In her 19 years as a working journalist Nechama has dodged the secret police in Burma (after interviewing Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi), explored hidden 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 Hindustani Times, Wanted (the Business Day magazine), Marie Claire, ELLE, Women’s Health and Men’s Health, VISI, TASTE, and Smith Journal.
Nechama is the head of TRi Facts, the research and training division of independent fact-checking agency Africa Check, where she also writes about crime, security, politics and policy, and whether or not Johannesburg is the world’s largest urban forest. She is an occasional lecturer and mentor at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Journalism and Media Studies, and is currently completing her Masters degree in journalism.
Nechama is the author of two books on Johannesburg – the critically acclaimed The Joburg Book (which she edited and co-authored), 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, a guide to the city’s most interesting spaces. Nechama is also the co-author of the memoir I Ran For My Life, with best-selling musician Kabelo Mabalane; and contributing editor and writer on the updated edition of award-winning novelist Lauren Beukes’ first book, a non-fiction history of extraordinary South African women, titled Maverick.
Nechama’s major new history of Cape Town, The Cape Town Book, published by Struik Travel and Heritage, was released in October 2015.
When Nechama isn’t writing words she’s singing them. She performs original alt-folk music at venues in Johannesburg and Cape Town and is working towards releasing her first EP.
Nechama lives in Johannesburg with her two sons, one over-enthusiastic dog, four guitars and (in no particular order) too many books, shoes and dresses. Nechama also has a black belt in karate (and she’s really proud of this achievement).