David Macfarlane is currently the Mail & Guardian's education editor.
He obtained an honours degree in English literature, a fairly unpopular choice among those who'd advised him to study something that would give him a real career and a pension plan.
David joined the M&G in the late 1990s. There, the publication's youth – which was nearly everyone except him – also tried to further his education.
Since April 2010, he's participated in the largest expansion of education coverage the M&G Media has ever undertaken.
He says he's "soon" going on "real annual leave", which will entail "switching off this smart phone the M&G youth told me I needed".