Based: Johannesburg

Joanne is a well-respected freelance TV and radio broadcaster and author who has had a presence in the media for 25 years. She has presented Talk Radio 702’s Afternoon Drive slot, the 4pm-6pm ‘Afternoon News’ slot on 24-hour news channel, eNCA and current affairs radio show, The Power Update on Power FM. Prior to this she was the main anchor and a bulletin writer on SABC 3’s “News at 7’. She began her career at YFM radio as a news presenter radio in 1998. Following that, she worked at Classic FM, Network Radio News and Business Day as a producer/presenter. In 1998, she became a producer/presenter at SABC Africa.

Joanne has scripted corporate videos for clients like Afrox and produced documentaries for the United Nations Development Programme, among others. She has done several high-profile live broadcasts including Nelson Mandela’s funeral broadcast internationally and Thabo Mbeki’s presidential inauguration. Joanne regularly MCs corporate functions in English and French and has presented corporate videos for Life Healthcare, MTN and several others. Since the onset of COVID, she has hosted webinars for a range of clients. As a media trainer, her clients include Nedbank, BCG, Renault, IBM and Gauteng Tourism.

In 2021, Joanne produced and co-presented the Exclusive Books show, Cover to Cover. Joanne teaches presenting and scriptwriting for broadcast media. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Drama, Film and English, her Honours and Master’s Degree in Modern Languages, Literatures and Media from Wits University. She is currently in the midst of a PhD. Joanne is the author of two South African bestselling books, Drug Muled, Sixteen Years in a Thai Prison (non-fiction) and most recently the historical fiction novel, Children of Sugarcane which was released internationally in 2022, won the South African Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Award. Joanne was among the authors representing South Africa at the Gothenburg Book Fair in Sweden, in September 2022.