Chantélle Hartebeest is a student journalist at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town. She is a God-fearing and humble young woman. She is passionate about telling people’s stories, in particular those that never got a chance to be told yet. Chantélle lost her father, Colin at the age of 10. Since then, her mother Charmaine is very close to her heart. Chantélle describes her mom as her ‘best friend’. She has two sisters and three brothers.

Her passion for writing and storytelling started when she was in high school. After graduating from Klein Nederburg Secondary in Paarl she started working as a volunteer at Radio KC, a local radio station in Paarl. In Radio KC’s newsroom she worked as a news intern, writing and reading news on air.

During her time at Radio KC, she has worked with and interviewed a few high profile people like Artscape CEO Marlene Le Roux, former deputy minister of police Maggie Sotyu, Western Cape MEC for Health, Nomafrench Mbombo and MEC for Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant.

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Chantélle’s favorite flowers is tulips. She loves being surrounded by people but also enjoys sitting in her own company. She loves ice cream, going to the movies, experiencing new things but most of all she loves spending time with her family and her boyfriend, Levert. 😉