Meet the news team


Angeline journalist


Angeline Marokoane


Angeline Marokoane is a multilingual award-winning Broadcast Journalist, having served as a newsreader and presenter in both English and Afrikaans for nine years. Her career began at the community radio station East Rand Stereo/Oos Rand Stereo.

Her experience includes working as a copywriter, marketing manager, and public relations manager for multiple organisations.

She graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics.

Angeline is a communications specialist based at the Vanderbijlpark Campus of the North-West University (NWU).

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Belinda journalist


Belinda Bantham

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

She is currently employed as a Communications Practitioner on the Potchefstroom campus

Belinda is a seasoned writer and writes articles for the following corporate publications: NWU Newsroom, Life.@.NWU! staff publication, Impact.@.NWU community engagement newsletter, the NWU&U alumni magazine, as well as the Research newsletter- Research.@.NWU

In her current role as a communication practitioner 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 North-West University-related Newsroom-related enquiries.

She enjoys communicating with students and writing articles about them and their achievements. She also enjoys writing about human interest and community-engagement issues. She holds a certificate in copy editing from UCT.

When she is not working, Belinda loves being at home and reading a good book. 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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bertie journalist


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 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 traveling.

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Zenoyise John

Zenoyise John is a Communications Practitioner based at the Vanderbijlpark Campus. She is an experienced journalist with more than 17 years’ experience in the field. She has worked for publications including the Daily Dispatch, the Sowetan and the Daily Sun.

She also worked as a section editor at Media24’s Move! Magazine manning the magazine’s newsroom. She also has Public Relations experience and has worked for different organizations as a Public Relations Manager. She holds a National Diploma in Journalism, a B-Tech 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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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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Mafumane journalist


Mafumane Tlhapi

Mafumane is a creative and a driven writer from the Department of Corporate Communications in the Mahikeng Campus with at least four years of experience in story writing. She holds a Bachelor of Art in Communication Degree. She’s seeking to leverage skills and more experience to contribute to high quality journalism in the North-West University.

She strives to go beyond the norm and contribute to the best of her ability in whatever activity challenge or routine workload encountered in order to develop and optimise her knowledge base, skills and experience acquired to help further primary objectives of her current and prospective employer. She enjoys writing entertainment and human-interest related stories. Developed interviewing and pitching story ideas.

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Steve journalist


Steve Maphakathe

Steve Maphakathe is a Corporate Communications practitioner based on the Potchefstroom Campus. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree obtained at the North-West University (NWU). Before joining the NWU, Steve worked as a business developer intern at Birthmark – an advertising agency. He is currently drafting articles for the NWU newsroom, NWU staff magazine and the NWU&U alumni magazine.

Steve is an enthusiastic sports photographer who spends most of his spare time reading books about sports, politics and fiction, as well as capturing pictures. He envisions  to learn as much as he can and grow in journalism. Steve is die-hard Liverpool FC supporter and enjoys watching crime series and football matches.

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