Ilse is a freelance journalist and editor who loves all things related to travel, wine, cars, and entrepreneurship. She is also the editor of Go & Travel, a platform connecting all the stakeholders in the travel & tourism industry. From 2010-2014, her beat was Marketing & Media at Then she had a 2-year adventure in Italy after which she returned to Bizcommunity as the Motoring, ICT, and Logistics editor. She decided to try the freelance thing as of August 2018 and she is still a contributing writer for Bizcommunity. You can check out her work here, here, and here. In her spare time, she's probably surfing, hiking, or travelling. Contact Ilse if you require any writing or editing services on (note .co NOT .com) or or find her on Twitter.
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1 May 2010 - 1 Jul 2018
Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn arrested over financial misconduct

NEWSWATCH: Nissan chairman and motoring industry legend, Carlos Ghosn, was arrested on Monday, 19 November 2018 for allegedly having pocketed some company cash...

By Ilse van den Berg 20 Nov 2018

5 reasons why the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a great SUV

One of the semi-finalists in this year's South African Car of the Year competition is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. This is the car brand's first SUV, and an impressive one at that...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Nov 2018

Fancourt is not only fancy, but sustainable too

As the big black entrance gates open and you drive through the lush, tree-lined avenue, you are transported to a different world. This is the heritage of Henry Fancourt White which dates back to the mid-1800s...

By Ilse van den Berg 30 Oct 2018

Biltong never tasted this good, thanks to Alto Rouge

Taking French friends who have never been in South Africa around Cape Town is a treat - especially when there's wine involved...

By Ilse van den Berg 26 Oct 2018

#TriedAndTested: Why the Hyundai Grand i10 is a pretty grand city car

Hyundai has been selling Grand i10s like hot cakes with 5,000 more of the entry-level vehicle sold in 2018 than in 2017...

By Ilse van den Berg 9 Oct 2018

#TriedAndTested: Refreshed Hyundai Creta and Tucson

I know comparisons can be a bit cliche, but that's basically what Hyundai has done with the Creta and Tucson...

By Ilse van den Berg 14 Sep 2018

Benguela Cove: more than just a wine farm

Drinking a glass of bubbly is not what I particularly felt like when I arrived at Benguela Cove on a cold and rainy winter's morning...

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Sep 2018

#TriedAndTested: Renault Megane RS Lux EDC

If you find yourself at Aldo Scribante Racetrack in Port Elizabeth and you have the opportunity to hop in the passenger seat with Michael Briggs behind the wheel of a new Renault Megane RS, you don't even think twice.

By Ilse van den Berg 27 Aug 2018

Failing at Flammkuchen, winning at wine tasting

Give me any recipe, or not even a recipe at all, and I'd be able to whip you up a finger-lick'n-good meal in no time. Pasta alla Norma, any type of risotto your heart desires, bobotie, or braaibroodjies...

By Ilse van den Berg 27 Aug 2018

Durbanville Hills reveals whimsical new wine range

Situated 20 minutes away from Cape Town's CBD, against the Tygerberg Hills, the winery not only offers an unobstructed view of Table Mountain, Table Bay, and Robben Island, but also an extraordinary terroir which makes for great wines - sold in many restaurants and shops nationwide...

By Ilse van den Berg 24 Aug 2018

#TriedAndTested: Meandering in the Midlands in the new Ford EcoSport

With its newly launched EcoSport, Ford decided to properly put it to the test...

By Ilse van den Berg 15 Aug 2018

#TriedAndTested: Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI

If you were hoping to get your hands on the new Volkswagen Touareg, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news. It turns out they're all sold out already...

By Ilse van den Berg 13 Aug 2018

#TriedAndTested: Volvo XC60 D5 Geartronic AWD

In my younger mind, I always used to think a Volvo was the car of choice for older citizens...

By Ilse van den Berg 6 Aug 2018

Comfortable weekend cruising in the new Ford Kuga

At the end of a week, you have to leave extra early to miss Cape Town's Friday frenzy on the roads - especially if you're heading out of town past the Hottentots Holland mountains for the weekend...

By Ilse van den Berg 24 Jul 2018

#StartupStory: Driver Assess

Drawing on his risk control background, Keith Cunningham created Driver Assess which creates an extensive driver profile...

By Ilse van den Berg 23 Jul 2018

Good things happen in 3s - just ask Groot Constantia

Friday the 13th is a bit of an urban legend, eerie day for many. I remember my great-grandmother refused to set a foot out of bed on Friday the 13th. Perhaps she had a good reason...

By Ilse van den Berg 23 Jul 2018

#StartupStory: Aura security app to aid beleaguered Uber drivers

A revolutionary new app that provides speedy security assistance and cuts emergency response times has become a welcome safety measure, especially for beleaguered Uber drivers...

By Ilse van den Berg 13 Jul 2018

How I became a "Nederburg Wooded Wine Expert" in just one day

A glass of heartwarming sweet wine, a couple of smiling faces, and mouth-watering canapes welcomed us upon arrival at Nederburg in Paarl...

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Jul 2018

#TriedAndTested: New Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S

The Mini Cooper has always been one of my secret favourites. Secret because, well, I didn't want to hurt my little trusty steed's feelings. But now that I've driven two of the new facelifted Mini Coopers, I am in a pickle... I want one!

By Ilse van den Berg 9 Jul 2018

#TriedAndTested: Hyundai H1 Bus

It's funny how you only become aware of certain cars on the road once you drive one of them. I found this again the other day when I drove Hyundai's refreshed H1 Bus...

By Ilse van den Berg 3 Jul 2018

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