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Curriculum Vitae

PERSONAL DETAILS Name:  Derek William Davey Nationality: South African Home Language: English (Afrikaans is fair) Driver’s Licences: 02 and 08 (car and motorcycle) SECONDARY EDUCATION… Read More »Curriculum Vitae

Writer Profile

I’m a seasoned writer and editor with a Journalism degree and Masters in Psychology. I produce accurate, innovative work – usually well before the deadline. I’ve worked for Johannesburg newspapers for nearly three decades, including The Star, The Sowetan and as editor of The Northcliff Melville Times.

For the last five years I’ve worked for the Mail & Guardian, writing stories and subbing commercial features. I’ve done literally thousands of advertorials, transforming clients’ turgid content into fluid, readable copy.

Clients want the core meaning of their product or service to clearly and immediately emerge in the story you write for them. I’ve learned that readers must also be intrigued while they grasp this essence, or they’ll quickly click onto something else.

I’ve done some freelance work on the side: in 2016 I wrote four chapters for the book India South Africa: Trade and Investment Partners. In 2017 I helped write the annual report for SABS. I wrote and edited stories for education magazine The Teacher for three years, and I’ve done several stories for Music in Africa on local musicians, which also featured in the Mail & Guardian art section.

I’ve recently (in 2020) written a memoir, which is on sale on this site, just click below:

For more details, click on my Curriculum Vitae

I’ve played in bands for 35 years; click on my Music CV

If you wish to hire me as a writer, editor, musician or photographer, write to

  • I’m looking for another writing project, so if you think you have an interesting story, write to the above email address