The virtual Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards 2020 saw Pauli Van Wyk named Journalist of the Year for “Cruising Nicely on VBS Money” and which together with her “The Elements of a Bank Heist” made up the body of work that was named South African Story of the Year.
Both were for Scorpio and Daily Maverick. Van Wyk also won the Investigative Journalism category with “Cruising Nicely on VBS Money”.
A CHALLENGING STORY
Commenting on the story she says it was a challenging story.
“It required technical analysis and a difficult investigation to conclude and I am proud that I was able to do it and in the way I did it.”
She added that journalism is one of the pillars of democracy.
“Thank you Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards for helping us to strengthen journalism.”
Last year VBS also won City Press journalists Dewald van Rensburg and Sipho Masondo Journalist of the Year and South African Story of the Year for their breaking of the VBS scandal.
ALLAN KIRKLAND SOGA LIFETIME ACHIEVER AWARD
The Allan Kirkland Soga Lifetime Achiever Award went to anti-Apartheid and trade union movements journalist, Zubeida Jaffer, who was arrested numerous times in the 1980s, after she exposed police killings, and held in solitary confinement, tortured and beaten.
In 1994 Jaffer was a member of the Independent Media Commission for South Africa’s first democratic elections. She worked at Independent Newspapers and the Daily News.
Accepting the Award, Jaffer said that their generation of journalists did what they had to do when they had to do it.
Talking about journalism today she said: “Journalists have to continue to clear the cobwebs and share both the good and bad of our amazing country and nurture the hope that can help us continue to trudge up the steep mountains ahead. We have done it before and can do it again.”
UPCOMING/RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
Brümilda Swartbooi of the Worcester Standard was named Upcoming/Rising Star of the Year for “Sy het hard vir ons gewerk”.
She said she wrote the story to highlight the innocent people being killed and the loss of this for the family.
“One of the victim’s husband told me in an interview that he dropped his wife off every morning, and he never thought that she would be killed minutes after this.”
She would like to be remembered as a brave and hardworking journalist.
“I have learnt that you never shy away from a story that is of public interest and that needs to be told, instead you find an open door to tell it.”
Winning the Award has motivated her in her career even more, she added.
“I hope it will also be an inspiration to aspiring journalists”
STANDARD BANK SIKUVILE JOURNALISM AWARDS 2020 WINNERS
CATEGORY 1: HARD NEWS
NAME TITLE COMPANY
|Winner||GRAEME HOSKEN||“Inside the great Rupert heist”
CATEGORY 2: COLUMNS / EDITORIAL
|Winner||RICHARD POPLAK||“Get out – a gutted DA stumbles into the past”||DAILY MAVERICK|
CATEGORY 3: ENTERPRISE NEWS
|SUSAN COMRIE||“ANC gambles on Twitter influencers”||AMABHUNGANE|
CATEGORY 4: FEATURE WRITING
“Government or God?”
CATEGORY 5: INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM
|Winner||PAULI VAN WYK||“Cruising nicely on VBS Money”||SCORPIO,
CATEGORY 6: EDITORIAL CARTOONS
|CARLOS AMATO|| “The Second Coming”
MAIL AND GUARDIAN
CATEGORY 7: GRAPHIC JOURNALISM
|Winner||ISABELLA BOTSHILO MAAKE||“25 Years of Democracy: A Timeline”
CATEGORY 8: POPULAR JOURNALISM
MAMPURU META MPHAHLELE
“Two ministers and a fed-up slay queen”
CATEGORY 9: NEWS PHOTOGRAPHS
|Winner||BRENDAN MAGAAR||“Refugees clashes with police”||WEEKEND ARGUS|
CATEGORY 10: FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHS
|Winner||ALAISTER RUSSELL||“Cyclone Idai; First Response”||SUNDAY TIMES|
CATEGORY 11: SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHS
|PHANDULWAZI JIKELO||“Siya Kolisi”||CAPE TIMES|
CATEGORY 12: PRESENTATION
|Winner||SHAUN UTHUM||“What if we just shut down SAA?”
“Who broke auditing…and can it be fixed?”
CATEGORY 13: MULTIPLATFORM STORIES
|“Bloedspoor deur Krugersdorp”
CATEGORY 14: LIFESTYLE
|PHUMLANI SITHEBE|| BODY OF WORK
“SA’s Codeine Love Affair”
“Let’s talk about period sex”
“Where does your trash end up?”
No bursary for a mid-career journalist was awarded as no nominations had been received.
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