WORDS

A brief selection of writing - features, analysis, commentary and news - from recent years.

Prior to becoming a journalist, I worked as a researcher on various issues including aid, development, civil society, international justice, African foreign policy and emerging economies. If you're interested in reading some of those more academic writings, get in touch.

 

ON WAR + PEACE

Somalia: African Union secures strategic port, Mail & Guardian, 5 October 2012

South Sudan: Clinging to hope of going home, Independent Newspapers, 28 September 2012

Time running out for Sudan deal as inflation stunts growth, Business Day, 21 September 2012

Stoic Somalis give peace a chance, Mail & Guardian, 14 September 2012

Somalia's flawed attempts at change, Mail & Guardian, 7 September 2012

Somalia is "another Afghanistan", Mail & Guardian, 31 August 2012

Somalia: Life returns in aftermath of al-Shabab, Mail & Guardian, 24 August 2012

Somalia's first parliament since 1991 inaugurated in Mogadishu, The Guardian, 20 August 2012

Somalia: A shot at stability, Mail & Guardian, 17 August 2012

Kenya walks election tightrope, Mail & Guardian, 21 June 2012

 

ON STATESMEN + LEADERS

Cry freedom in a town like Alex, The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age, 16 June 2013

The man and brand that is Nelson Mandela, The Independent, 8 June 2013

Nelson Mandela latest: Former South African President 'responding to treatment' after returning to hospital with lung infection, The Independent, 29 March 2013

Tide turns against Malawi's Mutharika, AP, 4 August 2011

 

ON FALLEN HEROES

I wrote feature dispatches and analysis from the courtroom of all 42 days of the Oscar Pistorius trial, for Yahoo Sports, and only a small selection of them are listed here. You can read them all here.

Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide; Steenkamp family 'not happy', Yahoo Sports, 12 September 2014

Thokozile Masipa: the world awaits her verdict on Oscar Pistorius, The Observer, 10 August 2014

Oscar Pistorius Trial Day 41: Defense says state's case is 'compromised' in closing statements, Yahoo Sports, 8 August 2014

Oscar Pistorius murder trial: Key questions heading into closing arguments, Yahoo Sports, 6 August 2014

Oscar Pistorius Trial Day 33: Blade Runner's outpatient status 'extraordinary', Yahoo Sports, 20 May 2014

Oscar Pistorius Trial Day 23: Steenkamp told Blade Runner 'I love you' for first time on night she died, Yahoo Sports, 15 April 2014

Oscar Pistorius Trial: The invisible witness, Yahoo Sports, 2 April 2014

Oscar Pistorius Trial Day 12: Court readies to hear crucial questions that could decide the case, Yahoo Sports, 18 March 2014

Oscar Pistorius Trial Day 9: Photographic tour provides first glimpse inside Blade Runner's home, Yahoo Sports, 13 March 2014

Brief Oscar Pistorius hearing leaves lasting images, Yahoo Sports, 4 June 2013

Debate over Oscar Pistorius' guilt rages on, Yahoo Sports, 3 June 2013

'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius formally charged and trial date is set over 'planned murder' of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, The Independent, 20 August 2013

Security guards, electric fences and CCTV could not stop cold-blooded killing, The Independent, 15 February 2013

 

ON CONSERVATION + CLIMATE CHANGE

Meet Sudan, a northern white rhino bull and the last of his kind, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 July 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road sparks real-life fury with claims of damage to desert, The Guardian, 5 March 2013

Doha COP18 compromise ‘not enough’ – SA, Independent Newspapers, 14 December 2012

Charcoal a burning issue in Zambia, Mail & Guardian, 3 August 2012

“God Wants Us to Live in a Garden, Not a Desert”, Inter Press Service, 20 November 2011

AFRICA: Anxious Eyes on Green Climate Fund, Inter Press Service, 18 March 2011

UPDATE: Bypass Under Way At Mozambique Smelter, Inter Press Service, 24 November 2010

MOZAMBIQUE: BHP Billiton Plans Six Month Bypass of Smelter Smokestack Scrubbers, Inter Press Service, 20 September 2010

CLIMATE CHANGE: Women Central to Adaptation, Mitigation, Inter Press Service, 18 November 2009

 

ON DEFIANCE

Legacy of South African mine killings is still bitter, one year on, The Independent, 16 August 2013

Malawi: 18 dead in unprecedented protests, AP, 23 June 2011

Price Hikes Trigger Mozambique Protests, Inter Press Service, 3 September 2010

Tense Maputo counts cost of violent price riots, Business Day, 3 September 2010

 

ON CROSSING BORDERS

Portugal's migrants hope for new life in old African colony, The Guardian, 22 December 2011

SAfrica: 230k Zimbabweans apply to be legal, AP, 31 December 2010

Zimbabweans have long wait to get legal, Business Day, 5 October 2010

Zimbabwe permit deadline 'stays', Business Day, 7 October 2010

Zimbabweans welcome new permits but need informed officials, Business Day, 27 September 2010