Devi Sankaree Govender
A regular on MNet’s ‘Carte Blanche’, Devi has been with the programme since 2002. Her more memorable stories have included interviews with Kenyan Nobel Laureate, Warangi Maathai, international financial guru Robert Kiyosaki and music icons Quincy Jones and Lionel Ritchie.
But she began her career in journalism at the age of 21 when she secured a freelance radio position at the SABC, while completing a BA degree at the University of Natal in Durban. She then became a talk show host on Lotus FM. Devi’s daily radio chat show, which ran for nine years, was well known for its straightforward approach to tackling sensitive and controversial issues.
After completing an Honours degree in Drama and Performance Studies and a Higher Diploma in Education, Devi joined the SABC.
In 1998, Devi began work as a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times. A year later she joined the Sunday Times as their Features Editor in Durban.
Devi’s passion for investigative stories has seen her work on many stories which went on to make headlines. These include: investigations into corruption at the Medical University of South Africa, the Eastern Cape’s health crises, Robert Mugabe’s “Operation Murumbatsvina” campaign, baggage theft at Oliver Tambo Airport, the “racist” University of the Free State DVD and dangerous home abortions. Devi’s penchant for ‘trouble’ has also resulted in her and the Carte Blanche crew finding themselves in some hairy situations including: being assaulted while working on a story about the ‘Gum Tree Gang’, a band of appliance repairmen in Durban, being locked up in a garage on the campus of the Medical University of South Africa and almost being run over by a Metro cop!
Devi’s work in print was taken a step further when, in 2004, she won the prestigious British Council scholarship for creative writing.
After completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management and an MBA through the University of Natal, Devi initiated her own corporate communication’s company. Her main thrust is in the field of corporate training where she coaches senior managers on media strategy, crisis communication and interview techniques.