Welcome to Bolander, Carmen!

It’s such a pleasure to welcome our new Bolander journalist, Carmen Jacobs, on board, who shares some background with our readers…

It’s such a pleasure to welcome our new Bolander journalist, Carmen Jacobs, on board, who shares some background with our readers…

I’ve been a journalist for more than 10 years, and since qualifying as a journalist, I’ve worked in community news, been a feature writer, did some corporate content journalism and – up until most recently – have been an online English tutor to Chinese students.

This has been one of the most interesting and rewarding cultural enriching experiences thus far, opening up a window to an ancient, fascinating and intriguing culture, one which I have come to love.

I’ve always believed that journalism is one of those careers which you don’t get to choose… it chooses you – and this has most certainly been the case in my life. I’ve always had a fondness of people and their stories, and I think this inherent interest in others is one of the reasons which had prompted to me becoming a journalist.

In addition to this, my strong desire to be a change-maker with the work that I do, giving people objective reporting on issues affecting them; while at the same time fueling my core purpose and passion in life, is what makes being a journalist so rewarding. This purpose and a passion I now hope to bring, into this new opportunity as journalist for Bolander.

In my new role I look forward to meeting new people, building new relationships, being introduced to new aspects of life, gain new insight, acquire more knowledge, learn more about different interests, and somehow – however minimal – being able to make a difference.

When it comes to a job, I believe the focus should be on the “why” – and not be about the “what you do” – and my “why” is my daily driving force.

Apart from being a journalist, I am also a wife and a mom of a nine-year old girl. As a child born in the Karoo, in the small town of Prince Albert, I still have a strong connection to the Karoo, and in my spare time I love reading and exploring more about it.

This attraction to the Karoo and everything in it, has sparked an interest in traditional African Herbal Medicine and also now, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and in my spare time I love to research these topics, and also have also started my own blog on healing herbs.

I religiously start my day with a strong cup of Cancerbush (Sutherlandia frutescens) and have since started adding Moringa leaves to it… This has proven to be my secret concoction to help me seize the day!

I look forward to meeting our readers soon!