14 October 2014


    Free State Vodacom Journalist of the Year winners

    Free State Province winners make their mark in the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards.

    Celebrating South Africa's top journalists, the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards revealed the Free State winners at a function at the Protea Hotel in Bloemfontein on 13 October. 

    Each of the regional winners took home R5 000 and will travel to Johannesburg for the national finals in November.

    This year, 832 entries were received in the 12 categories: CSI/Sustainability, Editor’s Choice, Financial/Economic, Online, Photography, Print Feature, Print News, Radio Feature, Radio News, Sport, Television Feature, and Television News. There were 128 entries from the Free State Province.

    The winners of the 2015 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Regional Awards in the Free State Province are:

    2015 CSI/Sustainability winner

    Charne Kemp. Volksblad, Goud Werd, Bisar of net Aasvoëlkos

    2015 Financial/Economic winner

    Vida Booysen. Rapport Sake, Grondplafonne

    2015 Online winner

    Junior Bonase.Dumelang News, Destitute Gran Strives to Complete Matric

    2015 Photography winner

    Willem van der Berg. Platteland, Die Langpad Skool Toe

    2015 Print Feature winner

    Oteng Mpete. Die Volksblad and Bloemnuus, Colour Blind/Lobola (Body of Work)

    2015 Print News winner

    Vicus Bürger. Die Volksblad, Death of Pierre Korkie

    2015 Radio Feature winner

    Christal-Lize Muller. Central Media Group, Death of Pierre Korkie (Body of Work)

    2015 Radio News winer

    Sabrina Dean. OFM, Oscar Pistorius Sentencing

    2015 Sport winner

    Pieter Steyn. Volksblad, Amper Bokkies

    2015 Television Feature winner

    Keith Sayster, Gerhard Botes, and Gaokungwe Modutwane. SABC, Namaqualand Communities Up In Arms Over Mining Rights!

    2015 Television News winner

    Ulrich Hendriks. SABC, Katriena Tradition

    2015Editor’s Choice winner

    Thandi Xaba of OFM

    'We’d like to congratulate all the winners in the Central region for thought-provoking and excellent journalism. We look forward to meeting you at the national finals, where we will be celebrating excellence in journalism in South Africa,' said Makanjee.