Yolandi is a senior journalist at the South African newspaper, The Mail & Guardian.
She has a degree in Communications from the former Potchefstroom University (now Northwest University), and has been with The Mail & Guardian since leaving university, working her way up from intern to senior journalist over a period of six years.
Why did you decide to be a journalist?
I have always had a passion for writing and politics, and have a very keen interest in news and how it is reported. It has been a dream of mine since childhood.
Why did you decide to focus your work on development issues?
I find it fascinating. I have always been interested in development stories and the environment. South Africa is a country that is very much grappling with developmental issues as we build our democracy and I wanted to report on the debates that are taking place both here and internationally.
What is the role of journalism for the development of your country?
Journalism serves as an important guard dog in our young democracy and plays a critical role in highlighting abuses and corruption, as well as highlighting issues that should be put in the public domain.