Leonie Wagner started her journalism career as a court reporter. She traded her court shoes for champagne flutes reporting on SA's A-list celebrities as an entertainment reporter for The Times and later the Sunday Times. She is passionate about telling human interest stories and compelling features that give readers a glimpse of the realities of ordinary South Africans and high-profile personalities.

Unmasking an apartheid-era killer: victims break their silence in new doccie

New BBC documentary shows devastating impact of former police officer Louis van Schoor’s racist predations on families whose loved ones he murdered

‘Queen Modjadji’s story represents strength, wisdom and spiritual power’

For many, Queen Modjadji of the Balobedu people in Limpopo, is equal parts legend and myth. Known to some as the Rain Queen, she’s revered for her ...

Counterfeit conundrum - from fake to fabulous

What happens to the huge quantities of counterfeit clothing seized in South Africa every month? Leonie Wagner finds out

Counterfeit couture: ‘We must make it harder for these syndicates to copy’

Sought-after designers like Gert-Johan Coetzee, Thebe Magugu and Maxhosa have been struggling with fake replicas of their high-end designs flooding ...

‘The seaforest is a realm into which everyone should venture’

Kelp seaforest made famous by ‘My Octopus Teacher’ can be a life-changing experience for anyone who swims down into its captivating depths

IN PICS | For these dogs it’s heal, not heel

Leonie Wagner witnessed the healing bond between humans and dogs when she joined a group of volunteers and their dogs who are part of the non-profit ...

Murendeni Mafumo on vision to ‘build Africa’s biggest public water social ...

Mafumo’s dream was to create the means for all people to have access to clean- drinking water, and he is doing exactly that through his social ...

Enjoy Africa on a silver platter at Tintswalo Manor House

Tintswalo Manor House in the Greater Kruger is perfect for groups of friends, family or colleagues seeking a private, pampered bush experience

Kings Kraal puts SA food on a pedestal

A new jazz hotspot in Bryanston tells a tale of tradition and luxury, writes Leonie Wagner.

Crime, family and nostalgia: ‘White Lies’ unveils South Africa’s intriguing ...

This new binge-worthy murder mystery mastefully dissects one wealthy family's dynamics against the backdrop of a society grappling with its past ...