Geniene Preston – Editor In Chief
I have traveled the world – almost 82 countries and has been in publishing since 2003.
Before that, I was an IT Project manager for over 20 years and woke up one day to the realisation that all I actually wanted to do was write. So I started my first magazine Style in IT which was, in essence, a newsletter. But I loved it and I started my own mouthpiece SA Commuter.
I re-invented myself once Smartphones became popular and learned Social Media so that I could be a pro at Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Now I could have fun instantly!
My world has grown and includes reviews and with over 46000 followers on Trip Advisor I am in the top 1% of reviewers in South Africa. I am a true South African and a love of Johannesburg has kept me here since 1981. My stories are real and I love people and history!
Aashish Rai – Travel & Technology
I live the Life of Pi as I was born on 22 of July (22/7). My past has been up and down but I sailed through education completing Electronics Engineering and MBA in Finance. My passion blog created 27 December 2012, is something I could not do in my regular IT sector job. The last 5 years have changed my life. I have won awards and been part of several brand campaigns. Passionate about photography and technology, I love to travel, see new places, watch movies, play games and do everything I love to do – never afraid to try something new. I am always curious to listen and learn.
Riaan Beeslaar – Music
Young South African who publishes his own venture: Blue Monkey Magazine.
Currently a freelancer, Riaan is also now ‘Music Man’ for Anytime Anywhere Magazine. Riaan is also the author of the young adult fiction book Firefly which is due to be published early in 2018.
Born in 1992 Riaan Beeslaar only discovered his love and passion for writing at age 23 when he started working on Firefly.
Wenchy – Columnist – Food, Beauty & Lifestyle
She’s a silent wallflower, said nobody ever! I started writing as The Nocturnal Wenchy over twenty years ago.
I am the keeper of the white picket fence of many colours. Mom to many, and a third-time-lucky wife. I’m often asked when I will publish a book as my blessed life has covered a multitude of sins. Someone had a knife, but then again … they had it coming!
As a self-proclaimed Social Media Diva with #wenchytude and purple hair, life is grand!
David Gemmel – Columnist
In 2009, I wrote a book on rugby player, the late Joost van der Westhuizen; which became a number one best-seller, (…for +-10min).
Thereafter I wrote the biography of Father Stan Brennon who buried Chris Hani – Colour Blind Faith.
For a number of years, I had a column in Business Day called, ‘Fit for Business’ and for a period, a column in The Weekender newspaper interviewing sportsmen.
I have written for The Daily Maverick and still occasionally do. I also write intermittently for BizNews, Alec Hogg’s online newspaper.
My articles have appeared in SAWUBONA, FM, and numerous other magazines and I currently have a column in the Saturday Star, writing about Street People.
Louise McAuliffe – Entertainment
Louise McAuliffe refers to herself as an ‘accidental journalist’ because she found herself in her career quite by fluke. McAuliffe produced a video of a friend having her first Brazilian wax for fun. Next thing she knew it was published on various Avusa Media online publications.
The video was so well received that everyone wanted to know what was next and so her dream job began. McAuliffe has filmed, produced, edited video plus photography and written copy for online and hardcopy publication Sowetan, The Times, Sunday Times and Sunday World. At Times Media Group she also managed the social media for Sunday Times and published content to various websites for the group; administered citizen journalism site reporter.co.za; plus spent time in the marketing department during her employ there which all led to an expanse of knowledge in the media industry.
As well as contributing to Anytime Anywhere Magazine, McAuliffe also freelances for EyeWitness News and runs her own websitewhich she describes as a happy online space that welcomes any content that does not contain blood, guts, and gore. Louise McAuliffe is a journalist with a passion for entertainment, fashion, theatre, arts, culture, music, travel, breaking news plus so much more.
Peter Feldman – Theatre & the arts
Peter Feldman has been a Journalist and Arts Critic for almost 50 years and served on The Star in various capacities for 35 years, ending up as a Specialist Writer on films, music and theatre.
He has traveled extensively on assignments and interviewed many international film and pop stars like Queen, both in South Africa and overseas. He was one of only two South African journalists to be invited by Steven Spielberg to the Hook film junket in LA in 1991 where he interviewed the famous director, as well as Dustin Hoffman and the late Robin Williams. He attended the gala James Bond premiere in 1981 and did an iconic interview in a Rolls Royce with Roger Moore who played Bond.
Peter was the first local Journalist to interview The Rolling Stones prior to their SA visit in 1995. He is active in the freelance field and his work has appeared in a variety of South African newspapers and magazines, including Artslink. He has also worked on TV and radio (ChaiFM 101.9) in his specialist capacity.
Over the years Feldman has been the recipient of several awards for his contribution to music journalism and the SA record industry. He is a recent recipient of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz award in recognition for his long-standing journalistic support for the arts. He wrote lyrics for some top artists, including Sipho Mabuse, and had a hit disco single, “Video Games,” which was released in 1988. He coined the phrase “Local is Lekker!”
Anthony John Moore – UK Journalist
Sheena Hobbs – UK Journalist
Robin Woodward – UK Journalist
Landscape, travel photographer and travel writer. Traveled to 88 countries including overland expeditions across Africa (London to Cape Town 34,000km) which took 8 months and also South America (Rio to Quito) 4 months. Extensive travel in North America, Europe and a trip to Nepal and Everest base camp. Lived in South Africa for 3 years hiking and leading many long-distance trails. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and member of Royal Meteorological Society. A typical article includes highlights of a location, together with history, humor and personal adventures experienced.
Erik Andersen – Columnist
Erik enjoys dabbling in writing and poetry although he claims proficiency in neither. Perhaps his greatest gift is his tenacity and a kind of foolhardiness to embarrassing himself in public. Erik has been in a wheelchair for most of his adult life and writes from that perspective. He lives in the heart of Pretoria, South Africa, close to the Union Buildings, with his wife and child where we experience our Rainbow Nation in all its exciting diversity. You can follow him at fieldpoet.wordpress.com
Sello Rabothata – Sport
Sello Rabothata started working as a journalist at The World newspaper in September 1975, after dropping out of trying for a law qualification at the University of the North (Turfloop), due to financial constraints.
Rabothata attended the Argus Cadet School (the Argus Publishing Company’s journalism education and training academy).
After completing the course, Rabothata was thrown into the deep end, to cover the June 16th, 1976, Soweto student riots, which opposed the Bantu Education system. While covering the uprisings was a virtual baptism of fire for Rabothata, he also saw the experience as a great revelation, as this was later to become a national and historical event.
Len Maseko – Wine & Spirits
LEN MASEKO has worked as a journalist in the media industry for more than 35 years, having joined the now-defunct POST newspaper as Junior Reporter in 1980.
He is a founding staff member of SOWETAN, where he worked as Consumer Columnist, News Editor, Deputy Editor and Acting Editor on the paper between 1980 and 2013. Len has had brief training stints at Argus Newspaper Group Cadet Training School, as well as a trainee reporter on THE STAR and SATURDAY STAR, including a brief secondment as a news desk trainee. In 2014, he received the FLORESSCENCE Media Legends Award for Outstanding Contribution to the South African Media Industry. He also compiled and co-edited a coffee table book on the history of SOWETAN.
Louis Nel – Advocate
Advocate Louis Nel studied at the universities of Stellenbosch, UCT, Wits, Tulane (New Orleans, USA) & London.
He holds the degrees B. Comm, Ll.B and Ll.M, completed the Wits EDP & Executive Negotiator Courses, holds diplomas in Marketing and Industrial Relations & is an admitted attorney and advocate.
Rudy Absil – The Boss
Rudy Absil has bravely taken on this venture with his longtime friend and former colleague Geniene Preston, our Editor. His confidence in the product stems from his experience working alongside Preston.