Faatimah Hendricks studied journalism at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). At the end of her first year during the holidays she landed part time work at the brand new Cape Town office of allAfrica Global Media, which runs an African news website. In her second year of studying Faatimah was offered a one year internship at allAfrica. She finds herself honoured to have worked under the leadership and guidance of John Allen, who was the managing editor at the time.
Faatimah later moved on to work in radio and accepted an offer at Voice of the Cape, a community station in Cape Town. It was here that she received recognition for her work in different communities. She worked on two major stories that earned her awards. The first focused on Hangberg, an impoverished community in Hout Bay. Faatimah spent many days and nights in Hangberg, covering stories from youth development to crime to abalone poaching to housing issues. It all started on 22 September 2010 when housing structures above the fire break were broken down on instruction from government officials. Instead of riding along with the police like the rest of the journalists, Faatimah paired up with a community member who she had to jump over walls with to dodge rubber bullets from the police. Since then whenever she covered stories in Hangberg, she did it from the community’s perspective to highlight their plights.
After her stint as a news reporter and reader on radio, Faatimah decided to try her hand in print media and wrote for a newspaper called Tabletalk. The distribution area included, Milnerton, Century City, Brooklyn, Dunoon, Table View, Melkbosstrand, Bothasig and Edgemead. It was here that she took second place in the Human Interest category at the Sanlam/MDDA Media Awards. She enjoyed covering a variety of stories about people from all walks of life. This was the last of her full-time journalism career. In between she has written blog posts for the Mail & Guardian’s Thoughtleader platform and for News 24’s Voices platform. She also used to be a columnist for News24.