I’m an investigative journalist and a Research Fellow at the Centre of Criminology, UCT, and an associate of Southern Write, a group of travel and natural history writers and photographers in Africa. I am a former editor of Getaway magazine in Cape Town, South Africa.
I have been an electronic engineer, lecturer in journalism and criminology, consultant to the Mandela government, a professional yachtsman, explorer, travel writer, photographer and a cable-car operator on the Rock of Gibraltar.
My present passions are species conservation in Africa and the relationship between early social/biological trauma and high-risk adolescent behaviour.
As a criminologist, I was one of the co-drafters of the Youth Justice White
Paper for the ANC government which became the Child Justice Act. I’m a specialist in adolescent deviance and was one of the founders and present chair of the Usiko Trust working with high-risk youth.
I have a PhD in political science, an MA in criminology, a BA in African history and has published a post-doctoral study on gangs, rituals and rites of passage. I have held lectureships in Journalism (Rhodes) and Criminology (University of Cape Town) and conducted his PhD research at SOAS, London University. I was the first Writer in Residence at South Africa’s Antarctic Sanai 4 base (2005/6).
I am a founder of Usiko Trust, a rehabilitation organisation for high-risk youths, and Umzi Wethu, a residential programme for Aids orphans. I am also a trustee of the Chrysalis Academy.
I gathered many awards including a Mondi Award for Journalism and the City Press Non-Fiction Award for his book Gang Town. I’m presently a columnist for BA High Life and Mahala and researcher/writer for Earth Touch News, the Conservation Action Trust and The Dodo.
PO Box 16415, Vlaeberg 8018,Cape Town
Early me with mum & sister