MARYANNE (MEG) COWPER-LEWIS  g  CURRICULUM VITAE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

Southermost, 2 Lighthouse Street, Box 56, Agulhas 7287, South Africa

Tel +27 0(28) 435 6565 g Fax +27 0(86) 674 9522 g Email cowperlewis@isat.co.za

South African ID 400720 0011 089

 

 

 

 

 

 WORK EXPERIENCE

 

 

Editor, proofreader, writer, translator (freelance)

April 1996 present

 

All4Women.co.za, website

May 2010 - present

·       Proofreads daily articles for writing style, grammatical and typing errors and inconsistencies, and inaccuracies; helps design articles for publication

 

Veld & Flora, National publication for the Botanical Society of South Africa

June 2007, June 2008 and December 2008

·       Proofreads quarterly issues for writing style, grammatical and typing errors and inconsistencies, and inaccuracies.

 

Agulhas National Park

2005 – present (voluntary)

·       Proofreads Park publications and media material for writing style, grammatical and typing errors and inconsistencies, and inaccuracies.

 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and North-West University: Potchefstroom

1996 – present

·       Proofreads and edits theses for post-graduate degrees and material on articles for syllabus content

 

Cape Agulhas Tourism Bureau, Bredasdorp, and Cape Overberg Tourism Association (COTA), Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa

1997 – present

·       Edits, writes, composes, and proofreads the Cape Agulhas Regional Visitor’s Guide.  Nos. 5-13 and 15, and other miscellaneous English and Afrikaans tourism material

·       Creates articles for tourism-related press releases

·       Translated from Afrikaans to English the Spookdraai Hiking Trail brochure and translates miscellaneous tourism material

 

Agulhas Business Chamber

1997

·            Redesigned and proofread publicity and information material

 

Writer, Local, regional and national press; regional and national magazines, and miscellaneous other media publications

1997 –2010 (voluntary)

·       Writes letters, articles, observations, and reports on miscellaneous subjects and issues, including the environment, botany, ethics, health, biography, etc.

 

 

See Appendix A for Work Experience prior to 1997

 

 

 

 

 EDUCATION

 

 

·       University of Natal, Durban, South Africa (English I and II) (1983, 1985)

·       University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (Diploma of Commerce I) (1958-1959)

·       Charlie Hofmeyr High School, Ceres, South Africa (1954-1957) (Matriculation with distinction in Mathematics; class-captain)

·       Gericke Primary School, Ceres, South Africa (1947-1953)

 

Language Skills        English: Reading, speaking, writing (all excellent)

                                    Afrikaans: Reading (proficient); speaking, writing (good)

                                    Limited knowledge and vocabulary of European languages

 

 

See Appendix B for Publication List

 

 

AWARDS and MEMBERSHIPS

 

 

Merit Awards     University of Natal: In recognition of meritorious service to the University.

                                 December 1986, December 1989, and December 1994.

 

Writer Award      Best article for the year by an amateur botanist (2006) for “My Fynbos Garden at the Tip of Africa” in Veld and Flora. Cape Town: Botanical Society of South Africa.

 

Membership      MENSA International (UK): Ravens Advanced Matrices (1979) – IQ 184 Cattell Scale

                            MENSA South Africa: Honorary Life Member (1990)

                            Suidpunt Environmental Alliance: Founder and Director

                            Miscellaneous other environmental and animal rights bodies

 

 

 

REFERENCES on REQUEST

 

 

Written

  1. Professor M Chapman. Retired: University of Natal, Durban
  2. Professor B Kytzler. Retired: University of Natal, Durban
  3. Professor E Sienaert. Retired: University of Natal, Durban

 

Email/Telephonic

 

1.      Mr Nigel Bell. Senior Lecturer: University of Zululand, Ngoya.

                 Email: alannigelbell123@gmail.com; +27 (0)72 237 6617

2.      Ms Angela Millar. Chief Executive Officer: Cape Agulhas Tourism Bureau.

                 Email: angela@brd.dorea.co.za; +27 (0)28 424 2584 or +27 (0)82 871 5868 

3.      Ms Sanetta Stemmet. Projects Manager: Cape Agulhas Tourism Bureau, Bredasdorp.

                 Email: sanets@brd.dorea.co.za; +27 (0)28 424 2584 or +27 (0)82 896 2225

4.      Ms Caroline Voget. Editor: Veld & Flora, Cape Town.

                 Email: voget@kingsley.co.za; +27 (0)21 794 4391

5.      Ms Peta Thomas. CMP, BSc Hons, MBA, PGDip. Systemic Management.

Email: totalimpact@iafrica.com; +27 (0)11 646 2520, +27 (0)28 435 6542 or +27 (0)82 811 0045

 

 

 

 

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APPENDIX A: WORK EXPERIENCE PRIOR TO 1997

 

 

Senior administrative officer, Department of Europe Studies, University of Natal, Durban

1990 – April 1996

·       Supplied departmental administrative support to the Head of Department, eight permanent full-time, and eight contract and temporary full-time and part-time members of the academic staff

·       Provided administrative, informative, referral and organisational support for the Department of Europe Studies, with specific responsibility for all student matters and examinations, together with the provision of an editorial and desk-top publishing function for academic staff

·       Maintained all internal student records for over two hundred students

·       Liaised between the Department and students, academic staff, conference delegates, and external examiners and other bodies

·       Interacted with lecturers from twelve different countries and correlated bi-annual examination papers in six different European languages

·       Performed editorial functions and assisted professors and other members of staff with research and publications

·       Proofread and edited post-graduate student theses, research publications, manuscripts, Honours and Masters theses, and material in French

·       Designed and produced departmental material

·       Liaised with printers and publishers, both academic and non-academic, inside and outside of the University

 

Administrative officer and Senior administrative officer, University of Natal Oral Documentation and Research Centre, Campbell Collections and Centre for Oral Studies, University of Natal, Durban

1987 – April 1995

·       Organised three triennial conferences

·       Proofread and edited academic conference papers and material in Zulu

·       Designed and produced material for the Centre for Oral Studies, University of Natal, Durban.

 

Senior administrative assistant and Administrative officer, Department of French and Spanish, University of Natal, Durban

1984 – 1989

·       Administrated a foreign language department

·       Proofread post-graduate student theses and publications and material in French

·       Interacted with lecturers from six different countries and prepared bi-annual examination papers in two different European languages

·       Designed and produced departmental material

 

Administrative assistant, Higher Degrees Office, University of Natal, Durban

March 1982 – 1984

·       Assisted three faculty administration heads with the processing of post-graduate material

·       Interacted administratively with post-graduate students

 

Writer, Local, regional and national press; regional and national magazines, and miscellaneous other media publications

1960 –1996 (voluntary)

·       Writes letters, articles, observations, and reports on miscellaneous subjects and issues, including the environment, botany, ethics, health, biography, etc.

 

Shorthand-typist, personal assistant, flight attendant (CAA), mother, wife, domestic administrator, spring-board diving instructor, fashion model, personnel consultant, environmental campaigner.  Cape Town and Durban, South Africa; Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia

1960 – 1982

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX B: PUBLICATION LIST

 

 

           

 ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS 

 

Editorial Assistant

 

I assisted the editor(s) with the following publications for departments at the University of Natal in Durban and the University of Zululand at Ngoya, and for publishers in New York and Paris:

 

·       Sienaert E. and R. Whitaker (eds). 1985. Zulu and Xhosa Oral Poetry, performed and explained. Guide to the video recording. Praise-poetry performed at the First Triennial Conference “Oral Tradition and Literacy: Changing Visions of the World”. Durban: University of Natal Oral Documentation and Research Centre (18 pp.).

·       Sienaert, E., F.E. Lederlin and A. de Ravel (eds). 1985. Poésie de langue française. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press (183 + ii pp.).

·       Sienaert, E., F.E. Lederlin and A. de Ravel (eds). 1986. Poésie de langue française - livre du maître. (Teachers’ Handbook). Durban: University of Natal, Department of French and Spanish (+ 75 pp.).

·       Sienaert, Edgard and Nigel Bell (eds). 1988. Catching Winged Words: Oral Tradition and Education. Second Triennial Conference Proceedings. Durban: University of Natal Oral Documentation and Research Centre (282 + xiv pp.).

·       Yali-Manisi, D.L.P. 1988. Two Izibongo performed at the conference “Catching Winged Words: Oral Tradition and Education” (ed. Edgard Sienaert and Nigel Bell). Guide to the audio- and video recording. Second Triennial Conference Proceedings. Durban: University of Natal Oral Documentation and Research Centre (26 pp.).

·       Jousse, Marcel. 1990. The Oral Style (trans. Edgard Sienaert and Richard Whitaker). New York: Garland (266 + xxviii pp.).

·       Sienaert, E. and F.E. Lederlin. Anthology of French Short Stories. 1995. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press (+ 220 pp.).

·       Hutchings, Geoff (ed.). 1996. The English Academy Review. Volume 11. The English Academy of Southern Africa. Ngoya: University of Zululand, Department of English (174 pp.).

·       Jousse, Marcel. 2000. The Anthropology of Geste and Rhythm. (ed. and trans. Edgard Sienaert in collaboration with Joan Conolly). Durban-Cape Town: Mantis Publishing (distributed by the Marcel Jousse Association, Paris) (+ 900 pp.).

 

Editor

 

I co-edited the following publication for the Department of English at the University of Zululand at Ngoya:

 

·       Bell, Nigel and Meg Cowper-Lewis (eds). 1993. Literature, Nature and the Land: Ethics and Aesthetics of the Environment. Conference Proceedings of the Association of University Teachers of Southern Africa (AUETSA). Ngoye: University of Zululand, Department of English (364 + xiv pp.).

 

I co-edited the following publications for departments at the University of Natal in Durban:

 

·       Sienaert, Edgard, Meg Cowper-Lewis and Nigel Bell. 1994. Oral Tradition and Its Transmission: The Many Forms of Message. Fourth Triennial Conference Proceedings. Durban: University of Natal – Campbell Collections and Centre for Oral Studies (356 + xii pp.).

·       Sienaert, Edgard, Nigel Bell and Meg Lewis (eds). 1991. Oral Tradition and Innovation: New Wine in Old Bottles. Third Triennial Conference Proceedings. Durban: University of Natal Oral Documentation and Research Centre (428 + vii pp.).

 

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS 

 

Writer - Freelance

 

I had the following articles published in the Veld & Flora, official publication of the Botanical Society of South Africa.

 

·       Cowper-Lewis, Meg. (ed.) 2009. “The Kwongan Heathlands of Western Australia: The south-west Australian coastal belt has many fascinating floral links with the southern tip of Africa” in Veld & Flora, December Issue. Cape Town: Botanical Society of South Africa (pp. 190-192).

·       Cowper-Lewis, Meg. (ed.) 2008. “The Development at Pietie se Punt in the Agulhas National Park: Is this a tragedy for and a travesty of Nature?” in Veld & Flora, June Issue. Cape Town: Botanical Society of South Africa (pp. 74-79).

·       Cowper-Lewis, Meg. (ed.) 2006. “My Fynbos Garden at the Tip of Africa” in Veld & Flora, December Issue. Cape Town: Botanical Society of South Africa (pp. 218-221).