Name: Derek William Davey
Nationality: South African
Home Language: English (Afrikaans is fair)
Driver’s Licences: 02 and 08 (car and motorcycle)
Last school attended: South African College School (SACS)
Highest Standard Passed: Matric
Subjects: English, Afrikaans, Science, Biology, Maths, Art (All HG)
Universities: Rhodes and Unisa
Bachelor of Journalism, majoring in Journalism and Psychology
BA Honours in Psychology – thesis on difficulties in intimacy experienced by ex-conscripts due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
MA (research) in Psychology (distinction) – thesis on what was the final straw that made battered women leave their abusive partners
1994 to 1998: Freelance photography and writing for publications like Avenue and The Star
1998 to October 2005 – Employed full-time by Caxton community newspapers:
From 2001 to 2005 I was the News Editor for the Northcliff Melville Times. Duties included gathering news, taking photos, delegating jobs to reporters, review of content, editing and placing stories, planning and layout of the paper, etc … I basically ran the entire weekly newspaper, and I also wrote a column called Bald Spot and illustrated a cartoon called Shadowfax.
November to December 2005 – I completed a two-month contract with The Carnival Consortium, working as Media Coordinator on Joburg Carnival 2005, in conjunction with the Arts, Culture and Heritage Services in Newtown. My work included collection of information, writing, taking photos and creating posters, flyers and press releases.
February to July 2006 – Freelance proof-reading for Heinemann Publishers and dash subbing for Sowetan newspaper
August 2006 to 2008 – Layout and subbing for The Daily Sun (contract)
I also wrote a number of freelance stories for this publication, mainly on artists, poets and musicians.
October 2008 to 2011 – Online editor for Urban Genesis
My duties included writing, taking photographs, gathering and editing of source material and uploading monthly newsletters online for five City Improvement District websites. Also, keeping each area’s website updated and relevant. Readers of the websites and newsletters would know what was going on in an area of Johannesburg, such as Newtown or Rosebank, both historically and currently, and what was planned for the future e.g. new developments. Lots of research on urban development, how cities work, town planning etc
March 2012 to May 2013 – Revise subbing for The South African Press Association (Sapa)
Duties included final reading of subbed work, checking for inconsistencies in spelling, grammar and meaning. Thorough knowledge of current affairs required!
Additional duties: running the news desk, monitoring foreign media and assigning stories to journalists on night shifts.
June 2013 to April 2014 – Sub-editor for The New Age newspaper
Duties included checking for inconsistencies in spelling, grammar, meaning etc, checking facts, subbing copy to fit on pages and adding headlines and captions. I also did revise subbing and some proofreading.
(April 2014 to …) Subeditor for the Mail and Guardian. Checking for grammar, accuracy of facts, fitting copy to page, headlines, pullquotes and captions, proofreading. Uploading feature stories and sponsored advertorials onto the M&G website. Occasionally writing stories.
I’ve been playing music – mostly bass and percussion – for 30 years with and in various bands and projects; I have appeared on six CDs and produced two. I have performed at several festivals, including the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Aardklop festival in Potchefstroom, Forr festival in Mozambique, the Maun and Okavango Delta Music festivals in Botswana and Bushfire festival in eSwatini.
I post stories and photos regularly on various art blogs, such as the kagablog and www.fleurmach.com. In 2005, an exhibition of photos I took for the Northcliff Melville Times was hung at Gordart Gallery. My poetry, prose and writing have appeared in three poetry anthologies (Absolute Africa, Heart of Africa and Africa Ablaze) edited by Patricia Schonstein.
Between 2009 and 2012 I was involved in setting up and running an NGO called Achimota Community Arts Project, which helps children of Orange Farm township (in the Vaal) to develop their musical and dance skills. I’ve been playing percussion with the marimba band Achimota for 20 years, and lately with the Achikids https://www.facebook.com/Achikids-1508129609485246/
I help to set up their gigs and keep the kids’ music equipment working.
In February 2019 I received an award for my writing in the Mail & Guardian from online tourism company Cape Town Experiences.