Thursday 3 December 2015

Media24 journalists honoured for their excellence

‎‎Two Media24 journalists recently scooped awards at the 2015 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards.

Die Burger’s Maygene de Wee was awarded the national prize in the Print Feature category for her insightful articles on George “Geweld” Thomas, leader of the 28's gang in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town. He and other gang members were sentenced to life in prison for murder and other charges.

Kim Harrisberg of Code4SA was the winner in the Online category for Living on the Edge for News24. This multimedia series on domestic workers includes three women’s stories, complete with photos and graphics. There’s also an interactive wage calculator to estimate what percentage of a domestic worker’s basic expenses is met by her wages. 

Maygene and Kim each won R10 000. For more info about the awards and all the winners click here.

City Press wins big at arts journalism awards

City Press won several awards at this year's National Arts Festival/Business and Arts South Africa Awards. The winners were announced in Johannesburg earlier this week.

City Press was lauded for being at the forefront of arts coverage in South Africa. The weekly won the overall Gold Arts Organisation of the Year award, including a scholarship for one of its journalists to enrol for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival Arts Journalism course next year. City Press contributor Lwandile Fikeni won Arts Journalist of the Year.

The Media24 winners are:

Silver winner 

Roger Young, City Press

Gold winner

Garreth van Niekerk, City Press

Gold winners 

Grethe Koen, City Press
Lwandile Fikeni, City Press

Silver winner
Gugulethu Mhlungu, City Press

Gold winner

Bertram Malgas, formerly of Netwerk24

Gold winner

City Press

Lwandile Fikeni, City Press

For more info about the awards and all the winners click here.

City Press staffers celebrate their clean sweep. From left are Gugulethu Mhlungu, Grethe Koen, #trending supplement editor Charl Blignaut, Garreth van Niekerk and City Press intern Phumlani Sithebe.

Careers24 Nigeria wins tech award

The Careers24 Nigeria team members are (from left) Afolabi Ojabowale, Edidiong Udo, Oreoluwa Adegbite, Francesca Oghide, Temitope Niyi and Patrick Umukoro.

Careers24 Nigeria was named the Tech Start-Up Company of the Year for 2015 at the Nigeria Technology Awards (NiTA), held recently in Lagos, Nigeria. The top jobbing site beat three other competitors in the category, claiming a whopping 75% of the votes. The NiTA aim to recognise and reward companies that have contributed to building a sustainable economy in Nigeria and uplifting the country’s image using technology.

Media24 launches skills programme for disabled journalists

Left: Daily Sun editor-in-chief Reggy Moalusi (in white shirt) and chief copy editor Bafana Nkosi (in red striped shirt) with trainee journalists (from left) Daphney Twala, Douglas Mthukwane, Nomfundo Nkosi, Lwandile Ndlazi, Mduduzi Nhlebelaand Thabiso Mashigo (front).

Right: Facilitator Paula Fray (standing) with trainee journalists (from left) Daphney Twala, Lwandile Ndlazi, Thabiso Mashigo and Mduduzi Nhlebela.

Media24’s training programme for disabled journalists kicked off last week when a group of trainee reporters spent time networking with Daily Sun editor-in-chief Reggy Moalusi and his senior team.

The meeting formed part of a tour of Media24’s Johannesburg offices where the trainees learned what goes into making the country’s biggest daily newspaper. The trainees are all freelancers who contribute to ThisAbility, an independent monthly newspaper aimed at South Africa’s disabled community.
The training programme, initiated by the Media24 Academy and funded by various Media24 divisions, forms part of the company’s drive to build diversity in the media sector. None of these trainees had had any formal journalism training until now.

“We’re excited that Media24 has included disability in its diversification and empowerment policy so as to involve marginalised people,” ThisAbility editor Simon Manda says. “People will not only benefit from the training, they’ll also receive ongoing mentoring and stipends for contributing to the newspaper. We’re grateful to Media24 for starting this partnership and look forward to its continued support.”

Countdown to 30 Days of Home + Food starts now

During February, South Africa’s leading women’s magazines will host the biggest, most exciting and inspiring magazine event to hit our shores. 

With 30 Days of Home + Food you can take your pick from various events in Gauteng and Cape Town, hosted by your favourite magazines. That means 30 days of food and drink, 30 days of ideas and inspiration, 30 days of celebration and celebrities, 30 days of giveaways and promotions and 30 days of shopping and discounts.

The February countdown culminates in a fabulous 30 Days of Home + Food live weekend where you can meet your favourite magazine team, industry experts and some of SA’s favourite celebs. The event takes place from Friday 4 March to Sunday 6 March at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

Join us for a fun-filled weekend of inspiration. For more info click here or click here to go to the events page. You can also like us on Facebook.

Get free access to Pharos dictionaries

Naspers employees can enjoy free access to Pharos’ digital dictionaries and reference books until 31 March. This offer includes access to Pharos Afrikaans-English/English-Afrikaans Dictionary, South Africa’s most comprehensive English-Afrikaans dictionary. The work contains 100 000 words in Afrikaans and English, more than 120 000 phrases and expressions, loads of accurate translations and an extensive list of abbreviations and acronyms.

For enquiries send an email to or call 021 406 3033.

New from Jonathan Ball Publishers

Defining Moments at the Crease
This handsome hardback book commemorates the Proteas’ extraordinary 25-year journey since their readmission to world cricket in 1991. Defining Moments at the Crease is filled with a selection of Gallo Images’ finest photographs that capture the triumphs and tragedies on the cricket field.

Few cricket-lovers will forget Mark Boucher punching the air after scoring the winning runs in the “438” match against Australia at the New Wanders Stadium in Johannesburg in 2006. Or when Makhaya Ntini took five wickets at Lord’s in 2003 and knelt down to kiss the hallowed turf.

Defining Moments at the Crease has photos and captions of all these moments plus a brief history and introductions by AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis.

Louise Smit’s work celebrated

Louise Smit, creator of the much-loved Wielie Walie characters, recently launched the new Wielie Walie Woelwaters series (Human & Rousseau). Soli Philander was the MC at the event which was held at Welgemeend in Cape Town.

With this series of board books, complete with wipe-clean pen and foldout pages, children quickly and easily learn basic concepts with the help of Wielie Walie and Haas Das, the most famous characters from the popular TV series. Elmari Rautenbach was in conversation with Louise at the launch.

Louise Smit and Soli Philander.

50 Upcycling Projects by Misi Overturf

Upcycling refers to the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and beautiful. In this 224-page book well-known creative consultant Misi Overturf shows you how to transform trash into treasures. The 50 exciting projects, complete with clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful pictures, cover the entire home and range from easy to advanced.

50 Upcycling Projects (Human & Rousseau) was launched recently at the Cape Town Club in Cape Town. The book is also available in Afrikaans under the title 50 Upcycling-projekte.

Misi Overturf and photographer Adriaan Oosthuizen.