About us

Roving Reporters offers unique opportunities for emerging writers and researchers to take part in fieldwork, commissioned assignments and investigations

Roving Reporters was founded by award winning journalist, Fred Kockott, in 2010. Fred’s career as a journalist dates back to the mid-1980s. He has received several notable commendations and awards for his work as a journalist.

In 2011,  Fred started a pilot investigative journalism programme catering for students from the Durban University of Technology. Our training work was commended at the annual Taco Kuiper Trust awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Roving Reporters investigation into the case of an elderly, poverty stricken man, Makotikoti Zikhali, who was sentenced to five years jail in 2011 for killing an endangered loggerhead turtle in the iSimangaliso World Heritage Site, also inspired the development of the award-winning Makotikoti Arts Project (The MAP) and our associated environmental journalism programme supported by the Human Elephant Foundation.

Our Thin Green Line series  focuses on the loss of green infrastructure, the pollution of critical river catchments and water sources, and unchecked generation of industrial toxic waste. The associated rate of biodiversity loss is of critical concern to leading scientists, conservation managers, government agencies and environmental NGOs. We give voice to stakeholders together in seeking solutions to these problems and promoting better conservation practices and cleaner industrial processes.

Our Ocean Watch series focuses on critical issues affecting the health of our oceans and provides a platform to promote various deserving initiatives including the Blue Fund’s Ocean Stewards programme and Wildland’s WhaleTime project.

Roving Reporters is also working with Regent Business School in developing its Critical Conversations in Sustainability series.  This series of seminars aims to promote a more environmentally friendly way of doing business in today’s world. In our associated Urban Landscapes series we explore the role of art in inspiring urban revival in Durban’s Samora Machel educational precinct. 

For further information about Roving Reporters services contact Fred Kockott on +27 (0)83 277 8907 or email fredk@rovingreporters.co.za.

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