Desmond Latham

Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Editor, Photographer, Videographer, Writer, Managing Editor


Now editor in chief at the GCIS, previously head of multimedia at frayintermedia, an African communications company training journalists, management and corporate clients while also offering digital and other services.
Before that, news editor at Business Day TV, previously the online editor at BDFM assisting the company which is owned by Tiso Blackstar in its move to digital first operations.
That's after spending ten years as CEO of my own company called Mobile Active Digital PTY which built mobile apps and served content to people through African telecomms companies.
I have also been a senior reporter at Radio 702, Head of Journalism at Allenby Campus, News Editor at Classic FM, head of radio at African Business Channel.
I have a private pilot's license and fly weekly from Lanseria while continuing to bring up three children and travel as often as I can.
Spending time doing basic coding in Java and HTML as well as Javascript, I have learned a great deal over the decades about programming, project management, and user experiences.
Apart from a long history in digital, I have studied at Stanford in California in 1993/94 and Rhodes in South Africa in 1983/85. My partner was a Nieman Fellow so I joined her at Harvard in 2000/2001 and audited a course at the Harvard school of Design run by the enormously inspiring Professor John Stilgoe.
I am also a trained paramedic with 2 year's military experience in casualty evacuation from conflict zones and play in a blues/jazz band called Redhand.
Content Types
Article, Blog Post, Social Copy, Website Copy, Interview, Press Release, Video, Presentation, Infographic, Page Layout, Script, Live Event, Aerial Photo, News Photography, Corporate Video, Explainer Video, Social Video, News Video, Documentary, Landing Page
More Information
Rhodes University , BA Journalism
Rhodes University , BA History Honors
Stanford University , Associate
Johannesburg, South Africa|Afrikaans, English, Dutch

Published Content

The Anglo-Boer War

The Anglo-Boer war which began in 1899 and ended in 1902 was the culmination of more than 250 years of Boer expansion into Africa and conflict with blacks as well as a century of conflict with the British Empire. Some of the most famous names of the 20th Century were involved including Mahatma Gandhi as a stretcher bearer and Winston Churchill as a war correspondent. It was a war that the British expected to wrap up in a few months but ended up costing tens of thousands of lives over three years. It started with lofty ideals and ended with the British throwing Boer women and children into concentration camps where they died in their hundreds.
Landing Page
Government | Public Sector Manager Magazine

PSM Magazine is published in South Africa and distributed as a hard copy throughout reputable news agencies, airports and other travel hubs. It is also distribute to all government departments. ​ The editorial team is led by Editor Ongewza Mogotsi and is based in Hatfield, Pretoria at GCIS headquarters, Tshedimosetso House. We are dedicated to generating high quality developmental stories about public sector workers and leadership in South Africa.
Social Video
Building Bridges for Economic Growth #SADC Stories

The Kazangula Bridge across the Zambezi River between Zambia and Botswana will see an exponential growth in intra-trade for the SADC Free Trade Area. It could cut waiting time at the border post by four days. The bridge, funded by both the Botswana and Zambia governments, is expected to be operational by 2018.

August 25th, 2017
Blog Post
South Africa’s Space Weather coup eclipsed by Schweizer-Reneke

South Africa scored a major scientific coup on Monday 14th January 2019, but it appears the Hacks of Habit aka local media thought stories about DJs being naked or some kids in a classroom were more important. Now don’t get me wrong, the Schweizer-Reneke story about four black kids perched at the back of the class separate and unequal is unforgivable.

January 15th, 2019
Blog Post
Aviate Navigate Communicate

Writing, editing, journalism

January 15th, 2019
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