Liezil Cerf

Director: GCIS, parliamentary and media liaison

Liezil Cerf likes a good challenge. When she was 12 years old she was told she would never be on TV. Twenty years later, armed with a journalism diploma from Damelin College, she walked into a job as an assistant producer at eTV. By 2008 she was a prime-time news anchor and parliamentary reporter for the broadcaster, as well as deputy news editor in Cape Town. First challenge met. Today this mother of two is a director at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), responsible for liaison between the media and Parliament and various state departments. She does not regret the crossover from the fourth estate to government, saying she had "capped the ceiling� in her journalism career and was ready for a new challenge. With the GCIS she gets to see the inner workings of government and its systems and to communicate its plans of action in the parliamentary setting. �Lynley Donnelly

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