Ilse is a freelance journalist and editor, focussing on travel, motoring, and lifestyle. From 2017-2018, she was the motoring, ICT, and Logistics editor at, the first-choice B2B news site in Africa. Prior to that, she was the editor of Marketing & Media Africa at She is still a contributing writer for Bizcommunity. In her spare time, she's probably surfing, hiking, or travelling - she has a long bucket list and very itchy feet. Email (note .co NOT .com) or find her on Twitter.
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1 May 2010
#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

#TriedAndTested: BMW i8 and i3

When you get into a car with flip-up, gull-wing doors, you cannot help but feel excited. Especially if it's a BMW i8 Roadster and it's the only one in South Africa...

By Ilse van den Berg 29 Jun 2018

#YouthMonth: The superpower that enables you to design the future

WeThinkCode_ is a network of tech institutions dedicated to deliver Africa's human potential and meet the demand for software engineering skills...

By Ilse van den Berg 26 Jun 2018

Bonnievale Wines' The River Collection: fresh, fun and fabulous

We recently headed out of town to attend Bonnievale Wines' new premium wine range launch, dubbed The River Collection. A fitting name, seeing that the Breede River is the main, life-giving artery of this region...

By Ilse van den Berg 25 Jun 2018

#TriedAndTested: New Nissan Micra

The fifth generation Nissan Micra represents a significant progression in design. It has undergone a complete transformation from cute and bubbly to downright sophisticated and sexy...

By Ilse van den Berg 22 Jun 2018

And the Kuga reputation once more goes up in flames...

NEWSWATCH: The N3 south, near the London Road off-ramp near Sandton, saw some fireworks yesterday as another Ford Kuga burst into flames...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Jun 2018

#YouthMonth: This 16-year-old developer is dominating the gaming industry

16-year-old self-taught game developer, Brandon Kynoch, is dominating the gaming industry with the App Store having chosen his game, Torus., as its 'Game of the Day' in 137 App Stores worldwide...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Jun 2018

#TriedAndTested: The all-new Suzuki Swift

Suzuki is targeting millennials with its all-new Suzuki Swift model which it hopes will give them "all the right feels"...

By Ilse van den Berg 18 Jun 2018

#StartupStory: BlockMesh

BlockMesh is enabling cost-free communication by creating a global mesh network which allows its users to skip typical cellular and ISP "toll roads"...

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Jun 2018

#TriedAndTested: VW Tiguan Allspace 2.0TDI 4Motion Comfortline

Volkswagen's new Tiguan Allspace model is spacious, elegant, and smooth. The main highlight of the Allspace is the fact that it has an extra row of seats, making it a large and versatile seven-seater SUV...

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Jun 2018

Constantia Valley celebrates 333 years

Did you know that the Constantia Valley is celebrating 333 years of winemaking in the region this year? I'd say it's a pretty good reason to celebrate when so many businesses close their doors after two years...

By Ilse van den Berg 6 Jun 2018

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