The Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism took place at a socially distanced gala event on 12 November 2020 at The Capital on the Park in Sandton, Johannesburg. The awards have been recognising and rewarding exceptional business journalism since 1974, and are the premier financial journalism awards in South Africa.
The 2020 edition of the Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism is now open for entry. For over four decades the awards have been recognising excellence in financial journalism.
Established in South Africa in 1974, over the years Sanlam has broadened the scope of the awards to acknowledge the best financial journalism in the rest of the African continent. Participants regard the competition as the leading financial journalism awards in Africa.
The awards recognise the best financial journalism in print, audio, TV and online media, through the following classification:
(1) Category Awards, and (2) Special Awards
The Category Awards recognise the best financial journalism in the following areas:
The 2020 edition sees the re-introduction of awards for broadcast financial journalism covering two fields: Audio (traditional and online radio and podcasts) and Television/Video. The scope is as follows:
The broadcast categories are open to African financial journalists practising financial journalism on the continent. Journalists from outside South Africa can submit their broadcast story entries for the Africa Growth Story topic only.
In addition to the Africa Growth Story, South African audio and TV/Video journalists can submit entries on any of the following topics:
The Special Awards are:
These awards are presented at the discretion of the judging panel through a rigorous evaluation process.
As has been the case over the years of the competition, the categories open to journalists in print and online media in South Africa remain the same. They are:
The category awards are open to financial journalists reporting business news in print, audio, TV and online on the following topics:
NB: The two broadcast categories (Audio and Television/Video) are open to African financial journalists based on the continent, covering stories on the Africa Growth Story topic only.
Media Practitioner (Nigeria)
Retired Editor (Sake24)
Veteran Radio Journalist (Botswana)
Chairperson of Kagiso Media
CEO of Tangaza Africa Media
Managing Director of frayintermedia
Founder of Nascence Research Insights
Professor at the School of Communication (UJ)