Mr Reginald Rumney has been an important figure in South African financial and economics journalism for more than 20 years. He is the head of the Centre for Economics Journalism in Africa, the executive director of BusinessMap and writes columns for the Mail & Guardian newspaper. He also founded the Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Awards in 1990, which celebrates elite South African corporate social responsibility. His employment history is long and demands respect; he has achieved a great many things for South African journalism and has been a strong representative in the corporate world.
Reg Rumney was born and raised in Braamfontein, in the centre of Johannesburg, in what he calls the “then-poor white suburbs of Braamfontein and Doornfontein.” He attended the University of Witwatersrand where he graduated with a BA. Later, he would also recieve a Diploma in Education. After graduating with a BA, Rumney found a job on a now-defunct newspaper called Business Week SA; this gave him the catalyst he needed in order to launch himself into the world of business reporting, and his success grew. He went on to work for various other publications, but claims that he felt most comfortable working for the Rand Daily Mail, now known as the Mail & Guardian. His articles in this publication have been highly acclaimed. His hobbies include writing verse, photography and the appreciation of music. He is married and has two sons whom are both involved in music production, which is a “source of satisfaction” to him. He co-wrote the book "The A-Z of South African Business People" with his wife, Janet Wilheim, as well as a magazine called "Heresy", which was in brief publication.
Rumney’s strength in writing and ironic sense of humour has taken him to great heights in the world of journalism. His only regret is not learning to play the guitar when he was inspired by “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals.
At present, Reg Rumney is the Director of the Centre for Economics Journalism in Africa based at Rhodes University. The centre is sponsored by the South African Reserve Bank and the Standard Bank of South Africa.
Rumney attended Wits University and finished with a BA degree in 1973.
He then went on to work as a journalist for the Rand Daily Mail from 1980-1985.
He was Business Editor for Finance Week from 1987-1989, and an industrial reporter for the now defunct Business Week South Africa.
Rumney moved on to become business editor and managing editor of the Mail & Guardian, where he worked for 22 years up until 2007.
Rumney worked as an economics editor at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
He was also an executive director of the BusinessMap Foundation for five years, which focused on economic transformation and sustainability in an African context.
In the future, Rumney intends to publish a book on BEE, and a second book based on poems published in various South African magazines. In addition, he plans to complete his Post-Graduate Diploma on Higher Education, and
would like to start experimenting with podcasts and web-based media.
Recognitions and awards
Rumney claims that he is not yet sure what his greatest achievement is, however, in 1990, he founded the Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Awards which celebrates excellence in South African corporate social responsibility. He has also been recognised for his work on BusinessMap, on the Foreign Direct Investment database, and State Owned Enterprises and BEE research.
Rumney is also a representative on the Press Ombudsman Panel of Appeal, and won the Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year Award in 2002.
His other achievements include creating a new business programme to bring the late business news slot in-house at SABC, saving the corporation at least R1 million.
Other professional activities
Rumney has published a book with his wife, Janet Wilhelm, “A to Z of South African Business People”. Another project they collaborated on was a magazine called “Heresy”.
Reg Rumney hopes to put together a book of poems that he has published in a variety of South African magazines, as well as some unpublished work.
"Either way it is very bad for South Africa's image. Violence is not new, but a high-profile killing is like a terrorist attack- even if the death toll is minimal it is a scare factor."
"This is a chilling reminder that you can be gunned down on your way to dinner in South Africa...but it will be discounted over time."
"I don't want to influence people, just present them with a version of the truth that I have put effort into discovering"
Reg Rumney's Personal website
Reg Rumney's Mail & Guardian Blog
Reg Rumney - email interview
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