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Simphiwe Rens

Nickname: 'Simz'

Future Media Guru and Academic

Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born 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.

Contact details

M: 0739026730

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Intern | Carat, Isobar, iProspect, Posterscope | Dentsu Aegis Network
Johannesburg, South Africa | February 2015 - present

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

Assist with Media Strategies for clients handled by the agency.

Previous Position(s)

Journalist | Media Monitoring Africa (Youth News Agency)
Johannesburg, South Africa | March 2014 - August 2014

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Producing hard news stories that highlight the voices often silenced in mainstream media.

Tutor | Media Studies | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa | February 2013 - November 2015

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.

Student Intern | Student Development and Leadership Unit | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa | March 2013 - October 2013

Consulting and Project Management

Assist with event planning, promotions and general administration. Also help out at reception when requested to.

PR Intern | McCann WorldGroup
Johannesburg, South Africa | September 2013 - December 2013

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

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.

Radio Presenter and Content Producer | Trans Africa Radio
Johannesburg, South Africa | February 2012 - May 2016

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film

Presenting and Producing a Sunday afternoon Show. Involved in content research and sourcing of guests.

Educational history


Reikaeletse Secondary School, Koffiefontein, South Africa (2009)


University of the Witwatersrand

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

Univ of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | February 2013 - November 2013

Bachelor of Arts with Honours - Media Studies

Univ of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | February 2010 - November 2012

Bachelor of Arts - Media Studies and Industrial Psychology


media exposure

Media Online | 2013

Media Update | 2013

Academic Achievements

Top Honours Student - Wits Media Studies Department | 2014

Top learner, Matric | 2009



Golden Key Honor Society: Wits Chapter

Media and Publicity Officer, October 2012 - present

Responsible for all public relations, marketing and media related duties

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