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Alida Viljoen

Assistant Publisher & Editor at Fantasi Books

Born in Pretoria South Africa

Working with words and books and escaping to nature are my bare necessities. I am adventurous, energetic, hardworking and creative...
Very good self-discipline, dedication, focus, and meticulous attention to detail are some of my strongest characteristics.
Languages, writing, nature conservation, and traveling (especially in South Africa) are things I am wildly passionate about.
One day, I would love to be able to say that I've actively made a contribution to nature conservation and/or literacy among children.

Contact details

O: 0128042616

Business Address

Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Assistant Publisher & Editor | Fantasi Books (Pty) Ltd.
2014 - present

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Updating information and product sheets; updating web content; handling email queries and book orders, everything newsletter-related, and general office duties; editing/re-writing manuscripts; translations; basic layout.

Previous Position(s)

Publishing Assistant | Fantasi Books (Pty) Ltd.
2013 - 2014

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Updating information and product sheets; updating web content; handling email queries and book orders, everything newsletter-related, and general office duties.
Assist with research.

Office administrator, secretary, occassional tourist guide | University of Pretoria Campus Tours
Pretoria, South Africa | 2013 - 2014

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

(This is a compulsory component of the BHCS Honours degree.)
Booking and arranging tours around the main campus of the University for prospective students and their parents, international delegates, University personnel, and school groups (largest group was 100); conducting tours for groups of up to 30 people; handling the finances of the business; compiling agendas and keeping minutes for meetings; general day-to-day office management; handling general enquiries via email and telephone; co-organising the 10-year reunion of UP Campus Tours.

Junior Committee Member | Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa
Pretoria, South Africa | 2012 - 2014

Sport and Recreation

Participating in discussions and debates regarding the hiking industry of southern Africa; contributing to the strategic planning in 2013; assisting with the organisation of a National Hiking Indaba (5-7 October 2013).

Theatre Administrator & Writer | Atterbury Theatre
Pretoria, South Africa | 2011 - 2013

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Rewrite, edit & translate press releases & upload these through Content Managing System onto the website; rewrite, edit, translate & send out three-weekly newsletter; capture email addresses for bulk email system; handle telephonic, email and walk-in bookings & enquiries; hand out & sell tickets at shows; general supervision during shows.

Intern | Die Burger (Media24)
Cape Town, South Africa | 2010 - 2010

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Contributing to the news conference every morning with story ideas; writing my own stories; following up on stories/leads; conducting short interviews (telephonically and personally); accompanying other journalists on stories.

Hiking trail auditor in training | Green Flag Accreditation Systems
2009 - 2010

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Hiking a trail and evaluating it according to a series of evaluation forms and criteria; writing and submitting trail reports to relevant parties.

Au Pair | Private
Pretoria, South Africa | 2009 - 2011


Driving the children to extra-curricular activities; helping with home work and assignments; keeping the children busy during holidays.

Student Worker | Bester Birds & Animals Zoo Park
Pretoria, South Africa | 2009 - 2011


Booking and setting up birthday parties; preparing animal food for the petting zoo; watching over the children in the petting zoo; working in the snack kiosk; answering the telephone and taking messages; cash-ups; locking up occasionally.

Educational history


University of Pretoria/Universiteit van Pretoria

2013 - 2013

BHCS (Hons) - with destinction - Heritage & Cultural Tourism

University of Pretoria/Universiteit van Pretoria

2008 - 2010

BA Languages - Journalism

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