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Sanlam awards African journalists

Sanlam Namibia Holdings CEO Tertius Stears has called upon Namibian journalists to take advantage of the recently launched 2014 Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism.
Originally open to South African journalists only, this year’s awards will for the first time in the awards’ 30 year history be open to journalists from across the African continent.
Through a newly-introduced award, the ‘African Growth Story Award, Sanlam will reward outstanding and in-depth reporting that highlights and contributes towards the economic rise of the continent. In a statement, Sanlam said news value, rigour in reporting, originality, impact and storytelling are among the criteria that will be used in the judging of the ‘African Growth Story’ award.
The category is open to journalists from across the continent who work for African media vehicles.

Stears expressed the hope that Namibian journalists will make use of the opportunity to prove their worth: “Namibia has many award-winning journalists. Now is their time to rise to the challenge and put our country in the limelight. I trust that the ‘African Growth Story Award’ will receive many Namibian entries,” he said.
The special category will recognise reporting that specifically covers and highlights the African growth story, and that deals with the economic awakening and rise of the continent as a whole in a meaningful, effective way.
Stories should focus on the growth of the continent in terms of investments, infrastructural development, economic and monetary policies and related issues and challenges. The South Africa head quartered Sanlam said stories can be presented from a particular country’s perspective, but should pertain to issues which have broader relevance for the continent.
The Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism are judged by an independent panel of judges, which includes media experts, an academic and an economist. Journalists interested in submitting their work can do so online at, where full details can be found.
Entries for the Sanlam awards will close on 14 February while the awards ceremony will take place on 07 May 2014 in Johannesburg.

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