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Biznews.com is a disruptive internet publishing business which was founded in August 2013. It embraces Jeff Bezos’s Day One philosophy using software instead of people wherever possible, thus freeing its brainpower to focus on fulfilling an obsessive customer focus. It is a fully remote business, has no physical head office and a team spread across the world. With hubs in London, Johannesburg and Cape Town, Biznews is uniquely positioned to serve South Africans with a global mindset through independent reporting and commentary on local and global issues that affect their lives. The subscription service, Biznews Premium, features bespoke commentary, exclusive WhatsApp and Twitter channels, investment webinars and a partnership with the Wall Street Journal offering full access to wsj.com. If you would like to contact any member of the team, the email convention is the person’s first name followed by biznews.com – i.e. email@example.com.
Alec Hogg is the founder and publisher of Biznews.com. A writer, broadcaster and disruptive media entrepreneur. An internet publishing pioneer, in 1997 created the highly successful Moneyweb Holdings from a room above his garage. During this period Moneyweb introduced business radio into South Africa and transformed the bankrupt Classic FM into a profitable enterprise. Hogg left Moneyweb in October 2012 and 10 months later created Biznews with the intention of taking disruption of SA financial media to the next level. In May 2016 he relocated to London to globalise the business with responsibility for its drive into mushrooming podcast and internet radio fields.
Jeanette Clarke is responsible for interaction with the Biznews community, the most critical part of the business’s focus. A well known sculptor in her native South Africa, she started her career lecturing in art and design at the Vaal Triangle Technicon before starting her own business in designing and manufacturing household ceramics. A qualified life coach and Nia dancing instructor, she is the custodian of the Biznews culture, focusing on enhancing the engagement of its team and community. Her mission is to inspire others by being true to themselves and following their purpose.
Stuart Lowman is the managing editor of Biznews.com with responsibility for the content and revenue generation of the website. Having graduated from RhodesUniversity in 2003 with a bachelor of journalism, he began his journalistic career at ITWeb before a spell in print. Before joining Biznews in 2015, he was head of Bloomberg TV in Johannesburg and prior to that was the news editor at CNBC Africa.
Lindiwe Molekoa is Biznews’s production editor. Her passion for online media began while studying for her Bachelor of Arts degree at Wits University. As the “Biznews magician”, she makes articles more relevant and accessible. Before joining Biznews she worked with Alec Hogg at Moneyweb for three years. Lindiwe enjoys reading books (Christian fiction), loves flowers and plants, travelling (the beach mostly) and spending quality time with her siblings and two gorgeous nieces.
Felicity Duncan is focussed on our Biznews Premium community – she’s passionate about making sure that our supporters love their membership and get great benefits from it. She graduated from the Wits journalism programme in 2003 and joined Moneyweb, where she worked closely with Alec Hogg. Subsequent years took her on a winding path – she earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and worked as a college professor for two years – but she has always stayed involved with South African media and has worked with Biznews since its founding in 2013.
A technology and business journalist by background, Gareth spent years in newsrooms in places such as Dubai and Johannesburg. He is the former founding editor of ITWeb Africa as well as previously being the tech editor of Fin24. He became Johannesburg Bureau Chief for Fin24 in 2016 and thereafter joined BizNews.com in early 2017, where he’s interviewed a range of top CEOs, thought leaders and movers-and-shakers. Gareth is passionate about new media and the innovative ways in which it boosts storytelling.
Jackie Cameron is an award-winning financial journalist and author of personal finance books. A Rhodes University journalism graduate, Jackie has written, edited and curated content for leading media titles in South Africa, China and the UK. She has produced content for some of the world’s largest financial brands, including London-listed multi-national banks and asset managers, and delivered writing workshops for corporate marketing teams. She has worked for almost two decades with media entrepreneur Alec Hogg, both in growing Moneyweb and more recently in helping launch and build BizNews since 2013.
Chris Bateman has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in journalism. His other love is stalking any fish with a fly in remote, pristine settings. He is inspired by talking in mother-tongue Zulu to open-minded, ambitious and innovative modern young South Africans, also grappling with their history, identity and culture. He believes every conversation expands who we are and how we view the world. Gifted with mostly Zulu playmates before school, his early rural years shaped his career and outlook. An uncomfortable boarding school pupil, he emerged with a keen eye for injustice, one that served his journalistic career, earning him accolades at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. A belated father and husband, he’s revelling in family life.
Linda van Tilburg reported on political events for SABC television from the 90s to the end of the Mandela era. The highlight was the interactions with President Nelson Mandela. She left the SABC for a commercial radio station, Jacaranda FM where she edited and read news until a transfer to the UK. Under the grey skies of London, she completed a MSc at the LSE and has been contributing to South African and foreign broadcasters, including CNBC and provides political risk analysis on Southern Africa.
Ed Herbst started his news career as a photographer with the Natal Witness in 1968 but quickly switched to reporting while retaining an interest in photography. He joined the SABC in its Pretoria news office as a camera reporter in 1977, one year after television was introduced in South Africa, and worked for the Corporation until asking for early retirement in 2005 because of pervasive SABC corruption, news censorship and unaddressed abusive treatment of staff. From 2007 to 2009 he was employed as a consultant in the media department of the City of Cape Town before becoming a freelance journalist.
Traci Klumper, who is self employed and based in the Cape, is responsible for the enormous volume of transcribed audio content that is such an important feature of the Biznews offering. She started as a typist at the CTPA (Cape Teachers’ Professional Association) and went on to become the team leader for the Old Mutual Health Care division. This is where the dream of starting her own business began along with a vision of creating employment for “stay-at-home Mums”. She has been working closely with Biznews virtually since January 2014.
Miles Downard is Biznews.com’s motoring editor. A qualified Chartered Accountant who obtained his Bachelor of Accounting degree through Rhodes University. His passion for all things finance is only surpassed by a deep seated love of all things motoring. An avid motoring journalist since 2006 and currently involved in multiple motoring related projects, including dabbling in amateur motorsport, Miles can most often be found in his element behind the wheel of a rear wheel drive V8 monster, pedal to the metal, eating up the asphalt.
Tammy Nortier is the customer savvy partner for Biznews and always strives to ensure our community is well looked after whenever a problem is encountered. She specialises in chasing away gremlins. Tammy lives in beautiful Cape Town and has a background in sales and customer service. She has a wealth of experience in admin related fields and assists a lot in the background of the business making sure all runs smoothly on a daily basis.
Joanne Lambley is responsible for the physical placement of the advertising in Biznews. She has been in the online advertising world for almost a decade having started out as a junior campaign manager, and worked her way up into an Ad Operations role, overseeing the ad placements for some of the biggest online publishers. She has a passion for all things digital and loves the ever changing world of online, where you need to keep up to date with all the latest trends and technologies. In 2015 she started her own outsourced ad operations company.