Leonie Joubert

Humble-Brag (n): that little boast that's dressed down to look humble, or have a self-deprecating, toe-scuffing edge, but which still allows us to crow a bit without looking too conceited. 

Spawned by social media, and because someone has to, right? 

Recently, in print

Some recent articles in local print:

  • Tackling the ‘hungry season’ in Africa’s cities, Daily Maverick, 7 January 2019.

  • Nature’s warning flares told of climate breakdown years ago (Part 1), Daily Maverick, 21 November 2018.

  • If you can’t see it, it’s not there: Why SA is slow on the climate up-take (Part 2), Daily Maverick, 23 November 2018.

  • Why doesn’t the media talk about climate change? HBF Energy Transitions, 4 December 2018.

  • When coal dies, what of the coal workers? HBF Energy Transitions, 22 November 2018.

  • Restoring catchment areas the cheap water solution for Cape Town, Business Day, 5 November 2018.

  • Many hurdles hamper protection of water catchment areas, Business day, 5 November 2018.

  • Greening Africa’s city transport, HBF Energy Transitions, 21 June 2018.

  • South African cities: battleground for a just transition, HBF Energy Transitions, 17 September 2018.

  • South Africa’s turbulent energy landscape, HBF Energy Transitions, 5 March 2018.

  • Mind the (food) gap, Daily Maverick, 12 December 2017.

  • Conflict of Interest, Earthworks, Issue 40, 2017.

  • See You in Court: SA Public vs Nuclear, HBF Southern Africa, 20 June 2017.

Awards, fellowships & acknowledgements

She was the 2007 Ruth First Fellow; was listed in the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans You Must Take to Lunch (2008); was twice given an honorary mention in the Sunday Times Alan Paton Nonfiction Awards (2007 and 2010); was named the 2009 SAB Environmental Journalist of the Year (print/internet category); and was shortlisted for the 2016 City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award for her 'mythbusting' book proposal Cheap Junk.

In the media 

Leonie regularly appears on air or in the press, speaking on topics she's most familiar with. 


On the Stage

Regular speaking engagements on topics including climate change, food security, narrative journalism and storytelling methods, at various events locally and abroad.



Leonie has presented at various conferences over the years.


  • ‘Tools for Storytelling’ Narrative Journalism Conference: hosted by Fray Intermedia and Wits University School of Journalism in 2008 and 2011.

  • ‘Power Reporting’: conference hosted by Wits University School of Journalism in 2010.

  • African Science Communication Conference: Scorched: South Africa’s changing climate presented as example of accessible science communication, Port Elizabeth; 4 - 7 Dec 2006.