COENIE DE VILLIERS: SHORTENED CV Coenie de Villiers was born and raised in Bloemfontein, where he completed his schooling and did his post-graduate education. He lectured Media and Communication Sciences at the University of the Free State, and later concentrated on working in the media as an announcer, programme manager and marketing manager for several radio stations. He advanced his studies in Marketing, and was, inter alia, Manager: Public Affairs for one of South Africa’s biggest gold mining giants. In his role as marketer, he was MD of Eliance Media, a director of O2 Communication, and he was a director of BrandWealth Strategic Advertising – the company of which he was a founding member – for seven years.
He is currently an independent strategic marketing consultant and does work for several large companies. He also served as a director on the Board of a large construction company doing the steel construction and logistics for the Medupi and Kusile power projects. He is a Pendoring Advertising Excellence award winner. He was Director: Culture of the ATKV. He served as a director on the SAMRO Board for ten years, and was a trustee of the POSA Board. As a television presenter, he anchored the kykNet flagship magazine programme on DSTV, Kwêla, for 15 years (17 years, if the initial run of Pasella for the SABC is included).
He has received numerous awards as a broadcaster and television announcer, inter alia an Artes award as best radio broadcaster and six Veertjie awards for television broadcasting excellence. In 2015 he produced and presented the highly-acclaimed documentary series ‘n Ander Wêreld for kykNET. He is known as one of South Africa’s best performer/songwriters, and has released 19 albums of his work. He has performed throughout the world, and musicians such as Dave Koz, Sibongile Khumalo, Hugh Masekela, and Jonathan Butler have joined him on his albums. During October 2013 he was invited to perform on the Dave Koz international jazz cruise in Europe, and shared the bill with luminaries such as Gerald Albright, Michael McDonald, Kirk Whalum and Sheila E. In the Afrikaans music sphere, artists as diverse as David Kramer, Laurika Rauch, Die Heuwels Fantasties and Karen Zoid have performed with him.
He has received many awards for his writing and music, inter alia three SAMA awards, two VONK awards, a Geraas award as best songwriter, and in 2009, the Centenary medal of honour by the South African Academy of Arts and Sciences