The awards are open to all African journalists in print, online, radio and TV media who are based in Africa, working in an African news organisation, and publish or broadcast their journalism on the continent.
In 2022-2023 the awards introduced Santam as a co-sponsor and a new category on Environment, Social, and Governance [ESG]. The introduction of the ESG category recognises the rise to global prominence of sustainability issues, particularly corporate governance, investment decision-making, government policy as well as extreme weather conditions having a significant impact on society and business.
The African Growth Story category, introduced in 2013, recognizes exceptional business journalism focusing on the growth of the continent in terms of investment, infrastructure development, economic progress, and related topics. Stories should reflect a Pan African outlook and regional integration theme.
An independent panel of judges selects the winners. The panel comprises retired business editors, media trainers, academics in journalism, and economists. Selecting the winning entries is based on criteria including news value, impact, rigour in reporting, analytical value, originality, integrity, demonstration of specialist knowledge on the subject matter and storytelling.
The competition comprises eight category prizes and three top awards, presented as follows:
Top awards winners are selected through a rigorous nomination and evaluation process, at the discretion of the independent judging panel.
Each category winner receives R 30 000 prize money. The Best Newcomer winner receives R25 000. The overall winner – Financial Journalist of the Year – receives R 40 000.
All winners receive a certificate of recognition.
For detailed information about the categories and criteria, visit the categories page.
Chartered Marketer CIM Fellow and ESG advisor (Uganda)
Financial journalism trainer (Ghana)
Media Practitioner (Nigeria)
Retired editor (South Africa)
Media studies academic (Namibia)
Convener of the judging panel
Sanlam Group financial journalism awards (Kenya)
Communications Consultant / Freelance Business Writer (South Africa)
Communications consultant (Kenya)
Independent Economist (South Africa)
Media Studies and International Relations Academic (South Africa)