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Celebrating journalistic excellence, the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards honour South Africa's top reporters.
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 168 entries from the Western Province.
Each of the regional winners took home R5 000 and will travel to Johannesburg for the national finals in November. The regional winners for the Western Province were announced on 9 October, 2015.
'We’d like to congratulate all the winners in the Western 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.
Western Province winners
2015 CSI/Sustainability winner
Aletta Gardner. Eyewitness News, Redefining the Boer and Rock Climbers Boost Cederberg Kids (Body of Work)
2015 Financial/Economic winner
Claire Bisseker. Financial Mail, SA’s Friday the 13th
2015 Online winner
Kim Harrisberg. Code4SA for News24, Living on the edge
The Judges commended Thomas Holder of EWN for his body of work
2015 Photography winner
Cindy Waxa. Cape Argus, Marikana and Lwandle Evictions (Body of Work)
2015 Print Feature winner
Maygene Prins. Die Burger, A Man Called Violence (Body of Work)
2015 Print News winner
Jana Breytenbach. Die Burger, Zephany Nurse’s Story
The Judges commended Carlo Petersen of Cape Times for his body of work, especially his report on Rhodes Lifted Away.
2015 Radio Feature winner
Sisanda Nkoala. SABC Radio News. Report on Missing Children and Rhodes Must Fall (Body of Work)
2015 Radio News winners
Rahima Essop and Gaye Davis. EWN, A Sad Day for Democracy
2015 Sport winner
Angus Powers. The Red Bulletin, Outstanding Craftsmanship And Use of Language in Telling Stories (Body of Work)
2015 Television Feature winner
Annika Larsen. eNCA, Right to Die
2015 Television News winner
Philip Owira. eNCA, Rhodes Must Fall
2015Editor’s Choice winner
Francesca Villette of the Cape Times