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Times Media Journalists win big at The Standard Bank Sivukile Awards

Twenty-three Times Media journalists and photographers claimed an array of top honours at the 2015 Standard Bank Sivukile Awards held 24 June in Sandton.

In particular, senior reporter Bongani Fuzile and former deputy political editor Mphumzi Zuzile from the Daily Dispatch won the Investigative reporting category as well as the SA Story of the Year Award for their investigation into the Mandela funeral fund scandal. This is the second major award that the reporting of the Mandela funeral scandal by the Daily Dispatch has won in recent months. Last year it also won the investigative category of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards. It went on to win the overall Journalist of the Year at the same awards.

Daily Dispatch editor-in-chief Bongani Siqoko says the award was not just for Fuzile and Zuzile, “but for every staff member who worked with them to turn this project into an award-winning investigative project”. He believes “it is also an award for all those whistleblowers out there.”

The Times walked away with two awards. Reporter Shaun Smillie won the enterprise news category for a series titled The Lion of Alberton, on how a notorious drug dealer was finally brought to justice, while photographer Alon Skuy picked up the award for feature photography for a series of photos titled “The Good Old Days” on the plight of the elderly.

Almost 700 submissions were received across 14 categories in the annual awards recognising excellence in South African journalism.

Herewith further highlights of the night’s successes for the Times Media Group:

Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism

The Financial Mail and Sunday Times Business Times journalists again excelled at the Sanlam Financial Journalism Awards which also took place on 24 June 2015.

Financial Mail claimed the top prize of the evening, thanks to journalist Claire Bisseker who together with Bruce Whitfield were joint recipients of the Financial Journalist of the Year Award. Claire has now won the award two years in a row. In addition, she also won in both the Economy (platform neutral) and African Growth Story (platform neutral) categories.

Peter Bruce, editor-in-chief of Business Day, Financial Mail and BusinessDayTV, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Tim Cohen, editor of Financial Mail says that this accolade is “a fabulous, most deserved cap on a really exceptional career.”

“I just wanted to add my thanks, congratulations and general felicitations to everybody, not just the winners but subs, desk editors, graphics and everybody who has done such great work that enabled this to happen, particularly in such difficult times,” says Tim.

Further congratulations must also go to the following category winners from within Times Media:

Editorial changes at Business Times and Financial Mail

Times Media is pleased to announce some changes in leadership in our business publications.

Business Times Editor Rob Rose will be moving to the Financial Mail as Deputy Editor and will also assume the role of Editor of Investors Monthly. Rob is a great asset to the business and I am sure will add enormous value to the title in the coming months and years.

Ron Derby will be moving to Business Times as Editor. Ron has played a key role in redeveloping Financial Mail and in helping make it a relevant and essential part of SA business journalism, as evidenced at this year’s successes Sanlam Financial Journalism Awards.

Andrew Gill , Managing Director at Times Media says, “I wish them both well in their new roles and look forward to seeing the positive results of their influence on their products.”