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MPG Correspondent, Southern Africa

Job Description

Reuters is seeking an experienced reporter and writer for the position of Money, Politics and General (MPG) news Correspondent based in Johannesburg. The successful candidate should have strong news judgment, a flair for writing authoritatively and a strong commitment to beating the competition. They should be able to take part in the wider running of the bureau by handling regular Slot duties and working weekend shifts.

The role is demanding and rewarding in equal measure and ideal for someone with a yearning and ability to develop sources and break news.

The ideal candidate will develop and cultivate sources on monetary policy and political parties and write long form initiative stories on the intersection between politics and money.

One of the over-arching tasks would be to shine a light on the usually opaque transition process within the ruling party, where President Jacob Zuma is due to step down at year-end; the impact of credit downgrades; a battle around Treasury on the proposed huge spending on a nuclear expansion project; and populist policies ahead of what could be a bruising national election in 2019.

The successful candidate will also keep an eye on the political events in Zimbabwe, Angola and Zambia and also cover their struggling economies. Foreign language expertise a bonus, especially Portuguese, Russian or Chinese.


  • Ability to cultivate top sources
  • A source of excellent story ideas and pitches for long-form initiative stories
  • Ability to manage "twin track" of breaking news and writing insightful stories
  • Several years experience covering macro economics/markets and central banks/politics
  • A team player; ability to work effectively with correspondents and stringers across the region

    For further information, contact James Macharia, Bureau Chief Southern Africa on +27 76 985 1661 or

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