About

They say journalism is history on the run; Ufrieda Ho is a journalist and author who enjoys jogging along as the fantastic madness unfolds.

In the early 1990s Ufrieda started her career as a student rookie reporter on a community newspaper before joining The Star full-time. At the national daily she worked as a general news reporter and later as senior features writer.

After clocking up time abroad on a Commonwealth working holiday visa she returned to South Africa and has been freelancing since on various mainstream newspapers. As a features writer and photojournalist she contributes to a number of magazines in mainstream media as well as for specialist journals, trade and corporate publications and websites.  

People and their stories of challenge, insight and triumph – especially as they play out in South Africa – inspire Ufrieda. She writes on issues ranging from lifestyle and culture to environment, education, health, social issues and current affairs.

Ufrieda also works as a sub-editor. She copy-edits, rewrites and repackages content for newspapers, newsletters and websites.  

Ufrieda holds a BA (Hons) Anthropology (with distinction) from Wits University. She has a National Diploma: Journalism from Pretoria Technikon and was awarded the prize for best achievement in English in her second year of study.  

She is the recipient of the inaugural Anthony Sampson Foundation Award, a journalism award set up in 2007 in memory of the celebrated Drum editor Anthony Sampson.

Ufrieda is author of the non-fiction personal narrative Paper Sons and Daughters published in April 2011.

 

Big thanks to Stacey Rhodda for this pic taken in the Chinatown of my Childhood – the first Chinatown in downtown Commissioner Street, Jozi