SA dominates at Sanlam awards

The Sanlam Financial Media awards gala took place last week in Johannesburg, South Africa. The awards were again dominated by South Africans with only one award going to a non-South African, the Kenyan Allan Odhiambo.
Sanlam sponsored the event that carried a total prize purse of more than US$20 000 for 12 categories. The special awards included the Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year as well as the Best Newcomer and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The other categories were: Business/Companies; Economy; Financial Markets; Consumer Financial Education, and the African Growth Story. The judges also recognise the best performers in online, print, radio and television mediums across all five categories.
The top accolade of the night, the 2015 Sanlam Financial Journalist of the year was scooped by Mr Rob Rose, the editor of South Africa’s weekly business magazine, Financial Mail.
Ms Ancillar Mangena of Forbes Africa magazine, was named the Best Newcomer, Neville Otuki. Mangena won the Award for her outstanding pieces on whistle blowers and the risks they take and the business of churches across Africa. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Salomon (Salie) de Swardt, the 1977 Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year and Nieman Fellow (1982) who served journalism for 37 years as a reporter, an editor and founding editor of Finansies & Tegniek.
Congratulating all the winners, Sanlam’s Chief Executive: Brand, Mrs Yegs Ramiah said Sanlam is a proud sponsor and remain committed to the annual Awards.“As a Pan-African brand and corporate citizen with a footprint in over 30 countries on the continent, we are committed to ensuring that these Awards keep growing and include more journalists practising and publishing or broadcasting in Africa.”
The full list of the 2015 winners was as follows:
Financial Journalist of the Year: Mr Rob Rose, Financial Mail
Best Newcomer: Ms Ancillar Mangena, Forbes Africa Magazine
Lifetime Achievement: Mr Salie de Swardt
Business/Companies: Mr Rob Rose, Financial Mail
Economy: Mr Rob Rose, Financial Mail
Financial Markets: Mr Rob Rose, Financial Mail
Consumer Financial Education: Ms Maya Fisher-French, MayaonMoney.co.za, City Press and Fin24.com
African Growth Story: Mr Allan Odhiambo, Business Daily (Kenya)
Radio Financial Journalist of the Year: Mr Bruce Whitfield, 702/Cape Talk
Television Financial Journalist of the Year: Ms Joy Summers, M-Net/Carte Blanche
Print Financial Journalist of the Year: Ms Carol Paton, Business Day and Financial Mail
Online Financial Journalist of the Year: Mr Ryk van Niekerk, Moneyweb.co.za.

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