In her twenty-something as a working journalist Nechama has dodged the secret police in Burma, explored tunnels underneath Johannesburg, gotten dusty at rock festivals, and reported on the myth of ‘white genocide’ in South Africa.
Nechama works as a freelance reporter, based in Johannesburg, and has contributed to local and international titles including the Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian, City Press, the Hindustan Times, Wanted (the Business Day magazine), Marie Claire, ELLE, Women’s Health and Men’s Health, VISI, TASTE, Smith Journal and the UK Guardian.
Between 2013 and 2018 Nechama worked with independent fact-checking agency Africa Check, and launched the organisation’s training and research division TRI Facts. She is an occasional lecturer and mentor at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Journalism and Media Studies, where she is completing a PhD looking at media coverage of the murder of women.
Nechama is the editor/author of two books on Johannesburg – the critically acclaimed The Joburg Book (Pan Macmillan), a contemporary history of the city that was long-listed for the Alan Paton Award and has sold over 10 000 copies; and Inside Joburg (Pan Macmillan), a guide to the city’s most interesting spaces. Nechama’s history of the city of Cape Town, The Cape Town Book (Struik Travel and Heritage), was released in 2015. Nechama is the co-author of memoirs I Ran For My Life (Pan Macmillan), with best-selling musician Kabelo Mabalane, and Rule of Law (Pan Macmillan), with MP and former state prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach. Nechama has published short fiction in the inaugural Short Sharp Stories Award anthology Bloody Satisfied, and worked on the updated edition of Maverick (Umuzi), a non-fiction history of extraordinary South African women written by award-winning novelist Lauren Beukes. Nechama’s latest book is her first novel – a supernatural thriller called Knucklebone (Pan Macmillan), set in Johannesburg. The sequel to Knucklebone will be published in 2020.
Nechama lives in Johannesburg with her two sons, a magnificent cat, an over-enthusiastic dog, three guitars, one piano, and too many books if there even is such a thing. Nechama is a part-time alt-folk musician and is (unrelated) a committed martial artist, holding a second dan in karate.