Mandy Rossouw Scholarship launched

2013-10-20 14:00

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A postgraduate scholarship that aims to advance political journalism in South Africa will be launched on Thursday in the name of respected political journalist Mandy Rossouw.

Rossouw (33) was a specialist political reporter at City Press and Eyewitness News in Joburg when an aortic aneurysm unexpectedly claimed her life on March 11.

Previously, she was a political reporter at Beeld and Mail & Guardian.

The Mandy Rossouw Scholarship, which enjoys the blessing of Rossouw’s family and friends, is an initiative of Stellenbosch University, where Mandy graduated with a BA degree in 1999 and a graduate BPhil degree in journalism in 2000.

The aim is to raise more than R40 000 each year to fund the scholarship and build an endowment to ensure the longevity of the venture. Starting next year, the scholarship will fully fund the tuition fees of a woman selected to study journalism at Stellenbosch University.

The recipient of the first Mandy Rossouw Scholarship will be selected from next year’s graduate journalism class by a panel including City Press editor Ferial Haffajee, Beeld editor Adriaan Basson, Rapport editor Waldimar Pelser and advocate Danie Smit of the Johannesburg Bar.

The selection committee will give preference to black women with an active interest in political reporting. The Mandy Rossouw Scholarship will be launched at 20 West Hotel, Sandton, on October 24 at 6.30pm.

To attend the launch, send an email to Kim van der Schyff at by Thursday morning. For more information on the scholarship, please contact

Bev Witten at or visit the donor page.

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