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Eligibility and Rules


  1. Any financial print reporter or audio/TV broadcaster may enter a submission covering the following topics business, companies, the economy, financial markets or consumer financial education. For the Africa Growth Story category, any financial journalist working for media (print, online, TV or audio) that produces and distributes news in Africa is eligible.
  2. Individual journalists can submit one entry per category. Each entry must consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of five works, reports, audio or TV recordings or transcriptions published or broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2020.
  3. Each entry must have its own entry form and must be submitted separately.
  4. Print entries that involve collaboration between journalists are restricted to two writers/bylines and must have the consent of the co-author.
  5. The same story cannot be submitted in multiple categories.
  6. Where applicable, or if necessary, the judging panel, should they so choose, could allocate an entry to what they deem a relevant category.
  7. Serialised entries or stories. An entry submitted as a serialised feature article will be considered as long as the submission adheres to the criteria for submitting a single entry, i.e. minimum of three works, maximum of five (see Rule 2 above).
  8. The business & companies, economy, financial markets, and consumer financial education categories is open only to South African financial journalists. The Africa Growth Story category is open to any financial journalist from Africa working in print, online, radio, and TV media. Stories originally published in a language other than English may be submitted and the organisers will arrange for translation as part of the judging process.
  9. Unpublished material will not be accepted.
  10. Use of pseudonyms is not allowed.

Category Rules:

  1. Each submission may consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of five stories.
  2. Stories for the category awards are defined as follows:
    • An individual print article
    • A television or video report
    • A radio or podcast report
    • An online article
  3. Each entry should include a motivation of no more than 400 words. The motivation should specifically highlight to the judges the entry’s strengths in terms of news value, impact, rigour in reporting, analytical value, originality, integrity, specialist knowledge and storytelling (refer to the ‘criteria’ section of this website for more detail).
  4. All print and online articles must be submitted as a single file, preferably in PDF format.
  5. An active URL should be provided for all online articles, audio podcasts or online videos. If the content sits behind a paywall or requires subscription access, it is the responsibility of the entrant to submit copies of the relevant online article/broadcast report.
  6. Unpublished material will not be accepted.
  7. All print and online articles should be in a font size that is considered reasonably legible. For example, a broadsheet article that is reduced to fit onto a A3 or A4 PDF will not be eligible for entry as it is not legible. Entrants are requested to give this due consideration prior to submitting their entries.
  8. For broadcast entries, entrants must send video or audio material via WeTransfer. The format of the video/audio must be MP4 and must be sent via WeTransfer to Petra.steenkamp@sanlam.co.za.
  9. Broadcast entries should provide scripts or transcriptions, or at least a summary of the content on each of the different recordings.
  10. Submitted entries will not be returned.
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