About Tank

2007 – 2011: Publisher & Editor of Sport24.co.za @ 24.com

Activities and responsibilities outside 24.com

  • Started Tankman Media, offering my writing, MC, consulting and broadcasting services on a per project basis.
  • Live crossings to 5FM, Cape Talk, KFM, E-TV and Good Hope to review and preview the big sporting activity of the weekend (Hosts include Bob Skinstad, Aden Thomas, Ryan O’Connor, John Maytham and Sias du Plessis).
  • Match commentary for SuperSport on Currie Cup, Vodacom Cup, Varsity Cup and Craven Week games.
  • Live and recorded interviews with Lance Witten on E-TV.
  • Previewing the sporting weekend with Liezel van der Westhuizen on Friday mornings on SABC3’s Expresso Show.
  • MC’ing events and hosting live Q&A sessions with selected sports celebs for the likes of SAB, the Charles Glass Society and Wynberg Old Boys Union (Guests have included Jake White, Andre Watson, Guy Kebble, Schalk Burger, John Smit, Jonathan Kaplan, Alister Coetzee, Jean de Villiers and Gary Gold.
  • Nominated for an SAB Journalism Award in 2010 for his Front Row Grunt blog.
  • Tweeting on rugby to over 4 600 followers on his @TankLanning account.
  • Running his Front Row Grunt Facebook page
  • Handling the Monitoring portfolio as part of the Digital Media and Marketing Association (DMMA) exco.

2001 to 2007 – Head of New Media at Touchline Media

1995 to 2000 – Head of Touchline Photo, a division of Touchline Media

1995: Spent the month of the Rugby World Cup as driver and assistant to then RWC director, Leo Williams.


  • 2006 – Completed the Stanford University “Publishing on the Web” course in San Francisco.
  • 2003 – Completed the Media Management Programme run by the University of Stellenbosch.
  • 1994 – Read a post-graduate diploma in management (Marketing) at UCT
  • 1993 –  Graduated from UCT with a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Economics

Non-academic achievements at UCT:

  • Played rugby for: Western Province senior XV (playing in the Currie Cup and on a tour to New Zealand and Australia), SA Universities /20 XV, U.C.T 1st XV, Western Province /20, league and “B” XV’s.
  • Received “Full Blue” for rugby in 1992, 1993 and 1994
  • Awarded the Smuts Hall “Sportsman of the year” in 1992


  • 1988 –  Matriculated from the Diocesan College (Bishops)
  • 1989 –  Remained at Bishops to do Post-Matric.

Non Academic:

  • Played SA Schools rugby
  • School and House prefect in both 1988 and 1989
  • Sergeant in the Cadet Corps
  • House rugby, athletics and waterpolo captain
  • Captain of the school Athletics team
  • School first teams for waterpolo, swimming, athletics and rugby
  • Provincial colours for athletics and rugby
  • Distinction tie for rugby

And as a person … As important to making a success of his career, is being able to balance that by making the most of hours spent outside the office. He is mad about sport – both participating (golf, cycling, the odd triathlon, and gym) and watching (rugby and cricket primarily, but all of golf, F1, athletics, swimming and even Strongman competitions will keep him on the couch). Friends and family are massively important to Tank, so spending time with them while doing something active and fun is pretty much top notch for the big man.


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