Jorisna Bonthuys

Journalist. Science Writer. Strategic communicator.

    Journalist. Science writer. Strategic communicator.

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Jorisna is a freelance writer and award-winning journalist with wide experience in the media industry (on editorial and production level).

She has strong research and writing skills, respects deadlines and works in both English and Afrikaans. She has a deep understanding of environmental change, agriculture, biodiversity and climate change.

Jorisna specialises in science communication as well as strategic, multi-platform content solutions, including new media.

Jorisna is a seasoned writer and journalist who takes content very seriously. She will find creative content solutions for your communication needs and create tailor-made and relevant content for your target audience.

Services offered

Science writing. Content management. Communication strategies. Social media. Production. Editing. Writing. Translation. Journalism.

Education and Experience


Jorisna is committed to creating content with meaning. She believes in lifelong learning, is interested in people and organisations mobilising for the greater good and believes in translating science for the general public. She works in English and Afrikaans.

2011 / Sep - 2015 / Sep

WWF South Africa

Content writer

Working for WWF South Africa as communication officer, she specialised in biodiversity related content (including on agriculture, freshwater, climate change and the marine environment).

1999 / Apr - 2011 / Aug



Jorisna worked as in-depth environmental reporter, political reporter and content editor at Die Burger (Media24).

Her work has been published widely in the South African media, including in Beeld, Die Burger, Volksblad, Mail & Guardian, Insig, Landbouweekblad, De Kat, Weg and Wegsleep and the Dutch magazine Maandblad Zuid-Afrika.


Journalism Awards

Winner South African Breweries Environmental Reporter of the Year (Print media) in 2002 and 2003

National Winner Media24 Journalist of the Year National Winner

Media24 (newspapers) for news/beat news reporting in 2005
South African Breweries Environment Journalist of the Year merit award (Print) in 2007

National Winner Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards: Analysis & Commentary (for a series of articles on climate change/ negotiations) in 2008

Winner Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa’s regional award (WESSA award for environmental reporting) in 2008

Danida Fellowship for Climate Change reporting



Jorisna has a Bachelor in Journalism as well as a Bachelor in Political Science, both from the University of Stellenbosch. She also holds a Masters in Political Science (Southern African Politics) from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

“Jorisna is a thorough researcher and investigative journalist with a deep grasp of the environmental challenges facing the planet. Her research and journalistic work are of high quality, showing persistence and attention to detail. She is also a very confident communicator with good skills in interpersonal relationships.”

Francois Williams - Western Cape editor at Sake24

“Jorisna, is a someone with integrity and genuinely seeks to report facts in her work. She is an objective, well balanced individual and is an an asset to any institution and partnership.”

Jenifer Gouza - Programme Manager at CapeNature

“Diligent, hard working, thorough, great respect for others, clever, bright.
A brilliant journalist with a good news sense. Good writer.”

Nellie Brand-Jonker - Business journalist


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Mobile:  0832867265

Email: jorisnab@outlook.com

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