As the head of amaBhungane’s advocacy programme, Cherese Thakur has dedicated her professional life to ensuring that investigative journalists have access to information and are afforded the professional freedoms required to fulfil their constitutionally protected role in our democracy. Her work includes lobbying, campaigning, examining laws and litigation, and collaborating with stakeholders to ensure the protection and independence of the media. She rightfully sees her role as a cog in a machine that is working towards exposing corruption and maladministration in our country. Thakur finds deep fulfilment in her work, and her advice to young professionals is to maintain a healthy work-life balance to prevent burnout. In the same way a strong media can ensure a healthy and sustainable democracy, maintaining personal health, dependable relationships and pursuing your passions will provide balance and ensure you are able to maintain a long and fruitful professional life.
I don’t have any “big mistakes”, because I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for life’s detours.