City Press scoops major awards

2012-07-28 19:47

City Press has won six major journalism awards in the past ten days.

On Saturday in Lusaka assistant editor Adriaan Basson and former City Press Limpopo bureau chief Piet Rampedi scooped the CNN African Journalist of the Year print award for their investigation into former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s financial affairs.

“The depth of the story had a huge impact on South African politics . . . the exposé of Malema’s double character, exposing his true person, helped change the course of South African politics,” said the judges.

City Press revealed the existence of Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust, which led to at least four official investigations into his alleged use of the trust for personal benefit.

At the Media24 Legends Awards in Cape Town, Basson was announced as the company’s journalist of the year. The Malema series won in the investigations category.

City Press political writers Mmanaledi Mataboge and Carien du Plessis walked away with the political journalist of the year award and chief sub editor Gabriel Seeber was crowned as layout artist of the year for a series of pages.

City Press photographer Herman Verwey was photographer of the year for a series of sport, news and features photos.

This week the finalists for the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards were announced and City Press have four nominations:
» Basson’s interview with former Special Investigating Unit head Willem Heath, which led to his resignation, is a finalist in the hard news category;

» The Malema series is nominated in the investigative journalism category;

» Graphic artist Jaco Grobbelaar’s graphic on South Africa’s global arms exports is a finalist in the graphic journalism category; and

» Rudi Louw’s graphic, 2011: the good, the bad and the great, is nominated in the presentation category.

The winners will be announced on August 28.

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