PDBY editorial staff

Carel Willemse

Carel Willemse

Editor-in-Chief

Carel Willemse is the Editor-in-Chief of PDBY. Carel joined the newspaper in 2004 and was appointed as Editor-in-Chief in 2008.
Leah Rees

Leah Rees

Editor 2022 | Digital Manager 2021/'22

Leah is a pale … awkward … asthmatic ginger.
She used to be Head of Layout (cries) before becoming Digital Manager in an effort to take over PDBY, an effort that has since failed (it’s all political). {2022 update: success.} She has a keen eye for alignment, an intense love for tequila and chicken nuggets, and occasionally enjoys frolicking in the hills. To end off this bio she leaves this final nugget of wisdom: “You just lost the game”.

 

Amukelani Makamu

Amukelani Makamu

News Editor 2022

Political Science II
Transformation officer
House Humanities (Faculty House)
Executive Committee 2020/2021
PDBY University of Pretoria News Editor
Sisterhood Society Chairperson

Aspiring eNCA CEO😂

 
 
Mothusi Mokalane

Mothusi Mokalane

Deputy News Editor 2022

History, Archaeology and Setswana student at the University of Pretoria. An avid reader and lover of news writing and broadcasting. I have a passion for African indigenous languages and history. A prospective world-class journalist and scholar

Kirsten Minnaar

Kirsten Minnaar

Features Editor 2022

I’m Kirsten, a law student who loves writing, making spreadsheets and consuming an unhealthy amount of caffeine.
I love writing about student issues and current events.
Ashleigh Pascoe

Ashleigh Pascoe

Entertainment Editor 2022

My name is Ashleigh Pascoe and I am doing my Honours in Publishing. This is my fourth year studying at UP.  I would describe myself as a bubbly extrovert with a passion for written work and writing!
Katherine Weber

Katherine Weber

Sport Editor 2022

My name is Katherine Weber and I am currently a 2nd year BA student majoring in English and History. I enjoy writing short stories and drawing. I want to work in publishing one day because I love reading all types of books.

Ntokozo Xulu

Ntokozo Xulu

Head Copy Editor 2022

I am a BEd in intermediate phase student who was born and bred in the South of Johannesburg.
In my spare time I enjoy reading and watching documentaries.
Being a copy editor is like having my bread buttered on both sides; I get to do what I enjoy which is reading while I work at the same time.
Kelly Anne Kong Kam Wa

Kelly Anne Kong Kam Wa

Layout Editor 2021/'22

Kelly joined PDBY in 2019 as a layout artist and is now the head layout artist.
Kelly does not like to share much information for the whole internet to see, but the information she doesn’t mind sharing is that she enjoys manga and anime and is studying accounting. If you would like to contact this eccentric being, you can use her layout email, layout@pdby.co.za
Masehle Mailula

Masehle Mailula

Multimedia Editor 2022

I am Masehle Mailula.

I am a visual artist.

Art defines my life.

My art will tell you more about me than a bio.

PDBY Journalists

Nondumiso Mntambo

Nondumiso Mntambo

Copy editor

I am a final year BEng Civil engineering student with an interest in geotechnical engineering. I am a homebody who lives vicariously through soapie characters. I absolutely love garlic bread and my drink of choice is a glass of warm water with a slice of lemon. 

Lauren Harries

Lauren Harries

Features journalist

Hi I’m Lauren, I’m passionate about writing and run a personal blog called Life on my Wall (@lifeonmywall). I enjoy writing about student issues and minority group experiences.

Muskaan Singh

Muskaan Singh

Features journalist

I am Muskaan, a second year BA Law student, and am involved with TuksRes Women in Leadership Academy. I am passionate about social issues, and enjoy reading and bad puns

Jan Ndlovu

Jan Ndlovu

Entertainment journalist

Considers himself a writer/poet and statistician. He joined PDBY Entertainment in 2021 and is studying a BSc in Mathematical Statistics at the University of Pretoria. “Writing we keep and little pieces we write”-JK Ndlovu, favourite quote.

Minentle Mndiyata

Minentle Mndiyata

Entertainment journalist

I am Minentle “Minnie” Mndiyata, a second year Enviromental Science student with a passion for writing, singing and watching movies. I come from the Eastern Cape, I am living my dream as an Entertainment journalist at PDBY❤️

Thabang Moloi

Thabang Moloi

News journalist

Mechanical Engineering Student

PDBY News Journalist

TuksFM Music Curator

Black and Conscious.

Tumelo Dacius Lesufi

Tumelo Dacius Lesufi

News journalist

Tumelo is a BEd Honours student. This fellow hails from the west of the capital city. He loves music, in depth conversations particularly about human relations. A serious foodie hence the big size. He finds expressing himself a lot better through writing and enjoys language, philosophy, politics and watching sports. Bird watching and photography and enjoys behind the lens not in front of it please…

Kendra Dean

Kendra Dean

Layout artist

I am a small town coastal girl from KZN, currently studying towards my Honours in Publishing at Tuks. I am a creative soul, with an eye for language and design, and a passion for art, travel, equality, and sustainability.

 
IG: @kendra_dean99
Cletus Mulaudi

Cletus Mulaudi

Visuals member

I’m the visuals guy.

Tshepang Rihlampfu

Tshepang Rihlampfu

Multimedia member

I’m Tshepang, well known as Roman Figga an artist or famously known as Peak Resistance in The Realms Of PDBY, If you want a video done I’m your guy, but sometimes do visuals wink wink.

Madeeha Hazarvi

Madeeha Hazarvi

Visuals member

4th year Education student. Photography is a side hustle currently, I mostly have experience in the wedding industry so doing photography for PDBY is definitely expanding my experience!

Sharon Dumba

Sharon Dumba

Multimedia

Sharon Dumba, also known as RonThePhotographer, a Civil Engineering student with varied interests.
Londiwe Mnguni

Londiwe Mnguni

News journalist

I am Londiwe Mnguni, final year student in Industrial Sociology and Labour Studies. I am an introverted lover of all things beautiful and fantasy. I enjoy reading on current news and creating solution to change these if I can. I am an aspiring news broadcaster.

Boitumelo Kokwe

Boitumelo Kokwe

Sport journalist

I am a BA Law student with an enormous interest in writing. This being because of my belief that written words have more power than spoken words. And journalism is one aspect which changes the world through words.

Gugulethu Ngwenya

Gugulethu Ngwenya

News Journalist

Hi there! I’m Gugulethu Ngwenya and currently doing my honours degree in International Relations. My biggest hobby is to sleep. Literally, everything falls into place after a good nap. However, when not sleeping I spend my time watching Newzroom Afrika and Aljazeera. I enjoy all things politics and knowing what is happening around the country and outside besides, being informed helps me in my field of study. 

Aspiring International Political Economy expert and diplomat 😊 

Sharayi Matizamhuka

Sharayi Matizamhuka

News Journalist

My name is Sharayi  I am an education student. Teaching is my vocation and writing is my lifestyle. If I was a superhero my super power would be poetry. I love painting the world through words. 

Banathi Nkehli

Banathi Nkehli

News Journalist

Oh my this is awkward. Having to tell you who I am is a whole ordeal because I am still trying to figure that out myself lol. The most I know at this point is that, I am an unhinged hillbilly from a small town in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal; My first love had “Petronella” as a middle name (gross right?); I will on occasion get dressed in a onesie, using my red blankie as a cape to live out my fantasy of being the caped crusader of justice: Captain Tanuki; Finally, I have an obsession with owls that should get its own section in the DSM-V. On that owl thing, I feel like in one of my many past lives as a shrew somewhere in the world, I met my end to one of those majestic birds and that specific bird reincarnated as my first love who, at the time of writing, has not killed me…yet! Talk about a circle of life, neh. My goals? Well right now, I have but one very simple goal: to be the best human I can possibly be. Achieving that would make a hillbilly like me, a better person and growth is always good. My time at the paper has made sure I stay on this path. Should a lost soul wanting to know about the paper, stumbles across this bio, I want you to know that I will totally be a radically different person in the best way possible. Who knows, I might have reincarnated as an owl, by then.

 

Zanrie Linstrom

Zanrie Linstrom

Copy editor

My name is Zanrie, and I am a final year LLB student, who currently lives in the library and runs on energy drinks. I love reading fiction novels and partaking in compound archery. 

Lee Tankle

Lee Tankle

Copy editor

Hi! I’m Lee Tankle and I am your Nice Jewish Girl on the team! I am doing my Honours in Applied language studies, so if it is not obvious, I love languages and find them infinitely fascinating. I am a lover of Gilmore Girls and all of the sitcoms (particularly Parks and Recreation). I am always up for a good time especially if that includes a good sitcom marathon 😉

Luka Joubert

Luka Joubert

Copy editor

I am currently a law student majoring in criminology and english.

Peanut butter, iced coffee, and true crime podcast lover. 

Point is, haters gonna hate. Shake it off. Taylor Swift, always right. – Jake Peralta. 

It takes two to make an accident (-F. Scott Fitzgeral) and a team of copy editors to fix them. 

Kamogelo Mabe

Kamogelo Mabe

Copy editor

My name is Kamogelo Mabe and I am currently a third year BA student majoring in Psychology and Criminology. In my spare time I enjoy watching crime documentaries and baking. I enjoy being a copy editor because I get to see how people interpret situations through the articles that they write.

Lwando Mfundisi

Lwando Mfundisi

Copy editor

Lwando is an English Literature Honours student from the West of Johannesburg. An avid reader with a passion for the arts and culture. Lwando is deeply fascinated by storytelling and the power behind words. A self-proclaimed perfectionist and grammatical gatekeeper, Lwando enjoys being a copy editor because “good writing is only good if it’s well written.”

Karla van Dyk

Karla van Dyk

Copy editor

Karla loves working with words, so copy-editing is right up her alley. When she is not reading YA novels or gushing about YA novels, you may find her watching anime or taking pictures of her dog.

PDBY alumni

Kayla Thomas

Kayla Thomas

Editor 2019 - '21

Kayla was the Editor of PDBY for 2020 and 2021. She joined the copy team in 2017, and became head layout editor in 2018 before starting her term as Editor. Kayla is obsessed with PDBY and is considering moving to live under the office floorboards with Pssst… forever. 

Shaun Sproule

Shaun Sproule

Editor - 2018/2019

Shaun served as Editor for 2018 and 2019 after joining PDBY as an entertainment journalist. As Editor, Shaun reintroduced Perdeby as the redesigned PDBY.

Bianke Neethling

Bianke Neethling

Features Editor 2021

Hi! I’m Bianke, a journalist who is passionate about people, the writing process, and anything and everything PDBY. I enjoy writing about interpersonal and societal issues: pointing out the noteworthy in the mundane.

Dani van der Horst

Dani van der Horst

Entertainment Editor 2020-'21

Dani van der Horst is a linguistics master’s student at the University of Pretoria and has been working at PDBY Media since 2018. She took over the entertainment section in 2019 and has been running it ever since. She is passionate about all things entertainment industry related and loves exploring local talent.

Vasalya Moodley

Vasalya Moodley

Multimedia Editor 2021

Caitlyn Walsh

Caitlyn Walsh

Sport Editor - 2020/2021

Kendra Connock

Kendra Connock

Social Media and Web Manager '21/'22

I’m Kendra! Coffee addict, cat lover, postgrad student. Usually found reading, napping, or doodling.

Kendall Rae Behr

Kendall Rae Behr

Head Copy Editor 2021

Hi, I’m Kendall and I’m a book lover, writer, and editor from Pretoria. I have a degree in Creative Writing and I’m finishing up my Honours in English Literature. I’m passionate about editing for South African writers because I think we have our own unique set of circumstances that influences how we read, write, and produce text.

Giovanna Janos

Giovanna Janos

Marketing Manager 2021

I was coersed into working for PDBY’s layout team in 2019 by my friends who also happened to work at the paper. Their skillful coercion tactics worked as by the end of 2019 I had become the Multimedia stills editor for the 2019/2020 working year. In 2020, their tactics improved and worked once more as I am now the marketing manager of PDBY for the 2020/2021 working year. Don’t worry, little effort was required for this coercion as I was already one with the paper and it’s family at this point and had too much FOMO to leave. I am safe and now have a case of Stockholm syndrome – I love you PDBY!

Nokwanda Kubheka

Nokwanda Kubheka

News Editor 2021

Social Science student with the dream of one day becoming the head of an international humanitarian organisation. Writes mostly about politics, student governance and health. Kept afloat by Philippians 4:13

Duané Kitching

Duané Kitching

Layout artist '19-'21

I am Duané Kitching living in a small town full of heritage, called Heidelberg at the foot of the Suikerbosrand next to the N3 highway. I am the oldest of two children and have Yorkie, called Prince Oreo, as a pet.

I am currently a 3rd year Bcom Marekting student at the University of Pretoria where I aim to do my honours in 2022. I am a proud House member of the best female residence at UP called House Nala, where I also serve as a House Committee member with the following portfolios; 60th Anniversary, Socials and Party Fest.

Values such as determination, pride and respect are part of who I am. My greatest strengths are being innovative and transparent.

Tiara Joseph

Tiara Joseph

Copy editor

Tiara Joseph is a second-year law (LLB) student from KwaZulu-Natal. She is deeply passionate about social justice, literature, and the arts. When not studying, Tiara can be found spending time with friends and family; listening to music and podcasts; or re-watching her favourite tv shows.

Tshepang Moji

Tshepang Moji

News journalist 2020-'21

User @tshepimoe is (a) : God-Fearing. Creative. Writer. Broadcaster. Leader. Superstar. Hilarious. || When I’m not mesmerising readers with my words, I’m enthralling listeners with them. || [Pretend there is interesting information about me here — I ran out of things to write about (how ironic.)]
Kimberly Mapedza

Kimberly Mapedza

News journalist

Hi, I’m Kimberley 🙂

My faith in Christ is the most important aspect of my life. I’m a young lady trying to explore the human condition successfully. Through the arts, language, law, and everything I encounter daily. And of course, journalism included.

CJ Barnard

CJ Barnard

Copy editor

BCom Accounting Science Student from the very small town of Steelpoort, Limpopo.
I enjoy music production and writing in my free time.
I enjoy copy editing because it feels like I get help perfect the paper, and develop my language skills (and it’s a great escape from studying).
Ndinae Ramavhoya

Ndinae Ramavhoya

Copy editor

My name is Ndinae Ramavhoya,  I’m from Johannesburg and I’m a final year BA Law student. During my spare time, I make up for lost time with my friends and family.  Being a copy-editor gives me an excuse to pick out all the little things in pieces of writing for a just cause without feeling bad about my picky personality. 
 
Andiswa Kibi

Andiswa Kibi

Features journalist

Features journalist in my penultimate year of LLB studies. I am the current chairperson of the Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ). I regard myself as a night owl with extreme nocturnal habits. I only truly come alive at night.

Asanda Made

Asanda Made

Features journalist

Features Journalist aspiring to obtain an international accounting accreditation. While slowly growing a personal blog detailing the journey of discovering oneself through the exploration of different ideas and topics. With hopes of traveling to every continent, getting published and achieving complete self-love.

Thando Dlamini

Thando Dlamini

Entertainment journalist

Im Thando Dlamini a second year Consumer Science Food retail student with a passion for cooking, writing and watching movies. I come from the sunny South Coast of KZN. I love the entertainment business and so I also do news and sports for TuksFM. 
 
 
Susanna Anbu

Susanna Anbu

News journalist

Susanna is currently stu(dying) genetics and joined the PDBY team in 2019.  She divides her time between writing and playing with plant disease samples. Her contributions span across Science, politics and all things spicy. If you are or were in the SRC, she’s probably spammed you with messages for a story. She’s got a memory like an elephant – so she probably keeps track of student promises. Picture not to scale.

Oratile Kgofelo

Oratile Kgofelo

Social media team

Heyyyy My name is Oratile but people call me Oraa ,I’m doing my 2nd year in publishing and I love everything from sunsets to rainbows but mostly importantly I love engaging with people and sharing ideas .
IG: @smileswith.oraa
Maria Lehoko

Maria Lehoko

Social media team

My name is Maria, a final year Political Science student who never forgets to wear anything black. A lover of music, people, laughter, writing and all positive forms of self-expression. One of the things I miss the most since the pandemic is “Rollin with the homies”, but safety first. Lastly, do yourself a favor, read some PDBY TODAY!

Nikhila Moodley

Nikhila Moodley

Multimedia member

Graduated with a BSc in Genetics, Psychology and Physiology. Speaks fluent Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Starwars. Loves chess, traveling the world and anime.

Vice Mkansi

Vice Mkansi

Multimedia member

I am simply Vice Mkansi and I am final year Informatics student. I am an videographer and a programmer, I enjoy using my skills to contribute to the exciting technological advances that happen everyday. I have also shifted my interest into Systems and Business Analysis. At PDBY, I have the priviledge to indulge in different sections without limitations. My quote is ” The solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next one.”

Ruth Versfeld

Ruth Versfeld

Visuals member

I am Ruth Versfeld, a photographer for PDBY. I am really passionate about capturing real emotions and beautiful scenery. I am studying Ba Law and I really enjoy having a creative outlet through photography.
Mfundo Masiya

Mfundo Masiya

Sport journalist

An introvert with a myriad of interests, from sports to entertainment to social issues. My name is Mfundo Masiya. Oh, I’m also a chess player 😉

Manelisi Magoro

Manelisi Magoro

News journalist

I could watch fiction and comedy movies day and I am most likely to write about scientific and health issues.  I love to explore new avenues and to challenge myself to get better at my craft while at it.   I’d like to think that I am a risk-it-biscuit !

Cassandra Eardley

Cassandra Eardley

Visuals member

I am Cass, an all-loving, curious, creative Earth dweller. An aspiring artist, photographer, gardener, naturalist, engineer and philosopher. Always learning, and slowly designing ways to live in harmony with this crazy world.

Elma Akob

Elma Akob

Multimedia presenter

Elma Akob is a young and vibrant woman who is incredibly passionate about her Continent and being the change she wants to see. She has a Bcom Law and a Communication Management Honours degree and is currently pursuing her Masters in Strategic Business Management. She is an advocate for women empowerment, a PanAfrican citizen and a Voice To Be reckoned with. She has made it to the list of Gradstars Top 100 employable graduates in South Africa for 2019 and 2020. She is now a 21 year old Business owner and founder of “Elevate Africa”. A Global ward-winning keynote speaker, conference MC and a voice over artist whose voice has been used by the likes of Netflix, Disney and DSTV to name a few.

Nkosinam Nene

Nkosinam Nene

News journalist

I am a BEng Mining student who talks too much and laughs too loud, in my own opinion. My life revolves around my plant babies and music. I particularly enjoy covering stories about politics and social issues.

Tankiso Mothopeng

Tankiso Mothopeng

News journalist

Well I am Tankiso Mothopeng, final year International Relations student. I am 20 years old and prefer to do nothing. Literally my biggest hobby is doing nothing. It’s a miracle how I’ve made it to my final year but I made it. But when I’m not doing nothing, I like to dive deep and head first into people’s business. I like news. I like being the center of information and distributing that information. I guess that why I wanted to be a news journalist.

Lise le Roux

Lise le Roux

Copy editor

22, BAHons Applied Language Studies
 
I am busy with my honours in applied language studies. I’m very passionate about languages and how they work. I’m a very creative person, so I absolutely love writing and editing. 
Bellinah Zwane

Bellinah Zwane

Layout artist

Bellinah Zwane is a 3rd year BA student doing a double major in Psychology and Education. She is part of the PDBY layout team and also the founder of a fashion accessory store, Mmosi and Mannequin which helps her keep a balanced lifestyle. 

Kara Olivier

Kara Olivier

Layout artist

Working in layout allows me to marry my love for publishing with the computer editing and illustration skills I  have obtained during my undergraduate degree. I am currently a final year BSc Architecture student with a keen interest in sustainable, context-based design.