Debbie Hathway

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Debbie Hathway (N.Dip PR)

I am thrilled to work as a freelance writer and editor in niche markets that I am truly passionate about. Having built a successful career in journalism, public relations, investor relations and publishing, I now focus on writing about luxury lifestyle, hunter-gathering stories about everything from the destinations readers love to explore to the beautiful timepieces they collect and covet. I specialise in watches and jewellery, travel, local and international property investment, health and wellbeing, and the arts.

My work has been published in leading print and digital magazines and newspapers across Africa and beyond. The article I wrote about medical tourism in Mauritius and South Africa won an award for print journalism in the SADC Media Awards 2018, which you can read here.

I am also a member of the award-winning City of Cape Town team that excels repeatedly at the SA Publication Forum’s annual awards for excellence in internal communication. The municipality’s Contact magazine has won awards for excellence in writing, best corporate publication, best newspaper and best headlines, among others.

In 2019, I was delighted to rank fourth among #BestofBiz 2019: Lifestyle most-read contributors for the year, having held the same position when I was very active on this platform in 2014.

This is a wonderful outlet for my lifelong love affair with dance, in particular, and the performing arts, in general. Whenever I travel I make it a priority to find somewhere to dance or, at the very least, listen to some live music – and I usually get it right.

Interesting fact
The lineage of the family I married in to is believed to be linked to Anne Hathaway, wife of the famous writer William Shakespeare. When a British generation decided to ship out to ‘darkest Africa’ in the late nineteenth century, there was a dramatic family split. The brave explorers dropped an ‘a’ from the surname, and adopted the name ‘Hathway’ instead.


Writing is an art that requires creativity, patience, inspiration and passion. My strong public relations, investor relations, journalism and publishing background enables me to write about a variety of subjects for a range of platforms. I choose a flowing, accessible style to deliver engaging, well-researched writing.

Copy editing encompasses re-writing of existing copy, checking facts, writing headlines and captions as well as correcting grammar and spelling. Importantly, care should be taken to maintain the author’s ‘voice’ without changing the style so much that it becomes unrecognisable. I have extensive experience in the financial reporting, corporate communication, and consumer and customer publishing environments.

Proofreading demands a keen eye for detail: grammar and spelling, consistency of style and language, and even fact-checking should the need arise. It’s one of my favourite jobs!