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Busy Bee Editing has been proofreading and editing the words written by authors, individuals, university students as well as other entities worldwide. We serve authors, individuals, university students and businesses throughout South Africa and internationally. From our humble beginnings eleven years ago with our first proofreading and editing assignment we have grown over the years and we will continue to grow.

Brenda van Rensburg

Busy Bee Editing assists established and first-time authors with their manuscripts, books, eBooks, bios, press releases, advertising texts and book cover designs or any other design work. We assist overseas publishers with proofreading, editing, amending and layout services. We also assist individuals, graduates, university students and businesses. Our skills, expertise, confidentiality and integrity has successfully perfected the work of MANY a happy client.

We thrive on repeat business and as a result we strive to ensure that ALL our clients are satisfied enough to trust us with any future business. Our testimonials speak for themselves. We also provide a proofreading and editing certificate if required.

We have found that most editing and proofreading ‘services’ do not offer a one on one relationship as they assign each project to only ONE Editor or Proofreader. Busy Bee Editing remains one of the FEW services of its kind in South Africa that GUARANTEES that a team of two will be dedicated to YOUR project from start to finish. We double check and correct your work BEFORE sending it to you.

We do not ask for a deposit or for a payment upfront until the work has been completed to our satisfaction.

We are two seasoned professionals who are both voracious readers and we are passionate about the English language. We GUARANTEE your satisfaction. Brenda was born in South Africa and Hugo in Sri Lanka. Hugo has a degree in Psychology and Drama from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Brenda is an experienced self-taught personal assistant, secretary and sub-editor.

Hugo Chandler

We both have versatile working histories, which has proved useful for proofreading, editing, and bio writing.

We both love animals and the environment and we are happily living in a delightful country town called Napier in the Overberg area in the Western Cape, South Africa with our precious little girl, our rescued dog ‘Happy’ who is also our ‘office manager’ and our rescued Yorkie ‘Taffy’ who is ‘the dogsbody’.

Happy the office manager

Taffy the dogsbody

Graphic Design

Clifford Kriel

The Beehive would like to extend a warm welcome to our new freelance graphic designer Clifford Kriel. Cliff has joined us so that we can offer our authors a one stop shop where they can have their manuscripts proofread, edited, laid out, and a cover designed by the Busy Bee team, ready for publication all under one roof.

Cliff hails from Plumstead in Cape Town where he lives with his faithful dogs ‘Crawford’ and ‘Ruff’. Cliff is a lover of animals and he takes their plight to heart by being involved in finding those in shelters their “forever homes”.

He has had vast experience when it comes to the layout of eBooks and printed manuscripts. He has the experience to turn any manuscript into an eBook. Cliff will be doing our book covers and of course any other graphic design work that may be needed. He, ‘Crawford’ and ‘Ruff’ are a welcome addition to the hive.

Cliff has a Graphic Design Diploma from the Cape Technikon (College) in the Western Cape.

He is deadline driven having worked in retail advertising, magazines and book publishing. He has managed a design studio organizing the printing and distribution. He has also been a Senior Art Director, a Finish Artist, a Senior Designer as well as an Illustrator.




Cliff is a man of many talents as he won the national poster design competition sponsored by the South African Road Safety Council and they still use his slogan today: “Stay alert, Stay alive”.

Not only does Cliff love to scuba dive he also has an amazing collection of vinyl records from the 1900s right up to 2014.

Like Cliff we are dedicated to make Busy Bee Editing’s website user friendly for those who have disabilities.

Cliff’s work has great quality and you can see this from the samples of his work that we have included in the website.

So, all you authors and businesses out there, give Cliff a call to design your book covers or any design work that needs a professional touch.

And … Don’t forget to send your manuscripts to Brenda and Hugo for proofreading and editing.

The Cauldron book cover
Wedding Honeymoons and Travel
Child on Loan
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