Chantal graduated with a Masters degree in Media Ethics from the University of Stellenbosh, an Honours Degree in English Literature from UNISA and an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Johannesburg, where she majored in Media Law.
She launched her career as a television news writer for the SABC and then moved to Talk Radio 702, where she quickly built a reputation as an intrepid field reporter during times of political unrest.
When South Africa's first independent television station, E-TV, was launched, Chantal was approached to fill a position as Senior Reporter. Following swiftly on that she was appointed Prime Time News Anchor.
Over the years Chantal has interviewed several well-known faces, including President Nelson Mandela, US President Bill Clinton, Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddaffi and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
She has earned kudos for investigations into child prostitution, her coverage of the Richmond massacres and domestic violence issues. Apart from these stories, Chantal announced the wars in Afghanistan, reported on the inauguration of President Thabo Mbeki, covered the historic Truth Commission Hearings and the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt.
Egypt is familiar to Chantal who lived and worked there for several years as a Director of Communications for one of Egypt's largest private sector companies, The Cleopatra Group. She also travelled extensively while working as a political co coordinator between the European Union and Egypt; facilitating official visits to China, Malta and the Gaza strip.
She also has a strong social conscience and is an ambassador for the 'Peace Starts' campaign and a strong supporter of the 'Shout' anti-crime campaign.