Ruda Landman

Ruda Landman - Photo by Alix Carmichele

Ruda Landman, the multiple award-winning, Kimberly-born journalist, is one of the most recognised media workers in South Africa, courtesy of her nineteen-year stint on the investigative programme, Carte Blanche. However, she has also worked in many other sectors of the journalism industry, such as radio and print. Although Landman appears to have retired from mainstream media programmes, she continues to work as a freelance journalist. In addition, she is still heavily involved in leadership positions, having served on the board of directors of various institutions.

Personal information
Ruda Landman (née Wahl), renowned South African television journalist, was born on the 18th of November 1953 in Kimberly, Northern Cape [1]. She is the daughter of two school teachers, Gert Kotze Wahl and Sophy Du Toit (Soudie) Viljoen.

Landman grew up in the small Afrikaans towns of Hartswater and Keimoes and only spoke Afrikaans [2]. After matriculating from Upington High School, she attended the Civil Defence College in George, where she partook in voluntary military service for a year. Incidentally, this was one of the first women's army camps in South Africa [1].

Landman completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Stellenbosch, majoring in English and Afrikaans. She obtained both an honours degree and a teaching diploma [1]. In November 1977, she married Johannes Petrus (JP) Landman, and in December 1986, she gave birth to the couple’s only child, Johannes [2]. Ruda Landman currently lives with her husband in Johannesburg [3].

Career information
Landman began her career as a general reporter for the daily Afrikaans newspaper Die Burger in 1977. She later spent two years involved in radio, and another two working as a journalist for the women's magazine Sarie [4].
From 1985 to 1986 Landman worked as a television interviewer for South Africa's first live actuality programme, Netwerk [4].

Her most prominent media role to date has been as a co-presenter for the M-Net-produced investigative programme, Carte Blanche, since its launch in 1988 [5]. After 19 years on the show, Landman retired. Her last appearance occurred on the 24th June 2007 [1]. She is currently working as a freelance television journalist, and has served on the board of directors of Media24 since 2005 [6][7] .

Recognitions and awards

Ruda Landman has received much recognition and many awards for her work as a TV journalist in South Africa.

In 1991 she received the "Star Tonight Award" for best presenter [8]. The following year Landman was the shared runner-up for two "Education Reporter of the Year" awards; these were awarded by the Farm and Takalani Schools [1]. In 1993 she again shared an award with a co-worker; this time the ‘Checkers/Shoprite Consumer Merit Award’ for their “Skin Lighteners” story [1]. In 2002 Landman received the "ICT Telkom Journalist of the Year" award and in 2003 Landman and her co-presenter Derek Watts received the "Paul Harris/Rotary Clubs of KZN Award" for the contribution that Carte Blanche had made to broadcasting over the past 15 years [8].

As a tribute to Landman and her outstanding contribution to Carte Blanche, the programme commemorated her last ever appearance on Sunday, 24 June 2007 [5].

Other professional activities

Ruda Landman has also worked both as a MC/facilitator and as a motivational speaker for Conference Speakers International [9]. She has delivered a talk called "To dance and to fish", and an overview of her career and talk are present on the site.

Landman was Chairperson of the Board of Helpmekaar Kollege for five years, up until the end of 2007 [10]. She has also served one term on the Council of the University of Stellenbosch, from 2003 until 2007. She was also on the Board of Trustees of Project Literacy until the end of 2006, after a 20 year membership. In the last five years of membership in the Board, she served as the Chairperson [10].

She is currently also on the Board of Trustees of the Stellenbosch Foundation, a trust which is linked to Stellenbosch University [11].

Landman has also written a book entitled Weerskante van die Lens which was published in July 2003 [3].

External Links

Carte Blanche Awards

Conference Speakers International - Ruda Landman's CV

Family Tree of Ruda Landman - Ruda Landman quits Carte Blanche

Mail and Guardian Online - M&G editor wins MTN Women in the Media award

MNet - Twenty years of Magic

The Stellenbosch Foundation

Stellenbosch - Profile of Ruda Landman

TVSA - Ruda Landman Leaves 'Carte Blanche'

Who's Who of Southern Africa

Primary Sources

Annamia van den Heever - Director of the Stellenbosch Foundation

Christa Viljoen - Personal Assistant to the Headmaster and Secretary of the Board of Helpmekaar

Ruda Landman

Lynne Duncan - Owner of Conference Speakers International

Secondary Sources

1. 2007. "Mrs Ruda Landman (Profile)" Retrieved on 15 October 2009 from

2. Inspiring Women. 2009. "Ruda Landman" Retrieved on 15 October 2009 from

3. Breuer, R. 2009. "Ruda Landman" Retrieved on 18 October 2009 from

4. Mail & Guardian Online Reporter. 2006. "M&G Editor Wins MTN Women in the Media Award" Retrieved on 15 October 2009 from

5. M-Net. 2006. "Twenty Years of Magic" Retrieved on 15 October 2009 from

6. Mail &Guardian Online Reporter. 2008. "Private Sector- Media" Retrieved on 15 October 2009 from

7. Media 24. 2009. "Board of Directors" Retrieved on 15 October 2009 from

8. M-Net. 2007. "Awards" Retrieved on 15 October 2009 from

9. Conference Speakers International. 2009. "Ruda Landman" Retrieved on 15 October 2009 from

10. Media 24 .2009. "Media 24 Jaarverslag 2009- Direksie" Retrieved on 15 October 2009 from

11. Stellenbosch University. 2009. "Stellenbosch Foundation" Retrieved on 16 October 2009 from

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