‘Witness’ staff: Two Long-serving editors take early retirement

2008-12-30 00:00

Two long-serving staff members of The Witness, assistant editor and sports editor John Bishop and arts editor Margaret von Klemperer, will take early retirement today.

Bishop started as sports editor of The Natal Witness in 1974 and covered the rugby and cricket beats. He was named South Africa’s Sports Journalist of the Year in 1985 and SA Cricket Writer of the Year in 1991-92.

Von Klemperer joined the newspaper in 1990 on the education beat, and became arts editor in 1993.

Both will remain involved with The Witness, with Bishop, as a correspondent, continuing to cover the rugby exploits of the Sharks and the Springboks. Von Klemperer will retain her links by staying on part-time as the books editor.

Respected soccer writer Marc Strydom has been promoted to Witness sports editor and will be joined by Lungani Zama, who will be in charge of the KZN Dolphins and SA Proteas cricket beats.

The fourth member of the regular sports-writing team is Jonathan Cook, who was voted South African hockey writer of the year in 2007. He also covers local cricket, tennis and club rugby.

The new arts editor is Estelle Sinkins, who joined the Witness team in 2006 as features and supplements editor. Before that, she worked in the arts and entertainment field on newspapers in Britain.

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