Ruda Landman grew up in Hartswater and Keimoes in the Northern Cape, matriculating at Upington High School.  She obtained BA and BA Honours (English) degrees from Stellenbosch University before setting out on a career in journalism.  Over the next thirty years she worked in newspapers, magazines, radio and television, achieving national recognition as co-anchor of M-Net’s Carte Blanche from 1988 until 2006. 

In November 2012, Stellenbosch University awarded her the degree Doctor of Philosophy (honoris causa) for her work in this field. Book through Conference Speakers

Ruda Landman

She has served as chair of the Board of Trustees of Project Literacy and of the Board of Directors of Helpmekaar Kollege, the school her son attended, as well as one term on the Council of Stellenbosch University.

Currently she is a member of the Board of Directors of Media 24.  At the end of 2014 she established an NGO called Readers Unite to raise funds for university students, a cause that she feels more and more strongly about.

She has been married to political-economy analyst JP Landman since 1977.  They have one son.


With reference to Steve Jobs, Indiana Jones and a Stellenbosch kindergarten”

Ruda Landman takes you on a journey through her life, from losing her first job as a radio reporter at the SABC, through three decades of dedicated journalism inSouth Africa and beyond, to leaving Carte Blanche and finding new possibilities.  Along the way she sketches lessons that she learnt about herself, other people, the country and the world.  Often humorous, this speech carries a serious message about the way we live our lives.  It is inspirational and energizing,  and bound to leave you with a spring in your step.

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