My transition from English language teacher to Professional Academic Editor involved a number of significant detours. Fifteen years’ engagement with thousands of students across several high schools in Cape Town, South Africa confirmed my belief in the power of the written word and the importance of clarity of expression in equipping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds for life beyond school. During my subsequent years of political activism, focusing on the delivery of ‘education for liberation’ at grassroots level, it was evident that communities needed more than slogans and clichés to give expression to their yearning for freedom from the shackles of the scourge of apartheid.
I subsequently sharpened my academic editing skills during my 20-year tenure at the University of the Western Cape, where a significant part of my responsibilities at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) included copyediting and proofreading of research reports, policy briefs, peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, annual reports, Master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, and postdoctoral research reports. My association with PLAAS inspired my own postgraduate development, attaining an Honours degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and a Master’s in Development Studies.
As a professional academic editor, I know the importance of placing people at the centre of every academic project I take on. All my clients – from non-English speakers to established senior academics – are ensured of the highest standards of work, delivered to deadline, with professionalism and respect. I provide all my clients with academic editing feedback that is consistent, affirming, and constructive. It remains my goal to transform a standard document into a high-quality publication, while empowering authors to produce high-quality outputs.
I am a member of the Professional Editors’ Guild (PEG) of South Africa, as well as the Southern African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA). My participation in these professional editing communities allows for my ongoing professional development and training, enhancing the quality of my editorial services rendered to my clients.
As a social justice activist, I have chosen this channel to use my skills and talents to make a positive impact in the world.
I look forward to working with you!