free State is a curious place: wonderfully welcoming with wide-open spaces, blue skies, and classic South African cuisine...

By Ilse van den Berg 24 Mar 2021

Legendary Land Rover Defender lives on

The Mzansi Edge Expedition was a three-day trip in the northern part of the Western Cape and surrounding areas with the newly-launched Land Rover Defender...

By Ilse van den Berg 5 Nov 2020

For the sake of Bree Street Culture - Matt Manning opens new wine bar

The Chef Patron at Grub & Vine/The Chef's Studio, Matt Manning, recently introduced Cape Town to a new wine bar, Culture...

By Ilse van den Berg 5 Nov 2020

#UnsungHeroes: Dipuo Ngxata of Mosaic SA

It's estimated that in 2018 there were 2.7 million children orphaned in South Africa, most of them living in abject poverty with no care, love or hope for a better future...

By Ilse van den Berg 10 Jun 2020

#UnsungHeroes: Luke Müller of HopeTown

Luke Müller leads HopeTown's surf therapy sessions which includes beach lessons, mentoring, and training upcoming leaders...

By Ilse van den Berg 20 May 2020

#UnsungHeroes: Karin Schermbrucker of Slingshot Media

"For too long people have been concerned with what we do, as if that can explain who we are. I am a wife, a mother, a storyteller, a light chaser, and a lover of people. My camera is hopefully an extension of who I am," says Karin Schermbrucker...

By Ilse van den Berg 14 May 2020

#UnsungHeroes: Mhinti Pato of Sakhisizwe YDP

A mother of three, a small business owner, and hands-on involved in uplifting the youth through the Sakhisizwe Youth Development Programme (YDP), Mhinti Pato is basically the South African version of Wonder Woman...

By Ilse van den Berg 6 May 2020

#UnsungHeroes: Mervyn Serebro of Reach for a Dream Foundation

Mervyn Serebro has been involved with the Reach for a Dream Foundation for 22 years. "It's my soul food," he says...

By Ilse van den Berg 30 Apr 2020

#UnsungHeroes: Gloria Nkosi of Hope Worldwide SA

Our beloved Tata Madiba said that, "History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children." Perhaps just pause and read that again...

By Ilse van den Berg 22 Apr 2020

#UnsungHeroes: Cornel Viljoen of A21

There are millions of slaves in the world today - more than ever before in human history...

By Ilse van den Berg 16 Apr 2020

#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 8 Apr 2020

#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

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