PORT Elizabeth Express was announced the Newspaper of the Year at the EP Media and Die Burger (Oos-Kaap) awards dinner that was held in Port Elizabeth on Friday evening.
The annual awards dinner is held to honour the achievers in the group for their contribution in the past financial year.
EP Media is a division of Media24, that publishes eight free local newspapers in the Eastern Cape. They are the Port Elizabeth Express, UD Express, Kouga Express, Mthatha Express, Isolomzi Express, King William’s Town Express, Queenstown Express and Mid-Karoo Express.
PE Express is celebrating its 35th anniversary at the end of this year.
The group launched a brand-new free local newspaper, Mid-Karoo Express, for the communities of Cradock, Middelburg, Somerset East and surrounds in October last year.
According to EP Media and Die Burger Eastern Cape general manager Tasmia Ismail, the Mid-Karoo Express has made such an impact in its community in the short space of time since its establishment, that it was awarded for “Outstanding Community Involvement” at the awards function.
Anika de Beer of the PE Express editorial team received the Editorial Award for Outstanding Performance.
Advertising representative Maro Swanepoel, was the ROP Representative of the Year for both PE Express and Die Burger (Oos-Kaap), with Anna-Marie Kleinhans the runner-up in the PE Express ROP Advertising Representative of the Year award.
Riana Baatjies from PE Express was the runner-up for Classifieds Representative of the Year.
This award was won by Tammarine Scharneck of Kouga Express.
Elton Baartman of the DTP department, was chosen by the staff to receive the Star of the Year Award.