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2020 Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism

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:

  • Business/Companies
  • Economy
  • Financial Markets
  • Consumer Financial Education
  • The Africa Growth Story
  • Broadcast: Audio
  • Broadcast: Television/Video

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:

  • Audio, including news and feature reporting presented on the traditional and online radio, as well as via podcasts; and
  • TV, including news and feature reporting presented on the traditional television medium or on video in other new media platforms.

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:

  • Business and companies;
  • Economy;
  • Financial Markets;
  • Consumer Financial Education

The Special Awards are:

  • Best Newcomer;
  • Lifetime Achievement; and
  • Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year.

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:

  • Business/Companies
  • Economy
  • Financial Markets
  • Consumer Financial Education

Category Awards

The category awards are open to financial journalists reporting business news in print, audio, TV and online on the following topics:

  • Business/companies
  • Economy
  • Financial markets
  • Consumer financial education
  • Africa Growth Story
  • Broadcast: Audio
  • Broadcast: Television/Video

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.

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Judges

Angela Agoawike

Media Practitioner (Nigeria)


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Charles Naude

Retired Editor (Sake24)


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David Moepeng

Veteran Radio Journalist (Botswana)


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Maud Motanyane

Chairperson of Kagiso Media


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Nixon Kariithi

CEO of Tangaza Africa Media


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Paula Fray

Managing Director of frayintermedia


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Tom Indimuli

Communications Professional


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Ulrich Joubert

Independent Economist


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Xhanti Payi

Founder of Nascence Research Insights

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Ylva Rodny-Gumede

Professor at the School of Communication (UJ)

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