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.
Kayla Thomas

Kayla Thomas

Editor

Kayla is 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 into the office to live with Pssst… forever. You can reach her by email.

Leah Rees

Leah Rees

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). She has a keen eye for alignment, an intense love for tequila and chicken nuggets, and occasionally enjoys frollicking 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
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.

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

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.

Nondumiso Mntambo

Nondumiso Mntambo

Copy editor

My name is Nondumiso Mntambo. I’m a civil engineering student. I’m obsessed with baking. What I like most about being on the copy team is, getting to work with a group of people who enjoy fixing spelling mistakes and grammatical errors as much as I do 🙂

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. 
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. 
 
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).
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.

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.

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

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. 
 
 
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❤️

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 😉

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.

Thabang Moloi

Thabang Moloi

News journalist

I am a student and before I do anything I ask myself ‘would an idiot do that’ And if the answer is yes, I do not do that thing.

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 !

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tumelo Lesufi

Tumelo Lesufi

News journalist

(he/him),

From Atteridgeville, holds BEd from UP. My news interest are politics, hard news, human interest stories and investigative journalism. My hobbies are photography, philosophy, languages, bird watching, debating, gardening and watching sports.

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
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. 

Cletus Mulaudi

Cletus Mulaudi

Visuals member

I’m the visuals guy.

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.

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.
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!

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

Vice

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.”

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!

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

PDBY alumni

Caitlyn Walsh

Caitlyn Walsh

Sport Editor - 2020/2021

Shaun Sproule

Shaun Sproule

Editor - 2018/2019

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 2021

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. You can reach her on email at: entertainment@pdby.co.za

Vasalya Moodley

Vasalya Moodley

Multimedia Editor 2021

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.

Tshepang Moji

Tshepang Moji

News journalist '20-'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.)]