Shirley de Kock Gueller provides a range of corporate communications, including media relations. Specialist skills and experience include consumer relations, tourism and the wine sectors, property and retail.
Heading Shirley de Kock & Associates, Shirley de Kock Gueller has more than 20 years’ public relations and media consulting experience in South Africa. She is currently also strategic marketing consultant to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, a writer and editor, and also undertakes freelance projects for clients in Cape Town. She was an assistant editor of Reader’s Digest South Africa and press liaison officer with the US Information Service in Johannesburg prior to that. She is on the boards of the Cape Town Concert Series and Richard Wagner Society of South Africa in Cape Town and was on the board of The Music Room/Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax where she lived and consulted for several years.
Shirley de Kock Gueller handles media relations for many clients such as Strategic Arts Management in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Opechee Designs in South Africa. She has written for the South African and Canadian (online) editions of Reader’s Digest, has published dozens of interviews, music and travel articles in magazines and newspapers and wrote the text for an illustrated book, Advertising in South Africa. She has written the text for An Illustrated Advertising History of South Africa and, with Louis Heyneman, she was compiler and editor of A Century of Symphony: The story of Cape Town’s orchestra, published by Jonathan Ball in 2014. She writes book reviews for Vivian Horler’s The Book Page and Cape Argus in Cape Town and tutored for Smarthinking Inc through Language on Line. She holds a BA Hons in History and an international comprehensive TESOL certificate for teaching English. She also produced Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma opera for the Richard Wagner Society.