WFSJ Board Members


Mandi Smallhorne | Vice President

Freelance science journalist
South Africa

Mandi has been a freelance journalist in South Africa for over 20 years, focusing on health, social issues (human and gender rights), the environment and climate change, the food system, and agriculture. She is also the presenter of workshops on science journalism, health journalism, and reporting on biodiversity.

As a freelance journalist, Mandi has written for a range of outlets, such as earthworks magazine, City Press, and the Mail & Guardian newspaper. She is the editor of PhysioSA, the official magazine of the SA Society of Physiotherapy, and was for several years a weekly columnist for Fin24

Mandi has worked on training projects with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement. She was also involved in research and reporting for major projects, such as a book on the Fostering Local Wellbeing project in South Africa (, and a large funding proposal by Mozambique to the World Bank. She has written three young adult educational books on health, extreme weather, and alternative energy.