The Media24 Investigations team is a group of reporters in Cape Town and Johannesburg who specialise in producing investigative journalism for Media24′s daily and weekend titles which include Die Burger, Beeld, Volksblad, City Press, Rapport and the Witness.
Andrew is the editor of Media24 Investigations. Until August 2010 he was editor of the Daily Dispatch in the Eastern Cape. Andrew is driven by the potential of investigative journalism to make a difference to society and the exciting technqiues and technologies (particularly data journalism and the ‘programmer-journalist’ movement) that are now emerging in the profession.
While at the Dispatch he was part of a team which worked at re-establishing the paper’s reputation for campaigning reporting and the Dispatch won every major investigative reporting award in SA as well as winning the CNN Africa Journalist of the Year award for online investigative journalism.
Before joining the Dispatch he spent 15 years at the Sunday Times doing jobs as varied as London Bureau Chief, news editor, bureau chief in Cape Town and in Durban as well as diplomatic correspondent for a time.
He started his career at the paper he eventually edited, the Dispatch, back in 1990. As a reporter there he worked on stories involving hit squads in the Ciskei and Transkei homelands, covered the Bisho Massacre where 29 people were shot dead and witnessed the sinking of the Oceanus liner off the Wild Coast.
He teaches himself Python programming in his spare time and studies arcane subjects like social network analysis.
Jacques Pauw is one of South Africa’s most experienced and decorated journalists. He started his career at Rapport before becoming a founder member and assistant editor of the Afrikaans anti-apartheid newspaper Vrye Weekblad where he broke, amongst others, the existence of police death squads at Vlakplaas.
He was also the chief investigations reporter of The Star before joining the SABC as a documentary filmmaker. In 1996, he was a founder member of the SABC’s Truth Commission Special Report and in 1998 he was a founder member of Special Assignment.He shortly afterwards became the executive producer, a position he held until 2007.
He was for a short while the director of the justice project at Wits University before joining Media24 as an investigative reporter. He has received a host of national and international awards. He was twice CNN’s African Journalist of the Year and was South Africa’s Journalist of the Year.
He had also received the Young African Leadership Award, the Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and the Nat Nakasa Award for Integrity and Bravery in Journalism. He’s the author of four books and a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a club of the world’s best investigative journalists.
Jeanne Van Der Merwe
Jeanne van der Merwe started her career at the Cape Argus, reporting on urban terrorism on the Cape Flats and the criminal trials of Pagad ringleaders.
As the Cape Argus’s education writer, she wrote extensively on the formation and consequences of Kader Asmal’s sometimes controversial education policies, including attempts to salvage the much-criticised Outcomes-Based Education and the traumatic overhaul of South Africa’s higher education system.
She then moved on to the Sunday Times, where she covered hard news and justice for the paper’s Cape bureau. She also did a stint as a political correspondent, covering Parliament and the ANC’s destructive leadership battle in the Western Cape.
After almost seven years in newspapers, she joined the award-winning Media24 travel magazine Weg, where she helped formulate and plan editorial direction and reported on issues affecting travellers in Southern African countries.
She joined Media24’s Investigations Unit in 2011 and has been reporting on the banking and transport sectors, the National Lottery and the business interests of various political figures.
Jeanne holds degrees in music, journalism and Middle Eastern history from Stellenbosch University and lives in Cape Town.
Thanduxolo Jika is an award-winning journalist, previously a finalist in the Taco Kuiper Awards in 2010, and started his journalism career in broadcasting after completing his Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University in 2004.
He has previously worked for the Eastern Cape newspaper Daily Dispatch as a Court Reporter and later as the Assistant News Editor. In 2010 Jika won the national Vodacom Journalism Award features category for his exposé of the xenophobic attacks on Somalis in the Eastern Cape.
He received a number of commendations for this work including the 2010 CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards.
In his seven-year career Jika has reported on different beats including court, crime, politics and special investigations.
Jacques Dommisse (42) started his career in journalism in 1989 as a freelance sports writer. When the business editor of Die Burger discovered that he was studying economics the rest of his varsity vacations and many Sundays were spent at the business desk of Die Burger.
In 1994 he was appointed as business reporter at Die Burger, in 1997 deputy business editor and in 2000 foreign correspondent for Media24 in London. With his return from London in 2001 he was appointed as business editor of Die Burger.
He is especially proud of the fact that he covered two World Bank and IMF AGM’s as well as reporting on the WEF meetings in Davos, Switzerland for Media24 newspapers.
In 2004 he broadened his horizon and spent some years in the conservation environment. It was not long before he was lured back to the fast paced media world in 2008, this time as publisher of Weskus Media, Media24’s community newspaper group on the Cape West Coast.
After three exciting years on the West Coast, where he edited and managed four newspapers, he returned to Cape Town and joined Media24 Investigations in 2011.
He holds a M.Econ and MBA from the University of Stellenbosch.
Athandiwe is a journalist working in the unit as specialist in access to information requests. She attained her BA in Communications and Politics at the University of South Africa.
Her interests lie in politics, societal issue and governance. During her studies she obtained honours in politics. She is also a graduate of the Media24 Journalism Academy.
She has worked for District Mail in Cape Town, The Natal Witness in Pietermaritzburg and Drum magazine. She has also written for a youth magazine called Young Pioneers. She is currently an investigative journalist for Media24 Investigations and hopes to be war correspondent in the near future.
She originates from Idutywa in the Eastern Cape