Meet the news team


Belinda journalist


Belinda Bantham

Belinda Bantham obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications from the University of the Free State.

In her current role  at the North-West University (NWU) she is responsible for publishing all news articles on the news website of the NWU, as well as for creating, updating and publishing all the NWU experts’ profiles on the NWU Experts webpage. She is also the go-to person for all Newsroom related enquiries.

Belinda writes articles for the Newsroom, the eish! staff publication and the alumni magazine, and also takes photographs.

She enjoys communicating with students and writing articles about them and their achievements. She also enjoys writing about human-interest and community-engagement issues.

When she is not working, Belinda loves being at home and being a mommy to her little star. She enjoys reading and exploring libraries, cooking and watching reality shows. She brings a unique and diverse perspective to every project that she undertakes.

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Willie journalist


Willie du Plessis


Willie du Plessis is a communication practitioner and journalist with extensive experience in community journalism, multi-media production, media liaising and internal and external communication.

He completed his honours degree in Journalism at the North-West University (NWU).

Willie has a passion for corporate publications and is editor of the NWU’s research newsletter, Research@NWU.

He enjoys writing human-interest articles and also about conservation or research that improves the lives of communities.

Willie loves movies, especially foreign language films, books, music, art and animals.

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Phenyo Mokgothu

Phenyo Mokgothu is a chartered public relations practitioner (CPRP) member of PRISA and a corporate communications practitioner at the North-West University (NWU). He has more than ten years of experience in the field of marketing and communication. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communication.

He is a specialist in media writing, marketing, stakeholder and public relations, as well as crisis communication management.

His writing portfolio has a specific focus on politics, law, sports, human-interest articles and science-related stories.

When not plying his trade, Phenyo is an ardent Kaizer Chiefs supporter and enjoys African literature.

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chris journalist


Christopher Motabogi

Chris Motabogi has been a journalist since the year 2000. He started his career in the Afrikaans daily press, at Volksblad newspaper and Central Media Group t/a OFM Radio, the Free State's biggest radio station.

Although radio remains his first love, he has had the opportunity to work in the exciting world of print, electronic and online media.

Before joining the North-West University (NWU) on 1 July 2017, Chris was employed as news operations manager at East Coast Radio, Kwazulu-Natal's biggest media house.

Chris enjoys writing about a number of subject fields, especially NWU research, as the successful implementation of such (research) findings has the potential to improve human lives and change the course of societies for the better.

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Bertie Jacobs

Bertie Jacobs is an award-winning journalist who has been published extensively in a variety of national media publications.

He is an alumnus of the North-West University (NWU), where he completed his honours degree in Journalism.

He enjoys writing about current affairs, everything sociological, human-interest stories and sport.

Bertie is a history and popular-culture fanatic and spends most of his free time indulging in one of these pursuits … or travelling.

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zeno journalist


Zenoyise John

Zenoyise John is a communications practitioner based at the Vanderbijlpark Campus of the North-West University (NWU). She is an experienced journalist with more than 17 years’ experience in the field.  She has worked for various publications, including the Daily Dispatch , the Sowetan  and the Daily Sun.

She has also worked as a section editor at Media24’s Move! magazine, manning the magazine’s newsroom.  She has public relations experience and has worked for different organisations as a public relations manager.  She holds a National Diploma in Journalism, a BTech in Journalism, a Public Relations Diploma, a Media Management Certificate and a Project Management Certificate.  

Please contact her for all research-related stories, profile stories (including newsworthy stories about students, alumni and staff members), general NWU news stories and Vanderbijlpark Campus events coverage, notices and announcements.

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Mafumane journalist


Mafumane Tlhapi

Mafumane Tlhapi is a creative and driven writer from the Department of Corporate Communications on the Mahikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), with at least four years of experience in story writing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. She is seeking to leverage skills and more experience to contribute to high-quality journalism at the NWU.

She strives to go beyond the norm and contribute to the best of her ability to whatever activity, challenge or routine workload she encounters in order to develop and optimise her knowledge base, skills and experience acquired to help further the primary objectives of her current and prospective employers.

She enjoys writing entertainment and human-interest-related stories, developed interviewing and pitching story ideas.

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