About

I’m a 40-ahem-year old woman and have been living in Cape Town for the past 20 years. In 1996, after I finished my degree in Pharmacy, I had a car accident that left me quadriplegic.  From 1997 to 2016, I was  a full-time information pharmacist (mainly in the field of HIV).

For the past six years I have been doing copywriting and proofreading after hours. I have now swapped roles and gone into writing full-time, with a little information pharmacy on the side, to keep my hand in.

I was born and bred in various small and dusty gold mining towns in the Free State and North West before heading to the Eastern Cape (which holds my heart) for ‘varsity. Small towns and dust roads have a magnetic pull on me.

After travelling for six months last year across SA visiting clinics for a project for the National HIV & TB Hotline, the Travel Bug hit big time and I realised the need for blogs on accessible travel: Ones with lots of detail, lots of images, and a personal angle.

We stayed at 60 different places, I trawled over 800 websites of hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, resorts, lodges and game farms, and I can now tell you exactly what you need (and don’t need!) on an accommodation website, in order to attract guests and get bookings in. But also what’s needed accessibility-wise. And what you need to say/include, even if you’re not completely wheelchair-friendly.

Mostly, I realised that an honest blog reviewing the pro’s and con’s of places, in order to allow wheelchair users to know exactly what to expect, is completely absent in the African travel sphere. And it’s a huge gap in a lucrative travel market.

I have written on a broad range of subjects: from safari websites to travel blogs; copy for pharmaceutical package inserts to craft beers; internet dating to bag-piping; and more. My proofreading experience encompasses business reports, scientific papers and proofreading/user-testing various websites.

I’m not afraid of a challenge.

Languages

English
Afrikaans

Skills

Writing
Travelling
Honest Accessibility Blogging
Proofreading
Website Appraisal, Overhaul & Creation
Blogging
Facebooking
Eating, Drinking & Being Merry