I began working as a journalist in the mid-1980s during the final years of the Anti-Apartheid struggle covering the waves of protest that finally led to the unbanning of the ANC and the election of Nelson Mandela in 1994. I worked as a stills photographer for various news agencies including The Associated Press (AP), Reuters and Agence France Press (AFP), ending my stills career as Chief Photographer for the AP in the Johannesburg bureau. For much of the 1990s I travelled across the length and breadth of Africa covering the various wars, famines and elections that dominated the news coverage of the era.
THE SWITCH TO TV
Then in 1999 I quit AP and began working as a TV news cameraman first with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) where I won the CNN African Journalist of the Year competition (2000) with Jacques Pauw for a documentary called Children of War. That led to me being hired by CNN where I began an eight year stint as a fireman based out of London and Jerusalem, covering the aftermath of 9/11 and the Bush War on Terror, and winning an Emmy for my troubles. For nearly ten months of every year I was on the road for CNN providing breaking news coverage.
After eight hectic years with CNN I went freelance working for a range of news channels including CBS News, Al Jazeera, Sky News, National Geographic Channel, Channel 4 News, APTN and China Central Television (CCTV) or as its called now, China Global Television News (CGTN). I am currently based out of Berlin where I operate my own production company called Digital News Productions (DNP), where I offer my services as news and documentary director, cameraman- and editor with a specialisation in hostile environments.