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Marian Shinn

Shadow Minister of Communications

Marian was born and educated in Zimbabwe.

She moved to South Africa in 1971 to join the Rand Daily Mail, during a time of increasing protest against apartheid, where she found the newsroom a seat-of-the-pants political education.
Her journalism career continued at The Star in 1974 where Marian focused on human rights and social welfare issues. She was on the team that reported from Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, during the June 1976 student uprising.

During her journalism career, she also worked for the Sunday Tribune, Sunday Times and Sunday Express, before venturing into Information Technology (IT) trade journalism.

In 1984, Marian won the first IT Journalism of the Year award for editing South Africa's first magazine aimed at business users of IT and. the following year, she started a public relations consultancy specialising in IT the following year.

Marian was active in the Five Freedoms Forum that aimed to promote dialogue between white and black South Africans, and in 1989 was part of the forum's delegation that visited the ANC in Lusaka.

On moving to Cape Town in 1998, Marian joined the Muizenberg branch of the Democratic Party and frequently served as the branch chairperson, actively driving growth and diversity in Ward 64.
She is also a member of the South Peninsula constituency.

Other pursuits have included being active in environmental groups such as the Friend of the Pilanesberg and Zandvlei Trust.

Creative writing is another of Marian's passions, and in 2002, her feature film script was a selected as a finalist at the Moondance Film Festival held in Boulder, Colorado.

Marian currently serves the DA as Shadow Minister for Communications.

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