Eastern regional winners make their mark in the Vodacoms


The winners for the Vodacom Journalist the Year Awards, Eastern Province were announced this evening at the Protea Hotel Marine, Port Elizabeth.

 A total of 832 entries were received in the 12 categories: CSI/Sustainability, Editor’s Choice, Financial/Economic, Online, Photography, Print Feature, Print News, Radio Feature, Radio News, Sport, Television Feature and Television News. There were 110 entries from the Eastern region.

 This year, the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards celebrate the theme Write Here. Right Now. Looking back on a year that has seen huge news stories and seismic changes in the media landscape the entries were once again of a high standard. We saw journalists pushing the boundaries to get their stories and tell them to the country and the world.

 Convenor of the judging panel, Mary Papayya said: “This is the 14th year of the Vodacoms, every year the judges find themselves having to make incredibly hard decisions about winners and this year was no different. We were presented with excellent entries across the board and we’d like to congratulate all the winners.”

 Maya Makanjee, Chief Officer for Corporate Affairs at Vodacom Group said: “I would like to pay tribute to the judges, who year after year provide their expertise and knowledge to the judging of these prestigious awards. This year’s judging panel comprised experts in their fields, and I would like to thank MaryPapayya, Elna Rossouw, Collin Nxumalo, Arthur Goldstuck, Albe Grobbelaar, Ryland Fisher, Patricia McCracken, and Megan Rusi, who made their time and expertise available to us.”

 Each of the regional winners took home R5 000 and will travel to Johannesburg for the national finals in November.

 The winners of the 2015 Vodacom Journalist of the Year regional Awards in the Eastern region are:

 2015 CSI/Sustainability winners

Riaan Marais, Mkhululi Ndamase, and Brian Witbooi. The Herald, A Legacy in Ruins

 2015 Financial/Economic winner

Siya Miti. Daily Dispatch, Public Entity Loan Scandal

 2015 Online winner

No winner this year

 2015 Photography winner

Phandulwazi Jikelo. Isolezwe lesiXhosa, Kunzima eMqanduli

 2015 Print Feature winner

Estelle Ellis. Weekend Post, Hospitals of Hope

 2015 Print News winner

Michael Kimberley. The Herald and Weekend Post. The Death of Jayde Panayiotou

 2015 Radio Feature winner

Jayed-leigh Paulse. SABC Radio News, Xenophobic Attacks in the Region (Body of Work)

 2015 Radio News winners

Siyabonga Sesant. EWN, Jayde Panayiotou – Teacher Who Loved Birds

And Nkuleleko Nyembezi. SABC Radio News, Initiation Monster

 2015 Sport winner

Bongani Fuzile. Daily Dispatch, Exposing Wrong-Doing in Top Echelons of Rugby in Region (Body of Work)

  2015 Television Feature winner

Nontsikelelo Nohiya, Buyani Xola Mthembu, and Nkosini Samuel Msibi. Cutting Edge SABC, BendizobayiNdoda

 2015 Television News winner

Busisiwe Jemsana. SABC, RDP Houses

 2015 Editor’s Choice winner

Mkhululi Ndamase of The Herald/Weekend Post

 “We’d like to congratulate all the winners in the Eastern region for thought-provoking and excellent journalism. We look forward to meeting you at the national finals, where we will be celebrating excellence in journalism in South Africa,” said Makanjee.