Meet the Team
Editorial


Alita van der Walt
Editor 

Alita grew up in the small town of Hartbeesfontein, NorthWest, and studied B.Business Communications at the NorthWest University. She joined Farmer’s Weekly in 2003 and became editor in 2011. She is married to Hansie and they have two children.  
Alita@caxton.co.za
@Alitavdw
 

 


Chris Nel 
Assistant editor

 
From a career in zoology and wildlife conservation and management. Chris joined Farmer’s Weekly in 1987. His work includes reviewing/ editing manuscripts for content, checking final proofs, writing and giving input and advice on a wide range of subjects. Interests outside work, time permitting, include travel, backpacking, photography, field sports, ornithology, blues music and jazz, reading, things mechanical, family and good friends and good food.




Denene Erasmus
Deputy Editor


              
Denene hails from a sugar cane farm in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, but after school she relocated to the Cape Winelands to study, for many years, at the University of Stellenbosch. She now lives in Cape Town and has been a journalist for Farmer’s Weekly since 2009. Chances are the magazine won't get rid of her soon, because the job allows her to write about two of her greatest passions – wine and politics. When she is not sitting behind her desk writing, riding around in bakkies with farmers, attending meetings in parliament or tasting new wines, you’ll most likely find her on the beach or in the kitchen trying out exotic recipes.
deneneerasmus@gmail.com
@agri_erasmus


Marlise Scheepers
News Editor

          
Marlise Scheepers is news editor of Farmer’s Weekly.
marlises@caxton.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

Lloyd Phillips
Journalist



Lloyd Phillips spent much of his childhood growing up on a sugar cane farm at Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal. After matriculating from Durban High School in 1993, he began studying for a Diploma in Nature Conservation through Pretoria Technikon and Technikon SA. However, life’s abundant surprises meant that he never did follow this career choice. Instead, until he landed up at Farmer’s Weekly in 2003, at various times he’s worked as an audio technician, an environmental educator, a broiler chick sales rep, and even a waiter. Lloyd now lives with his wife Leigh and sons Matthew (10) and Sydney (7) in the sometimes freezing cold farming town of Mooi River in the KZN Midlands.
phillips01@telkomsa.net
@PhillipsLM

 

 

Annelie Coleman
Journalist

                           
Annelie Coleman represents Farmer's Weekly in the Free State, North West and Northern Cape. Agriculture is in her blood. She grew up on a maize farm in the Wesselsbron district where her brother is still continuing with the family business. Annelie is passionate about the area she works in and calls it ‘God’s own country’. She’s particularly interested in beef cattle farming, especially with the indigenous African breeds. She’s an avid reader and owns a comprehensive collection of Africana covering hunting in colonial Africa, missionary history of same period, as well as Rhodesian literature.
ann@btbits.co.za



Gerhard Uys
Journalist 
 

Gerhard Uys grew up as a real city lad, but spends his free time hiking and rock climbing. He learnt the journalism trade as a freelance writer and photographer in the lifestyle industry, but having decided that he will be a cattle farmer by the age of 45 he now indulges his passion for farming by writing about the agriculture.
gerhard@caxton.co.za 
@Gerharduysbeer
 

 

 



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