Journalists you can bank on: Meet the News24 Business team

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News24's team of business reporters are ahead of the pack when it comes to keeping South Africans informed about the world of finance. They crunch the numbers behind everything - from Eskom, to labour to Parliament - and keep government and big business on their toes.

Helena Wasserman is editor of News24 Business. Previously, she was editor of Business Insider South Africa. For more than two decades, Helena has been reporting on finance across various platforms, including newspapers, magazines and radio. Her specific interests are corporate innovation, economics, investing and black swans. Outside of work, she is a mediocre runner.  

Helena Wasserman
Helena Wasserman

Ahmed Areff is deputy editor at News24 Business. He studied at Rhodes University and then plied his trade as a wordslinger at the now-defunct SA Press Association. He worked as national news editor at News24 and Business Day, before joining the illustrious Business team. He is nostalgic for the days of manned space exploration, does boxing, collects comic books and supports Liverpool Football Club. He is fascinated by tech, philosophy, science and debates around the future of politics and economics, the meaning of life (42), and who the best Beatle was (it was John). What he lives for is being a better husband and father, and being outdoors - ideally flyfishing on the Vaal at dusk. 

Ahmed Areff
Ahmed Areff

Marelise van der Merwe is News24 Business' production and opinions editor. Her interests range from tech to labour, energy and human interest. She has worked in both newsrooms and corporate communications - the latter, primarily with clients in SA's top 100 and the NGO sector. Before joining News24 Business, she was a journalist and production editor at Daily Maverick for several years, and a part-time college journalism lecturer. In her spare time, she enjoys running (she uses this term generously) and open-water swimming. She has a black belt in avoiding social media.  

Marelise van der Merwe
Marelise van der Merwe

Karl Gernetzky is the companies editor at News24 Business. His education background is in politics, philosophy and economics at UCT, which remains areas of intense personal interest. He is a former journalist from Business Day, where he covered beats including labour, markets and education. When not trying to read corporate or economic reports rapidly, he is usually listening to podcasts or seeking out the best examples of frivolity the internet has to offer.

Karl Gernetzky

Award-winning journalist and News24 Business subeditor Riaan Grobler studied psychology and English literature at North-West University. He has worked in several newsrooms, including Caxton magazines, Netwerk24, City Press, HuffPost SA and News24. He is an able cook, a failed guitar player, and binges Nordic noir crime series.

Riaan Grobler
Riaan Grobler

Carol Paton has spent more than two decades tracking SA’s progress as a young democracy and understanding how SA’s fraught politics shape the economic and business environment. Her commitment to journalism is that it should make the world a better place, whether reporting on the worst excesses of human behaviour or the best. She specialises in covering public finance, economic and development policy and the state of public enterprises, particularly Eskom. In her spare time, she is out in the mountains, in the sea, in the pool, in the yoga studio or in the kitchen, making beautiful food for loved ones.

carol paton
Carol Paton

Londiwe Buthelezi is the financial services reporter for News24 Business; covering banks, insurance, asset management, investments and development finance industries. This is a beat she's covered since she branched into financial journalism in 2011. She has a combined writing experience of just over 10 years, four of which she spent at Africa's largest insurer, Sanlam. She holds a Diploma in Journalism, a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Cum Laude) from UNISA and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Finance (Cum Laude) from the Stellenbosch University Business School. Topics that make her tick are financial inclusion, she-conomics and transformation of the financial sector. When she's not working, she's trying to keep up with her energetic seven-year-old or baking for her family of three.  

Londiwe Buthelezi
Londiwe Buthelezi

Journalist Sibongile Khumalo holds a BA Honours in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. She started her journalism career at The Herald in Port Elizabeth, where she reported on anything from mysterious murders to equestrian sports. She has since worked in various newsrooms across the country, including the Southern African Bureau for Agence France Presse (AFP), a period which introduced her to news coverage beyond South Africa's borders. Her entry into the world of financial journalism in 2008 coincided with the global financial crisis, which hit local markets and impacted growth. Her areas of interest are mining and investment in the sector. When she is not chasing deadlines, Khumalo is training for the next marathon and spends her time running up the hills of the West Rand. 
Sibongile Khumalo
Sibongile Khumalo


Khulekani Magubane specialises in Parliament, labour, economic policy and trade. He has a Bachelor of Technology in Journalism from the Durban University of Technology. He previously worked at Business Day for five years, where he covered politics, local government and Parliament. In his spare time, Magubane enjoys writing fiction and has published multiple afro-futurist sci-fi novels. Find him on Twitter: @KhulekaniMag  

Khulekani Magubane
Khulekani Magubane


Jan Cronje grew up in Johannesburg and attended the University of the Witwatersrand before heading to the Western Cape to continue his studies in Stellenbosch. He then settled in Cape Town. As News24 Business' investigations writer, he takes time to delve into complex cases. He has recently been reporting on Steinhoff, Mirror Trading International and state capture. In his free time, you will find him fishing for bass, or trying out new dishes in the slow cooker.  

Jan Cronje
Jan Cronje

Allison Jeftha is News24 Business' social media coordinator, with a special interest in combining web analytics and social media to track what readers enjoy and how they engage with the content. She also coordinates Fin24's Money Clinic, putting readers in touch with experts who can solve their money queries twice a week. She began as an intern in 2014, a few weeks after graduating from Damelin College, where she completed a Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies. She went on to become a content producer in 2015, then branched out in 2019. She enjoys binge watching series and is a huge fan of self-care.  

Allison 300
Allison 300

Lameez Omarjee is News24's climate change and sustainability reporter. Having started her career as a business journalist, tracking the impacts of the energy crisis, state capture and the Covid-19 pandemic on South Africa's economy, Lameez developed a keen interest in the country's sustainable development path. This led her to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University, which positioned her to lead News24's climate reporting. She is also a Wits University alumna and holds BCom Honours Marketing and BA Honours Journalism and Media Studies degrees. She is a member of the Reuters Institute's Oxford Climate Journalism Network.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and ballet.

Lameez Omarjee
Lameez Omarjee

Lisa Steyn is a specialist writer for News24 Business with a particular interest in the mining and energy sectors and a knack for feature writing. She obtained a Masters in Journalism (with distinction) from Wits University and has over a decade of experience in the industry. She also has a handful of financial journalism awards under her belt. Outside of work she pushes baked goods on unwitting friends and family.

Lisa
Lisa Steyn

Senior reporter Carin Smith grew up in Bloemfontein and Stellenbosch and studied law, journalism and business (BLC, LLB, Hons. Journalism, MBA). She focuses on aviation, tourism and property news, but has written on a wide range of topics over the years. Her lifestyle and interests can be described as incompatible with lockdowns: namely going to the movies, theatre, concerts, restaurants, hanging out with friends and travelling.

Carin Smith
Carin Smith

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