I'm a political cartoonist for the Mail & Guardian, and a freelance illustrator and writer, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

After studying Literature, History and Animation at UCT and Wits, I became a football writer for the Sunday Times. It seemed like a logical step at the time.  

Two thrilling World Cups (2006 and 2010) and 5184 less-than-thrilling offside debates later, I deserted the trenches of football journalism to become a general features writer, and later the editor of the Sunday Times Lifestyle supplement.

At Lifestyle, I worked with some of South Africa's finest illustrators, and their exploits roused a dormant calling in my right hand. I'd been doodling all my life for my own pleasure, with a taste for brush and ink. Suddenly I felt an urge to draw for a living.

So in 2016, soon after becoming a father and getting married, I did the sensible thing: giving up my day job to become a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer.

In February 2017, I began drawing weekly political cartoons for the Mail & Guardian.

I'm working on an illustrated children's book, about a quixotic duck plumber and his time-travelling misadventures. 'Time Duck' should be finished in 2018.   

Recently I've created stage illustrations for Jemma Kahn's acclaimed kamishibai (paper theatre) productions 'The Epicene Butcher' (2012) and 'We Didn't Come To Hell For the Croissants' (2015). 

Print titles I've written for include The Economist 1843, the Mail and Guardian, the Financial Mail, Schweitzer Illustrierte (Switzerland), Kickoff Magazine and Gazeta de Povo (Brazil). 

As a writer, I won the Vodacom Sports Journalist of the Year award (2007), the SAB Sports Columnist of the Year award (2010) and the Vodacom Features Writer of the Year Award (Northern Region, 2014).

You can contact me at camato@mweb.co.za.