Lindokuhle Xulu of Financial Mail, has scooped the Financial Journalist of the Year award at the Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism which were presented in Johannesburg last night. Xulu won for his Moneyweb investigative and analytical coverage of the Wendy Machanik Property Holdings story.
In addition to taking top honours, Xulu also won first prize in the Markets and Companies (dailies and online) category and was first runner-up in the Economy and Industry (dailies and online) category. In 2010, Xulu won title as best newcomer in the Awards.
“Lindo fulfilled most of the adjudicators’ expectations in serving the information needs of a very diverse audience. Using multiple forms of media, he has contributed to shaping opinions by simplifying complex matters and thereby expanding the understanding of financial matters in South Africa. His work was offered across topics, gaining momentum as it spread into different mediums – and engaged us in the depth it offered,” says Peter Vundla, convener of the judging panel and chairman of AMB Capital Limited.
The Lifetime Achievement in Financial Journalism Award was conferred on 1998 Financial Journalist of the Year, Ethel Hazelhurst in recognition of her consistently outstanding work. Hazelhurst is currently a senior economics writer at Business Report.
Phakamisa Ndzamela of Business Day received the Best Newcomer Award and was also the second runner up in the Personal Finance (financial media) category.
Other award winners:
· Joy Summers took the Audiovisual award for her contribution to Carte Blanche.
· Jan de Lange of Sake 24, won for the third consecutive time the Economy and Industry (dailies and online) category;
· Claire Bisseker of Financial Mail, took the honours in the Economy and Industry (magazines and weeklies) category. Bisseker won last year’s award in the special section on the economic implications and effect of the 2010 FIFA World Cup;
· Stephen Cranston of Financial Mail for his collection of entries received an award in the Markets & Companies (magazines and weeklies) category;
· Bruce Cameron of Personal Finance won the Personal Finance (financial media) category for his collection of entries; and
· Patricia McCracken received the Personal Finance (non-financial media) award for her freelance collection.
Initiated by Sanlam in 1974, these are the longest running financial journalism awards in South Africa. “Over the years we have invested in these awards because we value the quality contributions of journalists in the economic and financial discourse in our country and globally. We recognise the energy that goes into research and the integrity it takes to produce informed, credible and insightful coverage of events and their impact on the economy and daily life,” says Sanlam Group chief executive, Dr Johan van Zyl.
“We believe the awards also inspire excellence as well as unearth talent among seasoned and entrants in the field of financial journalism. We congratulate all the winners and express our appreciation to all the participants in the awards.”
Vundla adds: “As adjudicators of fine work, we observe the topics that drive your interest and combined it with our own perceptions of the economic drivers.”
It is against this backdrop that Sanlam announced the introduction of two new categories for next year, namely:
· Build South Africa – given the significant infrastructure spending on many levels of government and society in general, interest is no doubt mounting on the way our country will grow
· The Green Economy – focusing on sustainability and reducing industry’s impact globally has shifted from a social responsibility to a key agenda item in boardrooms – but do all South Africans understand the importance of this?