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Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa
in Koffiefontein South Africa
Simphiwe is an aspiring academic and Radio DJ and writer. He's very much into Media and Communications and finds media studies research fascinating.He holds an undergraduate degree from Wits University (BA: Media Studies & Psychology). Rens has also also completed an Honours qualification in Media Studies at Wits University (Cum Laude) and holds an additional Masters degree in Media Studies (Cum Laude) at this very institution. His Master's thesis investigates the consumption of self-help media texts by black South Africans in Post-Apartheid SA. Simphiwe also worked as a journalist for Media Monitoring Africa's Youth News Agency, as well as doing freelance reporting for The Bold Magazine (recently launched Limpopo-based magazine). Amid all this, Rens also works in a full-time position as a Consumer Research and Insights Analyst at Dentsu Aegis Network, SSA.
Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations
Assist with Media Strategies for clients handled by the agency.
Publishing, Printing and Print Media
Producing hard news stories that highlight the voices often silenced in mainstream media.
Academia, Education and Training
Simphiwe tutors 1st and 2nd year Media Studies students at Wits University. He's also tasked with marking scripts and invigilating exams.
Consulting and Project Management
Assist with event planning, promotions and general administration. Also help out at reception when requested to.
Assist with daily PR duties to ease workload of Account Executives and Account Managers. Media interactions and event planning/managing assistance also part of workload. Drafting of press releases.
Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film
Presenting and Producing a Sunday afternoon Show. Involved in content research and sourcing of guests.
Johannesburg, South Africa | February 2014 - present
Master of Arts - Media Studies
Completed a 50 000 word Master's dissertation that investigates the consumption of self-help media by black South Africans in Post-apartheid South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa | February 2013 - November 2013
Bachelor of Arts with Honours - Media Studies
Johannesburg, South Africa | February 2010 - November 2012
Bachelor of Arts - Media Studies and Industrial Psychology
Media and Publicity Officer, October 2012 - present
Responsible for all public relations, marketing and media related duties
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