Winners and runners up in the 2019 installment of the SAPOA Journalism Awards for Excellence were announced at the gala dinner and awards evening which took place on 20 June 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
During his address, Chairman of the Journalism Awards Committee, Brian Azizollahoff, said journalists play a pivotal role in ensuring that the public are kept well informed regarding issues affecting the property sector. “Your dedication and commitment to your craft has not gone unnoticed. The SAPOA Journalism Awards for Excellence serves to encourage you to continue striving to achieve the highest standards,” he said. At the helm of the Journalism Awards committee for the past six years, Azizollahoff said that “the calibre of these awards keeps growing from strength to strength.”
The accolades were awarded as follows:
Property News Website of the Year: SA Property Insider
1st runner-up: Property Wheel
2nd runner-up: Property 360
Property News Journalist of the Year: Joan Muller from Financial Mail
1st runner-up: Ray Mahlaka from Moneyweb
Property Feature Journalist of the Year: Glenda Williams from Finweek
1st runner-up: Mary Anne Constable from +Impact
Property Publication of the Year: +Impact
1st runner-up: Earthworks
2nd runner-up: Architect & Builder
Sponsored by Excellerate, Chief Executive Officer of the JHI Group, Nomzamo Radebe, said that it was indeed a pleasure for the organisation to be partnering with SAPOA in hosting this year’s edition of the awards. “The importance of your role cannot be overstated, as we face ever more turbulent times. It is thanks to the quality journalism that our press continues to uphold the principles that make any democracy – and, indeed, any society – function. In South Africa, this is more important than ever,” she said. “This is why it is a great honour for us at SAPOA to play a role in supporting the media. Never lose sight of the value of your work, and how it is contributing to our society. We applaud you,” she concluded.