Felicity Levine is a media academic and consultant. She holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Media Studies from Wits University and lectures on the Wits Journalism Development Communication Programme.


The honours level programme, which she developed, questions the chasm between development communicators, the mass media and stakeholders. It investigates new ways for interacting utilising social media, speeches and publications to directly involve people in development initiatives. The programme germinated at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) where she was instrumental in setting up the Corporate Media Training Unit in 1997.

Her experience as a working journalist has contributed significantly to her work in development communication. In the apartheid years from 1980 to 1990 she lived in Milan teaching English at the Jesuit college, Leone X111. At the same time she worked as a freelance journalist, reporting on the South African political situation.

In 1990 she returned to Johannesburg and worked on the Sunday Times news desk as a reporter for two years, then as a freelance feature writer.

She is able to coach and mentor executives and train groups in a range of strategic communication skills. Her journalistic experience and academic insights lend depth to her training enhancing the transferral of techniques and skills.

Clients she has personally coached include;

  • The past Deputy President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlhanthe;
  • SA Police Service;
  • SA Foreign Affairs diplomats;
  • Government Communication & Information Services (GCIS);
  • Mpumalanga Provincial Government;
  • Botswana Government;
  • City of Johannesburg;
  • The Development Bank of Southern Africa;
  • Investec;
  • AngloGold;
  • Old Mutual Foundation;
  • NAMAC Trust;
  • NUM;
  • NUMSA and many others from both public and private sectors and civil society organisations countrywide.

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