Meet the Briefly News Team: The #1 Digital Publisher in SA

Meet the Briefly News Team: The #1 Digital Publisher in SA

Briefly News is South Africa's number 1 online news publisher, designed to keep its readers up to date with the latest in current affairs, celeb news and gossip, or trending stories about real events and people, both locally and globally.

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At Briefly News our mission is to be relevant, brief and simple.

We pride ourselves on being Google and Facebook partners, delivering breaking, factual and entertaining news. We make data-driven decisions based only on what interests our readers at large, thus delivering the news that matters most to our fans.

After entering the South African news market in 2014, Briefly News is now a major online news outlet in South Africa, having been ranked the number 1 online publisher by Alexa, a website ranking tool created by Amazon.

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We also boast a 1 million+ fan base on our verified Facebook page, as well as thousands of followers on both Twitter and Instagram.

Top management:

Director - Rianette Cluley


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Briefly News #1 digital publisher: Meet our team
Rianette Cluley's dedication and passion for the project and her talented team has seen her climb the ranks to Briefly News' director.
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Rianette Cluley is a content specialist, having been with Briefly News since its inception in 2016.

Previously, Rianette worked as a journalist and photographer for award-winning local-community publications at Caxton & CTP Publishers and Printers.

As Briefly News' director, Rianette's integrity, love for people and quest to inform and entertain South Africans can be seen in her commitment to Briefly News' readers.

Rianette's natural leadership skills, as well as her passion for story-telling over the past 13 years, have culminated in a successful career with Briefly News.

Her love for writing is echoed by her team of creative and professional writers who keep South Africans and fans across the globe entertained and informed.

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She has also taken on a new challenge: handling Briefly News' sales department, where Rianette ensures all advertisers receive the best value for their buck.

Desk Managers:

Current Affairs - Lebogang Mashego


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Lebogang Mashego is the current affairs head of desk at Briefly News.
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Entertainment - Naomi Kobbie


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Naomi Kobbie heads the entertainment desk at Briefly News.
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Naomi likes to think of herself as a bit of a creative dabbler. This soulful musician holds a BA Languages degree from The University of Pretoria and when she's not working hard as Briefly News' entertainment editor, she loves a good #InstaMoment. Sunshines, long islands and a good travel story are what this girl is all about.

Our resident firecracker has gained over four years of experience working in print, radio and online media.

She also prides herself in writing relatable stories that encourage diversity and uplift all her #POC and #LGBTIQueens.

Human interest desk - Maryn Blignaut


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Briefly News #1 digital publisher: Meet our team
Maryn Blignaut's passion for people's stories and the untold stories of South Africans helps her head the human interest department at Briefly News.
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Maryn Blignaut is's human interest desk manager.

She holds a BA degree in Communication Science and joined the Briefly News family 3 years ago, straight after graduating.

When she's not living out her passion for writing, Maryn enjoys drawing, reading and hiking.

Tech and auto - Sean Parker


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Sean Parker is the tech and auto guru at Briefly News.
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Sean Parker is a motoring journalist with over 10 years of experience, who started out in the industry as the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists' Bursar student.

Since then, the Cape Town-born editor has gone on to launch a national newspaper called Gears and Gadgets and worked for the country's premier online and print motoring publications before joining Briefly News to head up its Tech and Auto section.

An avid sports lover, the 33-year-old enjoys watching live sports and can't wait for Formula 1 to make its debut in Mzansi.

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