PIETER-LOUIS MYBURGH | CURRENT AFFAIRS SPEAKER

Pieter-Louis Myburgh is a multiple award-winning investigative journalist and author.

Pieter-Louis’s recent work on the Department of Health’s dodgy R150-million Digital Vibes contract booted former health minister Zweli Mkhize from his cabinet position. 

In 2019, Myburgh’s acclaimed book, Gangster State (Penguin Random House), exposed former ANC Secretary General and ex Free State Premier Ace Magashule’s questionable conduct.

Among myriad issues unpacked in the book, Gangster State — in painstaking and forensic detail — revealed Magashule’s links to a controversial R255-million asbestos audit contract from the Free State’s provincial government. This led to the arrest of Magashule and other officials and businesspeople involved in the deal.

Myburgh was also part of the #GuptaLeaks team that in 2017 processed and published damning details from a huge trove of emails and documents pertaining to the shady business dealings of the Gupta family, South Africa’s most notorious state captors. 

In that year, Myburgh’s first book, The Republic of Gupta (Penguin Random House), was published. 

Myburgh’s first major breakthrough as an investigative journalist came in 2015, when he exposed malfeasance around a botched R3.5-billion locomotives contract at South Africa’s state-owned rail commuter entity, Prasa. 

For this, Myburgh won his first of three Taco Kuiper awards, South Africa’s most prestigious accolade for investigative journalism.

Myburgh currently plies his trade for Daily Maverick’s celebrated investigations team, Scorpio.

Drawing from his work on some of the country’s biggest news developments and political scandals, Myburgh’s keynote address is an unflinching reflection on South Africa’s corruption and governance crisis. 

Myburgh is also a regular guest on current affairs and news shows on some of South Africa’s major radio and television stations. 

After obtaining a honours degree in journalism from Stellenbosch University in 2009, Pieter-Louis Myburgh kicked off his career as a journalist at Beeld newspaper in Johannesburg before later joining Afrikaans weekly Rapport, where in 2015 he exposed the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA) infamous multi-billion rand tall trains scandal. Myburgh has also worked at NEWS24, where he formed part of the #GuptaLeaks team that helped expose South Africa’s most notorious state captors. 

Myburgh joined The Daily Maverick’s investigations team, Scorpio, in early 2019.

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